Arts corridor a chance to showcase community

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Rachael Pope of Fayetteville had a fantastic letter in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning.

Fayettevillians have a unique opportunity to showcase what makes Fayetteville funky and build a gathering space for our community.

For the past year, the city and landscape architects with Nelson Byrd Woltz have worked together to design a cultural arts corridor that would join the Walton Arts Center and the new TheatreSquared building with the Fayetteville Public Library and the Fay Jones Woods. Make no mistake, though: They worked hard to solicit public opinion through numerous community surveys and input sessions, and their design reflects this. We wanted a public gathering space for festivals, and we've got one. We wanted to preserve the Fay Jones Woods, and include a nature education element and that's in there, too. We worried that we'd lose all our parking, and the city has promised to replace every single one of those spaces before construction begins.

The cultural arts corridor will give us a place to go after we've done our shopping at the Farmer's Market or picked up our books at the library. It will give us a reason to come down early for a show, or a place to wander after a meal on Dickson Street. It means money for local businesses, but more importantly mean a place for us to gather together, a place that we can all take pride in, where we can all feel at home.

How do we make this happen? The bond referendum on April 9 will provide necessary funds for the cultural arts corridor, so vote "yes," and let's build a city together that our children will be proud of.

Rachel Pope

Fayetteville