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Re: “Heritage agency to build headquarters

Shame on Martha Miller, Director of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, for manipulating this deal for the "Miller Building," which is absolutely not needed and has nothing to do with the mission of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. If the department really needed new accommodations, in keeping with its mission, they would be in a rehabilitated historic building. The proposed new location isn't within walking distance of anything, doesn't preserve any part of the state's heritage, and shouldn't be viewed as anything but an ego trip for a department head who's only been in her position for about a year. (After such a sort tenure, how can she possible think she knows that the department needs an entirely new building!? Ridiculous.)

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Posted by CLG on 12/17/2013 at 10:41 PM

Re: “The Quapaw Quarter fence height rule at issue again

Cowan and Holmstrom simply need to move. They should live in one of the scores of other neighborhoods in Little Rock that don't have the regulations that the Mansion Area does. In working on their old houses, they haven't done anything more, or less, than hundreds of other people have done since the 1960s in the MacArthur Park and Governor's Mansion neighborhoods. They aren't special. But, obviously, they think they are.

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Posted by CLG on 07/24/2013 at 9:37 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bill would abolish Capitol Zoning District Commission

And you think the people who moved downtown in the 1960s and 70s didn't want a safe neighborhood for their children? (Ever hear of the downtown babysitting co-op of the 1970s and early 80s? Or the I Grew Up in the Quapaw Quarter Facebook page?) Tall fences don't make a safe neighborhood. People working together do, and there's always been much camaraderie among downtown residents -- until fairly recently.

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Posted by CLG on 04/08/2013 at 5:18 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Bill would abolish Capitol Zoning District Commission

Like ChristianDEM, I live downtown, where I've been a homeowner since 1980. He or she is totally wrong about downtown coming back because of newcomers like him/her. Downtown Little Rock -- or the Quapaw Quarter, as some of us like to call it -- began coming back in the 1960s, when the REAL downtown pioneers started moving in and restoring the wonderful historic houses. The pioneers of the 1960s and 1970s paved the way for all who followed. Were it not for those pioneers, who -- among other things -- advocated for the creation of the Capitol Zoning District Commission to help protect their investments in downtown properties, people like ChristianDEM never would even consider investing in the Capitol Zoning Mansion Area. What ChristianDEM and other newcomers are doing is building on what came before, writing a new chapter in downtown revitalization. It is presumptuous and hugely arrogant for these newcomers to think they started the movement. Rather, they are following in the footsteps of Little Rock's true downtown pioneers, benefiting from the work done by those who took big risks before most of these newcomers were born.

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Posted by CLG on 04/05/2013 at 9:51 PM

Re: “Praise for power brokers

Safely insulated from the negative effects of the homeless shelters, halfway houses, soup kitchens, etc., located almost exclusively in downtown Little Rock -- not his neighborhood! -- Max Brantley continues to castigate those who want something different for the downtown area.

Invite these facilities into YOUR neighborhood, Max -- and then you can talk.

While you're at it, ask Director Hendrix why a homeless day services center was bad for the old Job Corps Center but just fine for Main Street.

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Posted by CLG on 02/16/2012 at 7:19 PM

Re: “Saturday night's alright for an open line

Here's the real problem: Residents of Little Rock (and many other cities) are frightened and intolerant of homeless people or anyone else who is "different." When those "different" people are concentrated in a particular area of the city, like downtown Little Rock, their presence literally scares away investment. Such is not the case in more liberal and tolerant places -- like Austin, TX; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; and Asheville, NC; to name just a few. In those cities, the homeless are tolerated, and their presence doesn't seem to have a detrimental effect on downtown redevelopment efforts.

If the entire City of Little Rock could undergo an "attitude adjustment" concerning the homeless (as well as African-Americans, Hispanics, and other "scary" people), there would be no problem with locating a homeless facility downtown or anywhere else.

Until that attitude adjustment occurs, however, if you are not personally affected by the location of a facility serving the homeless -- as Max Brantley and most people posting messages in favor of the VA Homeless Clinic are not -- you really don't have any standing in the debate. Message to you folks who live in Hillcrest and points west: If you truly want to help the homeless, invite them into your neighborhoods and see how it affects your property values.

Posted by Nick52 on 02/12/2012 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Griffin joins fight against Main Street vet center

All spoken like people who live in neighborhoods where homeless "vagabonds" aren't an issue. For DECADES, the downtown area has been the dumping ground for halfway houses, homeless services, and other facilities that Hillcrest, the Heights, and the neighborhoods of West Little Rock simply won't tolerate. If you don't live in a location where homeless people congregate, your opinion simply doesn't count.

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Posted by Nick52 on 01/12/2012 at 8:38 PM

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