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Re: “Beale Street Landing's Colorful Topper

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Posted by Tesa on 08/05/2016 at 4:06 AM

Re: “With City Pay Hike, Are We Safer Now?

It's "toe" the line, CE, and you do it so well for the corporate masters whose boots you lick.

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Posted by Packrat on 06/21/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “With City Pay Hike, Are We Safer Now?

You have to ask yourself, if government workers aren't needed, why hasn't the invisible hand of free enterprise not come up with a cheaper ambulance system?

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Posted by Nick R on 06/21/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “With City Pay Hike, Are We Safer Now?

If corporations collude to artificially raise prices, that's not only "evil" but criminal in most places. If unions collude to artificially raise wages (which raises prices), that's just "collective bargaining". The difference speaks for itself.

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Posted by ALJ2 on 06/21/2016 at 5:28 AM

Re: “Naifeh Is Wrong on Segregation Claim

Actually, what happened in North Carolina is widely mis-reported.

Chad Severance-Turner, whom, in 1998 as a youth minister at a local church fondled a 15 year old boy, and is now a convicted child molester and president of the local LGBT Chamber of Commerce, pushed for and was able to obtain support for and get passed a law in Charlotte NC that made it legal for men like himself to enter any bathroom that they wish to enter.

THEN, the State of North Carolina intervened.

Posted by Haldmunf on 05/27/2016 at 10:11 AM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please


It's interesting that you call purchasing of property and making improvements on it "stealing".

I guess we have different views of ownership. If you actually own property in a neighborhood that gets gentrified, you just made a big time profit. If you were only paying rent, then you didn't own anything to be stolen anyway.

That's the harsh reality. That's why we have property laws, and property laws help to explain what constitutes ownership of something. I think you either misunderstand those laws, or you are just being obtuse to make a point.

Now, the reason the city likes gentrification is because they can't AFFORD to do what you suggest with utilities and such when the property tax base is shrinking due to decreased property values. Their tax base grows when property values increase. That's why the city likes gentrification. Ideally, they'll be able to take some of the increased taxes from gentrification and apply them to the poor neighborhoods. Without gentrification, the city's base slowly erodes. They can't just make money appear out of nowhere to try to improve the poor neighborhoods. Someone has to pay those taxes, and gentrification helps to GROW the tax base for the city.

I say all that as a suburbanite, but I recognize the issues the city of Memphis faces, and I know the city needs to find ways to increase its tax base. Over the last 30-40 years, the city's population has been virtually flat despite annexing numerous portions of the county. Also, property values in much of the city have tanked as existing neighborhoods experienced blight due to the sprawl of the city. So the city has increased its footprint (cost-base), while its tax base (both in terms of property value and residents) has not increased nearly as fast. That's why the city does the things they do. They need to attract people, and preferably people with money.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 09/10/2015 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please

they are actually white. and my quotes were to emphasize the point that there are plenty of white people that apparently don't care about gentrification of midtown and can be the ones making it worse by allowing such behaviors. The low-income tenants (both black and white) were doing ok and had reasonable housing before the new owners. I feel the most point is - how do we get the city to help us hold these folks accountable for keeping properties up so that gentrification isn't needed.

Posted by evrgrn on 09/10/2015 at 8:20 AM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please

evrgrn- Are the "white" people you refer to actually white or does your use of the quotations indicate they are another color but acting in a way to suggest they are attempting to pass as white? Or did I miss the point of the quotation marks completely?

Posted by Smitty1961 on 09/09/2015 at 4:14 PM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please

I live in Evergreen and love the social and economic diversity. I chose Midtown for that reason. However, there are more than enough owners who don't take care of their properties - especially rentals. I don't know the author but live even closer to the Sears building, have a 100+ year old house and live next to apartment buildings where the new owners changed it from 6 apartments to 18 rooms -- many changing out every two weeks and the 'white' owners (from Germantown) letting the roof fall apart and building go to hell. The apartment building across from them recently had a SWAT team go in to take out a drug dealer - only for him and his crew to be back by 2pm that afternoon - slinging dope again. And the 'white' owner knows about it - clear as day. So -- how - how do we get rid of that? And 'that' being th bad owners who don't take care of their property -- -and the city who won't hold them accountable. I chose to live by the apartments and accepted that it was low rent, but the people there were decent people. However, in 10 years and a single change in owners - I've watched it go to down and down -- what do we do? This is midtown, its supposed to be diverse, but how can we hold owners of these places accountable?

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Posted by evrgrn on 09/09/2015 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please

"So now, the southern portion of downtown, once a predominantly low-income black neighborhood..."

Where were those low-income black people living in South Main? Empty warehouses?

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Posted by dude on 09/09/2015 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Councilman Proposes City Employee Pay Cut

I started working for the MPD in 2011. I have yet to see any kind of a raise or cost of living!!

Posted by Patty Cathey on 09/07/2015 at 3:38 PM

Re: “Harold Ford Sr. Not Ready to Retire; Opens New Funeral Home

It is hard to keep a good man down when his focus is his God. When the staff worked for Harold E. Ford, member of congress, that staff treated each constituent with respect. We were problem solvers in matters from getting a sidewalk to helping a citizen to start a business. I recall helping a gentleman, who had a method of repairing cracked engine heads but he had no money. I contacted, on behalf of Mr. Ford, the small business administration, who had a gentleman with a business degree but no business. We put those two men together and then presented their proposal to the Red River Army base. As a result of the success of this collaboration, the method was patented, the business grew and the army saved money on engines. We campaigned and were inspired to give back. My family and I worked on the Christmas basket giveaways; I met vice presidents, fly to conventions, walked and talked to lots of people. I now work as a legal assistant, still helping people and have now founded a park advocacy group HUG Neighborhood Park Friends. We will have a sports summer camp to reduce the number of young people going to juvenile court, rather to the most fun ever. Thanks, Mr. Ford! Jo Ann

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Posted by Jo Ann on 04/01/2015 at 7:37 PM

Re: “Rube: The Coolest Guy I Ever Knew

He was a great guy, I grew up with him and his family it's hard to believe he is gone

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Posted by Don Tennison on 02/10/2015 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Confederate Parks: "It's Done" but It's Not Over

So Mr. Forrest and Wife are not going to be moved to a cemetery? And there is a law that prohibits them from ever being re-buried elsewhere?

Posted by S Wesley Mcgranor on 01/24/2015 at 6:19 PM

Re: “Megabus: Nashville on the Cheap

does this service run from Memphis to Nashville?

Posted by Jacob on 01/06/2015 at 5:00 AM

Re: “Should College Athletes Get Paid?

athletes should not get paid i mean in baseball 6 months $197 million.

Posted by bjk on 12/04/2014 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Gentrify My Historic Neighborhood, Please

If we form judgements about neighborhood change based on superficial appearances, we fall into the same trap we fall into when we form judgements about people based on their skin color. What if we tried another way: a systematic look beneath the surface? Researchers made some surprising discoveries when they looked at what was happening to original residents of neighborhoods in Cleveland, NYC and elsewhere. To accept their discoveries, we have to be willing to let go of our assumptions about change, which is hard to do. But it might allow us to shift our energies to things we can make progress on: economic empowerment, inclusion, and access.

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Posted by Data First on 10/30/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Up in the Air: New Control Tower at Memphis International Airport

Certainly the 3 years you have taken to reply to this article has resulted in a thoroughly efficient riposte.

Posted by Dayn Rand on 08/30/2014 at 7:17 PM

Re: “Up in the Air: New Control Tower at Memphis International Airport

What evidence do you have that would support your claim, that 'right-to-work' is linked with slavery (seems to be an extreme twisting of reality)? Right-to-work allows small business start-ups an opportunity to hire people at wages that workers are willing to accept (which is a basic premise of capitalism). The freedom for employees and workers to agree on wages without forced government interference provides opportunities for more jobs, the ability for workers to learn new skills (making them able to get higher wages in the future). Unions are completely legal, and if workers decide to create a union, they can. It seems like you are suggesting that unions be mandatory (or worse yet, to abandon capitalism). Unions are a form of company management that can be just as corrupted as any other form of management (or as good). Having a union is very expensive, and those costs are passed down to the employees. If a company already has good management, and the workers are being paid what they could make somewhere else for the same job, then a union does nothing but cause more expense, and sometimes purposely perpetrates a decline in company moral, not for the employees benefit, but for the union managers' benefit (making the work environment less enjoyable). If a union does pay employees more than their duties value, then investors will not want to invest in that company (limiting the company's ability to grow), and it can also lead to a company not balancing budgets for future risks such as the patterns of demand for their product or service, which can lead to a company going bankrupt (or worse, an entire city going bankrupt, as happened to Detroit). The alternative to right-to-work (capitalism) is a socialized government, where the government gets to decide whom pays what to whom (which is a system ripe for authoritative abuses). For example, when a government decides to pay workers more than their duties value, then those workers often will not be motivated to improve themselves. If a teenager is making $25/hour flipping burgers at a fast-food restaurant, then what reason would they have to learn, improve, and try expanding their abilities and worth to their community? It is not that those workers are not a great asset to the community, but that their duties are so simple that anybody can be quickly trained to do the same thing. Furthermore, why should any employee working in a union or a socialized government have the desire to give good customer service or maintain acceptable levels of quality control? Unions often protect bad employees, and this become a serious problem. A perfect example of this is the teachers union, which has and continues to protect the wages and jobs of really bad teachers. The result is that the children of the USA are not getting a good education, and we are now the worst ranking first-word country in education. The truth is, that Unions and Socialist forms of government are NOT about freedom and liberation, but are often the most tyrannical and discriminative. Because capitalism exists in the USA, an uneducated, poor person still has the ability to become of higher importance and value, and sometimes very wealthy. In a socialist or union system of government, that same person will be told what they are worth, and will have little opportunity to do anything more, or be paid any more, than what the government/union allows (a truly oppressive state of living).

Posted by 45degrees on 08/30/2014 at 7:36 AM

Re: “Harold Ford Sr. Not Ready to Retire; Opens New Funeral Home

Thank for useful article like this

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Posted by karirkerja on 08/01/2014 at 10:43 PM

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