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  1. There has to be a balance between quality of life in the city and economic development. We could create all the jobs in the world if we weren't concerned about pollution, noise, etc. I think there are valid reasons for not wanting quarrying operations on the edge of town. I could make money doing a number of different things on my property that I own in Fayetteville. I could maximize the potential in the land I own, and some might argue that I should have the right to do that. The reality is that I have neighbors, and so I have to follow rules to ensure that I don't infringe on their right of enjoyment of their property. When a business operation uses explosives and heavy equipment, there are going to be issues with adjacent property owners and concerns that need to be addressed. I don't think what is happening right now is unreasonable.
  2. The city's Cone Patrol lists it as being under construction the rest of this year, stating that there will be one lane open during the day, and two lanes open during night hours. Three lanes is about right for Township. There are a lot of businesses along there now. I hope they can squeeze in some bike lanes and some trees along the street. There are some big ones that will be lost I'm afraid, in front of Miller Boskus Lack and the Hardware Store. There were several east of there lost from the ice storm as well.
  3. I've always thought Dickson could use a true late night food place. Where is Sunrise Cafe going in? The old Jerzee's?
  4. The renovated section of College Ave looks fantastic. It will look even better as time goes on and the trees mature. I really wish they'd extend this treatment to Sixth Street and to North Street. I expect some redevelopment in the renovated section, because its just so much more pedestrian oriented than before. Not ON College but the big renovation of the facade of Ozark Natural Foods is underway. I saw the renderings in the store. They are building a cart area and new entrance, along with remaking their patio seating for the dining area. The exterior is going to be changed up quite a bit and there will be a cool new look. It will look more like its own building and no longer like the rest of Evelyn Hills.
  5. There appears to be a lot of retail in that garage rendering. Thats cool!
  6. The parcel of land at the SWC of Dickson Street and Block Avenue which was Brandon Barber's failed Divinity project is set to be auctioned off September 28th. Hopefully somebody cool with a good vision will buy it and get it for cheap. I think that parcel would be awesome for about 5 stories of high end rental apartments with a great ground floor restaurant or two. Some kind of development there would do a lot to tie Dickson and theSquare together.
  7. I have noticed the utilities are being relocated on Township between North College and Gregg. Are there plans for expanding Township there? I can't find anything online about it and its not a part of the city transportation bond program.
  8. Silver Joe's a new coffeeshop concept opened in the old Starbucks in Lowell or somewhere. I hear they are local and are looking for a Fayetteville location.
  9. I can't help but feel that one of the reasons this has dragged out as long as it has is because there are some serious power brokers who live in that neighborhood. I believe Jim Lindsey and Frank Broyles' homes are both directly affected by this. I don't have a whole lot of sympathy, given that this has been planned for a very long time, and because Mr. Lindsey has, in my opinion, shown very little regard for the city's wishes when it comes to planning, quality of life amenities, and for lack of a better phrase, not putting up crappy apartments that all look the same everywhere. This is a classic NIMBY situation. Worst case scenario for those mentioned above, if they hate it so much, they truly can move on, and it won't hurt them much. Better yet, invest in some trees to screen the thing from view.
  10. I drove down to campus yesterday after viewing those pics. Dickson Street is all torn up from Duncan to the west. Anybody know what they are doing there? It looks like they are digging in the ROW next to the physics lab.
  11. Those look fabulous. I hope U of A does more student housing like this in the future.
  12. A person who can make such a loaded, false, irresponsible public statement about Fayetteville has no business whatsoever representing this city. Gazzola should resign immediately.
  13. This is false. Light rail, at the low rates it would be ridden in NWA, would by much more expensive per person than what we currently have. I think in many people's minds, "the government" is going to pay for light rail, so in a sense, its "free". Not so. People are not going to choose to ride light rail, given the limited places it would take you in NWA, when you can just get in your car and drive. The environmental advantages of light rail with regards to emissions are going to become less and less significant over the next 20 years to almost be negligible as low-emission automobile technology improves. People have a low cost alternative already, and hardly anybody rides it. Its called ORT. Until someone can demonstrate demand for public transportation in NWA, light rail is never going to be anything than a hippie utopian fantasy. Sure, trains are cool. Having trains in NWA would be cool. I can understand that. What I can't understand is how there are so many people here who are incapable of applying the most basic critical analysis to the issue and see how it really isn't feasible or needed in NWA. Its kind of a funny paradox. The people who seem to want light rail the most are the people most aghast at the idea of NWA become a dense urban center of 1-1.5 million people, yet that density and population increase is the only scenario that would make light rail even partially feasible in our metro. You can't have one without the other.
  14. Random thought: Why doesn't the city narrow Center St. between College and the Square down to one lane, change up the parking, put in wider sidewalks, trees and lighting? The street carries "one lane" worth of traffic mostly anyway. Wider sidewalks and landscaping could extend the Square's atmosphere out to College Avenue there. I think the same thing could be done to Mountain street one block South and it would really make a great pedestrian area, effectively enlarging the Square in the process. Thoughts?
  15. Try Across the Creek out at Garfield. They used to have an all you can eat crablegs special, and their crablegs were OBSCENELY LARGE. I haven't been in a couple of years, but its the best crablegs I've had in NWA. Google it for some reviews. Here's one: http://www.merchantcircle.com/business/Acr...nt.479-359-3686 Its a country place, but crablegs by the buckets. We drove up from Fayetteville back when a good friend of mine who loved crablegs lived here. Plus apparently not everybody knows about it. It would be a cool birthday surprise.
  16. Didn't Jordan brag during the debates that he would have all major aterials become boulevards? Where is the boulevard discussion?
  17. Thats awful. I've only been three times, and always for dinner, but I've always really enjoyed my meals there.
  18. I don't feel sorry for them. Who do they think they are that they can just make up some far-reaching rules and force private property owners to adhere to them? It sounds like the city wastes a lot of money on jobs for people who aren't actually needed. As a taxpayer, I think the city should get rid of some of that non-essential staff instead of creating things for them to do.
  19. Greenhouse Grille is great. I wish they had a bigger space and a better location. I'd go there more often.
  20. There's a new restaurant located at the corner of Center and Frisco Trail. The Trail Side Tea Room I think is what its called. Soups, sandwiches, etc. Good stuff.
  21. Get a Globe, hybrid mountain/street bike. You will love it. Its a nice light bike, and if you do any real trail riding you will come to appreciate that. Also, as our trail system expands, having the slightly wider wheel (wider than a pure street bike) will come in handy in those sections that may be almost completed, or under bridges where silt has washed up. Just a little more stability for those unexpected rough patches. High Roller will keep you informed, maintained, and you won't regret buying there. I highly recommend it.
  22. A new restaurant, along with NightBird books is going to open up in the former Ozark Mountain Smokehouse location.
  23. I think a good question would be: What does the Historic Preservation hope to achieve that could not be addressed by a strict planning approval process?
  24. Wow I agree with you totally. In order to get to this new Frozen Custard place, most of Fayetteville will have to drive past Braum's, Shakes, and Maggie Moo's on their way. Its just about the worst possible location as far as competition goes. Probably won't last too long.
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