A Tale of Two Streets

Nicholson Drive and Plank Road do not intersect, but linking them is at the heart of a new project that could create a 10-mile corridor through the city’s urban core, supported by Bus Rapid Transit, a fast, efficient electric-powered express bus system, and a key component in transit-oriented developments across the country. Working on the project is the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, a creation of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation with parish leaders.

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Pennington Biomedical's Next Act

Few public health problems are as complex as obesity.

Forty percent of adults in the United States now struggle with the condition, the highest rate on record. Its causes are many, its cures little understood and its ripple effects undeniable. Obesity is the spark that ignites a litany of costly diseases, including diabetes, heart, kidney and liver disease and many forms of cancers.

It’s within this complex cycle of causes and effects that Pennington Biomedical Research Center’s newest executive director, John P. Kirwan, Ph.D., finds endless professional inspiration.

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The G-word

Gentrification’s meaning is increasingly relevant to Baton Rouge. In its Mid City neighborhood east of downtown, millions of dollars in private and public investment are changing the look of the Government Street commercial corridor. Until now investor interest has centered on Government Street itself. Now small-parcel projects are altering residential streets in a pocket of Mid City where there had not been a new house built in decades.

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Ladee Hubbard wins 2017 Gaines Award

New Orleans writer Ladee Hubbard’s novel, “The Talented Ribkins,” has been named winner of the 2017 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence.

Now in its 11th year, the Gaines Award is a nationally acclaimed $10,000 prize given annually by Baton Rouge Area Foundation donors to recognize outstanding work from rising African-American fiction writers, while honoring Louisiana native Ernest Gaines’ extraordinary contribution to the literary world.

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Meet Justin Ehrenwerth

ustin Ehrenwerth was named president and CEO of The Water Institute of the Gulf early this year. Founded in 2011, the nonprofit Institute researches coastal, deltaic, river and water resource systems to help governments, businesses and residents prepare for an uncertain future. Currents, our quarterly magazine, had a conversation with Enrenwerth. 

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Tout ensemble

Visitors arriving at Maison Chenal might be left a little disoriented. The 18th century Creole cottage is quite unlike the houses we’re accustomed to these days. So are the surroundings; the gardens outside, the furniture and fixtures inside. All of the French Louisiana material culture was gathered over 50 years by Jack and Pat Holden, who have brought it together on their property in Pointe Coupee Parish.

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Library's big chip project

Baton Rouge’s library system will tag its entire collection with RFID chips. At a cost of more than $1.5 million, the tiny chips and readers will be good for patrons and library workers, who won’t have to wander the stacks to hunt and file misplaced books.

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Louis D. Curet

Louis D. Curet retired nine years ago after 55 years as an estate attorney in Baton Rouge, but you wouldn’t know it from the pace he keeps in his 87th year on this planet.

Driven by a no-nonsense conviction that the world must get better each day, he raises funds for nonprofits and is a champion of causes.

Since 1952, he’s been in charge of selling tickets to the Kiwanis pancake breakfast at LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has acquired millions of dollars in life-saving medical equipment with his help. And Curet has assisted in raising millions for the French program at LSU, where he graduated in 1947.

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