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MAKING SURE THERE ARE AMENITIES — LIKE A NEW LAUNDROMAT — ‘THAT THE MARKET’S NOT GOING TO TAKE CARE OF’ TO BENEFIT LOW- AND MODERATEINCOME RESIDENTS IS IMPORTANT, TOO.

MORE NEIGHBORS: Karama Neal and Kwadjo Boiatey and their daughter, Ayoka (above), live on 16th Street across from CDC chairman Adam Fogleman and his wife, Jill, and baby boy, Jude (below). The Neal-Boiatey house was a CDC renovation; the Foglemans' house, at Bragg and 16th streets, was built by Mike Orndorff.

near the corner says, “Welcome to Pettaway,” and is followed by the Lorax quote about caring. Farther down the street an inset says, “Always do what you are afraid to do. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.” A year ago, Orndorff sent a Facebook message to this reporter about what he called the “Pettaway Baby Boom.” Three children have been born within just a few houses of one another on East 16th Street: Mike and Alex have a 9-month-old son, Boden; Adam and Jill Fogleman, who are moving into their second Pettaway home, across from the Ennetts on Bragg and 16th, have a 1-year-old son, Jude; and Jessica and Clayton Keith, who live at 1514 Park, around the corner from the Orndorff-Marshall family, have a 1-year-old daughter, Lucy Kate. Nothing says neighborhood like children. And, Denise Ennett added, nothing says neighborhood like houses. Orndorff has purchased 13 more lots in Pettaway; he hopes to start construction on three more houses before the end of the year. ––––––––––––––––––––

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Orndorff continues to have problems with theft — he had a trailer stolen from a construction site recently. A wheelbarrow stolen from the Foglemans down the street was used to cart off some of Orndorff’s tools. But property theft, he, Denise Ennett and others pointed out, occurs in every neighborhood. “You do see people driving slowly down the street, looking,” Ennett said. But one of those people may have been this reporter, who began a slow tour of the neighborhood starting at Daisy Gatson Bates Drive and Rock Street. (Daisy Bates, previously 14th Street, is in the MacArthur Park Historic District, so it’s not officially Pettaway, but it, too, is seeing new construction: a 2,453-square-foot new Craftsman was built in 2018 at 401 Daisy Bates and a second is under construction next door.) The 1400 block of Rock Street (which is in the Central City Overlay district and requires city planning oversight on construction) is a good example of the Pettaway look: At 1410 Rock, a 3,200-squarefoot house built in 1904 has been remodeled by Tim Hankins Construction; he’s asking $400,000 for the property, which includes a guest house. Hankins said it was the blossoming of SoMa and its “hipsters” that prompted him to begin working south of I-630. Next door, at 1414 Rock and 1418 Rock, are two slender contemporaries built more than 100 years after the 1904 house by Paul Page Dwellings (Page Wilson). Dave O’Brien, an artist, interventional radiologist and one of the founders of bike polo in Little Rock, has lived for a couple of years at 1611 Rock St. in a house designed by Herron Horton Architects and built by Paul Page Dwellings. The lot had been cleared after the 1999 tornado. O’Brien moved to Pettaway from Stifft Station; he was attracted to the neighborhood because it was outside the historic districts and he could build what he wanted, he said. His next-door neighbors,

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