section of Baton Rouge is undergoing a renaissance of sorts.
Because of rapid growth in the area, for safety reasons, the old "Downtown Airport" was closed in the late seventies and converted into Independence Park. Its large area provided for much used park lands including an Public Gardens, Playhouse/Theatre, soccer fields, baseball/softball fields, jogging trails and picnic areas.
Parts of the site were developed as a one-stop Public Safety complex, with new buildings utilized by state agencies. On a side note, FEMA is located here.
The original airport:
1984 aerial of airport conversion to park
1989 aerial of park
Public Safety Complex
Other developments of note in the Central area include:
Wooddale Park, one of BR's original office parks outside of the CBD
Mid-City is home to the Baton Rouge Community College, BR General Hospital's Main Campus and dozens of supporting companies.
General Health Systems Operations Building
Bon Carré Business Center is a nearly one million square-foot technology, research and business hub which is anchored by a high-tech data storage facility and is the current home for dozens of high-tech businesses.
Cox Communications Building
Bon Carre Office Centre
Louisiana Technology Park