The Creative Corridor is an area along Main Street where arts and culture anchor a vibrant, mixed use place in the center of Little Rock, Arkansas. The project’s goal was to revitalize Little Rock’s Main Street one block at a time, using economic development stimulated by the arts rather than a traditional retails base. The relocation of three arts organizations was integral to the plan. Not only did Ballet Arkansas, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and The Arkansas Repertory Theatre create new spaces along the Corridor but ArtPlace funding also allowed them to enhance the placemaking qualities of their spaces - like a sound system that will broadcast rehearsals to passersby on the sidewalk.
Higher Ed’s role: The University of Arkansas Community Design Center worked with Marlon Blackwell Architects to create the Creative Corridor’s plan. The project involved restructuring a public realm conceived for workday commercial activities to now serve 24/7 urban lifestyles with a high level of livability.
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