Lafayette 101

Lafayette 101

In our new podcast miniseries, we want to deepen your understanding of Lafayette as a parish, city and consolidated government.

Join us as we draw a direct line through Lafayette’s past to its present.


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Episode 1:
Lafayette is a Parish

Lafayette Parish was established in 1823 and is now home to more than 240,000 residents. On this episode, Marie Elizabeth Oliver dives into the history and development of Lafayette Parish with help from guests Lynn Guidry, Andrew Godley and Purvis Morrison.

Episode 2:
Lafayette is a City

If Lafayette is the Hub City—the “heart” of Lafayette Parish and Acadiana, Downtown is what makes it beat. But in recent years, Lafayette’s growth has expanded mostly outside city limits. Marie Elizabeth Oliver investigates this outward migration, as well as the most recent updates to the Lafayette Consolidated Government’s charter with Kenneth Boudreaux and Will Thiele.

Episode 3:
Is Lafayette Better Together?

It’s impossible to talk about Lafayette’s government without talking about consolidation. Marie Elizabeth Oliver looks into the genesis of Lafayette City-Parish Government and explores both sides of the consolidation/deconsolidation debate with Christie Maloyed, Jan Swift and Purvis Morrisson.