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On-campus event inspires students to plan for the future of Central Arkansas

Submitted by Ian Bennett on October 17, 2012 – 1:16 pmNo Comment

“Imagine Central Arkansas”, the name used to identify the planning effort by Metroplan, visited the UALR campus Sept. 26 to hear the input of students on how Little Rock may be improved in such areas as the quality of transportation, economic development and quality of life.

Several students lined up throughout the day around the blue tents set up with tables offering complimentary popcorn, and representatives ready to educate them about the association and collect opinions on where they see central Arkansas within the next 20 to 30 years.

Representatives of “Imagine Central Arkansas” asked students to write their ideas down on a dry-erase marker board and then hold the board in front of them so that their pictures could be taken to be posted on the organization’s Facebook page.  “This has been great” said Richard Magee, deputy director/director of planning, “A lot of participation from the students so far.”

Another member, when asked about why the decision was made to hold an event at UALR, said, “The opinion of young people is important because you are the future.”

While “Imagine Central Arkansas” focuses on improving and providing more transportation options throughout central Arkansas, it also “strives to be all-inclusive so that each and every voice has an opportunity to be heard,” according to the initiative’s website. Other than suggestions for improved public, eco-friendly transportation system, proposals include better park maintenance, bicycling education, more and better downtown housing options, etc.

“Imagine Central Arkansas endeavors to engage citizens and other stakeholders in a dialogue about the future,” according to the organization’s mission statement. “With that in mind, the visioning process is broken down into five distinct objectives.”

Those “five distinct objectives” include listening, creating, educating, collecting and prioritizing.

For more information about “Imagine Central Arkansas” visit at, or to learn more about Metroplan visit









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