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Re: “Debate Review: Super District 9, Position 2

I choose Stephanie Gatewood in this race. Her performance at Rotary was well rounded and sincere. Her tenure and the substance of her views on the MCS/SCS school board showed she was a consensus builder and always spoke to her convictions.

I find that I cannot vote for anyone that only has one issue at heart (Education and De-annexation {which is just ridiculous when running for City office}); anyone who is controlled by any interest group (labor and business elite). I surely cannot vote for young Spinosa who seems to have no ideas of his own, only those of his handlers and his snub of the Rotary forum was totally unacceptable.

It all boils down to Ms. Gatewood for me.

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Posted by IMPlanner on 09/17/2015 at 8:24 AM

Re: “The Robert Lipscomb Affair

Please top referring to Robert Lipscomb as a "city planner" or "planner". Nothing could be further from the truth. He devised his projects and proceeded to implement them without a bit of input from other City agencies or the public. He implemented them WITHOUT a plan visible to any of us, but I suppose envisioned by him in his own mind. He caused various divisions like Police, Fire, Parks and Public Works to change their long term plans to comply with his projects. The problem with Memphis right now is that it is "planning deprived". Robert was king of his own kingdom. His real name should be Robert "Moses" Lipscomb and that is not meant in the biblical sense. Please refer to Robert Caro's "The Power Broker". Robert Moses was the original power broker and brought NYC to its knees through his control of the Park Commission, Turnpike Authority and Housing Authority among other posts. Their lives are parallel.

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Posted by IMPlanner on 09/10/2015 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Mays Puts Halt to Municipal School Districts

They can't form a new county under the current law unless they convinced parts of contiguous counties to join in a Neshoba effort. There are several other requirements besides the the size of the proposed County, including a defined distance between County seats of government, population, agreement by the affected citizens both within the proposed area and outside the new County - those citizens in towns and unincorporated areas whose land is being retracted. The vast distance between Millington and Arlington with pockets of Memphis City in between are problematic, though if the truth be told the other 5 towns would just as soon leave Millington out of the picture. It is an anomaly and its demographics/economic characteristics don't fit those of the other towns.

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Posted by IMPlanner on 11/28/2012 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Bartlett Leaders Ready to Go Muni

Packrat Totally agree with your last post. Right on point.

Posted by IMPlanner on 01/19/2012 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Bartlett Leaders Ready to Go Muni


I answered Uhoh with the Census info because I believe he was referring to his collective neighborhood, not the kids in the schools. I too have read the Gtown report. They refer to the school aged children and give an overview of what I assume to be Census numbers related to income, age of pop., etc., but I do not recall a reference to where they obtained their numbers. They did not do any projections and certainly no projections by cohort in order to determine possible #s of children in various grades. John is correct the only definitive numbers on race of school children are in the TN Report Card.

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Posted by IMPlanner on 01/19/2012 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Bartlett Leaders Ready to Go Muni


Here's the 2010 Census. First number Bartlett; second number is for Tennessee. Not the 49%, but 16% is higher than the other burbs with probably the exception of Millington

White persons, percent, 2010 (a) 78.7% 77.6%
Black persons, percent, 2010 (a) 16.1% 16.7%
American Indian and Alaska Native persons, percent, 2010 (a) 0.3% 0.3%
Asian persons, percent, 2010 (a) 2.5% 1.4%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, percent, 2010 (a) Z 0.1%
Persons reporting two or more races, percent, 2010 1.6% 1.7%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent, 2010 (b) 2.7% 4.6%
White persons not Hispanic, percent, 2010 77.2%

Posted by IMPlanner on 01/19/2012 at 3:00 PM

Re: “Bartlett Leaders Ready to Go Muni

Drift and BartlettVol

By law, if it is a municipal district they can't count nor accommodate the students from outside the municipal boundary. Not even in their own reserve area. Special District status tailored to B'lett might work. They would have to go to legislature to bring in students from current attendance zones outside of B'lett. And then they could have a problem with bordering cities - Millington and Memphis (not Lakeland as it is not an actual city, still living off Shelby County - said laughingly and with a touch of tongue-in-cheek) Not saying it wouldn't work with the Rep. legislature, but they still have to change the law.

And I am well aware of the demographics in Bartlett. It is diverse. That is much to its credit and why it makes it a place that folks want to move into. It is also one of the reasons why I made the comment about B'lett being in the best position to support its own school system. But the % of non-White used in report seems a bit high. I have found demographics in G'town report to be incorrect.

Posted by IMPlanner on 01/19/2012 at 2:27 PM

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