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What do you think of this? Unfriendly to tourists? Now when you want to travel here you have to get the key on a stick from the toothless wonder at the dirty Chevron. I'm kind of disappointed. The good news is the Atchafalaya (Butte La Rose) welcome center made the cut. That is a very nice place, and is said to be an example of what's to come for the 11 surviving facilities. BTW I didn't think this applied to business or politics, hence, it's in EE.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080303/NEWS01/803030326
 

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A dollar saved is a dollar earned. :shrug:

Cut, cut, cut, cut, cut and cut some more. :9:

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This will increase business at convenience stores. Perhaps the ones with the reputation for having the cleanest facilities will win the lion's share of the increase in business. This is an opportunity for capitalism to improve things for travelers:

-competition to keep the cleanest facilities results in wins for everyone
-small business owners will see increased traffic, increased sales, and perhaps increased profits
-a residual amount of increased tourism dollars will reach the small towns along the highways, by virtue of the curious traveler venturing into town for some local flavor (restaurants, landmarks, etc.)

And then the amount of tax dollars generated increases, which leads to...

It's not all bad, really. Plus, rest areas traditionally do not boast restrooms which are any cleaner than your typical Stop & Rob.
 
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This will increase business at convenience stores. Perhaps the ones with the reputation for having the cleanest facilities will win the lion's share of the increase in business. This is an opportunity for capitalism to improve things for travelers:

-competition to keep the cleanest facilities results in wins for everyone
-small business owners will see increased traffic, increased sales, and perhaps increased profits
-a residual amount of increased tourism dollars will reach the small towns along the highways, by virtue of the curious traveler venturing into town for some local flavor (restaurants, landmarks, etc.)

And then the amount of tax dollars generated increases, which leads to...

It's not all bad, really. Plus, rest areas traditionally do not boast restrooms which are any cleaner than your typical Stop & Rob.
All very good points, but I hate to see nice welcome centers go away. They seem to be a part of the fiber of America to me. I like to see people get sucked into what it is to be in Louisiana, rather that rows of Cheetos and Ho-Ho's.
 

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This is NOT a good thing. :mad: I can see potential for a lot more accidents due to sleepy/tired drivers who now will not have a place to pull over to rest/nap. If you nap outside a convenience store, you will probably have the cops called on you and/or be robbed/accosted. Truck drivers aren't the only ones who need rest stops. I can attest to this from experience. Ohio and Pennsylvania have wonderful state rest stops on their interstates/turnpikes.

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This will increase business at convenience stores. Perhaps the ones with the reputation for having the cleanest facilities will win the lion's share of the increase in business. This is an opportunity for capitalism to improve things for travelers:

-competition to keep the cleanest facilities results in wins for everyone
-small business owners will see increased traffic, increased sales, and perhaps increased profits
-a residual amount of increased tourism dollars will reach the small towns along the highways, by virtue of the curious traveler venturing into town for some local flavor (restaurants, landmarks, etc.)

And then the amount of tax dollars generated increases, which leads to...

It's not all bad, really. Plus, rest areas traditionally do not boast restrooms which are any cleaner than your typical Stop & Rob.
Yep, when we travel with the kids, I always look for the truck stop with the most truckers. I figure those guys (and "gals") drive those routes often enough that they know where the best and cleanest places to stop are. And those truck stops know that they have to cater to those drivers in order to thrive.

Although we do stop at rest areas when necessary, and Welcome Centers are always fun for the kids to look at maps and such, too. The one in Orange, TX, on I-10 from Louisiana to Texas has a boardwalk that goes out about 100 yards or so into the swamp.
 

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What do you think of this? Unfriendly to tourists? Now when you want to travel here you have to get the key on a stick from the toothless wonder at the dirty Chevron. I'm kind of disappointed. The good news is the Atchafalaya (Butte La Rose) welcome center made the cut. That is a very nice place, and is said to be an example of what's to come for the 11 surviving facilities. BTW I didn't think this applied to business or politics, hence, it's in EE.

http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080303/NEWS01/803030326
Is that the welcome center close to Whiskey Bay where the guy that was a serial rapist/murderer use to dump the bodies a few years back about half way down the Atchafalaya Bridge?
 

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I would be sad to see them go, but they really are part of a bygone era--when trips took much, much longer, and services were far more infrequent.

We stopped at all of these places--back when it took 8.5 hours to get to Birmingham in our VW Bus.

But they were 100 times cleaner and better maintained back then, too.

Close them, and force the truckers to meet their hookers somewhere else. There are plenty of places for truckers to stop, and if they are stopping for naps, more than likely they need to turn their log books in to the nearest state trooper and explain why they've been on the road for 20 hours.
 

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Hope they keep the Rest Stop on I-49 north of Opelousas. There's nothing else on that long stretch of road.
 
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Is that the welcome center close to Whiskey Bay where the guy that was a serial rapist/murderer use to dump the bodies a few years back about half way down the Atchafalaya Bridge?
That's the one. :hihi: It's really nice now, I swear.
 
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Close them, and force the truckers to meet their hookers somewhere else. There are plenty of places for truckers to stop, and if they are stopping for naps, more than likely they need to turn their log books in to the nearest state trooper and explain why they've been on the road for 20 hours.
That's the thing, the ones in Louisiana (that I have frequented) are (were) very nice. It was one thing about La that I took pride in. Oh well.
 
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I stopped there late one August night last year. You could easily breathe in a pound of mosquitoes in just a minute or two.
Well then, they've conveyed the Louisiana experience nicely, haven't they? :hihi:
 

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As a leisure traveler, I have no problems with this. I'd be curious as to what the truckers think about it though.

It could be another anti business mark against the state if truckers complain about picking up loads and having to drive through the state.
 

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