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Old 11-27-2017, 05:28 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Just curious: With the fast growth and booming economy continuing in NWA, is there a state-wide rivalry between the state's biggest metro (LR) and up and coming boom town of NWA?

From what stats I've seen, the LR metro area isn't growing as fast as its littler (NWA).
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Old 11-27-2017, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Ozark Mountains Arkansas
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I don't think there is a rivalry at all. The two areas (NWA and Little Rock) are nothing alike. Little Rock has a much more "city" vibe while NWA is a sprawled area of smaller cities surrounded by various landscapes.
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Old 11-27-2017, 08:08 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Keep in mind that WalMart is the hub of NWA and the growth is the result of that. Many of the businesses and companies around there are in support of WM. On the other hand, L.R. "City Fathers" have been slow (or not moving at all) to support any change. Two things come to mind without doing any stat searching. They lost FedEx to Memphis and Verizon Arena to North Little Rock. There's been lots of press about the L.R. tech hub, but N.L.R. was getting started on that very thing while L.R. people were still fighting on where to locate theirs.


The old east L.R. industrial area and south main is now booming but it is the result of individuals and/or groups getting things moving while the "City Fathers" set on their hands.
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Old 12-10-2017, 08:23 PM
 
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Keep in mind that WalMart is the hub of NWA and the growth is the result of that. Many of the businesses and companies around there are in support of WM. On the other hand, L.R. "City Fathers" have been slow (or not moving at all) to support any change. Two things come to mind without doing any stat searching. They lost FedEx to Memphis and Verizon Arena to North Little Rock. There's been lots of press about the L.R. tech hub, but N.L.R. was getting started on that very thing while L.R. people were still fighting on where to locate theirs.


The old east L.R. industrial area and south main is now booming but it is the result of individuals and/or groups getting things moving while the "City Fathers" set on their hands.
Whoever was responsible for that ought to have lost their job(s). I wonder what LR would be if they had had the brains to keep it. Or what Memphis would be without it.
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Old 12-12-2017, 10:40 AM
 
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Much more crime and the usual suspects in LR area. Nice to visit but would not live there. Go to the Argenta dist. Just over the bridge. Nice but a few feet outside that small area and your in the hood
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Old Yesterday, 10:09 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Much more crime and the usual suspects in LR area. Nice to visit but would not live there. Go to the Argenta dist. Just over the bridge. Nice but a few feet outside that small area and your in the hood

I'll not argue the point but as in any community, of any size, there are areas you stay out of, but they are usually only "pockets" within the community and the whole community shouldn't be "painted with a broad brush."
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Old Today, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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I worry more about the rivalry between Conservative Rural Arkansas and Liberal Urban Arkansas. That is the biggest and most destructive rivalry in the US, and Arkansas isn't immune to the post modernist madness that has swept the country in the past dozen or so years.
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