The May edition of City Pride, a monthly newsletter published by the Executive Division of the Memphis City Government specifically for city employees, was chock full of eye-opening facts that have yet to be picked up by local media outlets. The most interesting bit of information comes in the form of a letter from Mayor Willie Herenton outlining the city budget for fiscal year 2002. In the letter, Herenton highlights a number of worthwhile projects, including a $3.2 million central police precinct, $9 million worth of paved roads, $20 million for new schools, and $12 million for the construction of the proposed new $250 NBA arena. Given the hitherto unknown affordability of the new arena, Herenton s plan seems like overkill. Fly on the Wall would (pending naming rights, naturally) happily organize a bake sale to cover any and all expenses. (Many thanks to the wonderful, witty anonymous readers who keep sending us copies of City Pride. It s our favorite.)


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