Go Forward Pine Bluff on Tuesday hosted the first of three listening events for residents to give input into the Go Forward plan as it evolves in the coming months and years. An identical listening event was held Wednesday night and another is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.
The roughly 100 residents who attended were given five questions to answer regarding the plan. The questions included: What would a vibrant, livable, attractive Pine Bluff look like? What role should downtown play in revitalizing Pine Bluff? What can be done to encourage new businesses to locate in the city? What is your perception of Pine Bluff and what will change it? And how can Pine Bluff become a city where former residents and new people want to live, as well as becoming a place of destination for visitors?
One woman, who said she moved to Pine Bluff in 1999, said she felt there is less of a feeling of community in Pine Bluff now and that some people have “given up” on the city.
“But there’s a lot that we can do,” she said. “Some of my ideas are having a pedestrian-friendly downtown, more sidewalks, less vacant houses and buildings, more homeowners and business owners that live in the community, and revive Pine Bluff Mall.”
Another man, who said he grew up in Pine Bluff, moved away in 1990 and now lives in northern Arkansas, said he has been watching the news about Go Forward.
“You’ve got to be excited about where Pine Bluff’s going,” he said. “You’ve got to have a viable downtown that people want to come to. Got to have a restaurant…
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