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THE VERY FIRST POST An aerial view of Alexandria and Pineville, Louisiana. I created this blog for two reasons: First, there aren't any political blogs in Alexandria, Louisiana, and second, my friends from the outside world don't quite understand the strange culture that exists here (or why I'd be so obsessed with it). Anyone would who like to join this conversation is more than welcome. At its best, I believe this blog is like a case study of contemporary life in a city struggling with its own identity and its future. And to that end, I hope that this will illuminate current social and political issues, serving as both subtext and analysis of the stories and events that affect Central Louisiana.