About Candice Baxter's cover story, "Size Matters" ...
I can't see mass acceptance of 500-sq.-ft. houses, but I do think downsizing is a very real trend. I suspect people have had their fill of bloated mortgage payments for 3,000-plus-sq.-ft. homes in the burbs. Then again, oversized houses are now being built in Rossville, so who knows.
The problem is, what started out as an affordability movement has gained the attraction of profiteers. Tiny houses were originally being offered for under $30,000. Now, it is not uncommon to see price tags that range $70,000-$100,000.
My concern is that tiny houses are going to eventually get priced beyond the reach of average people for no other reason than market manipulation. If builders can get people to pay $350,000 for a tiny house, they will save themselves the money and materials that it now takes to build a McMansion as pure profit. The prices on tiny houses need to be kept reasonable, affordable, and within reach of modest- or low-income people.
I admire the creativity and ingenuity that goes into designing and building these tiny houses. I'm not sure I could live in one.
Do tiny mobile houses attract tiny tornadoes?
About Toby Sells' story, "Gannett to Buy CA Parent for $280 Million" ...
Now we have a monopoly on news production in Tennessee by a company that has repeatedly demonstrated that it values its shareholders a thousand times more than it does the communities it's supposed to be serving.
Get ready to be inundated with pre-packaged dreck that is assembled in some word-distribution center at the expense of long-time employees who contribute to the local economy.
Lame as the CA is, the Nashville Tennessean (owned by Gannett) is even worse. Earlier this year they had a front-page article on Kroger's new everyday low prices. Coincidentally, Kroger is a huge advertiser with them.
About Jackson Baker's post, "Wharton Backer Schledwitz Issues Election-Day Letter Conceding Strickland Victory" ...
Gosh, I hope no one gets injured moving from one bandwagon to another. Sounds like it is already starting. Someone needs to ensure that Corey B. Trotz and Morgan & Morgan are on speed dial.
About Kevin Lipe's post, "Matt Barnes Talks to Media About Reported Derek Fisher Incident" ...
Matt Barnes was a dirty player on other teams. I was disappointed he became a Grizzly. I am doubly disappointed now.
I suspect that somewhere between the "Matt Barnes is a shameful excuse of a man" take and the "no-talent media hacks are searching for a story that isn't there" take lies the truth of this matter. But even then, who gives a crap? This is TMZ territory, a side-boob distraction at Huffington Post, a Twitter spat between Kim Kardashian's rump and Donald Trump's hair. In fact, the comedy-drama of this incident echoes one of the episodes of Ballers, a not-good HBO show about current and former NFL players. It's titillating gossip, nothing more.
Unless the NBA punishes Barnes, should fans of his team care what he does off the court? There are plenty of assholes in the NBA, NFL, MLB, etc., some with rings, some who own teams. Shaming and policing athletes' behavior can be fun (as long as one is at a safe distance when doing it), but it has little effect so long as the athletes in question are producing on the court, field, diamond, etc.
About Chris Shaw's story, "100% Fresh Juice" ...
Nice article about Juicy J. Many times an artist isn't given much recognition from their hometown, but The Memphis Flyer has always given this artist and many others their due props. Kudos for a job well done.
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