by Max Brantley
I said a few days ago that this deal smelled cooked. It was.
Channel 4 reports that the vote was 9-1 last night as the Little Rock Board of Directors approved a McDonald's on University Avenue, just south of the busy Markham Street intersection. McDonald's will pay some tribute money to help correct traffic problems on Markham Street created when the board approved a Chick-fil-A it shouldn't have approved across the street from Park Plaza.
Unversity, recently widened at the cost of zillions, will undoubtedly need correcting from this new traffic clogger before too long.
Ruth Bell with the Little Rock League of Women Voters also argued, "The bottom line is the more gridlocked you get at that location, the more people will prefer to go shopping elsewhere."
Oh, but, be still objectors. This will be a "state of the art" McDonald's. Oh, and tax revenues will increase, the board was promised. (What? People who were eating at home or not eating will now eat meals in Little Rock because there's a new McDonald's? This is sophistry in league with notion that sales tax holidays produce overall increases in retail sales.)
UPDATE: City spokeswoman Meg Matthews said the 9-1 vote had Dean Kumpuris in the negative. Then, after the vote was cast, Stacy Hurst asked that her vote be switched from yes to no.
ALSO TUESDAY NIGHT:
* RAY WINDER FIELD: The city finally sold its portion of the old Ray Winder Field to UAMS for $1.3 million. It will become a parking lot.
* CURFEWS: Fox 16 also reports on a delay in consideration of a stiffer curfew ordinance, which met some resistance from residents.