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Re: “Down by the Riverside

Highpoint, while I strongly agree that it's great to encourage folks to walk or bike, I question whether cutting back on parking would be a step in the direction of making the riverfront a playground largely limited to downtown residents who, as a group, are probably considerably whiter and more affluent than the city as a whole. Also, the comparison to Central Park in NYC and Grant Park in Chicago is imperfect because, much unlike Memphis, NYC and Chicago have relatively good mass transit systems that citizens from all corners can use to visit Central and Grant parks any day of the week. In Memphis, if you happen to live in Frayser, Westwood or Hickory Hill, good luck using MATA to visit the riverfront on a Sunday afternoon.

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Posted by Strait Shooter on 03/23/2017 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Down by the Riverside

Parking is exactly what they dont need. Parking in Tom Lee is exactly whats hurting the park now. On the weekends its a bunch idiots that park just to show of their cars and loud motorcycles. There should only be parking for handicap and school buses.

Do you notice any parking lots in Central Park NYC, Grant Park Chicago or any other urban park in a major city? Walk or bike you fat, lazy people!

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Posted by highpoint_T on 03/23/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

I've always said that if the city wanted to be petty, they would just plant some large, thick shrubs all around the statue. That, or they'd build a structure that goes over the statue, just covering it up.

At the very least, it would force the state to write a new law about clearances that between statues and other objects, which would probably force a lot of cities to spend money clearing the area around their statues.

If nothing else, it would be fun to watch the state react when the city of Memphis builds a large box type structure over top of the statue. Be petty. That's what I'm encouraging. Make it some good political theater for me.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 03/23/2017 at 8:27 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

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Posted by datGuy on 03/23/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

Fascinating points, but could somebody tell me just who this Forrest fellow was and just where is this Memphis you speak of?

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Posted by Mia S Kite on 03/23/2017 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Stay in the Woods


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Posted by datGuy on 03/23/2017 at 6:53 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

Can somebody please tell me where I can find evidence that General Forrest was ever even in the Klan? I've looked and have found nothing. There's a court case were they federal government claimed he was a member but the government lost the case for lack of evidence. Forrest himself always maintained he was never a member. Forrest was also brought up on charges by the reconstruction government for providing money to black men to buy GUNS to protect themselves from lawlessness and he was known to support blacks advancing into an Intergrated society not to mention he participated in one of the first documented interracial kisses. But I haven't been able to find any documentation of actual klan membership. Can someone point me in the right direction?

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Posted by Greg Pearson on 03/23/2017 at 6:17 AM

Re: “'Modern' Retail Center Coming to Midtown

I prefer that we keep the "grit and grind" third world appearance throughout the city therefore I am opposed to any "modern" looking buildings.

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Posted by BP45 on 03/23/2017 at 1:57 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

I keep hearing this "majority" of the city that wants this. Where are they? The majority of people in Memphis don't really give a crap one way or the other.

I personally think it's a ridiculous waste of money on the city's part. While the City Council have spent millions tying this matter up in court, the city has been falling apart around them. They are short hundreds of Firefighters and police, they are cutting the pay and benefits of those very men and women, cutting critical items from the city budget right and left, and for what? To desecrate the grave of an American Veteran (Public Law 85-425and Public Law 85-811)? To tear down a statue that hurts no one?

Let's not be fooled. Let's consider the real reason this has become an issue. The UT Medical Center desperately wants the land the park sits on to expand their campus. THAT is the reason Forrest Park is in the crosshairs, not some altruistic desire to "do good" by our corrupt City Council.

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Posted by John Spain on 03/23/2017 at 1:29 AM

Re: “A C Wharton's City Hall Portrait Unveiled

WAS... Heck he STILL IS, Pete. Still helping out where he can, putting himself out there, day after day, even when some people have nothing kind to say about him. One thing about people who leave a high profile office. They can retreat, and lay back (after all they have earned it) or they can go on doing their thing, but just in a different venue. AC isn't the kind of guy who lays back. I honestly admire both his attitude AND his fortitude.

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Posted by OakTree on 03/23/2017 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

LoveBC, What statue of a historic/notorious figure would you not want in your neighborhood?
Would you object to neighbors offering to move it for free ( I am sure we could sell tickets to citizens wanting to take a few swings of a sledge or some confederate necromancers from Bugtussle would gladly move it to their local 1st Baptist Church)
Would an accompanying statue of Forrest beating or raping a chained slave be divisive? You can't erase history.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 03/22/2017 at 9:37 PM

Re: “TEP: Laws That Target LGBTQ Community Could Cost State Billions

About the major thing that turns me off about politics, and politicians, is so much effort and money is wasted on useless drama. Let's just look through the current Memphis Flyer issue. We have a protracted legal battle that is running up legal fees for politically connected lawyers to dig up the remains of Gen. Forrest. Surely there is at one issue in Memphis that is more important than removing the remains of a dead democrat.

Not to be outdone, the Beav wants to pass feel good legislation so the state can tell trans were they can and cannot take a wiz. Really.

I'm just a humble working guy trying to take care of a family. I am more interested in stopping the spread of crime, getting my son a good education, staying gainfully employed and keeping some money in the bank.

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Posted by LoveBC on 03/22/2017 at 9:16 PM

Re: “Against Vouchers for Shelby County

datGuy, the address on the senate web site is his legal office which is located in the historic Collierville town square. He lives somewhere in Germantown last I heard. I also live in the district.

Mate, Germantown Elementary, Middle and HS are Shelby County schools. Houston HS and middle and the other elementary schools are Germantown schools.

Posted by LoveBC on 03/22/2017 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

@BC, so trying to move a statue to where it's wanted, divides the city; but, keeping the "statue and remains of the Confederate Army general, slave trader, and Ku Klux Klan founding member" in place against the wishes of far and away most citizens keeps it together.

I imagine if I drink enough that would make sense, assuming I was passed out when the options were presented.

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Posted by datGuy on 03/22/2017 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

It's not really the revisionist vs traditionalist flip flop, its wasting tax dollars with feel good legislation and gives Alan Wade even more opportunities to pump up his legal fees by further driving a wedge between the citizens of Memphis.

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Posted by LoveBC on 03/22/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “RIP Robert Raiford

For me, Raifords was Memphis. I talk about this guy and "Hollywood Raifords" ALL THE TIME. The dancing, the drums, the smoke machine, the pole, the 40s, Paula, getting a ride on their limo home... Memories for a lifetime. Thank you Raifords for making my Memphis days that much more memorable! You knew how to throw a party where everyone felt welcomed... you will be greatly missed...

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Posted by Carlos Los on 03/22/2017 at 8:17 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

Just melt it.

Leave the molten metal on the pedestal

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Posted by datGuy on 03/22/2017 at 8:11 PM

Re: “A C Wharton's City Hall Portrait Unveiled

At Funk, AC was a nice guy. He was right man after the last mayors adminstration ended with so much acrimony. Unfortunately, he also didn't keep up with needs to replace police officers. Heck, he didn't even have an academy training class one year while the losses were happening. That was a huge miss on his part. It was as if he wasn't even paying attention

Posted by datGuy on 03/22/2017 at 7:44 PM

Re: “Fight Over Forrest Statue Isn't Over

OK ok, no more revisionist vs traditionalist flip flop, gives me a headache. Just sit back and wait, the trolls, are forming......

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Posted by CL Mullins on 03/22/2017 at 7:42 PM

Re: “Memphis Pets of the Week (March 23-29)


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