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Re: “Southern Salt's McCants opening store in SOMA

Welcome to the best street in the best neighborhood in Little Rock! This was the terminus of the Main St/23rd street steetcar line. Redevelopment of this corner may be a step back in time.

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Posted by jwbryan on 10/06/2014 at 8:52 PM

Re: “South on Main announces free music series

Let's get an early start tomorrow night with the live Ryman Auditorium broadcast of the 2013 Americana Music Awards on AXS.TV network.

Posted by jwbryan on 09/17/2013 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Wednesday To-Do: The Black Crowes Canceled

Posted later on September 11 on their FB page: "We sadly bid a final farewell to our loving father, Stan Robinson. The man who lived his entire life in Atlanta, GA left this earthly realm Tuesday afternoon on wings of pure love and with his sons by his side.

We love you Dad."

Let those who posted the tasteless comments on the band's cancellation messages think twice before typing.

Posted by jwbryan on 09/14/2013 at 3:25 PM

Re: “Review: Keller Williams, Jan. 11 at Revolution

Missed hearing "Mullet Cut" and "Doobie in my Pocket", but several from his latest project with the Travelin' McCourys "Pick!" album made up for it. Several selections we heard at Wakarusa in June. Most of all, it's a pleasure to witness the artist having as much fun as anyone in the club.

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Posted by jwbryan on 01/16/2013 at 7:47 PM

Re: “Wilbur Mills' wall

The issue started 30 years earlier when I-30 was routed through existing residential, commercial and light industrial areas of LR & NLR, wiping out a number of historic properties and isolating the neighborhoods lying to the east. An alignment of I-30 with Bond Street and the western edge of Adams Field, exiting the central city along the Rock Island right of way or even south of Granite Mountain along Dixon Road would have been less culturally and environmentally (Fourche Creek bottoms) damaging. The cross-town expressway should have been constructed just south of Roosevelt and the fairgrounds, leaving only 15-20 blocks to the city center--a perfect distance for commercial and residential development along the north-south connector streets.

The sense of neighborhood was finished off by the haphazard attendance zones created by LRSD in its attempt to maintain some degree of racial balance. When I moved in 1996 to the Governor's Mansion Historic district and was evaluating LRSD schools for my child, I learned that Central HS, only 16 blocks away, was 2 or 3 boundaries away--We lived in a McClellan HS Zone (7 miles distant), students just 10 blocks southwest of us were assigned to Fair HS (13 miles), and a living few blocks north and east would have sent us to Hall HS (5 miles). With the loss of neighborhood schools was lost the neighborhoods...and the schools. Gang colors replaced school colors (I was advised to avoid blue on my street--the blue area was 4 blocks west, the purple area was 6 blocks east, on 21st).

Don't get me started on the streetcars. Tracks along Main and Broadway to Roosevelt, crossing town along 2nd and west along Capitol or 7th St, would have given CAT a true public transit network with the potential for decent ridership.

Despite these observations, we have found the Quapaw Quarter to be more of a true neighborhood than any suburb, exurb (read Cabot, Bryant, Maumelle), or subdivision in the metro area--including Heights/Hillcrest--that we have encountered.

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Posted by jwbryan on 02/12/2011 at 4:52 PM


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