Giving police more discretion over our lives isn't "softening" anything.
And some of y'all wonder why Black Lives Matter is necessary. Its 2016 and there's people here taking about the KKK as though it was "just a civic organization".
But if Forrest didn't care about the African-Americans he mass murdered at Fort Pillow, its doubtful he had too many reservations about the KKK.
Its truly telling about the priorities of Memphis when there are multiple monuments to klansmen, slavers, racist mayors, and the confederate bosses, yet statues of those working class people from Memphis who actually fought for racial unification among all poor people (like Mother Jones, Ida B. Wells, and Thomas Watkins) are mysteriously absent.
You can talk about revisionism all you want, but this push towards preserving and monumentalizing the midsouth's legacy of racism has always come at the expense of neglecting and burying its history of racial unity. Its funny to me how all these "preservationists" who come out to defend this statue, were the same basic ass white people who fled to the new homes and box stores of the suburbs and far east Memphis during the white flight of the 80s and 90s. If it is preserving history you care about (and not preserving racist tropes), why did you abandon the historical heart of Memphis?
Speet v. Schuette... that's all I've got to say about this blatantly illegal ordinance that violates the 1st and 14th amendments of the constitution.
The 6th circuit didn't let it slide in Grand Rapids and they won't let it slide here. But hey, lets waste another million the city of Memphis doesn't have on court costs of what amounts to a bathroom bill for poor and homeless people.
Try being a fag without being such a fascist. Try more Liberace and less J Edgar Hoover.
Wanking off to Kaep
Too bad as determined under the recent case Speet v. Schuette by the Sixth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals (which Tennessee falls under the jurisdiction of), such a laws targetting panhandling are considered unconstitutional and in violation of the 1st and 14th amendments. Wonder how long until some homeless person wins the lottery from the city's tax coffers for having his rights violated?
But alas, this is why the city's too broke for basic infrastructure like education, public transportation, and road repair and hemorraging young people left and right... it's shortsighted answer is to criminalize everything and then get stuck footing the forever increasing bill for jails, police salaries, and lawsuits. Memphis is run like an open air prison, though there are sadly prisons in this country that are less racially segregated than Memphis is.
Here's a crazy idea to reduce homelessness and poverty for that arrogant frat boy Worth Morgan: use some of the money for criminalization and enforcement to build a free city shelter for the homeless instead of relying on the ponzi scheme that is Union Mission, or better yet, follow Salt Lake City's lead and turn some of the 30,000+ vacant homes and lots owned by the Shelby County Land Bank, the county, and the city into permanent housing for the homeless.
Just decriminalize it altogether and join the 21st century already.
... you were also in one of Chicago's wealthiest and most gentrified neighborhoods. Had you spent some time on the west or south sides of the city, you would have been treated to plenty of parking and otherwise empty lots.
Also, Chicago is 4.5 times the size of Memphis, not 3, and most of the city was constructed prior to the invention of the automobile. It is mostly interconnected by an inner city and regional heavy rail transit system (the L and Metra) and is the largest passenger rail and air hub in the U.S.
While Chicago is much denser than Memphis to be sure, in recent times, much of that density is being lost because of middle and upper class people moving into the city and converting multiunit houses and apartment buildings into single family homes. In fact, the neighborhood you were staying in has had one of the worst net losses of density in the city, due largely to this. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/201…
As someone who grew up in Memphis and doesn't drive, I'd love to see a more walkable Memphis, but infilling parking lots with large new developments without altering the infrastructure and mentality of the city will only make Memphis less livable, not more. New urbanism is a developer's myth: cities are living creatures informed by history and the informal activities of residents and you can't create a livable community by zoning for a more dense version of the sterile, isolating lifestyle of the suburbs... you just end up with Harbortown or parts of South Main... a weekend retreat for the rich.
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