Sep 15, 2013 11:55 PM by Alex Labat

Local Group Looking to Restore Lafayette

Acadiana is recovering, but in a different way than expected. This weekend, the first of many beautification projects saw the light of day.

Kate Durio with Downtown Lafayette says, "All of these stars aligned to make this project possible."

The 705, young men and women driven to better Acadiana, teamed up with the UL school of architecture and design, to brighten up the construction fence around the library downtown.

"We typically start the fall semester with a three-week, very fast paced competition, and so this one fit perfectly," says UL Professor of Architecture Hector LaSala.

80 students reworked individual sections of fencing. Winners received a cash prize.

3rd Year UL Architecture Student Thomas Mouton says, "Most of the time we get assigned projects, and we just get to throw around ideas of what we'd like to see. But with this one we actually got to see it put up and actually initiate some actual change.

The "Recover Lafayette" initiative is only beginning, and those with the project hope to brighten up the rest of lafayette, one "piece" at a time.

"There's a lot of ugly places in Lafayette. There's a lot of beautiful things. It's just about spreading that beauty to where everything's recovered in a beautiful way," says Durio.

If you have a project, or an area of Lafayette you'd like to see "recovered", head over to the 705's Facebook page, or

Alex Labat



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