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    I-630 / I-430 Interchange

    I don't think we'll be able to agree on this one. It's been an established fact since the '50s that wider roads don't reduce traffic. As for "improving," like i said before they certainly will dilute the cars for a little while, but it doesn't last. The cars don't spawn out of thin air, but rather are driven by people who would have otherwise taken an ancillary street, rode the bus, walked, car pooled, gone to a nearby establishment, or stayed home (not out of fear but because it wasn't worth it). Over time, this bargaining shapes development. People by homes or rent apartments with the local area in mind. Businesses develop to serve the local neighborhood, not counting on money from afar. Dense, well-regulated, steady traffic, is healthy for a city, both as a sign and function. In the same respect, roads and freeway that you can't cross on foot are not. Here are some links: http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=146821 http://www.culturechange.org/issue8/traffic%20expands.htm
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    I-630 / I-430 Interchange

    That really is the problem, and that's one good reason why 630 should not be widened. Another reason is that widening it won't reduce traffic, merely dilute it with more pavement until those lanes fill as well. De-incentivizing long car-based commutes is a better way to reduce overall problems with car culture. It'll take a long time to break whole populations of bad habits though. As for alternatives, I'd favor more buses, including extending the more flexible para-transit system to the able-bodied as well, albeit at a rate where it pays in full for their impact on the system. Also easing licensing for taxis, jitneys, and other private transit options. Once you establish points which people will frequently travel between, then you set up trolleys, subways, and other fixed-route systems.
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    I-630 / I-430 Interchange

    I agree whole-heartedly. Widening I-630 will benefit the outlying areas, not Little Rock proper. I think the interchange could stand to be redesigned, but certainly not widened. We should be encouraging infill housing and denser population of Little Rock, not rewarding the emigrant populations of Saline and Faulkner counties.
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    River Market Tower/Place

    I wonder what effect this would have on the bookstore at the Cox building.
  5. Apartments would be good there.
  6. Tower owns the old Y. http://www.towerinv.com/index.php/states#Arkansas
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    South of Asher there's no residential to speak off in reasonable walking or biking distance of UALR. If you're getting in your car to get to the campus, why live south of Asher as opposed to anywhere else? That area needs more roads and sidewalks connecting to UALR. Broadmoor is fine though. The block's not busted yet, and all the houses are well-kept.
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    Chenal Parkway / Highway 10

    I'm somewhat glad that they decided to go to Chenal. The last thing downtown needs is another major bank office, and both areas could stand to benefit from some commercial diversity. But as much as I'd like to see a Fry's open up on Main, I'm not holding my breath.
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    Hillcrest and the Heights

    How long has that shop been there? I hadn't noticed it before. Kinda fits with the area though, at least in principle.