Keeping downtowns alive

(September 22, 2003) — (Little Rock-AP) -- Keeping downtowns alive in small cities and towns will be the focus of a conference that starts today at Little Rock. The conference, called "Destination Downtown," is to be held in the Statehouse Convention Center. Sponsored by Main Street Arkansas -- a program of the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program -- the conference will feature sessions on several topics. They include trends in Main Street cities, planning for strong downtowns, downtown design, recruiting volunteers, special events, and using the arts.