Instead of a freeway ramp, a mall at Second Street | Arkansas Blog

Friday, November 13, 2015

Instead of a freeway ramp, a mall at Second Street

Posted By on Fri, Nov 13, 2015 at 11:47 AM

click to enlarge WHY NOT A MALL? That's the downtown library anchoring the mall at lower left, looking east.
  • WHY NOT A MALL? That's the downtown library anchoring the mall at lower left, looking east.

I mentioned this morning that planners had once visualized a mall stretching along Second Street from Cumberland east to the Clinton Library.

Central Arkansas Library System Bobby Director sent me a concept of it by White-Daters. "Pretty cool," he said. I couldn't agree more.

So ..... Let's talk about removing the exit ramp there and talk again about the mall. Let's close La Harpe, too, at Clinton Avenue to make the River Market a pedestrian friendlier zone. Let's close La Harpe all the way to State, in fact, and expand the Riverfront Park into that space.

Yes, a new entrance to the downtown grid would have to be devised. Sixth Street is one possibility. Or maybe made the entrance from I-630. 

Let's do some creative thinking before we blindly accept that there's no option for Interstate 30 but to make it ever wider and add still more disruption and division to downtown.

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