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Re: “I-30 widening document ready for review next week

"the project will double I-30's width at President Clinton Avenue"

Yeah, if you completely ignore the fact that in addition to the existing through-lanes passing over Clinton Ave, you also have the exit ramp that you have to walk under. Combined, it's a total of 170 feet according to Google Earth measurements. If you count the cloverleaf exit ramps that you have to walk past which will be replaced with flat park land (as clearly illustrated in your pic above), the actual impact of the interstate on Clinton Ave as it currently exists stretches about 950 feet. As pictured above, it's only 230 feet of impact. that leaves 720 linear feet for park land that stretches about 650 feet wide between Clinton and 3rd. So roughly 468,000 square feet of new park space in the River Market in that spot, alone (10.74 acres).

Then you take away an additional 3 blocks worth of off-ramp stretching between 2nd and 3rd. That's 1000 feet long from Sherman to Cumberland. It's 90 feet wide as you walk under it at River Market Ave, and the total right-of-way appears to be closer to 160 feet wide. So add another 160,000 square feet (about 3.7 acres) of park land.

Everything pictured above in green is currently elevated concrete and will be torn down and replaced with flat grade-level park land. And you think this has a negative impact on downtown?

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Posted by Little Rocker on 06/07/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “H.A.M.'s Brandon Brown signed on for new restaurant

Great news! So glad Brandon Brown is back in the kitchen and what a cool location for it!

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Posted by Little Rocker on 04/12/2018 at 2:39 PM

Re: “As Little Rock City Hall turns: Exploring candidate, easing up on marijuana, Arts Center bonds

Libby - that sentence you quoted wasnt a statement of what the city does or doesnt want to do. He was explaining that the ordinance requested by Ken isnt merely a statement of what the city would like to see happen (as in previous resolutions), but rather an ordinance dictation policy to bodies over which the city has no authority, like the prosecutors office. Also, Tom doesnt work for the mayor, he works for the city board, who can hire/fire him. The mayor had no authority over him.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 03/04/2018 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Capitol Avenue hotel project firms up

perplexed : This property is within the creative Corredor. Its a block of Main Street.

Claude: The Boyle building is owned by the Chi family and was originally announced to be an Aloft Hotel. It was going to share amenities with the neighboring building to the south, like a swimming pool and workout facilities. The neighboring building, and the rest of the block, all owned by Scott read. Because of a change in Arkansas law, Scott lost the majority of the tax credits he was counting on to make the project feasible. Since it was now going to be underwater, construction stoppped. The properties have now been tied up in lawsuits with contractors. In the meantime, the Chis have announced a revamped plan that will include office and apartments along with a smaller hotel. The lead on the project, Jacob Chi, also suffered the loss of His wife after a long battle with cancer, which further delayed 84. Earlier this week he actually commented on Rex Nelsons Facebook page that the project moving forward soon. and from what I understand about the remaining properties, there now being acquired by new owners.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 02/23/2018 at 6:28 PM

Re: “Think Big Little Rock makes its pitch to Little Rock Chamber

Perhaps this group could think BIGGER if they paid a visit to Metroplan, the central Arkansas regional transportation planning authority? they might learn something about transportation planning. - Sound Policy

Did you actually click through and read the report? Clearly not. He transportation section is really well done. As to whether they paid a visit to Metroplan, the #2 guy at Metroplan was on the transportation committee, as was a representative from Rock Region Metro. Instead of shooting off a negative comment simply because you saw the word chamber, you should take a look at the ideas that this group of young professionals spent the last year working on. Theres some really good stuff there.

These are the same CEOs" who support the new corporate tax scheme for their companies and themselves. IVR2ALE

Did you even read the article? It said Think Big is a group of 25 to 40 year olds. Prob not too many CEOs in the group. And if you just read the Ideas listed above and didnt even click through to see the full report, youd see that the Ideas are far from corporate and are actually quite progressive.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 12/15/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “LR city manager proposes $10 million polce car plan; no curb on commuting mentioned UPDATE

"Wouldn't fewer commuters also mean more cars available in the motor pool to avoid "hot seating..."

Maybe, but it's also possible that fewer commuter cars would just result in fewer LR cops. Give them a reason to move to LR, don't give them a reason to quit their job and seek employment where they live now. We're in desperate need of new police officers as it is - we can't afford to lose any.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 06/02/2017 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Little Rock makes a Sweet 16. It's not a good thing

What the Streetsblog doesn't mention or take into account is the recent redevelopment of the area surrounding the travel center, with more yet to come. Several the parking lots shown on the aerial are no longer parking lots: the entire half block immediately north of the travel center (1 & 1/2 of which is shown on the aerial as surface parking) is under construction as a new hotel. To the immediate south along Rock St, the nearly half block of parking shown in the aerial is now a Moses-Tucker apartment development. It also doesn't account for the fact that a number of the labeled buildings surrounding the travel center are new developments, like the MacArthur Commons apartments and the Homewood Suites hotel to the immediate east of the travel center. I'm not saying we don't have an overabundance of surface lots downtown - we do. But it's moving rapidly in the right direction and the aerial they used is misleading.

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Posted by Little Rocker on 03/24/2017 at 11:02 AM

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