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Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

Mr. Brown should certainly be aware of the inability of the Memphis Zoological Society leadership to resolve complex issues. Mr. Brown should certainly be aware that the problems at the Zoo and at Overton Park related to parking are the result of a continuing failure of leadership on the part of the City of Memphis generally and of the Memphis Zoological Society particularly. The parking issue is simply a shell game the entire purpose of which is to hide the true intention of Zoo leaders. That intention is a land grab. Mr. Brown should be aware of this but he is not able or simply refuses to put sufficient effort into understanding the problem. Parking is not the problem. The problem is that the leaders of the Zoo have refused to work with good faith toward a reasonable solution to the problems the Zoo leadership has created. By creating along North Parkway an attractive and appealing north entrance to the Zoo a tremendous number of Zoo patrons would find free parking on public streets with easy access to the Zoo. Instead, the Zoo has created an unpublicized outhouse appearing shack by which Zoo patrons must pass. If one ignores the appearance of the new entrance, there is still the lack of promotion by Zoo leaders for this new entrance. The new entryway was designed by the Zoo leaadership to be as unappealing as possible. The lack of promotion of the new entrance is clearly an indication that the Zoo leadership wishes to dismiss the idea of a new entrance as quickly as possible. The traffic congestion which appears in the area of the Zoo on weekends could be addressed by designing a parking app for mobile devices which would make Zoo patrons aware of available parking. The leaders of the Zoo have dragged their feet regarding the creation of such an app. The Zoo leaders could adopt demand pricing so as to shift demand to off-peak hours. There is a host of reasonable suggestions already publicly presented which could ameliorate the problems caused by poor management at the Zoo. The leaders of the Zoo refuse to work in a cooperative and professional manner to address the problems which are entirely the fault of decades of poor leadership at the Zoo. It is also abundantly clear that Mr. Brown has dedicated little or no attention to understanding the current situation nor has he devoted any reasonable amount of time to promoting equitable and reasonable solutions. Mr. Brown should find some other avocation. He appears to view his position on the Council as a hobby. No, Mr. Brown, these are serious times and we face serious issues.

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Posted by Enrico Dagastino on 03/21/2017 at 5:09 PM

Re: “Charges Dropped Against DA Weirich

Hey OakTree, Ben Franklin is holding on line 2 for you - something about trading liberty for freedom. Not really sure what he wants.
She didn't turn over crucial evidence. Let me know how you'd feel if that was your case handled that way. Would you be so quick to applaud her for keeping the rest of us safe?

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Posted by eaglesfanintn on 03/21/2017 at 4:39 PM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

A ridiculous position, Mr. Brown.

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Posted by Pam Warnock Blair on 03/21/2017 at 3:48 PM

Re: “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm at Loflin Yard

Incomplete research

Posted by TeddyJack1 on 03/21/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm at Loflin Yard

Pretty pathetic that you failed to mention that the incomparable Steve Jordan(Booker T and the MGs, John Mayer Trio, Hail Hail Rock n Roll, Keith Richards Expensive Winos et al)plays drums on the album

Posted by TeddyJack1 on 03/21/2017 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

Oak, what makes you think this will HELP moderates in the GOP? :)

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Posted by LeftWingCracker on 03/21/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

Take a seat, Councilman Brown. Take two.

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Posted by Ashley Levanway Brown on 03/21/2017 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

When is JB's report coming out on the newly elected leaders of the Shelby County Republican Party?

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Posted by Clyde on 03/21/2017 at 2:06 PM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia


I wouldn't start the victory lap just yet. Like I said, the Millennials will tell the tale. If an urban exodus starts to trickle out in the next decade, you'll know they're no different from previous generations.

Time will tell the tale, and I think it'll be pretty clear. Either the Millennials will drive a change in the traditional lifestyle pattern, which will lead to continued urbanization, or they'll follow the pattern of previous generations, and we'll see a boom coming to suburbs nationwide over the next decade.

I'm a fringe Millennial myself, right between Gen X and the Millennial generation, and all of my friends that started out in East Memphis, Midtown, or Downtown have all migrated out to the suburbs, with the exception of those that can and/or are willing to pay for private school.

Posted by GroveReb84 on 03/21/2017 at 1:55 PM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

The con was performed by Reid Hedgepath when he added the Supersized parking spaces after the compromise was made. Joe Brown needs to sit down once and for all, for the betterment of all Memphians.

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Posted by sherman on 03/21/2017 at 1:31 PM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

Surburbia being a good place to raise kids is predicated on two premises:

1: Schooling takes place outside of the home
2: Play takes place outside of the home

Once you stop leaving the house, it really doesn't matter where that house is. Kids don't really play in the street anymore; they play video games. You don't have to go to a school or library to research anymore; all of that is available online.

If you aren't going outside, it really doesn't matter what outside looks like. It doesn't matter who your neighbors are if you never meet them.

Internet connectivity is rendering neighborhood organization moot. The only reason not to homeschool children at this point is because kids need to be socialized. All the actual lessons could easily be put up on youtube, and online testing would be easier than the traditional paper sort.

As much as there USED to be a generational cycle of urban and suburban periods in people's lives, that cycle is clearly over now. Older people have to move to the cities for proximity to healthcare. Back in the "good" old days they used to just die. If the very young and very old are both living in cities, suburbs just aren't going to have the critical mass they once did to survive.

It's over. Suburbs were always stupid, and now they're over, and we're all better off for it.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 03/21/2017 at 1:07 PM

Re: “The Lookout: A Pop Atop the Pyramid

I can't believe that it's stillll $10 to ride to the top of the pyramid. I was hoping that they had financed it by now.

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Posted by natalya1299 on 03/21/2017 at 1:06 PM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

Suburbs and exurbs are less desirable when transportation becomes more expensive. As long as viable transit to the business core is cheap, people will exchange a commute for more local control of their lifestyle. That will not change for the Millenials. What IS changing, is what local control means in those peripheral areas. Bike paths and soccer complexes seem to be out-competing golf courses and baseball fields.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/21/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

The only irregularity here, is in Mr. Brown's integrity. I guarantee that there are many observers who can see exactly what's going on here. And we are getting very tired of these sorts of antics.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/21/2017 at 12:41 PM

Re: “Mae Beavers for Governor?

Considering her well-known 'eccentricities', she will likely get a fairly sizable proportion of the flake vote in East Tennessee, which is larger than people from Memphis generally appreciate. But ultimately, her candidacy will likely help more reasonable GOP candidates, like Mark Norris, because it will show them to be comparative moderates.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/21/2017 at 12:27 PM

Re: “The Death of Suburbia

Grove Reb: Without a doubt millennials will move to suburbia once they start getting married, since they are really no different than us ( I am at the tail end of the baby boomer generation). I used to be a midtownian back when I was single, but eventually I grew up (to my parents delight), moved out east, got married, got dogs, reproduced, and started buying expensive, but poorly performing, lawn equipment.

With that said, I am glad the millennials are putting life back into the classic down town buildings and giving downtown Memphis a cool vibe. After the millennials/creative class move to the 'burbs, the next generation will occupy the millennial haunts.

Posted by LoveBC on 03/20/2017 at 8:57 PM

Re: “Charges Dropped Against DA Weirich

It will be interesting to see if Noura Jackson is able to eventually prove herself as innocent. I have slight acquaintances with both Amy Weirich and Steve Jones and they both appear to be fine attorneys. I have seen Ms. Weirich whip well known defense lawyers.

With that said, I always thought the case against Ms. Jackson was weak and it is my understanding that most of the people testifying against Ms. Jackson were druggies. I do not hold it against Ms. Jackson that she took an Alford plea. I would have also to get out of jail so I could work on proving myself innocent.

There is also a large estate that Jennifer Jones left, and there is huge family feud about who will get what. I believe Ms. Jackson has not received any inheritance. I do not know how Ms. Jackson is supporting herself.

It would be interesting if an attorney or two with estate and/or criminal law would weigh in on this conversation.

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Posted by LoveBC on 03/20/2017 at 8:41 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers


Surely you have SOME ideas on how you plan to force everyone to move about, or telling people which house they must buy or must not live in. Surely you have SOME ideas on the subject.

While you are at it, tell us of your ideas of fairness regarding redistricting for the congress.

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 03/20/2017 at 7:40 PM

Re: “Trumpcare?

So Trump lied again, this is not surprising

The tragedy is millions of American seniors and tens of millions of future seniors are having their healthcare put at risk by the wealthiest zealots and selfish Americans

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Posted by datGuy on 03/20/2017 at 6:50 PM

Re: “MPD Recruits Report for Academy

Good news. Need to get them out on the beat

Posted by datGuy on 03/20/2017 at 6:15 PM

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