Dear god do people work in this city anymore.........I guess not with all of the handouts going around.
Please forward your sign in sheet to MPD for inclusion on the black list.
Downtown and Beale were not shut down for long in '68. We continued shopping down there for many years, demonstrating, partying and living.
Choose your words more carefully. When you re 90% right, people will only remember your 10% wrong. Of course if you are 80% wrong people will......
Making up facts piecemeal may make one President or gild an argument, but it won't advance the truth, especially if the fabricator is espousing it.
They didn't just use bulldozers. According to these pictures, they used tanks too.
Nashville called in the National Guard to shut down downtown Memphis, and the Act of Congress that declared Memphis home of the Blues was a reaction to that. It's mentioned on the Beale street website as well as the Beale Street wiki, but I can't find a succinct link that you don't have to dig through to find it. It's also on a couple factoid lists.
I generally find "blight" to be a codeword for something else, but I know you don't mean it that way.
"Downtown was shut down by the state"? Please explain.
As for land transfer from private to public, Beale was part of an urban renewal scheme back in the day when cities across the country used bulldozers (and federal funds) in place of surgeon scapples to address blight. If I remember what I have read correctly, it required significant local effort to save what few historic buildings one finds today from the wrecking ball.
I'm in one of those guitar center butt-rock bands, and I still appreciate you actually taking the time to talk to me and write about the show. You didn't have to do that, and yet you did. Best of luck on your new endeavours! Memphis is going to miss having guys like you that actually care about the local scene!
I've been having a hard time finding when Beale was socialized/why it was socialized. I know historically it was owned privately by Robert Church, a mixed race land speculator who bought up all the land after the Yellow Fever epidemic.
I know downtown was shut down by the State of TN after the MLK assassination, and had to be reopened by an act of congress declaring it a historic place.
How that land was stripped from private ownership and taken by the government I can't seem to find any documentation on, and probably for good reason.
Memphis, I'd say there's something in the water, but Memphis has really good water, so it must be something else.
Whenever there are 'millions of dollars' to be made over something that is run by a governmental agency, there are going to be all kinds of shady characters looking to get a piece of that action. If said governmental agency is NOW looking to shed that duty, and give it to a private enterprise, even MORE shifty characters are going to sing all kinds of sob songs about why THEY are the PERFECT ones to whom we should entrust the LOOT... er... OPPORTUNITY.
May we should just build a nonprofit instead, and put representatives of ALL the stake holders on the board. I mean, that might even reflect the whole community, instead of this being a 'winner-takes-all' lottery. Heck, I think the Tri-State Defender ought to have a seat on it just because of historic reasons alone..
But what do I know, right?
This is going to be amazing. Toby needs to post a video of him filling out his selections, like Obama and the NCAA bracket!
Oh, and the ESB at High Cotton is the best beer in the city right now.
Brichy, I am sorry, but Milo Milo Milo Milo Milo. Best regards.
All the food is damn delicious. Nothing is an afterthought down to the bread on sandwiches. I agree with Clyde about the wings, as well. Also, get after that chicken debris.
Let's discuss how badly this list and its actions deny First Amendment rights to city residents. Strickland and MPD, you need to apologize face-to-face with the people. Absurd abuse of power.
Having trouble finding evidence to back your claims? I think that is because it doesn't exist.
Just another opportunity for Mike Williams to push his personal agenda at the expense of the rest of the community. It's no wonder he lost his bid for mayor. What a divisive and counterproductive message! Well said, Mr. Ross!
And there is nothing 'progressive' about it at all. It's not promoting 'Peace and Justice' to terrorize a guy's family and kids.
I don't care who you are or what your issue is, going to a man's house and staging an 'event' in his front yard is wrong. It was designed to intimidate him, and had the effect of frightening his children and family. If that gets you on a 'list' of crazy people who need watching, that seems to be appropriate to me.
I wonder how many of you out there who think that it was alright to do that, would support folks who don't like the protesters' politics, to go to THEIR houses, and stage an 'event' in THEIR front yards? You know, like they used to do around here... with mobs, to intimidate people?
This is bullshit.
"you all decided "
We all did?
What did we expect from a man who looked to lead his city into the future at the cusp of the new century and boldly proclaimed that we shall be..... "brilliant at the basics".
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