How can a bike share program help downtown?

How can a bike share program help downtown?

I found this great article on tips for a successful downtown and among them was to have a bike share program. Supposedly, this trend is spreading like wildfire throughout the USA and I think that this is exactly what downtown Little Rock needs.

Do I bike? In the spring, when I feel like dragging it out of my house and down the steps to the street below.

If I had a bike sitting right in front of me, would I use it? Heck yeah! Especially if it meant that I didn’t have to drag the bike back into my already cramped house.

For me, the bike share program is a win-win. I feel like I am being healthy while supporting the public transportation system. I get some fresh air while enjoying not being on a stuffy bus. I sleep better at night because I ACTUALLY exercised.

Read the full article here!



Vibrant Downtown Strategy #12

Set up a downtown bike share program.

Divvy Bikes bike share program: Chicago, IL


Any strategy that results in more transportation choices available within a downtown is a good thing if you’re aiming for a more vibrant urban core.  And bike share programs – which have been spreading like wildfire across large U.S. cities in the past couple years – are certainly a good option for enhancing transportation access.  But what makes this strategy so valuable is that it also provides indirect marketing and branding service for your downtown.

Bike share programs, with their highly visible stations and riders, broadcast a continual message to casual observers that downtown is a place for recreation and entertainment.  Divvy Bikes in Chicago and Citi Bike in New York are two of the largest and most successful bike share programs in the U.S.

Lastly, bike share programs are highly flexible in terms of how they can be implemented and managed.  Some systems are managed by non-profits, others are owned by local transportation authorities, and many are sponsored by major corporations or wholly owned and operated by the private sector.  This flexibility in ownership/management models can help explain why the bike share craze has spread so quickly in such a short time.


Why is it important to have children living downtown?

The goal at My Historic Downtown is to focus on the many downtown centers across America.

With this goal in mind, we found an excellent article about downtown Portland on the importance of having children live downtown.

Check it out!




Let us market your product!

My Historic Downtown is officially ready to offer more products on our website! We will sell anything from jewelry and clothes to home decor, so please reach out to us if you would like to be featured on our site!


Starre Haas



Cornbread Festival 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors,
You are invited to volunteer for the Arkansas Cornbread Festival which is happening October 29, 11am-4pm.  If you work one shift you get into the Festival for Free!
Please contact Chris Morgan at if you would like to Volunteer…Chris is this years Volunteer Chairman.

Thumbs up to art for downtown Little Rock

We love to see communities come together for the greater good and yesterday Little Rock voter did just that!


Don’t you just love Millenials?

Fantastic article about how Millenials are returning to concept of shopping local and being active in their community.

And did we mention that our Founder, Starre Haas, is a Millenial? 😉If this article sparks an idea in your head, be sure to share it with us at!Click here to read the article

Downtown Success Story: Denver

My Historic Downtown doesn’t work with just Little Rock, we want to work with downtowns across the country.

In fact, we are already selling our shirts in downtown Portland!

Take the time to read this article about downtown Denver. We are thinking that this is where we should expand to next! Read More…


AR Innovation Hub

We are obsessed with this organization in downtown Argenta and you should be too! Be sure and check them out!



How to grow your downtown!

12 Strategies That Will Transform Your City’s Downtown

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Meet Your Neighbor: Justin Scott

If you have ever grocery shopped at Edward’s Food Giant on S. Main, you have most likely been greeted by fellow neighbor Justin Scott.

Justin is a perfect example of what My Historic Downtown stands for. Not only does he always have a smile and a cheery attitude, he also takes the time to learn the names of each family member. He really encompasses our concept of shopping local and neighborly love.

We believe that a key component to building your community is just getting to know one another!

So, the next time you go shopping at Edward’s Grocery, say hello to Justin. We promise you won’t regret it!