Answer to Richard Thompson's question: They think the readers are extremely stupid.
OakTree, aside from the use of national wire stories, what do you mean by the newspaper being written someplace else? I must have missed that revelation...Regardless, this is yet another sad day for journalism in Memphis.
Highpoint, while I strongly agree that it's great to encourage folks to walk or bike, I question whether cutting back on parking would be a step in the direction of making the riverfront a playground largely limited to downtown residents who, as a group, are probably considerably whiter and more affluent than the city as a whole. Also, the comparison to Central Park in NYC and Grant Park in Chicago is imperfect because, much unlike Memphis, NYC and Chicago have relatively good mass transit systems that citizens from all corners can use to visit Central and Grant parks any day of the week. In Memphis, if you happen to live in Frayser, Westwood or Hickory Hill, good luck using MATA to visit the riverfront on a Sunday afternoon.
Kinda lukewarm about closing Riverside Drive. How would it help? FUNKbrs suggests that businesses would take advantage of the opportunity. How? Unless private businesses are allowed to set up shop on public land in Tom Lee Park or on the river bluff, how would closing Riverside Drive help any businesses? Much more importantly, how would making Tom Lee Park more difficult to access help the general public?
David, I think the how is easy. Simply put, the Tigers don't have many -- if any!!! -- thoroughbreds. Not much firepower. It's been a long time since Memphis has trotted out a basketball team so bereft of raw athletes and/or skilled basketball players. But I don't blame it on Tubby Smith. At least not yet. Given him another or year or two to at least moderately upgrade the talent and continue to coach up that talent.
Agree. The Thursday night opener seems odd. Surely the athletic department has been led to believe that there's a good chance the game will be televised. Otherwise, why play on a Thursday? Regardless, I'll be there for every home game and at least one or two road games. Can't wait!
Glad to see Lee Harris get behind this...On this issue, who cares about Andy Holt being a Republican? He's 100 percent right about those lottery commercials.
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