444 Olive St: soon to be the Lotus yoga & belly dance center
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The Times: "The purpose of the committee is to find out what the city can do and look at what other cities are doing, said Lester, who proposed creating the task force earlier this year."
Downtown wifi has become a symbol of cities' friendliness to high-tech endeavor. Example: Austin.
Downtown wifi is a glamor item, a bragging right.
In the minds of proponents, people would take their laptops to Riverview Park to read their email and blog. City of the future and all that. Have you tried reading your laptop screen outdoors in Shreveport? Rotsa ruck.
The downtown idea is sexy but empty. Let's say you're a starving artist. You can get a computer and internet connection in the Shreve Memorial Library. For a nominal fee you can get both high-speed internet and instruction in how to use it at Tipitina's Office Co-op. Build a myspace page with art and music on it and reach out to the world from Tips on Texas. If you're lucky enough to own a laptop, you can snap a bit of wifi in Artspace.
There are probably a lot of additional places downtown where you can get an unprotected signal. And I believe that business types all across downtown do their work through existing office wifi systems.
But I know of no such advantages in Highland. Yet it's in Highland where we can identify a significant concentration of the region's artists. In Highland we see an ethnic diversity and co-existence that might be called laudable. Fledgling businesses of Highland such the Lotus Center (illustration) and Lila's bakery would be given a pick-me-up.
Highland has historic architecture and a tradition of vitality that is preservable, in my humble opinion. WiFi would be the salt atop the gumbo of old and deserving Shreveport.
Wish there were a way to quantify the benefits of installing wifi in downtown vs giving it to my sweetheart, Highland.