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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Metroplan, 1989

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UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Metroplan, 1989 UALR.MS.0243

UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Metroplan, 1989
Dates: 1984-2013
Quantity: 0.25 linear feet; .5 document box
Identification: UALR.MS.0243

Scope and Contents Note

This collection contains the project report and audiocassettes from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Seminar in Public History's 1989 project, "Metroplan: the formative years 1955 to 1970: an analytical history of the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission of Pulaski County," directed by Deborah J. Baldwin, Ph.D., which includes a history of Metroplan and interviews with those involved in the organization.

Project Staff: Harry T. Williams

Historical Note on UALR Seminar in Public History

The Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) is a required course restricted to graduate students in the Masters of Arts in Public History at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Through direct readings and extensive research on specialized topics in public history, graduate students concentrate on basic skills needed for all specialized areas in public history. The objective of this course is for graduate students to experience team-research in the application of learned skills in report preparation, oral history, exhibition preparation, cultural resource management, and conservation techniques under a simulated contractual arrangement with a company or non-profit agency.

Historical Note

Metroplan is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for central Arkansas. It is composed of a council of local governments, the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and local transit agencies. As an MPO, Metroplan's responsibility is to determine the region's long-term transportation needs and priorities for federal funding.

Metroplan was originally called the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and was established in 1955. It was an outgrowth of the Committee of 100, which was chaired by Raymond Rebsamen. Rebsamen and local leaders formed the committee to address the planning needs of the new Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville.

Recognizing a need for a permanent planning agency, the Arkansas legislature unanimously passed Act 26 of 1955, "An Act to Enable Political Subdivisions to Cooperate Jointly in Area Planning; and for Other Purposes." Governor Orval Faubus signed the act on 1955 February 1. Rebsamen was elected as its first chair, and John Crane was hired as the first executive director.

MAPC's original area of planning and development concern was Pulaski County. By 1968, it began including Saline County in its studies and reports. In 1970, MAPC underwent its first major reorganization with the signing of the Interlocal Corporation Agreement. Under this agreement, MAPC incorporated as a nonprofit organization and renamed Metroplan. It also became a trustee of the Central Arkansas Transit bus system.

In 1972, Metroplan received its official designation as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) by the federal government. As an MPO, Metroplan must adopt both a long-range transportation plan, covering at least twenty years, and a short-range implementation document for the region.

Today, Metroplan is governed by a board of directors, which includes member jurisdictions' mayors and county judges or their designated representatives, as well as two voting members from the Arkansas State Highway Department and the Central Arkansas Transit Authority (CATA). The board governs the Regional Planning Advisory Council, the Technical Coordinating Committee, and a paid staff.

Metroplan is supported by federal and state grants and member dues. Membership includes five counties: Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Lonoke, and Grant (non-voting). Its office is located in the Pulaski County Regional Building in Little Rock.

Besides its responsibilities as an MPO, Metroplan also offers planning, mapping, and technical help to members; access to regional demographic, housing, and population databases; and support for programs concerning the environment, including the Central Arkansas Green Agenda.

City planning--Arkansas--Pulaski County
City planning--Arkansas--Saline County
Little Rock (Ark.)--History--20th century
Metroplan (Little Rock, Ark.).
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Department of History. (source)
Urban transportation--Arkansas


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Bibliographic citation:

UALR Seminar in Public History (HIST 7391) Files on Metroplan, 1989, UALR.MS.0243. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock.

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