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Re: “The New New Plan for Memphis International Airport

How did the price double for the negligible changes?

Who is responsible?

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Posted by datGuy on 04/21/2017 at 12:16 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

And while I'm at it, the shape of Memphis, would be a 747 cargo jet...

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Posted by OakTree on 04/21/2017 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

If you don't like it, I think you need to leave, barf. I mean, there's gotta be something else for you to do in a place you want to be. If you don't like it here, move. A lot of us moved here, after living in other places, specifically because WE DO like it here.

"..most other people do not share your standards..."

Yeah, I think you are a little over the top there.

If you look at all the major cities in the Mississippi Basin, Chicago, St. Louis, Memphis, New Orleans, they all have experienced significant population loss from 1960 to 2010. This isn't peculiar to Memphis. It's related to structural changes in industrial production and agribusiness predominantly, which has led to changing employment patterns, and thus changing demographics of residence.

The city which has been hit hardest by this demographic shift is actually Chicago. So your premise about population loss, where people want to live, and why they move where they do, prolly needs a little work. People move to New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago all the time, even though their demographics show a general population shift out of their metropolitan catchment. They do it for all kinds of reasons. Cultural ones are a big thing, actually.

So I guess those people who move in, to quote you, 'do not share your standards'.

Chill, barf. It's ok to love Memphis, even when it has issues. Relax.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 9:21 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Commercial Appeal Changes, 17 Laid Off

I worked for several newspapers in the 1960s, and went to work for WHBQ-TV in 1969. I saw the old Memphis Press Scimitar afternoon paper fold in the 1970s, and the downward spiral of journalism in general in the decades following that. I was one of the unfortunate reporters let go in 1990 when WHBQ was sold to the low-brow Adams Communication Co. They lost over $10 million when they in turn sold the station to Fox; it was poetic justice. The recent layoffs at the CA are just further evidence of the sad state of journalism in America. I'm a native Memphian and treasure the many years I covered events in my old hometown. I'm saddened by the present state of affairs in local journalism, but that is the reality, and I don't ever see things turning around. I think what opportunities still existing in journalism will more likely be found in the small towns and rural communities. But journalism quality overall seems pretty dismal. The national media has become so left-wing biased and mean-spirited, that many viewers and readers have abandoned it. It's a sad state of affairs. I left Memphis many years ago for the Missouri Ozarks, and now retired, I can concentrate on my golf and flyfishing and leave the worries to someone else. Bill Anderson

Posted by Bill A on 04/20/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

Bric- I'm sorry, but you are hopeless. 1980? Really? No one cares about 1980 to 2010. If you applied the same span of years to the areas I noted, it would cast a shadow over you "dynamic" growth of our local suburbs. Perhaps you realized that and we're attempting to cover for the fact that Germantown has grown by around 1900 people in the last 15+ years despite an abundance of undeveloped acreage (north of 3000 acres by one recent estimate) within the municipal boundaries. Collierville also reflects a dramatic decrease in it's rate of growth between 2000 and 2015. A rate which continues to fall despite the enormous areas available for development within it's existing boundaries and it's annexation reserve area. Let's play by your standard that real population growth is the major indicator of a dynamic, high quality of life place. Apparently more people than not have a different view than yours concerning quality of life here. It's weird, because if suburban Memphis and the metro as a whole was indeed on par with the places mentioned, employers and the general population sure seem bent on depriving themselves of the good life by choosing overwhelmingly to locate almost anywhere else but here- unless it's low pay, low skill distribution activity. From 2011- 2013 a net migration of -16,000 people (more people moving out than in) chose to leave Shelby County. In 2013 alone 560 more people left Shelby for other counties in the Memphis metro than chose to move into Shelby. In that same year, 763 more people left for Nashville and it's suburban counties than moved to Shelby Co. Over a thousand more left for the Dallas/ Ft Worth metro than arrived and the deficit increased to over 1500 for Austin's Travis Co alone. The numbers are even in the red for places like Pulaski County (Little Rock) and Knox Co. Maybe it's an income thing, right. Maybe these people just can afford to live in o e of the most affordable metro areas in the country. Shoot, that's not it because in 2013 alone, the average income for those movies g here was over $4,800 less compared to those hightailing it out of here.

All of Shelby County beyond the Memphis city limits grew by a paltry 35,000 over the last 17 years. Meanwhile, Plano alone grew by twice that amount during the same period. However, I should have realized that you cannot comprehend that growing from squat to squat and a half is a peas to pumpkins comparison when you mentioned Dallas grew by 200,000 people. By the way, if I had wanted to add Dallas I would have, but seeing as the conversation was comparing suburbs to suburbs in my last post, I did not. Your pesky critical reading deficiency strikes again.

Not sure why you decided to randomly insert density information as population density except that you seem to equate density with quality of life. Odd you would mention that for no apparent reason. Then again, who cares what someone like you thinks about Southlake's density? Specifically when it's median household income is almost twice that of Collierville- an amount that far surpasses the differences in cost of living.

Highland Park is completely built out and it has an aversion to high density and rental housing, thus the flatline. However it does boast an exceptional quality of life which has resulted in exceptionally high home values. These values in turn have eroded the rental housing market and resulted in the demolition of multifamily uses in favor of single family infill in a process that began in the mid 1950s. An oversimplified summary is that as property values have risen, all but the wealthiest students at neighboring SMU have been forced out of homes that have then been converted back to single family occupancy over the years. To bad you have no knowledge of these or the other areas mentioned. Maybe that's why you cannot understand that Memphis and it's suburbs are very "meh" by comparison.

No need to refer specifically to North Mississippi as it does not change any of the results in a significant way. The reference to the suburbs mentioned was directly tied to quality of life in those locales. Face it, just like AP, the quality of life in suburban Memphis (and the Memphis metro as a whole) may suite you just fine. It just turns out that most most other people do not share your standards. It's pretty obvious when most people are choosing to live anywhere and seemingly everywhere else.

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Posted by barf on 04/20/2017 at 7:24 PM

Re: “Vulnerable Vista

This is a beautiful place and putting the silos there would alter the opportunity for people to come view the River and enjoy the peace and serenity of this enchanted space.

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Posted by Michelle Thames-williams on 04/20/2017 at 7:07 PM

Re: “Two Takes

@Memphomania - You're right. Mr. Sneaky Easter Bunny would never let you know what was happening in the Foreign Relations Committee behind closed doors. Just waggles that puffy cottontail, and believes everybody is fooled into thinking that he's a dumb little country bunny.

But nothing could be further from the truth...…

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “State Officials Search for North Memphis Bear

@Scott - As soon as I saw that tongue sticking out, I knew it was you.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/20/2017 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Disunity

The dispute on county surplus funds is quite a bit more complicated than some county commissioners would have you believe. The 2015 disagreement on the amount of county surplus funds centered substantially on the results of a practice the then county administration and a group of commissioners developed in 2007 to cap the amount of property tax revenue that schools received each year at the figure approved in the county budget for schools. Commissioners at that time added a sentence to the county tax rate ordinance that calls for any excess revenue (surplus) collected from property taxes for schools to be held back and applied to school funding in the following year. This may sound all good and proper but what it did in many years was to create a major surplus in the year the taxes were collected and apply the funds to the next year's budget. This amount, which was $10.8 million in the 2015 fiscal year, was subtracted from wheel tax revenue that had been originally designated for schools. Officials said the $10.8 million was then used to pay debt service on school bonds. Funding of school bonds is an obligation of the general county government and cannot come from county property taxes designated for schools. It is all very complicated and hard to follow and the holding back of county property tax funds by the county trustee appears to ripe for a legal challenge by school officials. Some school officials know about the practice but so far there has apparently been no move to take the issue to court. This $10.8 million in "excess school property tax revenue" appears to be a major factor in the difference in surplus figures presented by county officials in 2015. In the 2016 fiscal year, that ended last June 30, the "excess" totaled only $318,567 and that is the amount of funds what were shifted. It will be interesting to see if school supporters on the county commission allow the sentence on "excess" collections to remain in the tax rate ordinance. There may be legal question about whether the commission has the authority to place the sentence in the tax rate ordinance. And does the wording bind the county trustee, an independently elected official, to holding back the funds? jcov40

Posted by jcov40 on 04/20/2017 at 4:21 PM

Re: “State Officials Search for North Memphis Bear

I am the North Memphis Bear!

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Posted by Scott Banbury on 04/20/2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Two Takes

"At the end of it all, someone said the obvious, that he ...had not been asked about the current crises in Korea and Syria. He shook his head slowly but gave an indulgent smile. "Unbelievable," he said."

Asking Corker about Klownstik's foreign policy? Might as well ask the Easter Bunny about her plan for Middle-East Peace.

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Posted by Memphomania on 04/20/2017 at 2:51 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

No. It isn't obvious. The reason it isn't is because you made a point of singling out individual areas, two of which are cities in their own right, and the entirety of north Mississippi (which you've ceased talking about).

I must assume that you have some reason for that.

The two cities have both grown a bunch over the years.

Collierville has grown from a population of 7,839 in 1980 to 43,965 in 2010
Germantown has grown from 21,467 in 1980 to 38,844 in 2010.
Memphis, even with major annexations went from 646,174 to 646,889 in the same period.

This is dynamic and amazing growth for Collierville and Germantown, but a horrifying stagnation for Memphis, especially given all the annexations in the period in question.

I also noticed that you want to add Dallas to your list to which we are to be compared. Fair enough.

Dallas, the metro area of which contains the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation (Led by Houston and NYC) and the area's economy is the tenth largest in the world. Dallas proper grew from 904,078 in 1980 to ,1,197,816 in 2010. Very respectable but doesn't even come close to the amazing growth of either Germantown or Collierville in the same time frame yet puts Memphis to shame. You've mentioned South Lake, which is in the Dallas Metro. It has had amazing growth in this period also, going from 2,808 to 26,575 in the given period. However, Collierville, Germantown and Memphis have at least twice he population density, with Germantown coming out on top with 2,200 persons per square mile. You've also mentioned Plano which has had very respectable growth and has a population density of over 3,800 persons per square mile. Personally that sounds horrible to me. Another place you mentioned is Highland Park, but you don't tell us which one, so I'll go with the one in the Dallas metro. It has actually lost population in e given period, so I have no idea why you'd do that. It doesn't match the cherry picking trash talk of the rest of the garbage you are passing.

Both Franklin and Brentwood have had very respectable growth, but they hardly create some kind of shameful contrast the way Memphis proper does.

Decatur (I have to assume you mean the one in Georgia) has a population density over 4,000 persons per square mile but has very little growth in the period in question.

Clayton? Which one?
Carmel? Which one?
Mountain Brook? Alabama? Really?

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Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 04/20/2017 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Under Proposed Law, Women Will Have to Hear Their Fetus is Unviable- Twice

The Republican fetus obsession continues.

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Posted by Chris in Midtown on 04/20/2017 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Zaka Bowl Expands Menu, No Longer Vegan

In other words, profit before animals. Profit before planet.

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Posted by Roger R.D. Wentworth III on 04/20/2017 at 1:37 PM

Re: “Two Takes

You're right Love.

The only way to solve the problem with the youth of this community is to pay their fathers enough money to be able to support their mothers to be able to stay at home and raise them.

But until we fix the poverty problem, financial pressures will continue to destroy relationships and force children to live in broken homes.

What motivation does a child have to contribute to society, knowing full well that no amount of compliance will be rewarded with a living wage? Better to commit a felony and get room and board, or claim mental illness and get disability.

FedEx's part time only jobs certainly aren't the answer.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/20/2017 at 12:42 PM

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

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