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Re: “Historic Preservation Review Board rejects application for historic status for Little Rock public-housing towers

Letting the perfect be the enemy of the good.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Little Rocker on 12/07/2016 at 4:57 PM

Re: “Broadway Bridge contractor got a two-day headstart on six-month project

CBB - there was a decommissioning ceremony because the bridge was dedicated, upon opening, to the soldiers of WWI. It was therefore given a similar ceremony as the decommissioning of a battle ship.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Little Rocker on 10/17/2016 at 11:25 AM

Re: “LR Advertising and Promotion Commission votes to buy building at Markham and Spring

Sound - Ignoring, for a minute, the ridiculousness of your conspiracy theory, did you miss the part of the story where Bank of England was already trying to buy the building? It was the bank's offer to buy it that triggered the LRCVB's first right of refusal to purchase. Cromwell already had a buyer and didn't need LRCVB to step in.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Little Rocker on 08/24/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Consultants to city: Get MOU from AHTD on I-30

Self Appointed Arbiter - there's a difference between "removed" and "relocated." Nelson-Nyygard was stating that removing a main-line interstate and replacing it with a non-interstate (a boulevard) has never been done without relocating that interstate.

Posted by Little Rocker on 05/24/2016 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Putting up a parking lot for a tech park

According to your article from 3 months ago, it's about $11.6 million for all the Stephens buildings and lots, not just the one being torn down. http://www.arktimes.com/ArkansasBlog/archi…

Posted by Little Rocker on 05/05/2016 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Critic asks Highway Department to tell truth: No park in 10-lane freeway plan

The AHTD plan, even without the deck park envisioned by Tom Fennell and presented by Studio Main, still includes replacing tons of concrete with green space (17 acres according to the Downtown Partnership press release). This includes the area to the east and west ofI-30 where the circular exit ramps currently take up about 2 blocks on each side, as well as the 4-block-long viaduct that splits the River Market District between 2nd and 3rd. All of that concrete comes down, and AHTD will contract with the city to maintain it as park land.

As for the insistence that a deck park will never become a reality because there's "no realistic pathway to getting the money out of the city to do such a thing" (Max) or that we'll have to "fund it with bake sales" (Dodds) - what gives you that idea? Over and over, the citizens of Little Rock have demonstrated that we will fund meaningful projects. Most recently, the renovation of the Arts Center at $60 million and Robinson Auditorium at over $70 million come to mind. Before that, the expansion of the Convention Center, construction of the River Market Hall, countless libraries, the MacArthur Park renovation, Riverfront Park, the River Trail system, the Junction Bridge, the Clinton Bridge, the Bidgg Dam Bridge, and on and on. (Sort of makes me wonder where "Nanc" who made the comment above that "we can't have nice things" has been living.) The Convention and Visitors Bureau always seems to have some kind of bond that is reaching maturity and ripe for refinancing for the next project. Or how about at the end of the 10-year penny sales tax - this would be a great project to add to the list of new items when it's up for renewal (which happens to coincide with the expected completion year of the I-30 project.)

Dallas has built one deck park and has another in the works in Oak Cliff near the zoo, which is reportedly going to cost $50 million for a park about 3 times as long as what Studio Main has proposed between 6th and 9th. If the citizens of LR truly want it, and visionary folks like Studio Main market it right, I think we'll see a deck park over I-30 sooner than you think.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Little Rocker on 04/28/2016 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Critic asks Highway Department to tell truth: No park in 10-lane freeway plan

The AHTD plan, even without the deck park envisioned by Tom Fennell and presented by Studio Main, still includes replacing tons of concrete with green space (17 acres according to the Downtown Partnership press release). This includes the area to the east and west ofI-30 where the circular exit ramps currently take up about 2 blocks on each side, as well as the 4-block-long viaduct that splits the River Market District between 2nd and 3rd. All of that concrete comes down, and AHTD will contract with the city to maintain it as park land.

As for the insistence that a deck park will never become a reality because there's "no realistic pathway to getting the money out of the city to do such a thing" (Max) or that we'll have to "fund it with bake sales" (Dodds) - what gives you that idea? Over and over, the citizens of Little Rock have demonstrated that we will fund meaningful projects. Most recently, the renovation of the Arts Center at $60 million and Robinson Auditorium at over $70 million come to mind. Before that, the expansion of the Convention Center, construction of the River Market Hall, countless libraries, the MacArthur Park renovation, Riverfront Park, and on and on. The Convention and Visitors Bureau always seems to have some kind of bond that is reaching maturity and ripe for refinancing for the next project. Or how about at the end of the 10-year penny sales tax - this would be a great project to add to the list of new items when it's up for renewal (which happens to coincide with the expected completion year of the I-30 project.)

Dallas has built one deck park and has another in the works in Oak Cliff near the zoo, which is reportedly going to cost $50 million for a park about 3 times as long as what Studio Main has proposed between 6th and 9th. If the citizens of LR truly want it, and visionary folks like Studio Main market it right, I think we'll see a deck park over I-30 sooner than you think.

6 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Little Rocker on 04/28/2016 at 2:57 PM

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