Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Our Funky Housing Market

Posted By on Wed, Oct 27, 2010 at 1:35 PM

Some economist suggested a year ago that the solution to the housing crisis was to bulldoze a million new houses. The corollary to that might be including 10,000 or so of those from Memphis.

Sen. Bob Corker and a panel of housing experts came to Rhodes College Wednesday for a give-and-take with 150 or so guests. It lasted two hours, which is usually an hour too long. But this one could have gone three hours. Hot topic, good host, wise panel, and an audience that was clearly engaged.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Why I Like Yuengling

Posted By on Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 3:38 PM

As you may have read, D. G. Yuengling & Son, a 181-year-old brewery based in Pennsylvania, wants to buy the old Coors (and before that Schlitz) brewery in Memphis.

Apart from the investment in Memphis and the new jobs, that would be very good news. You gotta like Yuengling (with thanks to the Wall Street Journal and reporter Kesmodel, from whose story some of this information is taken).

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hitting Them Where It Hurts

Posted By on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 at 10:15 AM

Terry Roland
  • Terry Roland
In the "wish I'd said that" department, I recommend Smart City blogger Tom Jones' latest post.

It is about the WREG Channel 3 consolidation debate earlier this week and the performance of the anti-consolidation side in particular.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Vaneese Thomas at Levitt Shell: Great Night

Posted By on Mon, Oct 18, 2010 at 4:12 PM

What a great ending for the season of outdoor concerts at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park Sunday night, thanks to Vaneese Thomas and her band.

I had never heard her live before, but she has a big, sensational, soulful voice and a terrific stage presence. It was a perfect night, and she had lots of people dancing and clapping by the end of her 90-minute show.

The daughter of Rufus Thomas, Vaneese paid tribute to early soul and R&B singers such as Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Denise LaSalle, and Tina Turner with such songs as "Tell Mama" and "Nutbush City Limits," as well as some standards by Otis Redding and Booker T. and the MGs. Vaneese made sure to credit each artist, display their album cover or picture on the big screens, and tell us a little about their background.

It was one of those only-in-Memphis nights when good things seem possible. Thanks to Kirk Whalum and Carla Thomas for sitting in, and to Barry Lichterman and everyone connected to the Levitt Shell who made this season happen.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Consolidation: Call Off the Dogs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 11:18 AM

  • Bill Carrier
Consolidation supporters, if they have not done it already, should seriously consider shutting down their operations to a bare minimum of advocacy.

The prospects don't look good, and there is no point in beating up on Memphis any more when Memphis is going to have to live with itself on November 3rd regardless of what happens on November 2nd and in early voting, which started this week.

Enough people on the anti-consolidation side and in the national media and in the local Democratic Party are doing that already. When they emphasize the shortcomings of Memphis, consolidation forces are adding to the misery index, however well-intentioned their efforts. Like it or not, this is a referendum on Memphis, and the odds were stacked against consolidation from the get go.

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