Overflow City

Dyer, Scott
April 2006
Planning;Apr2006, Vol. 72 Issue 4, p28
Trade Publication
The article discusses the impact of the sudden surge of evacuees on Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The city became one of the fastest growing cities in the country due to 250,000 evacuees from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. It was estimated that 32,000 evacuees stayed in hotels and motels after the storm which raised the occupancy rate to 90 percent. Mayor Kip Holden said that they are taking multifaceted approach to address new housing needs of the city. The traffic problems of the city doubled that led to local bus service by Capital Area Transit System which is the recipient of a major federal grant. The sales tax revenues also increased 27 percent than of the previous year and the airport was swamped.


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