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Re: “Contemporary Media Inc. Hires Michael Donahue

Such a smart move.

Posted by Karen Pulfer Focht on 04/28/2017 at 8:08 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Another reason not to give them any money by buying their product.

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Posted by OakTree on 04/28/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Meet the New Blue Suede Brigade

Oh, that was a billy club.

Posted by Dayn Rand on 04/28/2017 at 6:08 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

Dray - do you have examples of other times people in midtown have opposed new housing development?

Posted by nobody on 04/28/2017 at 6:06 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

People park on the street in Lea's Wood also. Like most of Midtown, there's typically one car in the driveway and another on the street. There's just not enough street available for apartment overflow parking.
And while less parking may be good urbanism, it's just not realistic. The folks that will live in these apartments will have cars. Many units will need two parking spots. It's absurd to expect twenty or more tenants to park on the street in the nearby residential area.
As to your point about renters, anyone living in Midtown lives among renters so it's crazy to suggest this is just some elitist anti-renter movement.
I personally do have concerns about how the property will look in about 10 years. The more units they build, the more expensive the maintenance. MRG doesn't have anything in their portfolio that eases my concerns about that.

Posted by nobody on 04/28/2017 at 5:31 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

That's sarcasm of course; they're monsters and probably left themselves open to a huge lawsuit by only firing women.

Posted by RatPackBrat on 04/28/2017 at 2:16 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Gannett only fired women huh? Seems like a great plan. I'm sure that will work out for them.

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Posted by RatPackBrat on 04/28/2017 at 2:14 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

"First prize is a new Cadillac. Anybody want to see second prize? Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. Any questions?"

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Posted by Memphomania on 04/28/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Photo Contest Focuses on Memphis Bikes

I have awesome hair and always wear shades, too.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/28/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Photo Contest Focuses on Memphis Bikes

Anybody want that skrilla I'ma be on the bikelanes along southern mornings before 7:30 a and evenings after 5p.

Fat dude wearing office attire riding a rear crate bike. You can't miss me.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/28/2017 at 12:58 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Sounds remarkably like how things used to be before unions existed. They used to pit 'newsies' against one another to increase circulation. I wonder if Gannett is bringing them back too?

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Posted by Thoughtful on 04/28/2017 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Gannett Stalls Severance Payments to Former Commercial Appeal Employees

Gannett is a cancer.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/28/2017 at 12:53 PM
Posted by concerned_citizen on 04/28/2017 at 12:30 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

Re nobody: I take a more libertarian position and am generally against zoning codes, so, yes, I believe property owners should have a wide latitude to built whatever they wish on their property. It has worked in Houston, and it worked in the US before the era of Euclidean zoning and suburbanization. I think the concern about aesthetics and building height is a distortion; the true concern is that the units are rentals. Most people who rent in Memphis are lower SES, and that has given an unfair bias toward renters in general. I own property downtown and happily live near renters and commercial property without any issues. The fact that they have fewer than 1 parking space per unit is actually good urbanism. We as a city need to make better use of on-street parking and reducing car dependency. People park on the street near my home and I have never suffered any ill effects :)

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Posted by apok on 04/28/2017 at 12:22 PM

Re: “Contemporary Media Inc. Hires Michael Donahue

Wunderbar!

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Posted by mejjep on 04/28/2017 at 12:21 PM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

The rendering actually reminds me a bit of South Junction Apartments. Cheap vinyl siding in garish colors. No long-lasting natural materials at all.

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Posted by nobody on 04/28/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

901guy - the renderings are kind of meaningless right now. Whether the neighbors like the look of them or not, they are just renderings and can differ greatly from the finished product.
A big issue with the MRG plan right now, besides concern over the appearance, is that they have more units planned than they have parking. I think they're planning for 124 units on the south side of Sam Cooper but only 116 parking spots. I guess they're planning for high vacancy.

But, honestly, for me, the biggest issue is just general distrust of MRG. There's nothing in their portfolio that makes me think they'll do a good job with this. I'm more concerned about the materials they will use than the design. I think any design can look nice and blend into the surrounding area as long as it's made with materials that look good and will last a long time. But brick and stone are kind of rare in new construction - especially in the MRG portfolio.

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Posted by nobody on 04/28/2017 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

I don't think you can compare renderings they released yesterday to Hickory Hill-- they actually look quite urban and have good balance to the street (imo more like something on Harbor Town). I was against MRG buying this as opposed other developers recently fwiw. However, I don't think they've done a terrible job making it look more like the neighborhood. Also I do live in the area as well and my ultimate point is people are always going to be unhappy-- and I wouldn't assume this is going to be a seedy element-- is that how you'd view apartments around South Main and downtown? People want to live around Midtown now (millenials etc).. but apparently only $100,000 plus homes you purchase would be the only way?

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Posted by 901guy on 04/28/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Bike Lanes and Plazas to Pop Up Downtown

Strange they're implementing this at the height of the summer, when very few people will be tempted to use the new infrastructure.

I'm still gonna check it out, though.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/28/2017 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

No one has explained why the value of someone else's property should be allowed to affect completely unrelated adjacent property.

If I own a gold ring, and someone else puts a brass ring next to it, my ring doesn't stop being gold.

I understand WHY someone would want to devalue that gold ring for spurious purposes out of my control like the value of nearby but unrelated rings (in order to negotiate a better price, etc.), I just don't understand how in the highly regulated business of licensed professional appraisal that would be LEGAL, let alone morally acceptable.

Would my gold ring become a diamond ring if I put it next to a diamond ring I don't own? No. That's obviously stupid, and I'd be a fraud to try and increase it's price by comparing it to unrelated rings.

So how in the hell is the reverse not only allowed, but rampant?

We have the infrastructure in place to stop these abuses, however, that State run infrastructure for regulating licensed professional appraisers seems to have been used for the exact opposite purpose than the protection of property owner's assets.

If I were trying to systematically destroy the property equity of the home owning middle class (ie, their primary source of wealth building), I couldn't possibly think of a better system to do so. If you look around and see who's profiting from it, the effects are rather blatant.

Posted by FUNKbrs on 04/28/2017 at 10:46 AM

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