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More, better downtown housing options

Young, single, upwardly-mobile professionals are abundant in Central Arkansas; however, there are very few updated/modern yet affordable housing options for us in downtown Little Rock. I propose a mixed used development w condos in the $175-200k range, a grocery store like Whole Foods, restaurants, coffee shop, dry cleaning, drug store, etc somewhere in the Rivermarket or Main St areas. This would provide a much needed ...more »

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More traditional development than suburban sprawl

Let's see more traditional development - walkable neighborhoods with safe, inviting, human-scale streets - rather than continuous sprawl on the outskirts that forces us to consume oil and comes with all of the inherit problems of car-dependency.

 

Please see my blog;

 

http://www.andrewalexanderprice.com/blog20121001.php

 

http://andrewalexanderprice.com/blog20121015.php

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Attract department stores downtown

We need to attract more department stores downtown. From my personal experience, department stores attract a lot of foot traffic. Small businesses don't have the same appeal. They're crucial to attracting foot traffic downtown and creating a vibrant urban shopping scene: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-WEnkTfijoYQ/Ti4zASXdXpI/AAAAAAAAA0A/OGthrA5v1vM/s1600/DSC05122.JPG http://www.about-australia.com/wp-content/uploads/attraction/broadway-on-the-mall-9326746.jpg ...more »

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Create an outdoor pedestrian shopping street

I think it's time that Little Rock creates a 'core' retail high street. I'd like to see E Markham St between Main St and the Interstate closed to vehicular traffic (except the street car). This could do wonders for downtown commerce. Instead of cars and traffic lights, pave the street from store front to store front, and allow street artists, alfresco cafes, fountains, etc to populate the middle of it. It would add ...more »

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Stop historically protecting entire districts

Personally, I think having a 'historic district' does more harm than good. I understand the motivation - you do not want it bulldozed to make way for a strip mall. I agree, I don't want to see downtown Conway or downtown Little Rock flattened and turned into Generic-Suburbia-USATown. But on the other hand, you're preventing yourself from a potential development boom downtown that could bring in a lot of retail. In my ...more »

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