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Re: “Proud to live in West Little Rock

Ewwy, I'm so excited to post my opinion on this article (and to previous posts). It's going to be a struggle, but I'm going to be as polite as I possibly can be. This will be long, so don't bother reading this if you aren't already loving this board. So, what are the main take-aways of this article?

1) The author is proud to live in WLR. Great, stay there, especially if you are scared of crime (life). I'm 29 and have managed to stay alive in midtwon so far (phew). I've even heard of some people living to their life expectancy unharmed in Central Little Rock.

2) Now onto education. Amy writes that she wants to be near good schools. Well, she's right. Living in WLR will place you near "good" schools but not great schools. Most of the best elementary and high schools are located in Central Little Rock: Forest Park Elementary School, The Anthony School, Episcopal Collegiate School, Our Lady of Holy Souls, Catholic High School for Boys, and Mount St. Mary Academy.

3) Amy, WLR is only an amalgamation if you don't know what the word amalgamation means. A microcosm of America? Really? C'mon. Oh, and I hate it when people name-drop restaurant owners, ("Scott McGehee's Big Orange"). Give me a break! Just say "Big Orange" and leave it at that.

Now, onto the previous posts. Why does the debate over this article have to be about race or political affiliation. There are more black people in pockets of WLR than in Heights/Edgehill/Crestwood/Hillcrest. Sure, WLR was founded on "White Flight," but that isn't necessarily the case today (not as a whole). Those who truelly hate black people are now starting to go even farther west near the edge of the city limits. Also, they're are plenty of conservatives in midtown (and racists). You can hear the "N word" dozens of times at many dinner table discussions in the Heights.

I'm a moderate conservative, and I live in Hillcrest. Aside from adhering to the live/work/play mentality of urban living, I love the architecture. Most people I know my age live in this part of town not because of political affilitation (liberal) and not because we are so much more accepting of other races, ethnicities, and creeds. We just prefer classic structures. Personally, I rarely like a residential structure that was built within the last 60 years.

Raymond, correct (for the most part) on property taxes. In Midtown, the Palisades, back-end of the Heights (Longfellow area), Edge-Hill, and the neighboring portion of Crestwood are going to have the highest land values (therefore, property taxes). However, there are some 1 to 2.5 million dollar homes scattered throughout the westernmost areas of WLR that will fetch just as much property taxes.

Last thing: To Amy's reply, "To think that someone's choice of neighborhood defines their character is inane." Well, sugar, it seems plausible to me that where someone chooses to dwell might just say a little about someone's character. Actually, I'd say that WLR families are a hell of a lot more wholesome than midtown families. I just don't want wholesome in my life.

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Posted by TommyF on 01/30/2012 at 3:12 PM


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