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Pettaway neighborhood getting a facelift
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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Once a vibrant 20th-century neighborhood in downtown Little Rock, the Pettaway Neighborhood has experienced years of decline, but thanks to a civic and architecture project, the neighborhood is on the upswing.

"I started with this three-bedroom and ended up with this four-bedroom, three-bath house here," said James Terry, a longtime resident of the Pettaway Neighborhood in downtown Little Rock.

[Photo Gallery: Pettaway Neighborhood Project underway]

"The area is revitalized. We've got about nine new homes, some townhouses here. We've still got new construction going on," he said.

Once an area full of boarded up homes, the Pettaway Neighborhood has made a comeback.

The revitalization was a plan by the City of Little Rock, and the Downtown Little Rock Community Development Corporation believes people are looking for affordable housing in urban areas, close to work.

With help from the Fay Jones School of Architecture, the community development corporation has been able to bring modern design to this older neighborhood by mixing in the old with the new and attracting first time home buyers to the area, and more plans are underway.

"With the modular type construction, it's an inexpensive way to build. You've got your pre-fab homes, and their nice looking homes."

For Terry, he chose to renovate an older home and make it more modern but said all the residents in the Pettaway Neighborhood share a common bond.

"People are just like people in any other neighborhood. They want to get along. It's a good quiet neighborhood to live in," he said.

Recently, design students with the University of Arkansas School of Architecture put together a plan for the Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood.

This affordable housing project would cluster a dozen homes together, featuring green infrastructure to support sustainable lifestyles.

The Pettaway Pocket Neighborhood design will be featured in an upcoming issue of Architectural Record Magazine. Its design will also be recognized at the American Institute of Architects annual expo and convention this June in Denver.

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