Downtown cultural districts meet
by Zach Parker - posted Thursday, January 10th, 2013 @ 12:00 pm
As an intercity gesture, the West Monroe Board of Aldermen approved an ordinance Tuesday night to extend the boundaries of the city's cultural district halfway across Endom Bridge.
The city of Monroe will match West Monroe's move to meet in the middle, simulating one cultural district that stretches across the Ouachita River.
The combined cultural district removes any perceived division between both cities' participation in events like the Downtown Gallery Crawl.
"We're making a symbolic gesture of peace for the new year," said Eric Hale, West Monroe's Economic Development Coordinator. "People who attend the downtown art crawls or other cultural events will be in the cultural district the whole time even if they're standing in the middle of the bridge."