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  1. Aporkalypse

    Park Plaza Mall

    Isn't Kirkland's going out of business like Bombay did?
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    McCain Mall

    Vice versa. K-Mart was bankrupt. They staved it off for a while with heavy store closures and Sears bought what was left.
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    Park Avenue

    It may change some, no doubt. Promenade also will, FWIW, when the outbuildings are built. Sears/K-Mart is in big, big trouble. I wouldn't be surprised for Sears to go down and Target to take their property near University and 630 for a new midtown store instead of Park Ave. It's a more suitable site, IMO.
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    Maumelle

    The net job loss won't affect LR much as the Caterpillar plant and windmill jobs will offset it but we haven't been hit by big economy-related layoffs yet. This one hurt.
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    McCain Mall

    Agreed, boy would that be a mess. Lots of malls are getting pretty frequent vacancies, even ones that are more successful. The freestanding Sears in LR would be an easy conversion, maybe to a Target. Sears really screwed up by buying KMart. It's a dying company and it may drag Sears down with it.
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    Riverdale area

    I eat at the one on Financial Centre all the time and the service is good there. I love the hot pepper relish. That's not a great location for fast food, people from the Heights or Hillcrest are going to go someplace closer (and frankly Burge's, Boulevard Bread, Cheers, and Satellite Cafe all make better sammiches.) Alltel losses won't affect Riverdale much. That area wasn't much different way before Alltel got so big. Plus, that's some of the best office space in the city and when/if they give up a building or two in that complex it will get jumped on really fast. Close to downtown but with convenient parking is a tough thing to find. The big losses will come out in Chenal and to a lesser degree Maumelle, where the impact is probably already occurring. A lot of people are staying and redirecting careers but a lot of people are going to leave and it's not hard for something like this to increase inventory enough to drop prices. I sure wouldn't be building a $400,000+ home out west right now.
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    Park Avenue

    I think our existing shopping centers are doing fine but I agree, we don't need a new one right now. The fact is the few chains looking to expand right now will be able to fill in the gaps of the stores that have gone bankrupt. Of course Park Ave will be a little different type of development with mixed uses and it's conceivable that pieces could be built at different times and the typical retail could wait. The demand for medical office space is still there, as is hotel demand. Target might still be game. Financing may be tough, I don't know what kind of shape Strode is in. My bet would be we are looking at at least two years before dirt turns.
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    River Rail

    A West LR extension is just a silly idea. It would be very expensive and unused. It would take an hour to go by trolley the distance it takes 15 minutes to drive. The airport and River Cities Travel Center connections just make sense and should be a priority. I would rather see as an ultimate goal an extension down Main to the Quapaw Quarter and another west down Markham to the Capitol and eventually to Hillcrest and possibly the Heights, which was one of the city's major original trolley routes. Those areas have density and the kind of residents that are likely to take the trolley to work, eat, or get groceries.
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    UALR

    I totally agree. I don't know feasible it would be to leave the UA system at this point, though. I can't really think of a precedent.
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    North Little Rock Development

    Makes sense. There should be a lot of pedestrian traffic there on game days and there isn't really another old commercial street in Argenta to renovate.
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    River Rail

    Good thoughts. It also should've been routed with stops at Alltel Arena and Dickey Stephens for packing accessability. I think a limited trolley service along Dickson, the Square, and the UA campus itself would do well. I think Morgantown, WV has something like that.
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    The Promenade At Chenal

    Just for retail. Otherwise we are weathering it surprisingly well. Actually, I am kind of proud of the fact they are filling up all of these centers against all odds. Shackleford Crossing and Promenade are picking up steam now.
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    Pleasant Ridge Town Center

    I went to Capi's this weekend and it is very good. True tapas bar with small portions but everything tasted good and drinks were stout and interesting.
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    Park Plaza Mall

    If Dillard's files bankruptcy it will reorganize out of it and keep its stores open, it has assets it can sell off, starting with CDI. Macy's (Federated Dept Stores) is in poor financial shape right now as well and won't be buying any stores anytime soon.