Rex Nelson makes some strong points in today's blog entry That New Little Rock Sales Tax. I'll simply quote my favorite parts:
...in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century, you attract young, smart, creative people by having a high quality of place. Frankly, that has a lot more to do with quality schools, parks, trails, restaurants, bars, wifi connections, sports facilities and cultural amenities than it does with research parks.
You have to wonder about the priorities of any city that turns its back on children and instead sells off valuable parkland for parking lots
Talented people who are new to a city can quickly sense if it’s going to be the right place to live. It either has that creative vibe or it doesn’t. It also needs to be clean and efficient.
– Finish the Little Rock portion of the River Trail.
– Add as many miles of new sidewalks and streetlights as possible to make this the next great walkable city in the South.
– Truly create a system of city parks that’s the envy of the region. That slogan “City In A Park” (the city probably paid some advertising agency good money for that) rings hollow in a town where they sell off ballparks for parking lots.