Revitalizing University District

LITTLE ROCK, AR – This home, built in the 1940s, now has a modern touch. It’s hard to believe it used to be an eyesore on Harrison Street. But not anymore.

“This neighborhood has so much history in the city of Little Rock,” Community Development Program Officer Barrett Allen said.

The university district development bought this house and two others in an effort to get people to move back to this once-sprawling area around UALR.

Project Officer Barrett Allen says revitalization is a must.

“It’s known as midtown. It’s known as the melting pot,” Allen said. “The university district sits right center of the city where different cultures, ethnicities come together.”

Allen accepted this $24,000 check from three local banks to beautify more homes in the University District.
Since the program started in 2008, its goal has been to increase home ownership by selling them at affordable prices.

“I’m five minutes from church,” Homeowner Natasha Russell said. “I like that. I can catch the freeway and be almost anyway in LR in 15 minutes.”

Natasha Russell is the first to buy a house from the organization. Not only does she like it because she’s close to everything, but she’s now on the path to living the American dream.

“I know that I’m building wealth and I’m investing in something that my son can have later on,” Russell said.

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