Welcome to our neighborhood. In this issue we launch what we hope will be an ongoing idea – learning about neighborhoods and who loves him, from the people who live in them. We love 7th Street and so do our neighbors. They (and we) will tell you why. 

Climbing Magazine rated it as one of “the Most Difficult Endurance Events in the Nation.” Outside Magazine says it’s “The Wildest Rock Climbing Event in the World.” It happens in Arkansas, Sept. 26-29.

Did you know that wine, art and honey are just a few of the things made at Chaffee Crossing?

For a few years, friends might have thought the strange acronym “PZD” was Kyle Parker’s personal mantra. This month, this urban planning concept that Parker, CEO of the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, advocated for so passionately is a lived-in reality at Chaffee Crossing. ARCOM students have moved in to The Village at Heritage.

Third-year osteopathic medicine student Jodi Wiley also leads a busy family life while doing a clinical rotation at Baptist Health-Fort Smith.

Meeting Daniel Mann on his second day on the job as FCRA's new executive director. 

 At Chaffee Crossing, three trail systems are about to be connected after years of planning. Bikers, runners and walkers are already all over them.

Update - Batman: The Scheme is Sound will be screened at the Fayetteville Film Festival. Free, but tickets must be obtained online. The student film will be shown at 12:45 p.m. Oct. 5. Free tickets are available online. There will be a short Q&A with cast and director Kevin Croxton. Get tickets at fayettevillefilmfest.org.

Update: Gateway Park will be dedicated Oct. 17. Construction is well underway at the highly visible spearhead of downtown Fort Smith at Gateway Park, where Garrison Avenue and Rogers Avenue meet. This triangular area is becoming an intentionally designed entry to the city. It is a project of 64.6 Downtown funded by donations, with the cooperation of the City of Fort Smith. 

Photo by Austin Collins. May 31, sunset over the flooded Arkansas River spilling into Oklahoma.

When the Arkansas River overflowed its banks in June, it was documented by more photographs than any previous flood in history, due to the widespread use of smart phones. On social media and news web sites, images and video taken from helicopters, planes and drones showed the reach of floodwaters.


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