Jack Sundell is the owner of The Root Café, a restaurant planted in the South Main District of Little Rock. He also happens to be an all-out locavore. Since its opening in 2011, the café has established itself as one of the best-known and most popular restaurants of its kind in central Arkansas.
In a North Little Rock neighborhood known more for poverty than progress, a transformation is on display. What was once a decaying mid-century grocery store has become a refuge for the area’s seniors and a source of pride for the surrounding community.
Michele Halsell has her hands full. Her role as director of the Applied Sustainability Center at the Sam Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville is one that empowers her to incite change in communities all over the state.
Renovating older buildings instead of razing them for new structures has shown to boost the economies of the downtowns, supporters of the practice say. Preservation groups also cheer rescuing the buildings that in some cases predate the Great Depression.