Cafe Ole, does well b/c first, the business has been paid for, second some of the business partners in it are DR's and have outside income, and it gets a drinking crowd in it. Dish and Blue Fin weren't exactly drinking joints. I never had a friend say, lets meet at dish or blue finn for drinks.
You would think with 2 places closing,the CYBA would be looking at it's self and figuring out how the 4 new places are going to stay open. It's not like the economy or people's disposal cash has gone up in the last month.
"Can't we just put it somewhere in the Fairgrounds, which is between several different types of neighborhoods? We certainly have enough land, maybe next to the Kroc Center."
The land of the fairgrounds that is not part of the Kroc center is owned by the county. The little part that the city did own they sold to the salvation army so they could build a center in he name of a guy who made his living off selling fast food to lower income people and by employing those people at low wages. So basically, you would have to get county approval or get the city to do a land trade. Yes you could maybe bypass Wanda, but either the county is going to have to want to build it or just right back to city approval.
However, if their is so much demand in the city for a skate park, then it sounds like someone should make a private investment and build one. If there is all this demand from all the races and economic groups in the city then it should be able to turn a buck.
A bunch of Rhodes who couldn't leave Memphis because the downturn in the market sunk their trust funds.
"Why are they wary? Are they afraid they might f*** up and do something positive for a neighborhood?
If you want something more centrally located, put the Skatepark in the Overton Square parking lot now that the developers have backed out. In a perfect world, the owners of that property would donate the lot for this project (or grant usage for a veeeery long time) and watch those empty shops fill up with all kinds of cool stores and eateries for the skaters without having to raze the existing storefronts and put up something cheap and ugly."
If we are going to take over the overton square parking lot for another city project, then we need to a least have a pavilion there for a central midtown farmers market. We need to incorporate both, but if we build on the parking lot then where will people park?
Is there anywhere to buy coal nowadays?
Actually alot of those wineries out there don't own the vineyards around them, a large owner of those vineyards resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas of all places.
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