Thursday, June 26, 2014

A bathroom for the Big Dam bridge — what an idea!

Posted By on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 at 6:47 AM

click to enlarge RESTROOMS NEEDED: At Big Dam Bridge.
  • RESTROOMS NEEDED: At Big Dam Bridge.

The city of Little Rock will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Willie Hinton Center at 3805 W. 12th to to talk about partnering with the Big Dam Bridge Foundation and a grant from the state to build restrooms near the Murray Lock and Dam for the crowds that cross the Big Dam Bridge on foot and bike.

The foundation is raising matching money. Contribute online here.

Perfectly fine idea. What I don't understand is how the city sold a half-billion-dollar sales tax a few years ago, including capital money, and didn't make an allotment for adequate facilities for popular parks.

We don't do enough for parks. But we'll promise pie-in-the-sky tech park dreams with city millions and no outside capital of any consequence and then wrangle about it for years. Those restrooms could have been built by now.

Just tell people to get their city director to approve a Mapco convenience store at Third and Broadway. Then you can pee there before heading to the bridge. Its promoters promise it to be a welcoming, verdant oasis and attractive dining venue in the heart of downtown.  And if you can't believe real estate developers, who can you believe?

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