Monday, January 30, 2012

Food Trucks Coming to UD

This Wednesday at the corner of University and Asher, at the old K-Mart the University, the Market at 4Corners, a coalition of Food Trucks that will operate as a food truck court, opens!

Food Trucks will include:

Hot Dog Mike
Homegrown
Taqueeria Samantha
Haygoods BBQ
Red River Catering
The Food Truck
Christians Take-Out
Peace Hog Mobile
Papa’s Burgers & Dogs

University District residents should get out and take advantage of this great new addition to our area!

Please spread the word!!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Information Needed in Car Accident

Please be on the lookout for a white Chrysler Cirrus early to mid-2000s make. A car with this description may have caused damage to a car in Broadmoor, but the police do not have a license plate number. With the number, the owner can be found to take responsibility for the damage.

The accident occurred between 25 and 35 Berkshire, and the Chrysler has been seen in that area.

The car is in poor exterior condition with a lot of dents.

If you do get the plate number, please forward it to edwardswaim@yahoo.com, and we will get it to the police.

Monday, January 9, 2012

US residents may qualify for home repair funds

The University District Development Corporation (UDDC) is accepting requests from eligible homeowners in the University District interested in participating in the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ Special Needs Assistance Program (“SNAP”). SNAP funds provide up to $5,000 toward minor repair costs for homeowners age 55 or older or those having a documented disability and income of 80 percent or below the median income for the area. The median income for University District homeowners is $34,450 (1-person), $39,400 (2-people), $44,300 (family of three), $49,200 (family of four).

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas’ region includes Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and New Mexico. During this round of funding each local member bank can receive up to $60,000 for rehabilitation grants, and the Dallas region has a total of $1,000,000 to award on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The UDDC partners with local member banks and makes funds available to homeowners in the University District. Homeowners receiving the grant must stay in their home for five years for the loan to be fully forgiven. This is the UDDC's third year to participate in SNAP and fourth year the FHLB has funded the program. Several University District homeowners benefited in previous years.

For more information contact Barrett Allen at 501-683-7361 or blallen@ualr.edu.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

January 9 - Walkability Workshop and Audit

University District residents are encouraged to participate in a workshop and walk audit on Monday, January 9, with Dan Burden, the nation’s leading walkability expert, to discuss ways that the University District can advance active transportation and make streets safer for all modes of transportation – from walking and rolling to driving and riding.

The event will kick off at 12:45 p.m. with a workshop presentation at the Donaghey Student Center (Rooms A, B, C),  followed by a walking audit, or walking workshop, of the District, where participants can experience first-hand conditions that impact walking and biking in that neighborhood. For residents who know the District well, this is a chance to view the area through a new lens, and to share the experience with others who are passionate about creating and maintaining a safe, walkable, and healthy community. Burden, executive director of the non-profit Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, will lead a debrief and make recommendations following the audit. The event will conclude by 5 p.m.

The workshop is made possible by the University District Partnership, the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP), and the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute.  The workshop will highlight links between economic vitality, public health and transportation.  “In many parts of the country, we have engineered activity out of our daily lives by building streets that accommodate only cars, not people,” Burden said. “Unfortunately, this has negatively affected the health and economic vitality of our communities.  We can do better.”

“With obesity rates on the rise and the epidemic being most dramatic in the south, it is time to make a change,” said ArCOP Co-Chairman Joy Rockenbach.  “Nine of the ten states with the highest adult obesity rates are southern states.  Studies have shown that people are more likely to exercise if they can fit activity into their daily lives because time and schedule are the primary reasons most of us put off exercising.”  This is one goal workshop: to make the healthy choice the easiest choice.  Presently, 1 in 3 adults and 1 in 5 children in Arkansas are obese.

You may participate in a portion of the workshop and tours if you don't have the full afternoon available. 
Wear your walking shoes and Please RSVP to Ron Copeland at rrcopeland@ualr.edu so we can have a head count to organize the walk audit. 

See below for the workshop agenda and other links to information on Dan Burden.

Dan Burden Presentation and Walking Audit
Monday, January 9,
Registration 12:45 to 1:00
Event 12:45 to 4:30 pm
University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR)
Donaghey Student Center, Rooms A, B, & C
 
Jan. 9
12:45 p.m.
Arrivals and registration
1:00 to 1:15 p.m.
Welcome and Introductions
1:15 to 2:45 p.m.
Impacts of the Built Environment, by Dan Burden
2:45 to 3:00 p.m.
Break
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Walkability Assessment – University District           
4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Debrief and Observations from Walking Audit
4:30 p.m.
Conclusion

Other Links to Information on Dan Burden
Dan was a founder of Adventure Cycling

Dan was #15 on the League of American Bicyclists list of top 25 in the history of the bicycle

Burden bio through 2005

Bio from Walk Live Institute