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Re: “Main Street to be blocked between 3rd and 4th

"Is this a repeat from 50 years or so ago of the Main Street pedestrian corridor to visit the non-existent stores..."
-couldn't be better

What is happening on Main now is vastly different from the earlier fiasco that killed it.
-arkdemocrat

No. First of all, even if you're only reading this blog and no other news source you should still know that it's not about retail and it's not about building and hoping something comes, but about what's already being built. Drive down main st and see for yourself what's happening. The expansion of the Rep, Ballet Arkansas, and the Symphony all going into the old MM Cohn building along with loft apartments upstairs. Next to that in the 12 story white building will be the trendy Aloft hotel that was originally slated to be build in the river market. You've got more loft apartments coming in the first block off Main on Capitol plus the new Southern Gourmasian restaurant. The 400 block is the tech park site starting with the existing old Stephens Annex. The 300 block is the K Lofts with more loft apartments and very successful Club Level. Across the street is Mann on Main which was fully leased residentially before it was even completed and now the ground floor retail space is full with the announcement of the new restaurant from the owner of Cheers in the Heights. And there's always about an hour wait to get a table at Bruno's. Then you've got CJRW moving into the building at 3rd and their Jones Video arm going across the street. Within 12 months there will be 250 new residential units on main st and they are being filled as fast as they can be renovated because, unlike the $200,000 condos in the River Market, they're in the sweet spot from a rental price standpoint for young professionals.

"The whole thing is a mess! Money could have been spent repairing potholes in our city streets instead of lining a few pockets!"
-patience

No it couldn't. This was money from a federal EPA grant that was given for this specific purpose to showcase sustainable streetscape practices. The mayor's office submitted the application.

"I would like to take this opportunity to tell everyone that I voted AGAINST both tax measures."
-Pavel

That's great, but see above. This had nothing to do with the sales tax election.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 09/08/2014 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Private clubs and Uber/Lyft hit LR City Board agenda

While many always point to crazy Irma as the biggest problem on the city board, it's surely becoming more and more apparent to anyone paying attention that the real person who must be defeated is Joan. Irma talks crazy, but usually votes the right way. Joan, on the other hand, is the source of backwards thinking time and time again, and bullies everyone until she gets what she wants. Please, someone, start recruiting a viable opponent now!

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Posted by Little Rocker on 08/08/2014 at 7:56 PM

Re: “Little Rock cops to be out in force for showing of 'Hunger Games' at Movies in the Park

300 people? Try 7,000 Claude. It's a major event serving a diverse collection of LR citizens from all over the city and hosted in our tourist zone. A strong show if force the week after shots were fired is a very appropriate response to assure the citizens of LR that MITP will remain a safe environment.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 07/17/2014 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Little Rock cops to be out in force for showing of 'Hunger Games' at Movies in the Park

arwth: actually, food and drink, including alcohol, are allowed to be brought in. And MITP is put on by the city through the Convention and Visitors Bureau and partially supported by sponsorship dollars. It's not a profit center, it's a community service.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 07/16/2014 at 9:42 PM

Re: “Tech Park board consensus: Time to get a move on

"If the folks in North Little Rock had the same thought processes as our neighbors to the South, the location of Dickey-Stevens and Verizon would still be "somewhere downtown," but still awaiting construction."

Actually, it was "your neighbors to the South" who selected the sites for both Verizon Arena and Dickey-Stephens Park. Verizon is a Pulaski County facility, paid for by a county tax, the location of which was determined largely by LR business leaders (in conjunction with the expansion of the Statehouse Convention Center. And Dickey-Stephens is where it is because the land was owned and donated by Warren Stephens, who was the driver behind relocating the ballpark in the first place.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 12/12/2013 at 5:18 PM

Re: “Delta Regional Authority awards grant to Innovation Hub

Awesome project. I just hope I'm proven wrong in thinking that this isn't the right location for it.

Posted by Little Rocker on 12/02/2013 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Metering in the market: Breakfast killer?

"Little Rock has always been proactive in making it difficult for folks to spend their money here. Charging folks money to park so they can shop locally is the same theory as doubling the trolley fare to get more riders."

As has been reported previously on this blog, the problem with the free parking along Clinton Ave was that the only people parking there were the restaurant employees who would show up in the morning and stay all day, leaving no parking spaces for actual customers. Putting in the meters, however poorly designed they were, has made those spaces accessible to those only parking for an hour or so. Those people were already paying for parking--they were just paying more to park further away. Now I can actually find a spot near Gus's at lunch and don't have to park 3 blocks away or pay 5 bucks to do it.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 11/26/2013 at 10:36 PM

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