Sounds remarkably like how things used to be before unions existed. They used to pit 'newsies' against one another to increase circulation. I wonder if Gannett is bringing them back too?
Gannett is a cancer.
Re nobody: I take a more libertarian position and am generally against zoning codes, so, yes, I believe property owners should have a wide latitude to built whatever they wish on their property. It has worked in Houston, and it worked in the US before the era of Euclidean zoning and suburbanization. I think the concern about aesthetics and building height is a distortion; the true concern is that the units are rentals. Most people who rent in Memphis are lower SES, and that has given an unfair bias toward renters in general. I own property downtown and happily live near renters and commercial property without any issues. The fact that they have fewer than 1 parking space per unit is actually good urbanism. We as a city need to make better use of on-street parking and reducing car dependency. People park on the street near my home and I have never suffered any ill effects :)
The rendering actually reminds me a bit of South Junction Apartments. Cheap vinyl siding in garish colors. No long-lasting natural materials at all.
901guy - the renderings are kind of meaningless right now. Whether the neighbors like the look of them or not, they are just renderings and can differ greatly from the finished product.
A big issue with the MRG plan right now, besides concern over the appearance, is that they have more units planned than they have parking. I think they're planning for 124 units on the south side of Sam Cooper but only 116 parking spots. I guess they're planning for high vacancy.
But, honestly, for me, the biggest issue is just general distrust of MRG. There's nothing in their portfolio that makes me think they'll do a good job with this. I'm more concerned about the materials they will use than the design. I think any design can look nice and blend into the surrounding area as long as it's made with materials that look good and will last a long time. But brick and stone are kind of rare in new construction - especially in the MRG portfolio.
I don't think you can compare renderings they released yesterday to Hickory Hill-- they actually look quite urban and have good balance to the street (imo more like something on Harbor Town). I was against MRG buying this as opposed other developers recently fwiw. However, I don't think they've done a terrible job making it look more like the neighborhood. Also I do live in the area as well and my ultimate point is people are always going to be unhappy-- and I wouldn't assume this is going to be a seedy element-- is that how you'd view apartments around South Main and downtown? People want to live around Midtown now (millenials etc).. but apparently only $100,000 plus homes you purchase would be the only way?
Strange they're implementing this at the height of the summer, when very few people will be tempted to use the new infrastructure.
I'm still gonna check it out, though.
No one has explained why the value of someone else's property should be allowed to affect completely unrelated adjacent property.
If I own a gold ring, and someone else puts a brass ring next to it, my ring doesn't stop being gold.
I understand WHY someone would want to devalue that gold ring for spurious purposes out of my control like the value of nearby but unrelated rings (in order to negotiate a better price, etc.), I just don't understand how in the highly regulated business of licensed professional appraisal that would be LEGAL, let alone morally acceptable.
Would my gold ring become a diamond ring if I put it next to a diamond ring I don't own? No. That's obviously stupid, and I'd be a fraud to try and increase it's price by comparing it to unrelated rings.
So how in the hell is the reverse not only allowed, but rampant?
We have the infrastructure in place to stop these abuses, however, that State run infrastructure for regulating licensed professional appraisers seems to have been used for the exact opposite purpose than the protection of property owner's assets.
If I were trying to systematically destroy the property equity of the home owning middle class (ie, their primary source of wealth building), I couldn't possibly think of a better system to do so. If you look around and see who's profiting from it, the effects are rather blatant.
I worked my way through college working two and occasionally three jobs while taking a full load of classes. I worked damn hard.
But I also realize that I was damn lucky to even be given the opportunity to do that. For one, I was always hired for any job I ever applied for. And I was able to find cheap yet safe apartments because the landlords never took down the vacancy sign when they saw me walking up. Those things make a huge difference.
So, according to the "principle of liberty," an owner should be able to build any damn thing they want on their land?
The people in the neighborhood (aka, the folks that have a lot to gain or lose on this new development) are just concerned about what is going to happen to their neighborhood. They don't want to see a giant, ugly apartment complex plunked down next to their neighborhood.
Maybe if people had opposed some of that type of development in Hickory Hill, we wouldn't be calling it Hickory Hood these days.
Take a look at other properties developed by MRG. http://www.mrgmemphis.com/services/develop…
If MRG puts in a generic, suburban style apartment complex and then lets in fall into disrepair (like most of their managed properties), it's going to have a very negative effect on the Lea's Wood property values.
I've grown to realize NIMBYS are usually pretty terrible to progress. And, in a city where many complain there is no growth with new housing in areas people want to live, try to block it once it arrives. BTW-- I don't know if anyone has noticed in regards to the "this is too tall it's 4-5 stories" that Sam Cooper where this will front is pretty much a freeway.
This list is from the Travel + Leisure annual survey. This is how ridiculous the survey results are - in the Best City for BBQ category, Memphis is ranked no 2, but Nashville and Knoxville are numbers 4 and 5. Bullshit!
That's why I love living in Memphis. I'm a 7 here, but about a 5 in some other places.
Kenneth, You got a Keeper, great news!
Stay out of North Mississippi.
I thought college would have been a lot harder than that.
He's a great guy!
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