Brian Chilson

Every other year or so, the Arkansas Times catches up with what’s going on in the old city centers. Moribund Main streets no longer mar downtown Little Rock and Argenta. A spiral of new life — new businesses, new restaurants catering to the businesses, new places to live filling up with the new workers and new patrons — has dramatically changed not just Main Street, but its adjoining streets. Capitol Avenue is coming back, as the Financial Quarter west of Main and residential neighborhood on the east. New investment, to the tune of millions of dollars, is being attracted to the ever more hip South Main. The old industrial neighborhood east of Interstate 30 has enough new development that it’s earned a new name: the East Village. The Robinson Center is open again, making a symphonic splash with the new Broadway Bridge set to open in March. On the north side, investors are creating what that city calls the Argenta Waterfront District, a hotel-apartment-retail development featuring a boardwalk, plus a pocket neighborhood on the west, a residential complex east of Main and a plaza where the farmers market is now. It looks like a tipping point has been reached, and there’s no going back now: Downtown is back in business.

What’s new and coming soon to Argenta
A riverfront hotel, new residential development, food, drink and more.


What’s new and coming soon to Main Street Little Rock
Restaurants, tech park, Walton School of Business and more.

Little Rock’s Financial Quarter comes slightly more into focus
With StudioMain ideas, plan for Hall-Davidson buildings.


Moses Tucker on the move
21 projects downtown in 19 years.

What’s new and coming soon to areas off Main Street in Little Rock
New apartments, a bar for dogs, a retro bowling alley and more.


What’s new and coming soon to Little Rock’s East Village
Mixed-use development, eStem and breweries.

What’s new or coming soon to SoMa in Little Rock

Shopping, mixed-use development and more.

Global solutions along the Arkansas River
From Little Rock’s Mark Grobmyer and Charles, Prince of Wales?

What’s new and coming soon in Central Arkansas along the river
A new Broadway Bridge, Robinson Center and more.