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  1. Don't build where we are today. Build where we will be tomorrow. Light rail will work in Northwest Arkansas. The time to commit is now. The historical growth of the region was based on, and centered on the railroad. Development and people in the region today largely move North-South to and from their jobs and shopping along a relatively narrow corridor within a short distance along the historical railroad tracks, I-540, and 71B, just as they did 80 years ago. There are just a bunch more people - with more almost certain to come over the next twenty years. I traveled north on Crossover
  2. A few years back, I remember meeting someone who was promoting a light rail transit plan for Northwest Arkansas being proposed in conjunction with the University of Arkansas. They had professionally prepared maps, plans, drawings, and brochures. That group seems to have disappeared. What happened to that project? P.S. I just got back from Los Angeles on a business trip and rode the redline, blueline, and green line light rails. It was clean, faster than driving, easy, and took me everywhere I needed to go on business, plus to places I might never have gone - downtown Long Beach, Universa
  3. I'm confused... I read all this "hype" about Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas striving to be the green valley of the universe. Yet, the community transportation infrastructure has no viable car-pooling incentives, no meaningful public transit, the government doesn't mandate bi-annual smog checks on motor vehicles, there are no car-pool or bike lanes, traffic gets clogged on the highways around the employment centers (e.g., Wal-Mart HQ, NWA Mall, and around the UofA), building codes don't demand (or even encourage) sustainability, and my sustainability options pale in comparison to other cit
  4. Granite City, a Modern American upscale casual restaurant chain yesterday announced the closing of its Rogers, Arkansas location. The company has not previously closed a restaurant. The company expects the closing of the location will improve its restaurant-level EBITDA, cash flow, income and management focus. Since opening in October 2007, the restaurant has failed to generate positive cash flow and had approximately $1.3 million of net loss at this location since its opening. Many problems have plagued the location since the opening, including a significant delay in construction of a main ro
  5. Light Rail in Northwest Arkansas is entirely feasible. First, most of the cash will come from the federal government. The region needs the leadership and vision to go after it. Second, using the existing rail right-of-ways is the best option - and would reinvigorate the struggling downtown districts of Rogers, Springdale, while improving ROI on Fayeteville and Bentonville downtown districts. Those communities were originally built around railroad stops in the 1800s (what is old is new again). Examples of using rail right-of-ways for light rail I've seen include the Blue Line in Los Angeles, Po
  6. While I love the region and our kids love the schools, Northwest Arkansas is in the stone age when it comes to public transportation and eco-friendly transit options. No one single option will solve the region's transit issues. The region, in an effort to catch-up to the rest of the planet, has the potential to lead the nation in creating the next generation of transit. However, I've seen nothing, not even federal funding, to indicate leadership. With an ex-president and a few candidates from the region, one would think we would get some money from the feds for transit development. If we're no
  7. First, I really like this blog. We moved here earlier this year from Seattle, Washington for work, and this has been a great forum to get the "insider" track on what's happening locally, such as eats, entertainment, housing, etc. without feeling I'm reading an ad. As an outsider just moving here, hearing Fayetteville describing itself as "Fayetteville and not Arkansas" in that video is insulting and embarrassing to me, even though we haven't traveled anywhere else in the state outside of a weekend 10 to 20 mile sightseeing drive to the north. All I can say is that people who live in glass
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