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Re: “Little Rock, Fort Smith land on list of 50 worst cities

Stash, there are some awesome parts south of 630. Apologies if I implied otherwise. I was referring to the historic division of the city since the concrete gulch was constructed. Fair Park and Quapaw are great places and even the Central High area has some very cool houses and signs of renewal. My thought was toward the parts of LR south of 630 that are generally forgotten and mostly neglected by city leaders.

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Posted by presrevrob on 07/09/2018 at 3:29 PM

Re: “Little Rock, Fort Smith land on list of 50 worst cities

You always have to take those lists with a healthy dose of skepticism, however having been gone for 18 months and living in another city on the list (Jackson) now I can say that looking back Little Rock did provide a very different standard of living. It is a great city with lots of opportunities and great food, entertainment, etc. if you can afford to live north of 630 and are not part of the great swath of forgotten Little Rock. The difference between having a "I'm here for the people (rich, white, business people) mayor like Boss Stodola and a young idealistic mayor like Chokwe Lumumba here in Jackson really changes your perspective on the landscape of the city. Jackson is no less divided economically or racially than Little Rock, but here I feel like part of a much larger whole than I did when living in the Heights.

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Posted by presrevrob on 07/09/2018 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Luke Skrable again swears he'll fight Little Rock City Hall lawfully. But fight he will.

Yet another reason to let Boss Stodola ride off into the sunset and take his place among the other legends of Developer Lackey's who have populated city halls nationwide. Little Rock needs a leader who cares about the WHOLE city and not just the parts where his Country Club of LR friends live. The city also needs (and deserves) a mayor who will put energy toward governance rather than real estate development and "economic development" (aka tax giveaways).

Posted by presrevrob on 08/01/2017 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Quapaw Quarter Association asks governor not to abolish zoning district

I just relocated to Jackson, MS which for many decades had nothing to protect its downtown and capitol district. The result is a landscape of mismatched architecture, unkept surface parking lots, and the loss of dozens of late Victorian, Edwardian, and even some early modernist buildings. The result is a downtown struggling for identity. Luckily we have a good overlay district now, but much of the damage is done.

Posted by presrevrob on 02/08/2017 at 10:31 AM

Re: “McSwain's departure as head of Historic Preservation confirmed

I endured several years with Stacy Hurst as my city councilperson. I was not important enough for her time since I lived in the lesser part of 07. She was dismissive, ineffective, and ill equipped for the job. Now she has taken her road show to an important and under appreciated state agency. This is the real danger of political hackery.

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Posted by presrevrob on 01/22/2017 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Arkansas archeologist does his job, is asked to leave

This is what happens when a dilettante is made head of an agency requiring actual knowledge. I thought at the start that the director would be a disaster after my disappointing experiences with her as my city councilwoman. Now with the atrocious new headquarters building and yet another example here of failure to follow the most basic steps to preserve knowledge about the city's past we see that we are getting what we voted for with Gov. Hutchinson. All governors are guilty of patronage. But rewarding smart people who know their jobs and foolish people who just want to be in charge of something is quite a different thing.

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Posted by presrevrob on 12/15/2016 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Arkansas starts Food Hall of Fame

I like Max's suggested threesome to start. I would add fried pies from Lil's bbq on Asher (long gone) and the chicken salad from A Very Special Tea Room in the Heights (also long gone) For a small state and for LR as a small city, we are blessed with many many great food options and entrepreneurs.

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Posted by presrevrob on 09/09/2016 at 3:29 PM

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