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KSLA News 12 Editorial: June 10th-Barnwell Center

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It was once a jewel along the Red River in Downtown Shreveport.

Since opening in 1970, the Barnwell Center had a lofty goal. It would advance cultural activities in the city of Shreveport. The Barnwell had an art gallery and a domed conservatory filled with tropical plants. 

In recent years, the Barnwell has fallen into a state of disrepair. It was no longer a place to bring out of town visitors. It became too expensive to operate. It is now closed.

So, now what?  

A number of ideas are being floated including allowing a restaurant to open on the property. I think that would be good idea. Having a restaurant overlooking the Red River on the Shreveport side would be something we could all take advantage of.

But I also think the original mission of the Barnwell Center should be preserved as a center for local artists and as a botanical garden. As the friends of the Barnwell and the City of Shreveport discuss it's future, combining a commercial venture with a public one could be the best way to bring it back to life.  

Let me know what you think.
I'm James Smith. 
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