Streetsblog, which writes about smart core city development, runs a March Madness competition among the nation’s cities for worst “parking craters” — places where acres of pavement defy user-friendliness.
Little Rock is currently in the round of 16, competing against Atlanta to advance to the next round.
Little Rock was nominated for the area around the River Cities Travel Center, the Rock Region Metro bus terminal between Fourth and Capitol along Cumberland. Streetsblog makes the point that an area around a bus terminal, particularly, should be pedestrian friendly.
Downtown Little Rock is dominated by surface parking, says reader Cary Tyson, and this site by the River Cities Travel Center — Little Rock’s main bus station and an important transfer point for the regional transit system — is no exception. The surrounding area, as you can see, is none too walkable or welcoming.
Awareness is growing that downtown — and the transit center in particular — could be much more. A temporary installation last October set up market stalls and public art at the site while demonstrating a bus rapid transit-type service for downtown.
There is a significant amount of new development in the area, including apartments and hotels. People will be on the streets.