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  1. I guess people complained enough about the paid parking that they will only be charging between 2pm and 2am. I like it when our mayor and council are challenged. Obviously the people in this area will need time to adapt to the paid parking, and I hate it myself. It doesn't help if the paid parking is not implemented well, which the mayor is admitting that on some level. The legitimate problem is that during this economic slump we are in more of a position to mortally wound businesses. Besides that you should expect them to complain about any change that will affect their customer base as they should. Maybe people from Fayetteville won't travel to Rogers/Bentonville for their selection of restaurants, but what about those who travel from Bentonville to here? ------------------------------- Different subject: What is the office building being built near Veteran's Memorial park on Zion road?
  2. That's a good reason for a Fayetteville resident to be concerned, but should it concern a Bentonville resident or our metro in general? Sam Walton did not consider it ethical to accept even a coke from a possible vendor or supplier. Now the vendors, suppliers, and "associates" live in the same neighborhood and are changing the rules in Bentonville. Change is inevitable here, and although I don't like this possible change Fayetteville will have to work harder. I don't think we should compete because it will hurt us all, but it seems like you are saying it is too late and you might be right.
  3. That's pretty funny. From another view, I always wonder if the corporate trenches of wal-mart, jbhunt, and tyson influences how people treat others outside of work when those places seem so demanding of your soul sometimes. Maybe you can have a life outside of there if you're single, but not married with kids.
  4. I wonder about the likelihood that people up there will attend performances. I really know nothing of the demographics of people who go to WAC, but I assume it includes people who have some extra money and who like to "go out". I don't know the true demographics of the region, but I have doubts that our little metro can support the WAC up there. I wish we could delay the move until our population has grown much more. If the move causes Fayetteville to take over the WAC programming, it may lead to competition, and I thought it had been established that our cities need to work together for everyone's economic benefit.
  5. My Bad I should have searched for it. Well, the review won't stop me from trying. Although Aroma in Bentonville was not a great restaurant, the food was a good fix of Indian food.
  6. Has anyone tried the new Indian restaurant in Fayetteville where the Greenhouse Grill used to be?
  7. Here is an article that I haven't seen in a while: nwaonline article. For those who have subscribed they can read it. It basically is one of those old NIMBY articles (it is bittersweet to see one again because it means there'll be development). Oakbrooke sounds a little like Ruskin Heights with some features. I doubt college students will afford to move in to those homes. However, I guess it all depends on if the final product is as quality as they say it will be.
  8. Yeah, if they used that wording it is very confusing. We do have a rich resident in that side of Fayetteville: Lioneld Jordan.
  9. Hmm..that is interesting. My friend said the city turned it down because of the economic status on the south side of town. It sounded like he was repeating the verbage of the council. However, my source should be trustworthy but shame on him if he is wrong.
  10. I've been catching up, but is it true that wal-mart was approved to sell liquor at the store in north fayetteville but denied for the store on MLK (6th st.)?
  11. What were they planning to develop there? Student apartments? It must be hard for the council members to make decisions against things that might make them unpopular with rowdy people groups. They probably don't have enough fortitude to bear it. If it was a corporation the decision would be made and people would have to learn to live with it. However, in each case you hope that the right decision was made.
  12. I think as long as there is reasonable opposition the council should listen. I'm not in the situation so I can't really decide for myself if the concerns of the citizens are legitimate or not. Getting limestone from close by would be a really good thing. I don't even know though if it is considered a city or county quarry in that case. They may end up trucking it to places not so close by.
  13. I'm a little late on responding to this. I definitely agree with the idea of getting public input, who couldn't. However, like you said there were other meetings and charettes like this one. I was really hoping during the meeting that there would be some reassurances about the effectiveness of their style. There may be some good research that says these kind of meetings are effective, but I was hoping to hear that. Otherwise, it feels like an unjustified 3rd grade exercise. Should we make hand puppets that say what we want? Anyways, it's not only the style, but sometimes I like a little more guidance including hints on what are some major issues/ideas. I don't want to get a visual preference presentation in which I decide that a pristine looking flower garden looks better than extra sidewalk space. I also don't like just one way to share my ideas, but several options because I can't make every meeting time they decide on and there is limited time.
  14. I'm glad you were able to go to the meeting. Is it the facilitation style that you didn't like about the meeting? Would you have liked more clarity about their methods and how exactly everyone's ideas will be weighed? Just curious. This is just aside from the fact that they didn't give any hard info. I was under the impression (during the election debates) that the purpose was for business leaders in the area to get together and discuss how to better the local business economy. Now my impression is that it is sort of a 4-day hopeful replacement for doing the second part of the Eva Klein study. Sort of like a rejection of outside consultants in favor of the working man's solution.
  15. Yeah, that is neat. It's a cool little monument, and the "making of" video was pretty well done. Coody must have spent a lot more time in Washington than I thought.
  16. Did they have their screenname on their nametag?
  17. I think my sentiments are the same as most everyone else about the historic district. Most historic districts remind me of the movie "Cars" where the old town in the desert suffered from a highway bypass. The dream is to bring the people and commerce back, but most of the time it is unrealistic. We have a good thing going on Dickson street and I'd hate for something to interrupt it.
  18. A consultant company just released a report for how to cultivate the Fayetteville economy. It actually had many good points. Eva Klein & Associates was paid $150,000 for this report by our city and the UA, so for some reason I feel like I could have told them the same stuff for free (or for like $149,000) however they may have some people listen to them. It outlined 6 goals for success and I highly suggest you read about it. Economic Stimulus Plan for Fayetteville On infrastructure for innovation and fostering the sustainability intiative: On the region's allure: The most perceptive (and yet possibly obvious) statements:
  19. I agree with you. I decided not to comment about that since I'm always so negative about Jordan's actions. I was glad to see someone else come in and say it better than I could have. I am also so weary about this whole lead by committee thing. It is good to have wise counsel, but it is not always a given that the counsel will be wise or that the leader would listen to it. I hope he has some own good personal ideas that go beyond the whole loop idea.
  20. Jordan has assessed his priorities for the coming term with the help of the transition team. (Article) It's not a bad list. So far I guess it is just hoopla until he actually gets to start doing stuff.
  21. I think they are going to bring in a bigger video screen, and feed in a live video of a staged fan cheering section in Little Rock. Ok, so that is sort of out in left field, but I couldn't resist being silly.
  22. Speaking of Jordan and his crazy-sounding idea about the loop, does anyone have a comment about the team he has put together for his transition period: [url=http://www.nwanews.com/nwat/News/71900/]Jordan assembles
  23. I like your comments zman. Anything done to curb traffic or speeds on college is just contrary to the road's major function. We seem to need to try to save our few arterial roads while we can.
  24. Has anyone ever seen a redone 4-lane arterial highway redone to be more pedestrian friendly? I have a hard time imagining it so I was wondering if there was some other precedent. The road itself is full of in-and-out businesses based on car convenience not for pedestrians. In other words, it is basically the same kind of "strip" effect that you see in most metros. I don't think we could ever change the road to pedestrian-friendly without the nature of the human and business activity changing. I hope we don't waste any money on baseless street improvements. I think skybridges are acceptable on an as-needed basis.
  25. That's pretty cool, thanks for posting that. I had first heard of Fayette Junction a few months ago when severe storms were coming through our area and we were watching the weather on tv. The weatherman put up the times and locations of the path of the storm.
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