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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

Re: “What the Governor's Mansion flap says about the GOP era

Just to add to the irony of all this partisan nonsense, the chairman of the committee for the governor's mansion when it was built (who raised much of the money and kept the project on target) was one of the few dyed in the wool Republicans in Arkansas in the late 1940's and early 1950's. His name was Clyde Lowry and he was President of both the Chamber of Commerce and the former Community Chest in a day when civic responsibility was part of being a business leader. He led the initiative to build the mansion knowing that it would likely be occupied by Democrats for his lifetime. There was a time, long long ago, when party lines were about personal political viewpoint and not about demonizing the "other side" because for most (not all) there was just one side. Arkansas' side.

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Posted by presrevrob on 06/22/2016 at 9:34 PM

Re: “The ballad of Fred and Yoko

A well told story. What a gift to have such wonderful long-form journalism in our local weekly paper. Thanks for this and thanks to the Times for the investment in this kind of real journalism.

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Posted by presrevrob on 03/31/2016 at 6:58 PM

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