I don't understand this "slots" thing.
Cops have been running buskers out of downtown for "Not properly portraying the blues tradition" since at least the 70's.
This is why we don't have buskers. Not because people don't want to busk, but that they don't want to risk being hassled by the cops for the small money busking provides.
Which raises the question of what these "slots" are about. If busking were legal, there would no apportionment of busking licenses, and then nu-speaking the word "slots" to hide the fact that somehow busking had been made illegal by oppressive unnecessary policies.
Why are there only 50 slots? Who decides who gets a slot, and who doesn't? Will the slots be filled by people who actually plan on subsisting off money earned from busking, or from musicians from other places trying to earn their Memphis merit badge?
Why can't people from the city that invented Rock and Roll play their music in the the street as loud as they want to? Any body who complains about music has no business living in Memphis to begin with.
I find Harold Junior's point of view refreshing at worst and tremendously encouraging at best. I watch him primarily on "Morning Joe", and would not describe his outlook there as consistently conservative. He seems to be as neutral as the rest of us, when it comes to making such judgments. Those folks for whom every utterance, every speculation has to be couched in liberal or conservative terms or its validity is suspect are curious folks indeed. They could live in my neighborhood, but I doubt that anyone would pay attention to them. Carry on, Junior! You can carry my petard into any fray without declaring your allegiance... RobtheElder
By Chris Shaw
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