Ask The Mayor: Lafayette's Tony Roswarski On Gentrification At Five Points

Sep 14, 2018

The mayor concedes it's possible, but doesn't think new investment is likely to crowd out the low- and middle-income families currently living near the intersection.
Credit Stan Jastrzebski / WBAA News

Right now, Lafayette’s Five Points neighborhood looks like a twisted jumble of streets surrounded by businesses and homes in need of more than a little TLC.

But in a few years, city leaders think it’ll be a hub of rebirth, with developers sinking millions of dollars into replacing the old with the new.

What hasn’t been floated publicly in those talks is the G-word: gentrification. The neighborhoods surrounding Five Points have plenty of history, but also play host to many low- and middle-income Lafayette families. If investment comes in and raises the value of the property, would that drive some of those residents out of the market?

We put that question to Lafayette’s Tony Roswarski this week on WBAA’s Ask The Mayor. We also touch on downtown housing for older residents, parking space enforcement and getting rid of surplus police weapons.