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A basic question of historic preservation is understanding what defines a "historic site".  Tomorrow, KEDM's Policy and a Pint will look at the process of determining such site across the twin cities.

According to Cookie Cookston, a panelist in the policy discussion, a building's age is the primary factor.  "The main requirement is its age.  Anything approximately 50 years old or older, falls under a historic-type building," said Cookston.

Other considerations include what ties the building has in a community's history, or a structure's unique character or design.

Many cities and towns want to maintain their historical character.  As communities grow, that ideal can be challenged.

In recent years, the city of Monroe has seen a push to re-energize its downtown district.  Like other municipalities, city officials seek to establish and blend historic sites with newer developments.  

"It's important to preserve that built-in environment," says Monroe Planning and Zoning Director Joanne Poret, a panelist in KEDM's Policy and a Pint on historic preservation on July 28.  "It not only keeps aesthetic appeal, but provides character."

KEDM's website has a new look that makes it easier to read and navigate, whether you're checking it out on a desktop computer, table or smart phone.

Dubbed "responsive design," the new look resizes our layout and content to work with different designs. News reporting, the event calendar, and program features are still part of the website -- as well as the ability to listen live.

The new Persistent Player lets you listen to KEDM or KEDM Ideas with just a click or two, and the stream keeps running while you move around the site.

Policy And A Pint: Historic Preservation

Jul 20, 2015
Downtown Monroe
B. Lenox / KEDM

Historic preservation can be both a challenge and reward for communities.  

What defines such sites?  How does preservation enhance both residential and business interests?  Where do cost and benefit fit into whether a project is undertaken?    

On Tuesday, July 28, KEDM’s Policy and a Pint presents a public discussion of historic preservation.  We'll explore how sites figure into city planning and why some see the issue as an economic driver for northeast Louisiana. 

J.Curtis / KEDM

Update, 9 p.m. Thursday July 16

Thanks to everyone who made this event a huge success! Babbette Adcock and Friends of KEDM; the entire Marsala Beverage team, with special mentions to Tyler Flemister and Damon and Charles  Marsala; the Strode family, and many others. Thank you!!


Special thanks to Dansby's Taylor Rental Center for providing air coolers for tonight! 

janyeandd /

Update 11 a.m., Friday, June 26

Every donation matters! $20,480 is today's total toward our goal! Make a difference with your gift now!

My original post:

It's the end of the fiscal year, and you can help KEDM finish strong!!

We're trying something unusual -- we need your help to make it happen. Let's cut down on fundraising that interrupts your favorite programs.

janyeandd /

update 11:45 a.m. Monday, June 8

We're making progress! $14,000 is the new total toward our goal of $40,000! Make it happen with your gift now!

My original post:

It's the end of the fiscal year, and you can help KEDM finish strong!! 

Golson's Gas

Update June 15

Congratulations to Marilyn and Ron Koepke of Monroe! They'll take home the Holland Companion Grill from Golson's Gas Grills, Logs & Lights.

Congratulations to Jennifer and Adam Haneline of Monroe, who won the dinner for two at Restaurant Cotton.

Original Post

The Giant Vermin /

Some things just go together. Laurel and Hardy. Steak and potatoes. Simon and Garfunkel.  KEDM's Morning Edition and your morning cup of coffee.


A conversation on race relations and law enforcement began with the background of police agencies, and quickly moved into how technology has impacted interaction between police and urban communities.  

Panelist Robert Hanser, Criminal Justice Department Head at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, says there is a new level of transparency in the age of cell phone videos.  He says as officers respond to any situation there has to be awareness that their actions could be documented by a passerby.