Congratulations are in order to the city of North Little Rock and all the businesses that comprise the Argenta Downtown Historic Arts District. The arts and entertainment area made the travel section of the New York Times earlier this week. An incredible photograph taken by Arkansas photographer Stephen Thornton accompanies the brief article.
The text, written by Christopher Hall, says: “No one knows for sure whether the name Dogtown, for the area of North Little Rock, Ark., now known as the Argenta Arts District, originally came from the abandoned animals that once roamed its streets. What is certain is that in these six square blocks of vintage storefronts and artists’ studios, a trolley ride across the Arkansas River from downtown Little Rock, urban desolation is giving way to urban cool. ‘There’s been a dramatic change even since we arrived,’ said Jody Hardin, who in 2008 co-founded the district’s popular Saturday farmers’ market, where only Arkansas purveyors are welcome. ‘The galleries and restaurants, the new town homes and restored houses, are making this a place to be.’”
If you haven’t yet visited this happening place of North Little Rock, then add it to your schedule. If you’ve been or you’re a regular, share with us your favorite thing to do in Argenta.