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REX NELSON: The ol' college try

By Rex Nelson

This article was published April 15, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

I'm taking part these days in a series of luncheons during which Little Rock residents discuss the future of the state's largest city. These are off-the-record events, so I won't list any of the participants or quote anyone directly. But there's an emerging consensus with which I wholeheartedly agree: Little Rock needs to become more of a college town.

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Delta2 says... April 15, 2018 at 8:05 a.m.

Maybe not a college town per se, but I'd agree that LR needs to emphasize its status with its current educational institutions. It's not Fayetteville, nor should it try to be, but a hybrid type of city is certainly feasible. It works in other places, Baton Rouge, Oklahoma City (technically Norman, but close enough), Nashville, Birmingham, etc.

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RBBrittain says... April 16, 2018 at 7:22 a.m.

Getting rid of the stupid 25 mph speed limit on University by UALR would help. So would UALR agreeing to move its fence along University so the city can widen it to six lanes; that refusal has antagonized the city AND businesses across the street because it forces the city to condemn their property to do any widening, even though it's the OTHER side of University that needs to be widened!

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rollocarlos says... April 18, 2018 at 7:33 p.m.

I only wish this pipe dream was possible. I'm an alum and a lifelong resident of Little Rock. I have been on the Alumni board and advisory councils on campus every year since graduation. The one thing I have learned in that time is that the school moves at a glacial pace in all endeavors. I hate that it's true, but it is. Change in leadership has done nothing to change that. The fight with Fayetteville is the main reason progress will not happen here. They control the purse strings and their Alumni don't want UA Little Rock to be bigger, better or more successful. Of the corporations mentioned in the article, only one is in central Arkansas. And none of them is a significant donors to UA Little Rock. It's a sad state of affairs but it isn't changing. I wish it would, but it won't.

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