Friday, June 22, 2007
What's the sound of your city? A brief proposal to exploit the sounds along the Red River to add personailty to Shreveport-Bossier
Shreveport has a few institutions that bring bells to the city. First Baptist Church brings a lovely, spare sound to East Shreveport. I'm not sure who else broadcasts the bronze. King's Highway Christian Church?
Regardless, I am not here to make a case for carillons. It can be argued that the steamboat whistle is Shreveport's signature sound. There's some 150 years of tradition to buttress that point.
Since I'm not a denizen of downtown except after hours, I don't know how magnificently our Red River boats blow. Do they all join in at noon? Is there a boat with a noticeably rich whistle? Is there a sounding that marks each hour of the day?
If not, we're neglecting a resource. While the casinos are still open, encouraging a coordinated and full use of the boat whistles on the Red is a way to create a sonic personality for a city that ought to consider a myriad small upgrades.