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

"Further, the two houses in question were already restored--they did need some wood work here and there--but the two owners certainly DID NOT save the properties..."

This statement is an outright lie that shows just how little the facts matter to people who are emotionally invested in this issue. I lived in the Quapaw when both these men bought and restored their houses. I saw the inside and outside of each house. Both men had to remove squatters and clean crap out of their yards and in their houses when people had been using them for outhouses. Both of these houses were eyesores and anything but, "already restored" . Spunkrat, you can have an opinion about the issue, but don't lie to make your point.

Investment matters. Your comparison to Charleston and the French Quarter is laughable. The Quapaw doesn't hold a candle to either of those areas and if you think so, you must be smoking the stuff you can buy on South Main.

This area downtown has a decision to make. Is it going to capitalize on the investments of the young people who are willing to take a risk and and possibly infuse the area with young children, increased safety and maybe even a decent grocery store some day. Or will they miss this opportunity continue to grow old, die in their houses because they can't sell them and in a few years someone will be taking a dump where you used to sleep

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Posted by ChristianDEM on 07/18/2013 at 8:18 AM

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

Downtown has not taken off because you have people like Rat who are condescending in their language (I am not your “honey”) and think it was a good thing to put up with crime in your neighborhood for all those years. The new generation coming to this area is restoring the old homes that had squatters and drug dealers in them. We are looking out for more than just making sure a house dose not lose its historical character, we are making sure a neighborhood is safe for our families, new business and our pets (even if it means 48 inch fences).

I know Gabe Holmstrom, I know he is nothing close to being raciest, no one that moves downtown is. However, people who look like Gabe don’t end up on your porch drunk, they don’t break out car windows for your stuff, and they don’t fire shots in our neighborhood. They eat at the new Root Café, Boulevard Bread, support Community Bakery and the Oxford American. I want more people who look like Gabe as my neighbor.

The culture of downtown is changing. It doesn’t matter if your call it Quapaw or SOMA, what matters is there are young families that are moving in with children. And when it comes to our kids, we will take fences and safety over eight inches of architectural integrity. If you really wanted what was best for your neighborhood instead of looking out for the way things have always been you would welcome people like Gabe and Patrick and the investments to downtown they bring.

The only reason the past is appreciated and celebrated is if it lays a foundation for a better future. Right now it is a road block.

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Posted by ChristianDEM on 04/08/2013 at 9:38 AM

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

I live downtown. The face of downtown is changing. It's coming back, not because of the old money down here, however connected the elderly may be. It's because of young families like Holmstrom and Cowan with dogs and kids that need fences, who are spending lots of money to renovate run down eyesores. None of the "connected " money has helped push for or facilitate the new businesses on Main or the proposed bike lanes, or new dog park. It's guys like Page Wilson, Buckly O'meal, Holmstrom and Cowan. All of who consider the CZC people to be useless, as most of the new people making downtown what it is consider them. Bell's bill may or may not pass but at least it highlights that the CZC is considered an on obstical to downtown re-birth, not an asset just as most of the money moving here consider it. It's only a matter if time, because times, they are changing.

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Posted by ChristianDEM on 04/05/2013 at 8:16 AM

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

I live downtown. The face of downtown is changing. It's coming back, not because of the old money down here, however connected the elderly may be. It's because of young families like Holmstrom and Cowan with dogs and kids that need fences, who are spending lots of money to renovate run down eyesores. None of the "connected " money has helped push for or facilitate the new businesses on Main or the proposed bike lanes, or new dog park. It's guys like Page Wilson, Buckly O'meal, Holmstrom and Cowan. All of who consider the CZC people to be useless, as most of the new people making downtown what it is consider them. Bell's bill may or may not pass but at least it highlights that the CZC is considered an on obstical to downtown re-birth, not an asset just as most of the money moving here consider it. It's only a matter if time, because times, they are changing.

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Posted by ChristianDEM on 04/05/2013 at 7:34 AM

Re: “McDaniel yields on FOI request

Good for Dustin! I am a big supporter of public schools and I was a supporter of LRSD until I went to the town hall meeting hosted by Philander Smith College a couple of weeks ago in which Dr. Holmes participated. I went in a supporter of LRSD and came away dissapointed.

Dr. Holmes actually compared the KIPP schools and the success they were having in the delta to the "master teaching slaves to be good slaves." You should watch the video or get a transcript. The sooner the AG can take that money away from the LRSD the better. The only reason this is in litigation is because Chris Heller and John Walker need to keep making money off it. It is sad that our tax dollars are paying for Heller's home in Costa Rica and John Walker's extravagant lifestlye. This no longer has anything to do with the kids or education, this is about money.

I have had children in two public school systems including LRSD and one charter school. LRSD has been the worst experiance my far. Dr Holmes has to go and LRSD needs to start looking for answers not excuses.

Posted by ChristianDEM on 11/18/2011 at 8:49 AM

Re: “From whom all blessings flow

Are we sure that picture is real? I can't imagine, even Harris, making a mistake like that for the whole world to see.

But the whole government funding of religious backed schools is an interesting question. If the same logic that the Republicans applied to the funding of Planned Parenthood was applied here, they would have to be against it becasue that government money is freeing up other funds that can be used to teach religion.

Posted by ChristianDEM on 06/01/2011 at 8:19 AM
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