Muddy roads will soon give way to asphalt and bare ground transformed with sod and landscaping as construction of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell enters its final stages.

The Times-Picayune reports the $8 million cemetery is scheduled to open in April. The 75-acre site is on the north side of Interstate 12 next to the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Villere in St. Tammany Parish.

The hundreds of thousands of Christmas lights in Natchitoches were turned off yesterday, but the free wi-fi stayed on. 

Construction begins today on a $20.4 million bridge replacement that connects Shelby County, Texas, with DeSoto Parish. The Sabine River Bridge links Logansport, La., with Joaquin, Texas. An effort to replace the 78-year-old bridge began with public meetings in the 1980s.

Logansport mayor Katherine Freeman, 73, was there, and she said over the decades it was always money that held back the project. But another sticking point, according to Freeman, was in the design of the bridge itself. Logansport residents pushed to have two bridges built. In the end, they got their wish.

Laine Kaplan-Levenson

More than eight years after it flooded and closed due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circle Food Store on the corner of Claiborne and St. Bernard Avenues is about to reopen its doors. The historic landmark served the 7th Ward from 1938 up until the storm, and it’s said to have been the first New Orleans grocery owned and operated by African-Americans. Long time residents and customers voice their reactions to the long-awaited return of this neighborhood staple.

WRKF set up its Recording Booth at the Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, put on by the Center for Planning Excellence at the Shaw Center back in November.

People at the summit — planners, landscape architects, public officials, environmentalists — were asked a simple question: What does “smart growth” look like in Baton Rouge?

The answers could almost be a set of new year’s resolutions for the city...

Developers have closed a $2.1 million deal to buy property that will be part of plans for a $24 million retail center in New Orleans' Central City neighborhood.

The New Orleans Advocate reports that a development group led by Covington-based Stirling Properties purchased the five parcels of land from the city and other owners on Dec. 23.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Pres Kabacoff and his company HRI Properties have had an enormous impact on the city of New Orleans — from building Beau Chêne on the Northshore to pioneering a return to inner-city living by bringing back the Warehouse District.

Rick Haase has shepherded Latter and Blum into becoming the biggest real estate player in the Gulf South.  

Eve Troeh / WWNO

About a year ago, Greg Thyssen and Shakti Belway bought an 1800's double shotgun in the Tremé neighborhood.

"I'm tall," Thyssen said, "so I love the high ceilings, a fireplace in every room, beautiful pocket doors."

Beauty, yes, but the house needed work. "The floors were eaten away by termites," Belway said, "and under layers and layers of linoleum."

Nina Feldman

New Orleans’ Central City neighborhood was once a stronghold of rich cultural traditions and bustling local businesses. While the arts remain vibrant within this tight community, the area has suffered economically over the past decades.

Now, a new local initiative aims to restore economic vitality along one commercial corridor in the neighborhood.

Corporate Realty / The Lens

The ArtWorks building near Lee Circle is up for sale once again. The $25 million, 93,000-square-foot building was built as a creative space for artists, but closed its doors 2 years ago after having financial trouble. Now, two groups are bidding to purchase the space.