Feb 27, 2010 11:45 PM by Jon Carrere

War of Words in Downtown Lafayette

On his way out, Jefferson Street Market owner Rob Robinson took what some are calling a "cheap shot" at his now former place of business and the Downtown Development Authority.

"It's sort of becoming frustrating dealing with some of the problems down here," says Robinson.

He and many others are frustrated with the lack of residential growth, as well as the growing number of homeless and criminal activities.

Brett Huval the owner of Revival Antiques inside the market is leaving too.

"We call the police [and] the city doesn't do anything about it.  I walk out and there's homeless people looking in my car, there's homeless people asking us for cigarettes.  It's just not conducive to retail," says Huval.

He eventually plans to move to the oil center.

Some downtown business owners are happy in the city center.

Tsunami owner Michelle Ezell says you can't place blame solely on the D.D.A. for "lack of growth".

"We already have building and infrastructure in place that you have to work around to build a residential component and thats not very easy," says Ezell.

She's Robinson's friend, but did not like how he chose to leave.

"To see a colleague not think that it's where it is and to kind of knock us down a little bit is disappointing."

Ezell along with some other business owners say when it comes to Downtown Lafayette you have to be able to take the good and the bad.


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