Bill Groom, mayor of Greenland, hopes good times are ahead for his town. Here, Groom is pictured next to a 160-acre tract that recently went under contract with an unidentified buyer. In the background is Mount Kessler in Fayetteville.
Greenland doesn’t have a bank branch or a grocery store. The only restaurants are Sonic and McDonald’s. With the exception of a few houses, the only thing that’s been built in Greenland since the Great Recession is a Dollar General store.
Unlike the rest of Northwest Arkansas, when change comes to Greenland, it comes slowly. One of the local landmarks, after all, is an old Mini Mart on Main Street. And one of Greenland’s biggest beautification projects of the last decade was when Bill Culver cashed out, and cleaned out, his junkyard, for years an eyesore on the southern edge of town.
Greenland, population 1,354, still has to deal with the perception that its schools are no good. In 2008, the state Board of Education took control of the Greenland district due to fiscal... [ MORE ]