The following A Better Southwest Louisiana is part of an ongoing series of commentaries from KPLC viewers. It does not necessarily represent the views of the staff or management of KPLC and is presented as a public service.
There is much evidence of growth in the Lake Charles area with the number of projects being planned or having actually begun construction. As a community, we should have input on the structures and architectural features we'll be seeing and needing every day.
What things look like and how well they are built are factors that we all need to consider not only for aesthetic reasons (that impact on quality of life and tourism) but also for safety and livability.
For example, flat-roofed or low-pitched buildings have problems shedding rain and often fail--and we certainly get our fair share of rain.
Towers, billboards and building projections should be constructed to cope with 100+mile per hour winds. Shutters, if on buildings at all, should actually work to protect windows.
I think that we should rightly consider our unique climate and geography as important factors in architectural design and strongly encourage out-of-town developers to calibrate--and that's the designers' and architects' word for it--their generic designs to make them work for us in the Lake Charles area.
It makes good sense and makes good business in our better Southwest Louisiana.
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Jim Serra, chairman, KPLC Editorial Board