- Why did the MPC and NLCOG give up the preferred corridor so easily a few years ago? Did they truly make a concerted effort to alert the city, parish, and state to the consequences of their shifting the corridor, or even if they adequately informed these entities about their idea for a new corridor? If so, how and why could Larkin find approval for his development?
- Why is Shreveport, with this acquiescence driven by Mayor Cedric Glover, so willing to take on the additional expense of several miles of increasingly-trafficked road, which in future years could add tens of millions of dollars in maintenance to the city’s infrastructure burden, when the state picks up the tab now? Wouldn’t it be possible to extend a frontage road from the existing one travelling south terminating at Flournoy-Lucas Road to accommodate Larkin that could be assumed by the state in future years, at far less aggregate expense?
- Why did Smith involve herself in this process? Being a city councilman, Larkin needed no intervention to meet with state officials, so what was her purpose here? Does it have anything to do with Smith’s attempt to parachute into a state Senate seat this fall given her term limited status, the potential campaign assistance Larkin could provide her in doing so, and other favors she could curry among Shreveport political elites to help her campaign in an area not represented by her to date?
As a result, the episode has spurred creation of an advocacy group committed to keeping the original plan on track. It also has spawned some uncomfortable questions Smith must address during her campaign.