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Matt McNelley 
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Matt McNelley is a 24 year old medical student in Little Rock Arkansas. He currently represents the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of… More »

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Re: “Arkansans outnumbered among UA freshmen; Texans on the rise

The article neglects to mention that to get the reduced rate (that is close to in-state tuition) the students from bordering states have to meet certain academic criteria as well, not just be a resident in one of those states.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 11/21/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Highway Department floats new Broadway Bridge proposal

I can't edit my previous comment, but I'll add this: If the cities can turn Broadway into an actual park as envisioned in a previous article I just belatedly discovered, then I say go for it! A giant pedestrian bridge with a few trees isn't special, but the over-the-river park bridge... now that would be impressive. Something like that would be unique and visually appealing while allowing this new proposal to focus on the traffic side of things. I hadn't noticed that article before, but those renderings are impressive.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 05/15/2012 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Highway Department floats new Broadway Bridge proposal

This is smart. Offer the cities what they loudly asked for by offering to keep the old bridge and by doing so they'll find out if the cities ever meant to back up their last-minute proposal to "save" the Broadway bridge or if they knew it was a hollow gesture upfront and have no money/plan to do so. If the cities can't pull it together, then AHTD called their bluff and tried to give the cities a chance if they were serious. If the cities can pull it off, then it can be a win-win. If they're going to build one of the designs they initially proposed and somehow keep this bridge while keeping traffic patterns similar, I could see this being a decent proposal. Sadly (for the save Broadway crowd) I think the smart decision is probably just to build a new, better, bridge with the big pedestrian and bike-friendly features originally proposed.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 05/14/2012 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Little Rock Technology Park will level homes

This is a well written article looking at the issue. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out in the long run. I think one of the residents quoted in the article is correct that Option 2 will be eliminated since it cuts into the nicest neighborhood of the 3 and has an erratic layout. I just wonder if the authority will want to go with Site 1 to completely change the look of a big stretch of visible interstate frontage, or Site 3, which seems like the easiest/most sensitive overall plot of land (although it does still eat into some Fair Park neighborhood and I don't see them liking it either).

Posted by Matt McNelley on 03/15/2012 at 2:50 PM

Re: “$20 million redevelopment planned for Main Street

Never said anything about the vet project Jim. Please don't project your assumptions of what I believe and support onto my posts that are simply excited to see some development coming to downtown Little Rock and filling a vacant building. I can't imagine why you wouldn't want to see the empty buildings put to good use instead of sitting there slowly decaying and eventually becoming more empty parking lots. Not sure what's happened with Porter's exactly- some sort of snafu between the developer of the building and the owner of the restaurant I believe.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 03/07/2012 at 11:51 PM

Re: “$20 million redevelopment planned for Main Street

The annex is directly across from Porter's Jazz Cafe and the upcoming (upscale) K-Lofts apartment complex. Some of the other neighbors are less appealing, but they're not dangerous and are now going to look like excellent targets for new development. Redevelopment takes time, but I think this will be a big step in the right direction. I remember when Saint Louis started their Washington Avenue efforts. People thought the early adopters were crazy, living in nice lofts/condos in such a gritty area, but just a few years later (admittedly, St. Louis developers moved very fast) it's stunning the atmosphere and options that are available there now. It sounds like Ms. Bates just doesn't like the idea of living downtown in a regular city, as people did before car culture and as they're beginning to embrace again. That's fine and that's her view, but for those of us that do like downtown lofts, apartments in walkable areas, and new energy on Main Street are very excited by this.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 03/07/2012 at 5:58 PM

Re: “$20 million redevelopment planned for Main Street

The building is actually in phenomenal shape compared to most (remember, it had a lot of work done when it was going to be redeveloped as banking offices years ago) so $20 million will go a long ways and finish it out at a very nice level. Remember that Acxiom's shiny new headquarters cost $30 million... $20 million is a whole lot of money and this building isn't that big. You could build a nice new building for that much, and I look forward to seeing what $20 million added to an existing nice building can do. Very excited for this project and the energy it will help bring to Main Street as it slowly builds redevelopment momentum.

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Posted by Matt McNelley on 03/07/2012 at 3:31 PM


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