We’re in the middle of an unprecedented event worldwide. Our lives are changing on an almost daily basis. We’ll get through this….TOGETHER. Because Argenta ROCKS!
Although this pandemic is something we’ve never faced, don’t forget that Argenta has overcome obstacles in the past. This community is tough and resilient...and together we’ll prove it once again.
As we look forward to all the exciting things in Argenta’s future (the William F. Laman Argenta Branch Public Library outdoor space renovation and all the great events to be held at Argenta Plaza like 2019’s Northern Lights Festival), it’s a good time to reflect on our past...and just how far we’ve come.
Laman Library Conceptual Outdoor Space Drawings
From the decline of the 1960s and the urban renewal of the 70s, Argenta has beat the odds. Beginning with the National Register of Historic Places designation in 1993 to the establishment of the Argenta Community Development Corporation (CDC) and Main Street Argenta (eventually to be replaced with the Argenta Downtown Council in 2007), the community began a rebirth. Between 1994 and 2008, residential property values rose more than 400% and commercial values saw a 270% increase.
Argenta’s future has, without a doubt, a musical “vibe,” with great music venues and festivals like the Yadaloo Music and Arts Festival. For music lovers, learn more about Argenta’s musical past. Alex Hill was a jazz pianist and arranger, and co-writer of I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby (and My Baby's Crazy 'Bout Me) with Fats Waller. Or Janis DeJanis, who wrote “Sing, Arkansas, Sing,” as well as North Little Rock’s official song, “North Little Rock.”
So what can you do? Get out and explore the Argenta Arts District using social distancing methods. The famous Argenta tulips are blooming...share their beauty on social media and brighten (at least virtually) someone’s day. Order takeout or delivery from one of the great local restaurants. Enjoy a drive through the historic district and do an Argenta architectural tour -- you’ll find everything from Classical Revival to Italianate to Spanish Revival to Commercial Moderne. In other words, explore your Argenta “back yard!”
Argenta Tulips in Bloom
And when life gets back to a modicum of “normal,” the Argenta Arts District will be here, better than ever!
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