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Re: “'Modern' Retail Center Coming to Midtown

Got to agree with moverhill on this one,
I am big fan of the modernist movement and contemporary architecture- done well- can provide a much-needed spark for a street and neighborhood. However, in this case... I dont know whether it is the half-step upgrade from CMU on the facades of maybe its the relative lack of transparency, but the buildings materials and use thereof is uninviting and says look at me, another squat beige building on Union. In that case, I guess it is more like "nothing to see here". If I want uninviting and/or border line brutalist buildings, I will hang out in the Medical District. Its also not a good sign when you are using ivy to cover up parts of an elevation before the building has even been built. Even glorified strip retail centers deserve more.

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Posted by barf on 03/23/2017 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

Just as a reminder, the horrific PR being generated by Brady is directly enabled by the Memphis Zoo board members...
Diane Smith - yes, THAT Smith
Gene Holcomb- a CPA and former president of Blue Cross Blue Shield, former Chairman of the Board for the MED. He was the head of the MED during its most troubled financial period. Further proof of the brilliance of Dr. Reginald Coopwood for being able to revive the MED after Holcomb's disastrous leadership.
Dorothy O. Kirsch- Philanthropist
Russell T. Wigginton, Jr.-External Programs at Rhodes
Joseph Joe DeWane M.D.- a gynecologist with an office out east on Poplar (according to the web)
Tommy Farnsworth- Farnsworth Holding Company (warehouse real-estate)

Ex Officio:
Dr. Chuck Brady- Douchebag-in-Chief
Bill Morrison- personal representative on the city council for douchebag-in-chief
Bettye Berlin- maybe SLP at Shelby County Head Start? She is largely a blank except at the zoo.

Lynn Carson- Banc3 COO
Samantha Boggs Dean- Huey's (Special Project Coordinator)
Delisa Eddings- Lawyer. Corporate Counsel for Yusen Logistics among other things.
David Hopkins- KPMG LLC
Henry A. Hutton- you guessed it, Chuck Hutton Chevrolet
Kelly Truitt- Senior VP at CBRE (more real-estate). Same people who said downtown is dead, long live Poplar-Ridgeway
Maria Leggett- VP Lawyer for Autozone
Mario L. Walker- Self+Tucker Architects (?)
Scott McCormick- Former City Council member (surprise, surprise), current Shelby County School Board, executive director of the Botanic Garden (which lasted for barely a year), retired exec with Thomas Betts
Byrne Whitehead- CFO of Orgill (hardware wholesales ; played G'town against C'ville for tax breaks and new corporate building)
Joyce Mollerup- AKA Joyce Buckman, married to Robert Buckman of Buckman Labs.
Brandon Morrison- Director for Adams Keegan (HR services) as well as the Second Presbyterian Church Foundation, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and as a member of the Baptist Memorial Community Advisory yeah, very "East Memphis"
Carol Prentiss- wife of Jim Prentiss (former owner of numerous Shoney's franchises), philanthropist
Karl Schledwitz- CEO of Monogram Foods
Jerry A. Shore- CEO of Freds.

There you have it. When you have the same small group of people and companies (the majority of which work/live within a couple of blocks of each other out in the "burbs") controlling so many of the city's cultural institution boards, it's no wonder that creative solutions are such a rarity.

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Posted by barf on 03/22/2017 at 10:54 AM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

Oak- Well, at least it sounds like a nice concept.

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Posted by barf on 03/22/2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Brown Compares OPC to Con Man in Greensward Vote

Obviously Dr. Brady's instructions to "Councilman" Brown were loud and clear. They are both real pieces of work...and by that I mean pieces of sh!t.

Why is it we lose wonderful and constructive people in this world every day and yet people like Brady keep hanging on. Where is a stroke when you need one?

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Posted by barf on 03/21/2017 at 7:25 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Grove and AP,
So in effect, it would simply serve to reduce the value of the scholarship the private school offered to the "student" because the state is offering to pick up the tab for at least a portion of that "free ride".

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Posted by barf on 03/13/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Maybe I'm off, but when actually reading some of the language in the bill, I am wondering what private school would want to take on the additional costs associated with jumping through the bureaucratic hoops required to receive said vouchers. Add in admin time + money and only a portion of the $7,000 would actually go towards the child's education. In order to offset the admin/application costs, it would behoove the participating school to accept as many vouchers as possible.

There are also the administration costs that are being footed by the taxpayers. The department of education is required to develop the procedures and administer the program. These activities will include (but will not be limited to):

Providing notice to parents of student eligibility and of participating schools
Accepting applications from parents of eligible students and award scholarships to eligible students (depending on the number of applications, that could be quite a pile of applications to review!)
Determining and approving school eligibility and participation
Determining and approving student eligibility and participation
Remitting scholarship payments
Annually publishing, information for scholarship recipients for each participating school (such as achievement results, including student growth; the graduation rate, as applicable; and the retention rate)
Making information available on the department's website to inform parents of eligible students of all available scholarship options and provide an opportunity for parents to apply to other participating schools

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Posted by barf on 03/13/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Your Monday Danziger

Yeah, sometimes they really are out to get you.

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Posted by barf on 03/07/2017 at 11:40 AM

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