SPECIAL REPORT: Downtown nightlife in Lake Charles - FOX29 Lake Charles

SPECIAL REPORT: Downtown nightlife in Lake Charles

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

Downtown development in Lake Charles has been a major topic of discussion for years - with plans for expansion and development coming and going.

Downtown Lake Charles, compared to bigger cities in the state, has been known to lack the same appealing nightlife experience. 

For some residents, downtown nightlife consists of just a few places. 

"I just feel as though we should have more," said Braden Rosteet, a Lake Charles resident. 

"For like the younger crowd, there isn't anything to do," said 17-year-old Danie Oquain of Lake Charles. "The only thing to do downtown is to go to Luna's, Stellar Beans or Luna Live."

Others said they like what's available downtown, but there's always room for improvement. 

"I know it has a bad rep from some of the locals, but friends I bring from out of town they like it," said Turney Chaumont of Lake Charles. "The one thing I think would be better would maybe add a few more bars - maybe a couple more restaurants."

Some said they'd like to see attractions other than bars.

"Just a place where we can sit relax and unwind after a long work or school week." said Oquain.

 More options for nightlife downtown would take legislation and politicians willing to expand and build. Candidates for the mayor of Lake Charles shared their views on improving downtown nightlife. 

Wilford Carter emphasized the importance of live entertainment to revitalize downtown nightlife in Lake Charles

"Our festivals and a live band, opportunities for folks to come and sell items," said Carter. "I think a city like Lake Charles, with the lake as the background and the civic center - we ought to come up with some ideas for people to come downtown. So the city might spend a few dollars but we'll make money because people will spend money "

 His competitor, Nic Hunter, said the key is expansion past Ryan Street. 
  
"When people talk about downtown Lake Charles we only think about one block of Ryan Street," said Hunter. "So to have the downtown excitement and business opportunities and economic opportunities expand past Ryan street is very important to me."

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