I did an interview with well-known preservationist Paula Marinoni last Tuesday morning, which will run in two weeks. Last Friday I took my little camcorder up to the University of Arkansas to take some shots of the bridge the trucks will be driving over, and the wall which will be taken down.
While doing so, I looked down at Lafayette itself, and noticed the condition of the street. What’s the best word to describe piece of street I was standing on?
Oh, yeah - crappy.
I know that folks are worried that the bridge may not be up to all of this traffic for next two years (or more, because what actually gets finished on schedule?) but Lafayette itself?
University of Arkansas disses student newspaper
I was on campus this week and picked up The Arkansas Traveler, which is the best paper around if you want either UA news or Dickson Street reporting without an element of hucksterism.
The headline on their special student orientation issue?
Access Road to Cut Across Old Main Lawn
Nearby Construction Expected Until 2013
The article, by Chad Woodard and Bobbie Foster, dealt with a protest by local residents that was held in front of the University a few weeks ago.
One disturbing element was revealed on the editorial page - no one at the Traveler was informed of the university’s plans. That fell to a member of the Fayetteville community.
In addition, according to the editorial:
“Also, when we spoke to university officials we could get neither a map of specifically where the road would be nor, more importantly, an estimation of how much the project would cost. On a side note, we recently received a raise in the utilities management fee to $8 per credit hour.”
Just not a good start here.
Quote of the Day
Nine times out of ten, the first thing a man’s companion knows of his shortcomings is from his apology. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.