Memphis, which is so often included on lists of America's fattest, laziest, and most crime-ridden cities, has nearly topped yet another not very prestigious list. Urbanist Richard Florida has turned his attention to income inequality, noting that in the 1970s roughly 65 percent of Americans lived in middle-class neighborhoods, while today the number is closer to 42 percent. In terms of economic segregation, Florida ranks Memphis at number two, just behind San Antonio.
The sign for Memphis' Jet Gas Express has reminded your Fly-Team of one of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries. Why do they call it a "hambuger" if it's neither chopped ham nor chopped bug?
State Representative Stacey Campfield wants to see greater representation for puritanical, anti-scientific killjoys. From a letter to critics of his resolution to prevent public universities from paying visiting speakers: "I support diversity of thought at the university. What is currently in place is not diversity. Sadly, when you look at a list of the paid speakers for the university, the vast majority are from one point of view and balancing points of view are minimized." The punitive legislation was drafted in response to the University of Tennessee's Sex Week, which Campfield opposes because it's too much about having sex and not enough about not having it.