Little Rock Life: Diversity in People, Geography, Culture

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 12:11 am  

Little Rock is where the Delta meets the foothills of the Ozarks, offering an incredible, diverse landscape of hills, valleys and flatlands to build whatever style home is desired.

All real estate is local and because our economy is incredibly diverse, central Arkansas avoided the real estate bubble seen throughout the country over the past several years. Homes remain a great investment in central Arkansas. Home ownership is still the American Dream and I cannot think of a better place to invest in that dream.

- Robin J. Miller, President, Coldwell Banker Rector Phillips Morse

Inventive Architecture
The work of internationally known “starchitects,” innovative, award-winning, locally-based talent like Marlon Blackwell and historically significant legends like the late Fay Jones join up-and-coming, local architects to give the region an architectural showcase as diverse as its economy and people.


Parks and Recreation

  • Big Dam Bridge connects approximately 24 miles of scenic riverside trails in the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock with 4,226 linear feet across the Murray Lock and Dam on the Arkansas River.
  • Burns Park, at 1,700 acres, is one of the largest municipal parks in the nation.
  • Clinton Presidential Park Bridge, completed in the fall of 2011, is the former Rock Island Railroad Bridge, renovated into a ramped pedestrian pathway closing the loop on the Arkansas River Trail, which runs along both the north and south banks of the Arkansas River.
  • The First Tee of Central Arkansas and its Jack Stephens Youth Golf Academy is one of the premier, stand-alone First Tee facilities in the country.
  • Junction Bridge spans the Arkansas River between Little Rock’s First Security Amphitheater in the River Market District and Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.
  • Lakes, Rivers and Streams abound in the region, with the Arkansas, navigable from just east of Tulsa to the Mississippi, flowing between the downtowns of Little Rock and North Little Rock and offering some of the finest bass fishing in the world.
  • Little Rock Zoo boasts more than 725 animals representing more than 200 different species.
  • Pinnacle Mountain State Park, with hiking trails rising more than 1,000 feet above the Arkansas River Valley, its 2,000 acres are dedicated to environmental education, outdoor recreation and preservation.
  • Two Rivers Bridge, opened in the summer of 2011, is a bicycle/pedestrian bridge built at the confluence of the Little Maumelle and Arkansas Rivers to connect Two Rivers Park.
  • Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center, featuring the largest aquarium in the region and located on the downtown banks of the Arkansas River, showcases the natural diversity of Arkansas’ six eco-regions.

Taste of the Rock

Each year, the Chamber showcases a sampling of its unique member restaurants and caterers at Taste of the Rock, as well as beverage distributors, importers, brewers and distillers, to over 1,000 guests.

The region has one of the most diverse, creative and robust restaurant scenes of any market in the nation, with more than half of Little Rock and North Little Rock’s over 900 restaurants operating as independents.

Respected national chains are quickly capitalizing on the strong and diverse dining market of the region.


  • Arkansas Literary Festival features panels, events, performances, workshops and authors such as David Sedaris, Garrison Keillor and Arkansan Charlaine Harris (True Blood).
  • Arkansas State Fair is Arkansas’ annual showcase of agriculture, livestock, arts and technology.
  • Riverfest, the weekend visual and performing arts celebration held in June, attracts 250,000 annually.
  • Springfest, is a special day packed with food, family, fun and sun on the banks of the Arkansas River.

The Little Rock region boasts destination festivals and fairs celebrating the best of the arts, entertainment, food culture, literature and Americana.



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