Downtown Little Rock Cited as No. 5 for Livability

Little Rock, Arkansas (October 31, 2012)-Downtown Little Rock has been selected by an online organization called “Livability” as No. 5 in a new Top 10 Downtowns 2012 list just released.

Downtown Little Rock was noted for its nine distinct neighborhoods, each offering a mix of residential and commercial property, with the most popular being the River Market District, a draw for concerts, sporting events, and landmarks such as the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park, along the Arkansas River. It was also noted for the system of streetcars increasing accessibility between Little Rock and North Little Rock and with stops at many downtown attractions.

Citing criteria set forth by Christopher Leinberger, director of the Center for Real Estate and Analysis at George Washington University, the team noted, “We set out to identify downtowns especially poised to offer the best experiences to residents and visitors, show signs of economic growth, and have community leaders with clear plans for continued improvement to these districts. We needed a perspective to help us decide what sets apart the best downtowns from the merely good downtowns.”

Downtown Little Rock Partnership (DLRP) was specifically referenced in the announcement: “A nonprofit group called Downtown Little Rock Partnership leads the charge for revitalization by teaming with city leaders on strategy and special projects, such as renovating buildings and beautifying street corners. The group also brings in special events and seasonal attractions.”

Sharon Priest, executive director of Downtown Little Rock Partnership, said, “We are very pleased to have downtown Little Rock chosen as No. 5 for Livability. These honors for downtown and Little Rock are a result of the hard work of many people. We do especially appreciate our members at the Downtown Little Rock Partnership who volunteer their time to work on events such as the Main Street Food Truck Festival and committees focused on a vibrant downtown Little Rock.”

Downtown Little Rock Partnership is a nonprofit representing approximately 200 member businesses, organizations and individuals in pursuit of a remarkable urban experience for those who work, live, play and invest in downtown Little Rock. Millie Ward is the current president of the Board of Directors.

According to Priest, “DLRP members strive to provide leadership in planning, legislation, transportation, economic development and numerous public and private initiatives that strengthen the overall downtown as well as enhance its image.” DLRP also manages Metrocentre Business Improvement District (BID No. 1) to provide services for a cleaner and safer downtown.

For more information about Downtown Little Rock Partnership call 501.375.0121 or to go online today. For the complete Livability listing about Downtown Little Rock,