Community Members Give Input on 71B Corridor Plans

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — An input meeting was held Tuesday night to see what community members have to say about a plan to develop the 71B corridor in Fayetteville.

The plan will include public transit and cyclists, as well as vehicle and foot traffic.

Focusing on North College, Archibald Yell Boulevard and South School Avenue, community members say planners need to focus on more than just drivers.

“The corridor is not really friendly for pedestrians or bikes, people trying to get  there on other means than cars and it’s become so car-centric that  it’s actually driving away some people,” said Jay Lewis, who lives in Fayetteville.

Dot Neely of Fayetteville also attended the meeting.

“There’s overkill on the parking and there could be more functional space, or even some of the space reclaimed for greenspace, for pocket parks,” Neely said.

Planners will come back in three months with more details, including how the corridor fits surrounding neighborhoods.

The full plan will affect the corridor for decades to come.

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