QQA View on I-30 Expansion

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The 30 Crossing project is not, strictly speaking, a historic preservation issue.  As far as we presently are aware, no significant historic resources would be directly affected by the project.  However, the project almost certainly would have an impact on redevelopment efforts east of Interstate 30 in Little Rock, an area in which the Quapaw Quarter Association has a vested interest as owner of the Woodruff House.  In addition, 30 Crossing brings with it a wide array of design and quality-of-life issues that would affect the Quapaw Quarter – and the City as a whole – for decades to come.  Consequently, the Quapaw Quarter Association offers its perspective:
As historic preservationists who have witnessed firsthand the destructive and divisive impact interstate highways have had on cities across the country, we cannot be “pro-interstate.”  There can be no doubt that the interstate highway program was poorly conceived when it came to routing interstates through cities, and Little Rock has suffered accordingly.  History reflects that in past generations, many state and city leaders wrote off areas east of Interstate 30 and south of Interstate 630 as the “bad” parts of town, best separated from the rest of the city by concrete barriers.  Ideally, these barriers would come down, and our city could be knitted back together.
However, it is our belief – after meetings with highway officials and city leaders, as well as much discussion – that there is very little chance the interstates will be removed entirely from the heart of downtown Little Rock.  Given that belief, we consider it critical to be involved in guiding the 30 Crossing project so that it has the least possible detrimental impact on the Quapaw Quarter and is designed with features that might even be viewed as positive.
As an organization committed to the preservation and revitalization of historic places in Little Rock, we believe any major undertaking like this should focus on getting people to downtown Little Rock, not through it; enhancing safety; and repairing as much of the physical divide created by I-30 and I-630 as possible.  Some traffic congestion in an urban area should be accepted as a fact of life.  In addition, research suggests that transportation innovations will lead to fewer, not more, cars driving through and into Little Rock in years to come.  We hope that the following factors will be addressed before the 30 Crossing project is finalized:
Consider all options to enhance safety
Repair of the I-30 bridge should be seen as an opportunity to design the best possible solution to safety and traffic concerns in downtown Little Rock.  While most are not fatal, this stretch of I-30 has a high number of accidents.  Those travelling this route would benefit from better-designed interchanges and on and off ramps.  Preferably, these safety issues can be addressed without widening the Interstate footprint so much that it will trigger construction and widenings in Little Rock and central Arkansas for many years to come.  We look forward to learning the results of the NEPA process evaluation of an eight lane option.
Repair divide between east and west
All streets that currently connect the east and west sides of I-30 need to remain open.  The connections should be enhanced to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic in addition to vehicular traffic.  Noise should be reduced along the corridor, and, in particular, where roads will pass under the Interstate.  The Hanger Hill area has struggled since the construction of I-30, and is now seeing renewed interest and investment in spite of it.  One issue the neighborhood faces daily is the 15th Street exit off I-630 that allows drivers to exit, cut through the neighborhood at high speeds on College Street, and enter I-30 further north.  The high speeds at which they travel on College Street create constant safety concerns for local residents.  This problem needs to be addressed, but a 15th Street exit should remain open for use by residents and local businesses.
Design and prepare for transportation innovations
Many people and organizations have worked very hard to revitalize downtown and surrounding neighborhoods, and they will continue to do so.  Nationwide, people are driving less and moving back to vibrant urban areas.  Perhaps fewer lanes for through traffic would accommodate future needs and encourage drivers to take other routes around downtown.  If collector distributor lanes are built at grade and integrated with the existing street grid, we believe the visual impact of ten lanes through downtown would be lessened.  Ideally, the final plan would be such that future construction work, which would further disrupt life and commerce downtown, could be avoided.
Minimize disruptions during construction
Even if all goes according to plan, we understand that the construction phase of this project is scheduled to last a minimum of four full years, beginning in 2017 or 2018 and running through the end of 2021.  If not planned and staged thoughtfully to minimize disruptions to the downtown area, the project could possibly slow or halt downtown’s renaissance, particularly east of I-30, at a critical time for Little Rock.  We urge AHTD, with input from city government and other stakeholders, to work hard to avoid harming the very good things happening throughout the downtown area.
We are specifically opposed to the pairing of Second and Fourth Streets as the “off and on- ramps” for downtown Little Rock.  A better solution must be found for the problems associated with the intersection of La Harpe Boulevard, President Clinton Avenue, and Cumberland Street.  We favor the idea of a design charrette drawing upon local talent.
We are encouraged by AHTD’s continued discussions with the public and stakeholders and with the recent changes to the plan in response to local concerns.  The Quapaw Quarter Association urges the continuation of these discussions until all parties with a vested interest in downtown are satisfied.


Information about 30 Crossing and how to make comments available here
Quapaw Quarter Association
P.O. Box 165023 615 East Capitol Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72202

Kidstock at Hilary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Peace, love, and fun.  The Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center, 4800 W. 10th Street, will hold Kidstock on Saturday, October 24, from 2-4:30 p.m.  Kidstock will occur on the grounds of the Children’s Library and will include musical performances, activities, and games.
Music will be provided by Trout Fishing in America and Big Still River.  Activities and games include tree painting, yoga, tug-of- war, bubble stations, farm animals from Dunbar Gardens, and a photo wall.
CALS’ Hillary Rodham Clinton Children’s Library & Learning Center is one of fourteen CALS branches serving Pulaski and Perry counties.  The Children’s Library is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.  For more information, call 978-3870 or visit www.cals.org.
Contact Information
Lee Ann Hoskyn


Central Arkansas Library System


Public Safety Smart Phone Resources

Public Safety Resources for Little Rock

Emergencies: 911

Non-emergency police calls: 501-371-4829

Graffiti Report: 311

Crimestoppers: 501-371-4636

Arrange Home Security Check, call 501-918-5369

Smartphone Apps: Little Rock Official (Submit 311 Graffiti Photo)

Pulaski County Sheriff (Roster of Jail Inmates Here)


FBI Child ID


Facebook: Little Rock Police Department


Instagram @LittleRockPoliceDepartment

Go to: www.littlerock.org

on menu, select: LR Police Dept.; then – Home Property Inventory

(List Serial Numbers on Valuables)

also report criminals on tip sheet – menu select: Crimestoppers

also get Incident Reports – menu select: Crime Reports

also get safety brochures – menu select: Neighborhood Watch

The Green Corner Store Specials

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Dear friends,

Fall delights are in full swing and as you begin to cook seasonally, you may be looking for and cooking those yummy root crops.

You’ll find Dunbar Garden’s sweet potatoes and other wonderful garden produce at the Bernice Garden Farmers’ Market on Sundays! We are featuring Dunbar Garden as our non-profit of the month. Learn more about Dunbar Garden HERE.

You can benefit this community teaching garden by trying Loblolly Creamery’s amazing Dunbar Sweet Potato Pie ice cream: Gobs of house-made marshmallow fluff, roasted sweet potatoes from their own garden, and crumbles of graham crackers. It’s a slice of pie in a scoop. This limited-edition flavor will only be available during October.

Green Corner Store Ice Cream
New Boiron Homeopathic Product!
Now you can find a combination of five different homeopathic remedies in one medicine to address all symptoms related to hormonal hot flashes!

Find relief from a flushed, blotchy face, irritability, sleeplessness, hot flashes with sweating, headache,
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Conservation at its most basic level involves not only protecting what exists in nature, but also in reusing and recycling products that humankind has produced.

Greenway Recycle Paint embodies this concept magnificently. Instead of sending perfectly good paint to a landfill, they collect it and increase its value by mixing it and creating a premium paint, while selling it at low costs

We are excited that you can find this paint in our store!
Learn where to drop off your paint, when local cleanups are happening, and more by visiting their website.

Recycle Paint
Crayon Rocks + (New) Stencils!

Crayon Rocks were developed by Barbara Lee,
a special needs teacher who worked with elementary aged children for 23 years. She invented Crayon Rocks after being inspired by occupational therapist Jan Olsen and her
 Handwriting Without Tears program.

Lee learned from Ms. Olsen how important it was for children to develop a strong tripod grip early in their education process; handwriting skills depend upon this. Seeing that a simple tool to develop these skills in young children wasn’t readily available,

Ms. Lee set out to develop one.
Check out the new People Colors and Rubeez stencils!
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Downtown Little Rock Update

Locally Labelled

October 15: Locally Labelled Kick Off, River Market Pavilions, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Happy Hour, free to ages 21 and older, with all of the participating Locally Labeled partners providing free samples and selling their products. Entertainment by Amasa Hines.

October 17: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Senior Expo, Statehouse Convention Center, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

October 18: Biketoberfest in the River Market. Learn more.

Saturdays at the River Market Farmers’ Market in the Pavilions. Learn more. SNAP available for purchase on 2nd floor.

October 20: Pedro E. Guerrero-A Photographer’s Journey, an American Masters Series film sponsored by the Architecture & Design Network in collaboration with AETN, followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Ethel Goodstein Murphree, Associate Dean, Fay Jones School of Architecture+ Design, Brian Lang, Chief Curator, Arkansas Arts Center; and Tim Hursley, architectural photographer. Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall, 6 p.m. (reception at 5:30 p.m.) The film recounts the life and work of Guerrero, whose twenty-year-long association with Frank Lloyd Wright led to his hiring to document the construction of Wright’s home, Taliesin West.

October 22:  Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department Open House, Friendly Chapel Church of the Nazarene, North Little Rock, 4-7 p.m. to discuss and present plans to widen Interstate 30 in Little Rock and North Little Rock. The project area is on I-30 between Interstate 40 and Interstate 530, including the Arkansas River Bridge, as well as improvements to I-40 from JFK Boulevard to Highway 67.
     The public meeting will provide an update since the Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study was completed and approved in July. During this time, the study team has further evaluated roadway, bridge and interchange concepts to widen I-30 to 10 lanes with a downtown collector/distributor system, as well as evaluated an additional alternative to widen I-30 to 8 lanes. Additional work has included initiating environmental evaluations required under the National Environmental Policy Act and identifying and analyzing ways to minimize impacts.
MacArthur Park Historic District
October 22: Arkansas Arts Center Fountain Fest,5:30-8:30. Benefits Arkansas Arts Center Contemporaries. Outdoor party around the Carrie Remmel Dickinson fountain $40 per person. Learn more.

Ongoing: Stone’s Throw Brewing, 501 E. 9th ongoing events:

Every Wednesday: $1 off all pints
Every Saturday at 4 p.m.: Randall Beer Infusion
Every Sunday: Kickball Specials & Beer To Go
Clinton School Programs

All events are free and open to the public. However, reservations are requested by calling 501-683-5239 or emailing.  All are held at Clinton School of Public Service, Sturgis Hall, unless otherwise noted. To learn more about each of these programs link here.
NEW! To watch Clinton School events LIVE link here.

October 16: Unfinished Business-Women, Men, Work, Family, Anne-Marie Slaughter , 6 p.m.
October 20: Boys of Spring, a film screening, Ron Robinson Theater, 6 p.m.
October 21: America Needs Talent-Attracting, Educating & Developing the 21st-Century Workforce, Jamie Merisotis, 12 noon
Save the Dates
October 28-November 1: 25th Anniversary Holiday House presented by Junior League of Little Rock. Learn more.
October 29: Big Boo!seum Bash at participating venues downtown.
October 30: Balloon Glow and Mac-O-Lanterns! MacArthur Park, 5:30-9 p.m. Learn more.
November 1: 16th Annual Walk for Community, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Just Communities of Arkansas. Learn more.
November 5-7: Antiques in the Quarter. Shopping festival benefit for Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church. Learn more or call 501-375-1600.
November 6: Dancing into Dreamland, 7-10 p.m. Benefits Dreamland Ballroom. Learn more.
November 7: The Arkansas Cornbread Festival, SoMa. Learn more.