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Re: “Promenade Stand

Jen --
You may not have understood - Friends for Our Riverfront is for revitalizing that public promenade, not leaving it the way it is. All that deferred maintenance and improper use of the land is not their doing.

They're just trying to save the land to become a wonderful connecting link in a system of parks along a spectacular riverfront. That's actually what most cities worldwide are doing, but in many cases the cities are having to buy the land and restore brownfields to reach that end. Here, if we keep it a public promenade/public commons, it belongs to the citizens.

If someone wants to build a hotel, there's plenty of private land nearby they can buy.

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Posted by justwondering on 04/20/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

Bric- obviously I was stating that the metro as a whole, including the suburbs, are not competitive when compared to vibrant metros. Germantown and Collierville come in second (sometimes a distant second) compared to Brentwood, Franklin, Highland Park, Southlake, Plano, Mountain Brook, Decatur, Clayton, Carmel, etc. Sure, G'town, C'ville and Arlington are wonderful if the competition is limited to just the Memphis metro, but as Grove can attest, we are (or should be) competing with other metropolitan areas for employers and quality employees. Grove also accurately noted that a great central city is not a requirement to attract those 2 targets, but it definitely helps. However great suburbs are a must in order to attract and retain those who prefer a less urban lifestyle. While the quality of life in Memphis proper may be neutral at best, the Memphis suburbs- when compared to other suburban areas in the southeast and midwest- are quite mediocre.

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Posted by barf on 04/20/2017 at 12:17 PM

Re: “In Memoriam

My eyes are playing tricks on me, I could have sworn when I was reading the article, it said if the bathroom bill was pissed, I refocused and it really said if the bathroom bill was passed. Seriously, that is what I saw the first time.

Posted by LoveBC on 04/20/2017 at 12:12 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Libertarians are often defined as extreme right wing republicans by liberal democrats. I think many of us are sick of politics as usual and of self serving politicians on both sides of the aisle. I feel many people are like me with a social attitude of live and let live so long as no one else is hurt, and want government to have a limited role. We need government to build and maintain infrastructure, and keep us as safe as possible. We do not need government telling us where to can empty our bladders and what some people can smoke.

As a Memphian, I can both city and county property taxes, and I am overcharged for the "services" I supposedly receive. Most of us that live in the city cannot think of what the county does for us aside from running the jail.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/20/2017 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Two Takes

There have been many "programs" to "help" disadvantaged young people. The only people being helped are the principals of these "non-profits." The principal of the Urban Child Institute was paid in the neighborhood of 900 grand a year. He probably did not want to be paid this much, but I'm sure the board of directors insisted for all the good he was doing for the children. /sarc.

The real social pathology is the high rate of illegitimacy in the community. Men need to be men and provide for their children. Good parenting is a tag team operation, one parent can easily be worn down emotionally, financially and legally just to name a few challenges. Breaking up families brings in federal 4E dollars for state and local agencies, and these dollars are passed on to the non-profits.

King Willie knows this, and he wants a piece of this pie.

If King Willie ever gets this operation off the ground, no doubt it will crash and burn like every other program he has ever started.

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Posted by LoveBC on 04/20/2017 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close


Holy crap, they really did have sushi and meatloaf on the same menu and then were surprised they were utilized as a fast-casual instead of fine-dining

I thought that was some kind of joke, but no, they really did that.

Probably best for everyone it ended as fast as it did with that level of decision making in the executive position.

BTW, now I really wanna know what smokey pulled pork would taste like in a sushi roll topped with BBQ sauce.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/20/2017 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

@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....

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Posted by Mary Ost on 04/20/2017 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling


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.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/20/2017 at 9:06 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling


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.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 04/20/2017 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

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.

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Posted by barf on 04/20/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “Izakaya to Close

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.

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Posted by Deborah Perry O'Brien on 04/20/2017 at 8:09 AM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Hey Walt. No problem with the links. Only problem, is you don't like the facts.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 7:25 AM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

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.

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 04/20/2017 at 5:13 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling


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.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/19/2017 at 11:49 PM

Re: “You Are For Sale


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.

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/19/2017 at 11:32 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

"(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.

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Posted by Chad Sulton on 04/19/2017 at 11:10 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

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.

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Posted by barf on 04/19/2017 at 10:47 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

Oaktree, do you see the systematic problem with the links you provided?

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Posted by Walt Granecki on 04/19/2017 at 10:26 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

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.

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Posted by Heber Arnold on 04/19/2017 at 10:06 PM

Re: “District 95 Showdown

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.

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Posted by Heber Arnold on 04/19/2017 at 9:56 PM

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