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Why Does Shreveport Stink? Here Are 5 Possible Reasons

Amanda Currier

“What is that smell?” “What is that odor?” “Why does Shreveport smell like farting?” Seems like you hear some variation of that question about Shreveport all the time! I can think of five reasons why Shreveport might stink.

1) That Sulfer smell off I-20 near Jewella

It’s hard to miss Atlas Oil Refinery it’s right there. Do yourself a favor between Monkhouse and Greenwood road hit inside air in your car.

2) What’s that terrible smell in downtown Shreveport

Louisiana Proteins is a animal / marine rendering plant. Some people say they make dog food and that the smell is burnt remains of the remains of any and every animal.

3) Rotten eggs smell (when there is no gas leak)

I don’t really know! I’m guessing methane from nearby ‘swamps.’ Or maybe your neighbors just had red beans and rice.

4) It’s boring

Well, here’s the thing about Shreveport: there are actually many things to do. You can go shopping, you can go out to eat, visit an art or natural history museum, see a movie or a show at the CenturyLink Center or several local casinos.

However, once you’ve been there and done that, it’s done. We have a lot of things to do, but not a lot of places to go do those things. And that rubs people the wrong way and has them asking regularly: “What do you want to do tonight?”

5) Traffic

Let’s be honest here: traffic in Shreveport isn’t that bad. I mean seriously, I live near the worst of it around Youree and 70th and it’s not that bad. Granted, there are usually slowdowns thanks to I-49 and I-20 merging, and Youree Drive between 3-6 p.m. isn’t pleasant. But you normally can get from one side of Shreveport to the other in 20 minutes or less.

When all is said and done though, it bums me out when people talk bad about the SBC. I get it: this town isn’t DFW, or Austin, or NYC, or LA or whatever. But to me, Shreveport is like a smelly/homely-looking dog. It’s not going to win any prizes and you might have to hold your breath at times, but I love this goofy, smelly boring place.

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