U-Verse is looking better all the time.
All Night Long, North Mississippi Allstars
Let's Stay Together, Al Green
Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye
I'm glad we have Mr. Martin as Interim President to address the issues the previous President neglected, like declining enrollment. Academic counseling also needs much improvement, starting with counseling for nontraditional students, which is pretty much a joke right now.
I can't wait to see the exhibit that will be paid for by the demolition of the 19th Century Club, which is on the historic register. $400,000+ should buy a pretty nice display. A kid's-size mock-up of a "Historic Home in Memphis" would be educational.
Thank you, Mr. Branston. You "get it." The real question is how much will this doubling of parking fines affect downtown businesses, restaurants and retail? I have more than one friend who refuses to come downtown with me, all because of one bad ticket/towing experience. Parking problems downtown are bad enough as is, without further harassment like this.
Our City Council is failing to see the Big Picture. This DOES affect the vibrancy of downtown! And it only harasses those of us who make our living downtown every day, those who live downtown (27,000) but still own cars, and those who use our judicial system which is located only downtown. The money these meters will extract from the taxpayers will be offset by the retail dollars and taxes lost.
Politicians, wake up! Downtown now has competition from Overton Square, Cooper-Young, and soon, Crosstown. You have given suburbanites just one more reason, besides the perception of crime, to avoid downtown. We have cut off our nose to spite our face.
Why? So some of us with cholesterol issues won't stroke out and die from eating so much bbq. So some of us can go with family members and enjoy an awesome veggie/vegan burger while our family members order what they like. So we won't be adding to the suffering and death inflicted on the creatures who are factory-farmed and killed to satisfy our appetites, and we won't contribute to the harm that factory-farming causes our Earth.
It's not that Mr. Branston can't figure out how they work. It's that they DON'T work.
Mr. Branston probably has a lot of business downtown, being a reporter, as do many others. It's not as simple as saying, don't go there. And there is plenty of reason to go downtown for entertainment, music, sports, the river, all the museums and historic buildings, not to mention the 160 restaurants. Downtown Memphis has pockets of blight, but overall, it is quite healthy and booming with people and activity. It is on the upswing. Check it out. You might be very surprised.
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