Traci Birch, PhD, AICP
Interim Managing Director
Assistant Professor in the LSU School of Architecture
- Marla Nelson
- Traci Birch, PhD, AICP Interim Managing Director
PARTNERS + SPONSORS
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
Direct + Broader Impacts:
The Town of Campti is the oldest town on the Red River and has a long and varied history. Based on the 2010 Census, Campti was also listed as the 8th poorest US community (+1,000 population) and struggles with disinvestment and economic hardship despite its proximity to the bustling City of Natchitoches, LA. Land use and development patterns have been shaped by the community’s proximity to the river and abundant resources. East of the river on the high ground sits the historic downtown, which includes the Campti Historic Museum, several historic homes, municipal buildings, and the oldest all-wood Antebellum Catholic Church in the diocese (and one of the oldest in the south). One will also find historic residential and commercial structures in need of repair, and numerous vacant lots requiring infill strategies suitable for the scale and needs of this small community.
Resilience for Campti involves creating opportunities for community investment that encourage safe and affordable housing, sustainable entrepreneurship, preservation of historic assets, and context-appropriate future growth. Participation in the LCRI identified several opportunities for the community, including establishing a historic district, encouraging rehabilitation of historic structures, developing recreation and tourism opportunities, and creating a community-led vision and strategic plan for the historic Edenborn Street corridor.