An excerpt: "Officials in communities where Performa Entertainment Real Estate CEO John Elkington has pitched projects call him a charlatan, a pioneer, a liar, and a visionary.
"Performa, the Memphis company that has struck a tentative deal to develop the area around the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, has a long history of commercial development that has made it both friends and enemies. The company's plan could come to a vote before the BJCC board as soon as April 18.
"The controversy surrounding Performa begins, critics say, with the development of Memphis' Beale Street, the crown jewel on Performa's resume. ..."