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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Not true, you might have to pay it at the revenue office instead of in the city itself, but there is a city sales tax added to the purchase of a vehicle that does find its way back to the city in which it was purchased. I'm sure this isn't a huge loss to Springdale compared to say Sam's Club, but it most certainly is a loss.
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    Rogers, Arkansas

    Boise, ID is also the defacto shopping destination for a circle roughly 3-500 miles wide. Personally, I hope all the chain food reprinters don't come in, our local restaurant scene could use some serious improvement first. Great chefs don't go work for corporate established menu places, they go to individual or very small regional (3-5 units max) restaurants that give them serious leeway in their menu creativity.
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Dirt work on the area to the north of the Holiday Inn Express started about 10-15 days ago, so if that is the spot then their ground breaking is ceremonial only.
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    Population Trends of Northwest Arkansas

    To be fair, grouping NWA versus the entire rest of the state puts the larger area at a bit of a statistical disadvantage. Areas of the state that ARE growing are grouped in with the delta through Pine Bluff area which is bleeding people. A lot of those people from the Delta are moving here as well... As a quick check, Pulaski county grew by around 6,000 people, Faulkner by 5,500, Saline by 4,500 from 2010 to 2012. Definitely not quite what NWA grew, but far more than the statistical grouping implies. The state as a whole grew by 34,000 people in that time frame...so by using the same metric(CA versus entire state), central Arkansas accounted for almost half of the state's population growth in that time frame. What this really tells you is that most of the cities in the state are doing OK, NWA is doing really well, and a large part of the rural part of the state is shedding people like mad.
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    This isn't development related, but I have a Fayetteville history question that someone here might be able to answer. At the intersection of 71B and E. Center there is a red light, why? E. Center is one way and one can't turn from Center on to 71 here (that part of the intersection is just to the north and is NOT aided by the red light), a red light seems to only hinder traffic flow and contribute NOTHING. Was this intersection different at one time( I've only lived in the area since 1995) where it required an actual traffic control device? I could maybe see the usefulness of a northbound only red light to allow those travelling west on the eastern part of the intersection on Center to get on to the road more easily, but even that is really a stretch as there are far busier intersections in town that are not controlled on the major road participant.
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    Population Trends of Northwest Arkansas

    For it's size, XNA offers an incredible number of direct flights. Unfortunately since such a high percentage of the travellers are business related it drives the average ticket price through the roof. Also discouraging air carriers from discounting rates much is the fact that so many of their tickets are sold last minute to those same travelers, thus they have little incentive to fill a plane up months ahead of time. Like others have said though, if you shop around (especially weekend travel) you CAN get cheaper tickets. I find it is usually cheaper to travel via Tulsa, but on occasion it isn't cheap enough to make it worthwhile.
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    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Here is a new article about the collection and Alice Walton. NYTimes
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    The Fayetteville Chamber was very close to moving into that building a few years ago, but couldn't work out the finances.
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    Restaurant Development in NW Arkansas

    I forgot about that place, thought that the pizza place had just kind of adopted the equipment and it never materialized. Good to know that it will finally open up.
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    I'm a Democrat who lives in Fayetteville and is originally from LA (Lower Arkansas), I don't see how the two areas would mesh at all. The Democrats up here are actual liberal Democrats for the most part, as opposed to moderate or even conservative "Blue dog" Democrats of that area. The party down there is mostly social conservatives with a strong fiscal liberal lean, NWA Democrats are almost the opposite socially and are probably a bit more fiscally conservative. The worst part about this plan in my opinion is that it started as a plan by a man from Marvel, which is a town not in either district which is so far removed from the third district that the 200 mile gulf can't even begin to describe it. All of the opposition to this plan so far has focused on how it is "partisan politics at it's worst" and such, when in reality a group pushing against it should probably mention how it could be construed as an attempt by the Delta to undermine NWA as a cohesive force. That may not be reality, but it would be a very strong way to push against this gerrymandering attempt.
  11. I think it is important to note that the areas which currently HAVE the most population are also the exact same areas which are currently gaining population. The only city in the state of any size which is losing population is Pine Bluff, but it's infrastructure is already more than adequate. This SHOULD make it easy to determine highway funding, but because of the ancient four district problem we continue to funnel money into areas losing population. To be completely honest, I think 5/6th of the counties in the state should get maintenance and repair funds only. The other 1/6th is where all the population is, where all the growth is, and where a substantial percentage of the tax revenue is from. If the state started doing this, they would get substantially better responses on bond projects like this.
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    Fayetteville, Arkansas

    Interesting, it assumed it was the Neighborhood Market as well.
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    Restaurant Development in NW Arkansas

    There is a large sign in front of the building.
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    Restaurant Development in NW Arkansas

    I've eaten at all three, Flying Burrito and Qdoba will be fine.
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    Restaurant Development in NW Arkansas

    The first time I ate there I thought it might be just different enough to make it, but a month or so ago when I last ate there I changed my mind. Other than a few menu items, it could be any other local taco joint type Mexican place, plus the rice tasted like it had been made with dishwater...not a little spill, but a LOT of the taste in both mine and my wife's rice. I'm usually pretty forgiving, but my wife isn't as much...this pretty much crossed it off of our list. The place was also almost deserted on a beautiful Saturday at 1230 in the afternoon.