@barf - my comment regarding likes/dislikes has nothing to do with your concern (or lack thereof) with your post's popularity but with its clearly unsuccessful execution and delivery of your intended message.
My concern lies with the negative, self-defeating, antagonistic attitudes too many people in this town have about living here. It's easy to bitch and be sarcastic and make negatively-toned jokes - but what does that accomplish? Sarcasm can be a wonderful tool but it can be incredibly passive aggressive, too. But hey, you seem to enjoy attempting to clarify your point(s) over and over in lots of different articles on this here website thingy, so carry on....
So, you don't intend to critique (blame) the parts of the Memphis Metro area that aren't Memphis proper when you wrote: ...but even the metropolitan area's suburbs are showing that they cannot compete with suburban Atlanta and Nashville. Hell, even the Little Rock Metropolitan Area can offer more than Germantown, Collierville, and north Mississippi.
Right. Sure. Got it.
The point I was making, on which I think you agree, is one I've tried to make often. The suburbs and city are tied together. I know the history of suburban growth in this country, so I understand where some of the resentment comes from. However, successful Metro areas have figured out how to make the suburban/urban relationship work, and they've realized that one helps the other and vice versa.
Healthy suburbs help you attract businesses/jobs. Healthy urban areas help you attract businesses/jobs. It's a combination of both that lead to growth for a city. One without the other is difficult, unless you talk about an area like Detroit where businesses have basically given up on the city core but have instead figured out they can just locate in the suburbs and let the suburbs serve the role that the city used to serve.
As for my specific suburb, we're doing well. I enjoy my quality of life, and our suburban city is healthy, though landlocked and limited in growth opportunity. With that in mind, the one thing I'll say is that I don't think suburban options are really holding the Metro area's growth back.
If you're one of those people who has kids, and you're looking for quality suburban life, there are multiple options in this Metro area to suit whatever style of suburban life you want for your family. The reason that the Metro area as a whole is stagnant is because the city itself isn't seen as attractive for the young singles or the hipster crowd. There has been some progress made on that front, but we've got a reputation problem to overcome.
If the city could overcome that reputation problem, then the entire Metro area would see growth. Solid suburbs by themselves are not enough to attract all the jobs.
If I meant to say the "burbs are at fault for the 'lack of growth, in Memphis proper and also in the metro area", I would have said just that. I do not believe that and thus I did not say it. As always and as everyone else on at this site regularly asks you: try rereading the posts again (perhaps 3-5 times based on your skill level) and see if you are able to grasp the points.
I know it is extremely difficult for you, but I urge you to continue refining your meager critical reading skills. With enough practice you too may catch up.
Being a non business type I watched with great interest as this old diamond got her shine back. I wondered what kind of restaurant deserved such a place. Sushi never figured into my figuring. I just hope the house survives the folly.
Hey Walt. No problem with the links. Only problem, is you don't like the facts.
Wow looks like the libertarian meeting just let out.
I assume Tomasik and all y'all are against government funded gall bladder surgery, but for some reason Jim Tom fails to post his pro-Cholecystitis stance on his web site.
"fastest growing party" whose best candidate ever crashed and burned in the last presidential election.
I think I understood you quite well. You mean to say that the burbs are at fault for the "lack of growth" in Memphis proper and also in the metro area. The fault your argument is that the burbs have grown while Memphis has lost population by the 10's of thousands.
Thus, your comparison of Memphis Metro with "more vibrant metro areas" is largely irrelevant. No amount of growth in the areas outside of Memphis that are in the metro area can make up for a city that has only grown in area by annexation and still managed to fall in absolute population. Face it. Memphis has really screwed up. It has some of the worst crime and schools in the nation. Memphis cannot pay its police. These are the fault of Memphis, not the metro area. No amount of fancy word work on your part can hide the effects of this. Neither would have consolidation regarding city/county or the schools.
Perhaps it's just part of the human condition.
That's not to say that it's incorrectable, just that no one, ever, is to blame. ;)
In any case, there always seems to be someone that wants to be "all up in your business". The always are smarter than you, and more knowledgeable, and, at any rate, they are the real deal and the rest of us, well, we are just animals. Not really "men". Nutin' but trouble.
"(N)ot big on teamwork." Yet, the Libertarian Party is the fastest growing party in the country.
Being pro-life doesn't mean you want it legislated. It's a moral stance. When I say I'm pro-life, it means I don't want to pay for it when someone is using it as birth control.
Also, why are all the anti-Tomasik people using pseudonyms? If y'all feel so strongly about your principles, don't hide. We're not.
Sorry, meant to say: "...would agree with you". I gave you the verifiable reasoning for why economic indicators are important in quality of life assessments and you dismissed them because it does not fit your simple ideal. As Grove and essentially the rest of nation would point out, your ideal is not widely shared otherwise Arlington's quality of life would prove an enormous value and recruitment tool to attract and retain educated and talented individuals as well as the employers that would hire them. Unfortunately Andy Griffith does not serve as the beacon for creative, dynamic communities full of opportunities for growth and betterment. As plainly described by your homebuilder associates, it has not resulted in the desire by a large number to live in Arlington, at least not enough of those with the moderate income necessary at a scale that would significantly increase the potential for home sales and thus reduce the risk associated with new development.
I know from your posts that you do not understand or care what the preferences of others might be or how they go towards defining a high quality of life. Clearly only your own viewpoint is of any value. However, whether you value it or not, it is the reason that the quality of life in Memphis and it's suburbs- including Arlington- is defined by it's mediocrity and why both population and economic indicators depict a stagnant community. It just so happens that in your case, stagnant is a preferred condition for your lifestyle.
Oaktree, do you see the systematic problem with the links you provided?
Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. You people who continue to promote the D's and R's please continue and we will all be insane.
That's okay, we understand that you prefer people in public service who will continue to increase your taxes, let major cities take over your property that depreciates your property and pay more taxes for crappy services. We understand that politicians in general say whatever it takes to get elected. This is not the case for Jim Tomasik. This is not something he relishes for himself. As a Libertarian, he hates big government. He feels like it's his duty to fight for the individual. He truly does want the government to leave your pocket book, uterus, marriage and your guns to be left alone.
AP- you must be retired, otherwise you would understand why economic indicators are a key metric in quality of life measurements. I would imagine most of those who live in Arlington and actually require an income to pay for all the quaint ideals you described would agree. That is why it is included in most objective quality of life metrics. Simply because you do not find it important, does not mean the rest of the nation would disagree with you.
It's amazing how a myopic someone can become, specifically if money is no object. I expected better of you.
Why do you assume that quality of life factors are dependent on economic development?
If you find any significant numbers of people in Arlington who think like that, let me know. For my part, I value other things. Like great schools, low crime, low taxes, responsive governance, and good neighbors. I value knowing my Aldermen and School Board members well enough to be on a first name basis. I value having a small town square that hosts local festivals during the year and is rich with historical buildings. Concerts there on Saturday nights in the season. I enjoy walking 15 minutes to watch the local high school teams play sports and feeling safe doing it. I enjoy going to the local bank and everybody working there calling me by name. Or watching my children play in the neighborhood knowing all the other parents will look out for them. I enjoy town sponsored fireworks on July 4th and Easter Egg rolls the Saturday before Easter. Those sort of things, and there are many others, which are more important to me than any cost of living factors.
I suppose if economic indicators and trends, quality of employment, and market returns were important to me and my family, I could move to suburban Atlanta or Nashville and put up with horrendous traffic jams that go hand in hand with those things.
Hail to this Raleigh project, my property value should be going up soon. Hooley :))
Seeing as my livelihood is partially based on development, I too am speaking from first hand knowledge. I am not seeing why you think you disagree with me when you relayed the outcome of my post. The fact that their is a greater risk of seeing less profit in the Memphis metro real estate market was exactly my point.
Why would any financial institution invest money in a market where returns (making money) from new development (homebuilding) carry a significant risk? Specifically with the knowledge that said funds could be invested in other markets where the odds of realizing higher returns were greater.
You need to better understand and/or define the characteristics used to define quality of life. For example, did employment opportunities and the quality of those jobs play a role in the ranking process? Was the increase of opportunity and quality of employment over a period of time given weight?What weight was given to cost of living (it usually plays an outsized role in many lists and is compounded by not taking a location's average and median income into account)? When academic circles try to define quality of life, they typically include a wide range of economic indicators and trends. These same factors are only lightly employed by click-bait/media sources. Based on a well rounded group of metrics, those same homebuilders would not be concerned about lack of sales or the ability to make profit if Arlington did in fact have a high quality of life defined in part by such indicators as those mentioned above.
While the Carlisle's have taken entirely too long on this project and I understand the want to save historic buildings- if more comes out soon would it be better to have an old warehouse or new skyscrapers? This is why we've been left behind on many things. Not to mention on their fb page it references turning it into a Loflin type restaurant... has there been anything in the news this week about a failure of putting tons of $ into an abandoned building turned restaurant!?!? As much as they are pointing at the developers saying they have no plans, does MH really at all either? If other plans for skyscrapers come up are they going to protest because an old unused building is on its site?
Yeah, I don't think so. The homebuilders i talked to didn't build because they did not think, given the recession, they could make money by homebuilding. The biggest fear was lack of sales when they were heavily financially leveraged. But I would be interested in knowing more about those quality of life metrics you are talking about. I do know that Arlington is constantly among the towns selected by magazines as the best places to live in Tennessee. So I am bit confused that our metrics may not measure up.
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