Walton Art Center's plan would create new facilities in both Fayetteville and Bentonville, which makes sense because encouraging people to waste fuel and risk injury driving back and forth is idiotic.
And the folks who hate the paid parking in the Fayetteville Entertainment District may find a few free spots on the periphery if evey Walton Art Center fan doesn't have to come to Fayettenam to see the broadway shows. Some said the Highfill jetport was built to facilitate travel from Bentonville to New York. So why would the rich and powerful want to drive to Fayetteville or even see a local production by a road company when for a few dollars more they can see a show and have dinner in NYC and be home the next day?
In the 1940s in Shreveport, my grandmother created her own dress patterns based on advertisements from the New York newspapers brought to her by oil-company executive's wives who paid her $3 for a custom-fitted dress that matched or beat the quality of the ones in the ads that they brought home from weekly or monthly flights to New York for theater and shopping. The benefit for me as a small child was not watching them being pinned up to get a perfect fit but was learning about the big world from the magazines they brought me, such as The New Yorker, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Look, Time, National Geographic and such. I did love seeing a 1948 Lincoln Continental in front of the house frequently. That was my favorite and I drew pictures of it from a different angle every time it was there. It belonged to the wife of the executive vice president of United Gas in Shreveport, which became a subsidiary of Pennzoil.
Seems like we are all slaves of the petroleum industry even now.