A blue collar town, late to bloom in the boom of NWA, property can still be had at resonoble prices, knowing codes are in place and enforced to back up your investment in the community makes it money well spent. The downtown is the new spot for artists as are the older neighborhoods that surround it. The spike in crime is between the new immigrant gangs which the police are well aware of, and are sadly separating the latinos from intigrating with the whites beyond the wal-mart intercom- the language is keeping us apart- but their kids and ours are mixing well.
The smell and the lack green- broad swaths of asphalt keep our town looking and smelling worse than our neighbors. The houses we have are well built and hard to come by- when they come on the market- buy it because they wont stay for sale long, and the prices are great. A varied mix of people - the largest group of Marshel Ilsanders on the mainland, we have people from all parts of Mexico who share their crafts and their food. New artists and carpenters find a house to restore along Mill Street or behind the Hospital.
It is city in change, now the fourth largest in Arkansas (2015) that needs new ideas and people to help it grow in the right directions. Land and house values can only go up. Lots of possibilities: preservationist, bike shops, city planners, revenue builders and new city council men/ women (2-4 decades plus are enough ). So come and make the city yours!