Rescheduled Neighborhood Cleanup

Community Cleanup

Neighbors do not forget our Keep Little Rock Beautiful cleanup for Pettaway this Saturday 4/23.  We will meet at the East Little Rock Resource Center on 500 E. 21st St. at 8 a.m. and start right after a quick briefing and distribution of materials and routes.  See you in the morning!

30 Crossing Public Meeting on April 26; city consultant reports at 4 p.m. same day

Citizens concerned about the proposed 10-lane expansion to I-30 project have a double bill coming Tues. Apr. 26.

the LR consultant, Nelson Nygaard, reports to city directors at their agenda session at 4 p.m. at City Hall.

Everyone then goes to the 5 p.m. state highway presentation. Chris East of Studio Main confirmed they will be a co-presenter.

Mayor Stodola is to present his solutions.

Turnout Needed! Be sure to comment in writing.

—–Forwarded Message—– From: Connecting Arkansas Program Sent: Apr 13, 2016 11:01 AM To: Connecting Arkansas Program Subject: 30 Crossing Public Meeting on April 26

Thank you for your interest in the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department’s Interstate 30 project, “30 Crossing.”

 

The Department will hold a public meeting on April 26 in North Little Rock 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 include updates since the last public meeting held on October 22, 2015. These updates include the continued refinement of both the 8-lane General Purpose and 6-Lane with Collector/Distributor Lanes (previously called the PEL Recommendation 10-lane with Downtown C/D) alternatives, traffic modeling of both alternatives, interchange options for access to downtown Little Rock, and the initiation of the environmental evaluation process for both corridor alternatives.

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

5 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Presentation at 5:15 p.m.)

Wyndham Riverfront (Silver City Rooms)

2 Riverfront Place, North Little Rock

 

The meeting will begin with a presentation at 5:15 p.m. followed by an “open house” where the public is invited to view maps and exhibits, ask questions, and offer comments about the proposed project.

 

A flier is attached to this email. We appreciate any assistance you may provide in letting the public know about the meeting, such as posting the information on a website, including it in a newsletter, using social media, or sending emails.

 

Jon Hetzel CAP Communications Manager Office: 501-255-1519 E-mail: Info@ConnectingArkansasProgram.com

I-30 Expansion Meeting

to CLRN from Pres. Kathy Wells:

opponents to the proposed 10-lane expansion of I-30 need to turn out next Wed. to this Advisory Council meeting, where a state highway official will again push for their original project. Do not let highway officials meet without us!

weasel practices are creeping in; evasions of the process are being attempted, as citizens jolt highway officials with their opposition. BEWARE!

have you emailed your opposition to the amendment to the TIP, Transportation Plan, of the Metroplan Board of Directors?

Don’t Delay, Write Today!

Comments may be emailed to: comments@metroplan.org Or faxed to: 372-8060 Or mailed to: CARTS Study Dir., Metroplan, 501 W. Markham St., # B, Little Rock, AR 72201

and be sure to specify your comment is to reply as a public comment on the proposed amendment to the TIP – give no excuse to be discounted. This amendment gains state highway officials expanded funding and more features allowed in this project. Funding would increase from $323 million to $671 million.

One point – this 10-lane expansion takes money from upgrading major streets, Arterials, like Roosevelt Rd., across the community – the best alternative to control congestion along I-30, by the analysis of Norm Marshall, the independent consultant hired by I-30 opponents who just reported to the community on Tues. Turns out, his professional recommendations are already officially planned in the Imagine Central Arkansas plan adopted by the Metroplan Board – the same board that is about to discard its own Imagine plan because the state demands it.

Marshall also concluded adding lanes would add to congestion, rather than reduce congestion. another point to make to the Metroplan Board is, therefore, the entire expansion should be halted.

Tell Metroplan: Replace the bridge, fix the six lanes ramp problems, and re-direct the remainder to arterials. Hold to present Imagine plans. Reject the 10-lane fix that would make everything worse.

—–Forwarded Message—– From: susan dollar Sent: Apr 14, 2016 9:36 AM

 

Good morning, RPAC –

 

Attached is the agenda for next week’s meeting. Additional material (minutes, for example) will be forthcoming.

 

Ben Browning, from the AHTD, will attend this meeting. Ben will update us on the status of the proposed I-30 Crossing project, including any modifications to the information contained in the attached letter. (This letter may have been previously sent to you; here it is again.)

 

As a reminder, here are the meeting details.

 

Date:     Wednesday, April 20th

Time:    11:30 AM until no later than 1:30 PM (Meeting will be called to order at 11:30. Lunch will be provided.)

Place:    501 West Markham Street, Little Rock, AR 72201

Park:      Early birds may find a spot along the west side of the building in one of the paces marked “visitor”. You may also use the Doubletree Hotel’s parking garage and bring us your ticket to validate.

RSVP:    Yes, please! We need an accurate count of attendees in order to ensure proper room set-up, handout material, and food.

 

Hope you all are having a good week – and getting ready to enjoy the weekend.

 

Best,

Susan

Susan Sierra Dollar, AICP

Little Rock Complete Streets Policy

—–Forwarded Message—–
> From: “Godwin, Jennifer” <jgodwin@littlerock.org>
> Sent: Apr 12, 2016 9:30 AM
> To:
> Subject: Little Rock Complete Streets policy named among the nation’s best
>
> Little Rock Complete Streets policy named among the nation’s best
> Newly released ranking names top Complete Streets policies of 2015,
> celebrates the national movement for safer street design
>
> CONTACT: Jennifer Godwin, jgodwin@littlerock.org<mailto:jgodwin@littlerock.org>, 501-804-4822
> Alex Dodds, adodds@smartgrowthamerica.org<mailto:adodds@smartgrowthamerica.org>, 202-971-3927
>
> Washington, D.C. – In 2015, the City of Little Rock made a formal commitment to safer streets that work for everyone by passing a Complete Streets policy. Now, this policy has been named one of the best in the nation from last year.
> The Best Complete Streets Policies of 2015<
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/best-complete-streets-policies-of-2015>, an annual ranking from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition released Tuesday, evaluated all 82 Complete Streets policies passed in 2015. Little Rock’s policy came in at eighth best in the nation, with a score of 85.6 out of a possible 100.
> An ordinance passed by Little Rock City Directors led to the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy that calls for the development of a safe, reliable, efficient, integrated and connected multimodal transportation system that ensures the safety of all anticipated users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, public transportation users, persons with disabilities, freight haulers, and motorists. Projects large and small that include new construction as well as retrofits, maintenance activities, and repaving will allow the City to adopt best practices and produce context-sensitive designs.
> “To be among the Top 10 in the nation for our Complete Streets policy is gratifying because it tells us we are on the right path to doing what’s best for our citizens,” City Manager Bruce T. Moore said. “We are eager to turn policy into practice and implement these concepts in our street projects.”
>“A Complete Streets approach is about helping everyone stay safe on the road—no mater if they’re walking, biking, taking transit, using an assistive device, or driving,” said Emiko Atherton, Director of the National Complete Streets Coalition. “Passing a Complete Streets policy is one of the best actions communities can take toward achieving these goals, and hundreds of communities across the country now have these kinds of policies in place. What’s even more exciting is that the language of these policies continues to improve — and that means streets that work better for everyone.”
>
> Mayor Mark Stodola will be one of the featured speakers during a kickoff webinar for this new analysis. This free webinar will take place this afternoon from noon – 1 p.m., and can be joined online or by phone. Register to join the event >><
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/2016/03/24/the-best-complete-streets-policies-of-2015-comes-out-april-12/>
> The City of Reading, Pa., passed the best-written policy of 2015, scoring an unprecedented perfect 100. Nationwide, a total of 898 Complete Streets policies have been passed by 843 separate jurisdictions, including municipalities, counties, metropolitan planning organizations, state agencies, and states.
> See more information about the winning policies, evaluation criteria, and the full rankings at
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/best-complete-streets-policies-of-2015.
> # # #
> Smart Growth America is the only national organization dedicated to researching, advocating for, and leading coalitions to bring better development to more communities nationwide. From providing more sidewalks to ensuring more homes are built near public transportation or that productive farms remain a part of our communities, smart growth helps make sure people across the nation can live in great neighborhoods. For additional information, visit
http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/completestreets.
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New Photos for Improve 30Crossing

Tom Fennell added 2 photos in Improve 30Crossing.
Tom Fennell
April 11 at 8:19am
These new images of an alternative to the 10 lane mega-freeway show depressing the 6 lane freeway from 3rd Street to 9th street with local boulevards on each side. this approach allows for safe through traffic while restoring the street grid downtown. Unlike the high speed access roads planned by AHTD, the boulevard lanes, with green buffers along the freeway, would encourage future development especially with future “decking” to create open park/activity space much like Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Many thanks to Ben Hartter AIA and Baxter Reecer AIA for their excellent volunteer work on these views.
It is important to contrast this approach with the AHTD plan to keep the much wider expanded freeway elevated through downtown creating huge uninhabitable spaces below the the interstate.
While a true boulevard represents the best long term solution, in my opinion, this alternative is a smart step in that direction. Future economic development a healthy, walkable, city is at stake here. What kind of city do we want?

National Article on I-30 Project

The Atlantic has published an article regarding the proposed I-30 project. Some of you have already brought it to staff’s attention, and I noticed this morning that Max Brantley has posted it to the Arkansas Times website. Below is  the tagline and link to the article.

 

Hope everybody’s week is going well.

Cheers!

Susan

Susan Sierra Dollar, AICP

501.372.3300 Office

501.749.0090 Cell

501 West Markham Street

Suite B

Little Rock, AR 72201

 

www.metroplanrpac.org

www.centralarkansaslivability.org

 

Physically expanding roads doesn’t cure congestion. So why are places like Arkansas spending millions to do just that?

Read More: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/03/the-cities-doubling-down-on-highways/475488/

 

Million Women Mentor Program

From City Connections Mar 30 11:29AM -0500

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   March 30, 2016    Million Women Mentors Program   Kicking Off in Central Arkansas   Goal: 5,000 Arkansas STEM professionals mentoring young women    Little Rock, AR – March 30, 2016 – The Museum of Discovery and the Arkansas STEM Coalition are partnering with Walmart to introduce Million Women Mentors in Central Arkansas with a kickoff event at 10 a.m. Friday, April 22, at the Ron Robinson Theater in the Arcade Building in the River Market District of downtown Little Rock.    Million Women Mentors (http://millionwomenmentors.org/) is a program that matches professional STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) men and women with middle school to career-ready young women who would benefit from mentorship. The goal is to increase the STEM workforce through mentoring starting in Arkansas and then expanding nationwide. Walmart is leading the Arkansas initiative, and the Museum of Discovery and Arkansas STEM Coalition are assisting with the Central Arkansas rollout.    “The Museum of Discovery’s mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology and math,” says museum CEO Kelley Bass. “Million Women Mentors is in lockstep with that mission by helping girls better understand the potential of STEM careers through working one on one with people who are already in those fields. We have great relationships with many STEM-focused companies in the area, and we’re glad to join the STEM Coalition in exposing them to this amazing program.”    Arkansas became the 31st state to officially launch Million Women Mentors with a February 2nd statewide kickoff event at Walmart in Bentonville, and a goal of 5,000 Arkansas mentors was established. Arkansas lieutenant governor Tim Griffin, honorary state chair for Million Women Mentors, spoke at the event.    “We are excited with the support we have received so far from Central Arkansans for the Million Women Mentors program, “says Andrea Roberts, Sr. Manager of STEM Strategy at Walmart. “We believe this program will make a tremendous impact on STEM education efforts for girls and will help to provide young women the confidence needed to pursue and succeed in STEM fields. We hope to see continued support and participation from Central Arkansans and are looking forward to the visit in April to tell you more about how you can get involved.”    At the April 22nd event, attendees will get a detailed overview of the Million Women Mentors program and a playbook on how to participate in the program. Attendance does not obligate participation.    For more information on the Central Arkansas kickoff, contact Kelley Bass (kbass@museumofdiscovery.org or 501-537-3075.)   500 President Clinton Avenue, Suite 150 Little Rock, AR 72201 501.396.7050

Quarterly Patrol Division Meeting

> >Hello Neighbors,
>
> >    I invite you all to the Little Rock Police Downtown
> Patrol Division quarterly meeting on April 14th at 6pm at
> the 12th Street Station. This is a great opportunity to
> exchange information with city personnel. This is also a
> chance to meet with members of other neighborhood
> associations and foster further cooperation. I encourage you
> to attend and voice any questions or concerns to help
> members of the Community Oriented Policing unit stay
> informed of current issues. We are still available to attend
> individual neighborhood association meetings, but the
> situation remains that we require a request at least 5 days
> prior to the meeting with the specific police matter to be
> discussed so that we may properly schedule. I look forward
> to seeing you on April 14th.
>

> >Thank you all for your help in the neighborhoods,

>
> >Ron Croson
>
> >
>
> >Little Rock Police Department
>
> >
>
> >Downtown Community Oriented Policing unit
>
> >
>
> >501.350.2263
>