Pearl District

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The Pearl District is a downtown Portland, Oregon, neighborhood that served as a model for the revitalized River Market District of Little Rock, Arkansas. In the spring of 1995 thirty-eight central Arkansas business leaders and government officials traveled to Portland to study that city's regional planning activity and amenities. In particular the mixed-use condominium complexes developed by Jimmy Moses of Moses Tucker Real Estate in Little Rock are inspired in part by the Pearl District's urban waterfront community.


  • Adam Biegel, "It's a Long Way from Portland, Area Leaders Say," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, June 7, 1995.
  • Jim Brooks, "Taxpayers Foot Bill to Send 23 to Conference," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, May 13, 1995.
  • Noel E. Oman, "Officials Plan to Revisit Oregon: Follow-up to '95 Portland Trip Will Focus on Growth in Transit," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 25, 2005.
  • "People Sent to Portland and Who Paid for the Trip," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, May 13, 1995.
  • Laura Stevens, "New $80 Million Complex to Add to Downtown Living," Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 4, 2006.
  • Edward J. Sullivan, "Cudgels and Collaboration: Commercial Development Regulation and Support in Portland, Oregon-Vancouver, Washington Metropolitan Region," Vermont Journal of Environmental Law 2005 Symposium, Small Town America in an Era of Big Box Development, 67-89.

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