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@Kerry: I believe this project was funded through a grant by MemFeast, but Wilson is looking for additional funding to continue it in other parts of the city (also, to fix the rocket launcher). But Wilson could probably comment about that more.
I think the data used in this ranking is questionable, at best. I report it because it's there, and last year Annesdale-Snowden really rallied together against the designation, but even the way the "neighborhoods" are drawn is weird.
@MD: I can't really speak for the city and its budgeting decisions, but I can tell you why I think a skatepark is important.
One of the reasons the city has revenue problems (even prior to the education funding decision) is because Memphis has a declining population/tax base. Some of that can be attributed to suburban sprawl, some of it to foreclosures, and some of it to people leaving the area all together.
Young professionals, in particular, pay more into the system than they take out. And those are the people we're losing the fastest. They're highly mobile, they're educated, and they want to live in a place that provides certain recreational and cultural amenities, such as skateparks or greenlines.
Do I think a skatepark is going to fix the tax base? Certainly not, but I think it, and things like it, are a piece of the puzzle.
Figure out ways to grow the taxpayer population, and you'll be able to invest more across the board.
@cdel: The dog park is a pilot project right now. I haven't asked about it recently, but my understanding is that any decisions on upgrades or other dog park locations will be based on dependent and available funding.
I like it: Take back Memphis, one lot at a time.
For some reason, the city doesn't generally seize any property; it leaves that function to the county (city residents with outstanding taxes typically owe both the city and the county). I'm not sure why, tho. Then if the land doesn't sell at county auction, it goes into the county land bank program, which the city can then access.
Looks like the animal shelter's yearly budget hovers around $2.3 million, with about $500K of that coming from program revenue.
@Jeff: Prolly Comment of the Week.
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