One of the things that I enjoy most about State Street is it’s quiet character that dates back to the early 1920s.
Its history isn’t something easily realized. I only know it after doing research and talking to Clarke Cadzow, a self-proclaimed historian and owner of Highland Coffees.
Pulitzer Prize winners once walked down State Street on their way to teach the few thousand students of LSU in its early days. In total 11 residents of the area won Pulitzer Prizes. It’s quite a history for an area that is often dismissed as crime-ridden.
When classes are in session at LSU, the area becomes noisy. Foreign cars mark the sidewalks of Carlotta Street as their owners walk to class.
But during breaks, it is enjoyable to take a walk through the area, go for a run around the lakes, sit on your balcony and read a book, or look at graffitti (Some consider it trash. Some think it is art. I just like to look at it.)
The Tiger Town/State Street area is my favorite neighborhood near the university. It isn’t just because I live there. The nearby Northgate shopping district adds an element that the character of the neighborhood complements. It has more than simply nice, new features. It isn’t a group of brand new apartments. There is a history that is equally as important as its visual appearance.