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DNA Spaghetti Supper & Annual Meeting 6pm, October 11th

Downtown Neighborhood Association

Spaghetti Supper

& Annual Meeting

6 p.m. Thursday, October 11

at the Fellowship Hall

First Presbyterian Church

Eighth & Scott St.

Candidate Forum – LR City Board

Tickets: $18/Single or $26/Couple

(Includes annual dues of $10/household)

Spaghetti Plate: $8 Adult,  Child 11-6, $5; Under 6, Free

For More Information,

call 960-6918

Http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lr-dna

Please Purchase Ticket by Monday, Oct. 8

to assure count for caterer

Buy tickets from any Board member

Neighborhood Spotlight: Pettaway Neighborhood Vision Plan

Pettaway Revitalization Plan

Steve Luoni, Director of the Community
Design Center at University of Arkansas – Fayetteville and Scott Grummer, Director of the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation met on September 9, 2011 at the Village Commons with Pettaway neighborhood residents to begin discussing the Pettaway Neighborhood Master Plan.

UACDC and DLRCDC were awarded a $30,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant to prepare a revitalization plan for the historic 60-block Pettaway Neighborhood, one of several distinct turn of the century urban neighborhoods surrounding the Little Rock central business district.  The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.

In the spirit of the Obama administration’s livable comunities initiative, the plan will combine urban redevelopment with affordable housing and public transit planning.  The revitalization plan will use townscaping principles with public art to link existing and new neighborhood fabrics that create imagable places within the Pettaway neighborhood.  There are four additional key organizations committed to this project: (1) Downtown Little Rock Partnership, (2) Downtown Neighborhood Association, (3) South Main Neighborhood Association, (4) Metroplan.

The effort will consist of three activities.  First, an inventory of the neighborhood’s cultural assets will be mapped and communicated in descriptive analytic drawings.  Second, a neighborhood charrette will be held to explore planning approaches in concert with local interests.  Third, a revitalization plan with attendant renderings and place based planning vocabulary will be prepared.  The planning objective is to develop model infill vocabularies that integrate contemporary innovations in infrastructural design (e.g., “green” and shared streets, transit oriented development, urban agriculture, low impact development, live work housing configurations, etc.) with historic building fabrics.  The goal is to prepare a revitalization plan that coordinates new development investments compatible with the urban historic fabric.

Time Frame: July 2011 – June 2012:  Inventory and mapping of the neighborhood will occur in fall 2011 with architecture students enrolled at UACDC followed by a public charrette.  Preparation of the revitalization plan will occur during fall and spring semesters with architecture students and be presented to residents in April 2012.

Steve Luoni/UACDC developed the McArthur Park Master Plan.  To learn more about the Pettaway Revitalization Plan contact Scott Grummer, DLRCDC (501.372.0148), Carol Tabron, Pettaway Neighborhood Association (501.376.3406), Steve Luoni, UACDC (479.575.5108)

Little Rock Mayor Stodola to discuss proposed sales tax increase

Little Rock Skyline

 Little Rock voters go to the polls September 6-13, 2011 to vote on whether to increase city sales tax by a penny.

Thursday, August 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. at the Downtown Neighborhood Association Meeting, Little Rock City Mayor, Mark Stodola will discuss the proposed city sales tax increase along with opponent of the sales tax increase, community activist, Jim Lynch

This meeting is open to all and will be held at the East Broadway Alert Center, 500 East 21st. Street, Little Rock, AR 72206.

See details of the City of Little Rock sales tax proposal at http://www.littlerock.org/priority-needs/ and opponent’s platform at http://www.500milliontax-toomuch.webs.com/.

 

Maggie Hawkins named to DNA Board

East Broadway Alert Center

Maggie Hawkins, Facilitator for Pettaway’s East Broadway Alert Center was named to fill the District 7 seat of Little Rock’s Downtown Neighborhood Association representing the Pettaway community from Roosevelt Road to East 17th Street and from I-30 to Main Street.  Hawkins has previously served on the DNA board.  She was appointed by acclamation.

She can be reached at 501.376.3406 for issues of concern east of Main Street.  She will serve until the annual election of officers next October.

The Little Rock Downtown Neighborhood Association was established to promote downtown Little Rock, as a place to live and work, to assure the continuance of creation of those amenities and necessities that make urban life exciting and enjoyable. The Board holds public monthly meetings.

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