studioMAIN has been asked to meet with the design team of the I-30 corridor and help envision improvements to the current design options. We will attend what we hope to be a series of working sessions, and look forward to finding solutions to the concerns studioMAIN have previously addressed, including those voiced by others. Our goal is to improve the current design as much as possible with the supposition that the project will move forward as it is currently proposed.
Though we still have concerns with the proposal to increase the capacity of Interstate 30, we believe it to be a better service to the public to be at the table pressing for improved East-West connectivity, finding ways to reduce vehicular demand, and incorporating multimodal transportation options, than to be fully opposed to the project and risk it occurring nonetheless without our input.
A major goal for studioMAIN is to improve the design thinking in our community, and helping those who approach us looking for creative solutions to difficult problems. We do this by educating the public about the importance of design, collaboration with our allied design and construction fields, advocating for the best community design possible, and challenging the conventions of current design thinking.
We understand this position is a compromise, but the engagement and the questions it has brought to light about planning for our entire community, not a singular project, will lead to a better future for Arkansas.
We are optimistic that we can find a series of solutions to allow continued growth of our downtown. Our members have stakes on both sides of the highway, and are committed to a successful corridor design. We work to understand everyone’s positions, and we hope you all will work to understand ours.