Naomi Van Tol 
Member since Jul 5, 2008

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Lenox, Midtown, Memphis TN

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Re: “Overton Park Legacy

That's a red-shouldered hawk, Packrat -- it was scoping out the squirrels at the Rainbow Lake playground. Thanks for your support!

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 12/02/2010 at 7:08 PM

Re: “Dead Again: Scenes from a Zombie March

Oh, hell yes! Someone FINALLY has the courage to tell those stupid zombie hordes how dorky and unorganized they are! The undead of Memphis need to get serious and coordinate their slaughter/dismember/devour/zombify paradigm in order to maximize core competency, synergy, and bloodshed. All that random lurching and drooling is just bad form.

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 05/29/2010 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Magic Shows and Miracles

I've got many great memories of Playhouse on the Square, starting about 30 years ago when my parents couldn't really afford theater tickets. My 3-year-old daughter can't wait to attend her first show at the new theater. It's so inspiring to see this innovative building rise up in the heart of Midtown -- an object lesson for anyone who wants to create a positive development for our community.

The Memphian/Playhouse theater was/is a cultural totem for generations of Memphians. The office block was boring but solid. The Robert E. Lee Antique Mall was a decrepit eyesore. Jackie Nichols & Company chose to demolish what was useless, adapt what was useful, and preserve what was important.

They chose to think creatively about how they achieved their goals, and consider the community's needs in the process, instead of taking the scorched-earth approach that is sadly typical of new development in our region. I'm very proud of the Playhouse crew for making Midtown a better place on multiple levels. May our roads rise to meet them!

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 01/28/2010 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Proposed Bill Would Create Old Forest State Natural Area

It's even worse than that, Wintermute. We want to keep things the way they were 10,000 years ago! Ah, those were the good old days...

But seriously, this is not about nostalgia. It's about getting legal protection for a publicly owned natural resource, because it's a remarkable old growth forest (330+ plant species from 85 families, 160+ bird species, etc.) and people can learn a lot from it.

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 01/20/2010 at 3:10 PM

Re: “Proposed Bill Would Create Old Forest State Natural Area

makememphisbetter - Each designated SNA is governed by the Natural Areas Preservation Act (TCA 11-14-101), by TDEC's Rules of Management, and by a management plan jointly developed by the property owner and TDEC's Natural Heritage staff. There is nothing in the Act or the Rules that would prohibit running on the Old Forest trails.

Running and biking are banned in the LBNA because Shelby Farms and TDEC decided to put that language in their management plan and they have never changed it.

If we get this bill passed, CPOP will definitely advocate for the existing public uses (walking, running, biking) to remain the same. I don't know of any reason why the City or TDEC would want to ban trail running in the Old Forest.

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 01/20/2010 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Proposed Bill Would Create Old Forest State Natural Area

Aww, thanks for the compliments! I don't deserve so much credit though. Our board is fully committed to making this happen, and we would never have gotten this far without the vast hordes of hippie treehuggers who support us.

Most of us pretend to be ordinary law-abiding taxpaying citizens when we're out in public (to avoid getting hassled by the Man) but at our monthly naked moonlight drum circles it's a different story!

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 01/20/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Recipe for Screwing Up a $35 million Boat Dock

Bravo! I bet that was depressing as hell to write, but it's true.

Like m1martha, I thought the land bridge was a rotten idea. But I think an elevated people bridge crossing over to the south tip (see Chattanooga and a hundred other cities for great examples) would be awesome, because we'd be able to run/walk/bike/skate a loop and create positive activity for Mud Island and its deserted walking paths. It would also be much cheaper than B.S. Landing.

Posted by Naomi Van Tol on 12/18/2009 at 5:46 PM

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