If it takes a village to raise a child, it surely takes a village — or perhaps a city — to put on a festival that brings thousands of people to town.
That spirit of community participation was evident again this year among the 250 volunteers who helped make the 66th annual Louisiana Peach Festival a success. From manning entrance gates to assisting with various events, volunteers are the cogs that keep the wheels of the festival turning.
Sometimes it takes an entire community pulling together to help itself as a whole, including its most impoverished areas.
That’s what is happening in the neighborhoods of Ruston south of California Avenue, which Louisiana Tech University Assistant Professor of Architecture Kevin Singh says are statistically among the poorest in the city.
For several years now, Singh and his students have been working to improve this area, which they have dubbed SOCA (south of California Avenue).