Mayor Photo Opportunity's portrait does not show the ever present cameras.
Mr. Brown should certainly be aware of the inability of the Memphis Zoological Society leadership to resolve complex issues. Mr. Brown should certainly be aware that the problems at the Zoo and at Overton Park related to parking are the result of a continuing failure of leadership on the part of the City of Memphis generally and of the Memphis Zoological Society particularly. The parking issue is simply a shell game the entire purpose of which is to hide the true intention of Zoo leaders. That intention is a land grab. Mr. Brown should be aware of this but he is not able or simply refuses to put sufficient effort into understanding the problem. Parking is not the problem. The problem is that the leaders of the Zoo have refused to work with good faith toward a reasonable solution to the problems the Zoo leadership has created. By creating along North Parkway an attractive and appealing north entrance to the Zoo a tremendous number of Zoo patrons would find free parking on public streets with easy access to the Zoo. Instead, the Zoo has created an unpublicized outhouse appearing shack by which Zoo patrons must pass. If one ignores the appearance of the new entrance, there is still the lack of promotion by Zoo leaders for this new entrance. The new entryway was designed by the Zoo leaadership to be as unappealing as possible. The lack of promotion of the new entrance is clearly an indication that the Zoo leadership wishes to dismiss the idea of a new entrance as quickly as possible. The traffic congestion which appears in the area of the Zoo on weekends could be addressed by designing a parking app for mobile devices which would make Zoo patrons aware of available parking. The leaders of the Zoo have dragged their feet regarding the creation of such an app. The Zoo leaders could adopt demand pricing so as to shift demand to off-peak hours. There is a host of reasonable suggestions already publicly presented which could ameliorate the problems caused by poor management at the Zoo. The leaders of the Zoo refuse to work in a cooperative and professional manner to address the problems which are entirely the fault of decades of poor leadership at the Zoo. It is also abundantly clear that Mr. Brown has dedicated little or no attention to understanding the current situation nor has he devoted any reasonable amount of time to promoting equitable and reasonable solutions. Mr. Brown should find some other avocation. He appears to view his position on the Council as a hobby. No, Mr. Brown, these are serious times and we face serious issues.
God has some really peculiar people working for Him.
I live in an area of Memphis which has trash collection services provided by Inland Waste through contract with the City of Memphis. City-provided trash carts in our neighborhood are scheduled to be collected by Inland Waste on Thursday. This morning, Sunday 9-11-16, a truck and a crew of three from Inland Waste rumbled through my neighborhood collecting trash. I have repeatedly complained in person, by email, and on the telephone to individuals with the City of Memphis and Inland Waste. I attended my City Councilman's town hall at the Bert Ferguson Community Center. I complained directly to Mayor Strickland and Mr. Knecht, the Memphis Director of Public Works. I have spent months communicating with individuals with the City of Memphis and Inland Waste. There has only been a minimal improvement in service. Mayor Strickland claims he wants the city to be "brilliant at the basics". Unless he can follow up on repeated complaints, he is more like to be remembered as being "Brilliant at Bul***it".
What is necessary to provide reassurance that the terms of this agreement will not be violated is the removal of Brady from any position of leadership or trust at the Memphis Zoo. It is his obstinance which has prolonged this problem. The current parking issues are in very large part the creation of the Zoo leaders. They failed to adopt reasonable forward-looking plans to address the logistics associated with visitors attracted to new and replacement exhibits at the Zoo. An eternal watchful eye must be forever focused on the Brady faction at the Zoo. The best solution is to remove Brady entirely.
Brady must be replaced with a competent leader.
The Brady Clique continues to oppose any meaningful resolution of the problems created by the lack of forward-looking planning by the leaders of the Zoo. Instead of working and playing well with others, the Brady Clique continues in willful opposition to compromise. It is clear that Brady continues his path of defiance and ignores reasonable discussion with those whose opinions differ from his. The members of the Zoo Board should consider the damage to the reputation of the Zoo caused by such behavior. It is time for the Zoo board to act responsibly and terminate Brady and replace him with a Director who understands compromise.
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