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Along the borders of the Mississippi River, the country’s tallest State Capital and other historical buildings once again provided a cozy backdrop to yet another culture-rich downtown festivity, Live after Five. People clocked out across the city and headed to relax outside in a place that some urban scholars would characterize as the “living room” of Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge Mayor Melvin L. “Kip” Holden said, “Live after Five brings together people from all walks of life, not just people from Baton Rouge. People from outside of Louisiana get a chance to come and enjoy our culture.”

Live after Five, a series of free outdoor concerts held downtown on Friday nights in both the spring and fall, is one example of the many endeavors produced by the Downtown Business Association (DBA) for the purpose of “encouraging people to journey to and enjoy downtown.” The spawning of such efforts to…

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