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Re: “First Cherokee Purple and the perfect poached egg

Arkansas Local Food Network's online food club sells skirt steak:

Posted by zaoy on 07/02/2013 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Parking deck coming to Riverfront Park

bugeyedlittlefreak, it's eminent domain, not imminent domain. You may want to go back to school.

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Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 06/20/2013 at 12:36 PM

Re: “Police arrest four and clear Occupy Little Rock camp

I walked over to the camp site as soon as I learned that LRPD was moving in. I counted 40 officers and approximately 15-20 bystanders, mostly people who stopped to watch after they exited the post office. Most of the Occupiers (about 10-15) stood on the post office parking lot just like the rest of us bystanders. I counted just as much media as Occupiers. Out of 40 police officers, roughly half of them were just standing on Capitol Avenue or 4th Street. At least two of them directed traffic. Approximately 20 officers were on the actual camp site. Officers on the site were in uniform except there were some in business attire. Several of the officers who stood on Capitol and 4th wore polo shirts that said LRPD. I chatted with some of them plus 1 NLRPD officer while the police confronted four Occupiers on the camp site. All the officers were nice. In fact, one of them was even nice to my dog! Police escorted Occupiers off site and didn't give them time to clean up. Everything was peaceful except 1) an employee at the appraisal office on Capitol Avenue yelled at some Occupiers, 2) a KATV cameraman was rude to me when I tried to talk to Officer Hastings about lack of police protection in downtown, and 3) there was another bystander with a dog, and his dog and my dog got excited for a minute. A Dem Gaz photographer estimated at least $30,000 in taxpayer money to arrest four Occupiers. I think it costed us more since there was a helicopter flying above us. What a waste. Sure wish they spend money like that to arrest drug dealers and make downtown safer!

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Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 05/16/2012 at 7:06 PM

Re: “Police arrest four and clear Occupy Little Rock camp

Btw, Dogtowndiva, there was a NLR police officer who was there to "observe" the situation. She said that she wasn't assisting LRPD but was there to observe. I haven't heard anything about Occupy moving across the river, but I guess NLR wants to get ready just in case. I guess not much happening in NLR today, and they can waste tax money here and there, although that's nothing compared to the amount LR wasted today arresting 4 people.

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Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 05/16/2012 at 3:24 PM

Re: “Police arrest four and clear Occupy Little Rock camp

I counted 40. As a homeowner who lives 2 blocks away from the camp, I would definitely miss them. Their presence brought police protection to our neighborhood. We had less drug dealers and prostitutes, thanks to Occupy LR. Too bad that criminals don't bring police protection to our neighborhood, but peaceful demonstrators do.

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Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 05/16/2012 at 3:19 PM

Re: “DNA to VA: go away


First Presbyterian Church has been serving hot food to homeless for who knows how many years on 8th and Main, and that didn't stop The Green Corner Store, The Root Cafe, Boulevard Bread, and USA Drug from establishing business in SOMA. I didn't notice vehement opposition from downtown residents when the Wolfe Street Foundation moved into the old Heifer Foundation building on 10th and Louisiana. Why is DNA so opposed to VA? Because it serves veterans in need? Someone at the meeting last night mentioned that the VA center may be an eyesore to people who visit Little Rock. I find the vacant Cook Jeep lot as an eyesore. If the center moves in to the lot, its employees will spend money in our neighborhood. I support the move. I also support changing zoning codes so that we can achieve equitable distribution of facilities that serve people in need. I support increased funding for public transit so that no veteran would have to spend over an hour on bus to get from west Little Rock to downtown to receive care. (I used to ride CATA's West Markham line, so I know. Try going from downtown to west Little Rock. Depending on destinations, it takes close to 2 hours, with transfers and all.) Little Rock's underfunded public transportation and inequitable zoning codes are not VA's fault. It's our fault for electing policymakers who don't do anything about them.

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Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 01/13/2012 at 11:53 AM

Re: “DNA to VA: go away

My partner and I own and live in a house 5 blocks away from the proposed location. I welcome the center. I was appalled last night to learn how many of my neighbors are liberal in name only. Crime and homeless issues in downtown Little Rock aren't the fault of VA. It's the fault of unresponsive city government and their supporters, some of whom live in Quapaw Quarter and SOMA. I have called 911 multiple times for drug dealings, cars being set on fire (twice last year), bricks thrown into cars (mine included), irate ex-husband threatening his ex-wife and kids, etc. I have never had police show up within an hour. It usually takes them 1.5 hours to show up. This is despite the fact that there is a police station on Cumberland and Capitol. We recently had a neighbor whose neck was slashed as he chased a drug dealer off of our street. Our neighbor wouldn't have had to take matters into his own hands if police actually show up when we call, and residents hadn't given up on calling them. Last year a stranger broke into my house at 11:30 pm at night. My partner was out of town, and I was home alone (and female). Fortunately, I scared him off, but I didn't bother calling the police. What would they do? File a report? After someone threw a brick into my car, my partner and I decided to leave our cars unlocked with no valuables inside. We now have folks sleeping in our car in the middle of the night. If we lock our cars, our windows get smashed. If we don't lock our cars, we have people sleeping inside our car. What would LRPD do? Come and check on our neighborhood a couple of times a week? I blame the city government for crime and homeless issues in downtown Little Rock. Perhaps Mayor Mark "Crime Fighting" Stodola can increase police presence and protection in our neighborhood. Maybe he can work on providing solutions for the city's homeless issues. I welcome the center since I believe it would contribute to solving some of the issues facing downtown. I'm doing my part. I hope the city government does its part to address crime and homelessness one of these days. I'm also frustrated at organizations that purport to support downtown but don't pressure the city to provide increased security. Perhaps QQA, DNA, and SOMA can pressure the city to increase security instead of focusing so much on financial and development opportunities (not to mention their obsession with historic preservation which does nada for neighborhood safety but creates hurdles for homeowners like me). I'd rather have a VA facility as my neighbor than some of these organizations that appear to care more about the Stephens Group and making the area look historic than people who live and work in downtown. What outrages me is that Occupy Little Rock gets 24-hour police watch, with a police car parked on an abandoned gas station on the corner of Capitol and Ferry, for exercising their 1st Amendment right. Why can't nearby neighbors get police protection from drug dealers? We deserve better than this.

27 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by GreenAR by the Day on 01/13/2012 at 10:16 AM

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