Thursday, April 27, 2017

Contemporary Media Inc. Hires Michael Donahue

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Contemporary Media, Inc. has announced that the company has hired former Commercial Appeal writer and columnist, Michael Donahue. The official press release:

Contemporary Media Inc. Hires Michael Donahue

Contemporary Media Inc., publishers of the Memphis Flyer, Memphis magazine, Memphis Parent, and Inside Memphis Business, are pleased to announce the hiring of long-time Memphis journalist Michael Donahue.
Michael Donahue
  • Michael Donahue

Donahue began his career in 1975 at the now-defunct Memphis Press-Scimitar and moved to The Memphis Commercial Appeal in 1984, where he wrote about food and dining, music, and covered social events until earlier this year. He has received Hall of Fame and Distinguished Graduate honors from his alma maters, Christian Brothers High School and the University of Memphis.

Donahue will write for the Flyer, Memphis magazine, and Inside Memphis Business.

"We are pleased to have been able to bring such a skilled, veteran Memphis journalist on board to CMI," said Publisher and CEO Kenneth Neill. "And we look forward to fully utilizing Michael's many talents in both our print and digital products."

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Circuit on Street Safety Kicks Off

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 2:33 PM

Memphis streets are becoming increasingly dangerous for pedestrians, as last year Memphis reported to have the highest number of pedestrians affected by traffic accidents anywhere in the state for the past 10 years.

Additionally, just this year, 15 pedestrians have died just by simply using the street.

In response, Bike Walk Memphis, a group advocating for better biking and walking experiences in Memphis, kicked off the "State of the Streets" circuit, which is an effort to inform various community groups about the current conditions of the city's streets and what the city is doing to improve them.

The effort began today as Nicolas Oyler, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager at the City of Memphis, spoke to the Frayser Exchange community group about the dangers of the Memphis streets and the need to invest in the 15,000 acres of public space that reaches every corner of Memphis, known as our city streets.

"Our track record today is not good," Oyler said. "Our streets are dangerous by design, but we can improve that."

Oyler told the group that as of now 30 percent of the city's sidewalks are impassible and need to be redone today, but the problem is the high price tag these projects have, costing millions of dollars.

To make a dent in the problem, the city identified the 100 projects in the city that need the most attention in the Memphis Pedestrian Safety Action Plan.

From there, 20 were chosen and federally funded to be demonstration projects, in an effort to secure more funding allowing the entire project to be implemented, says Oyler.

Program Coordinator for Bike Walk Memphis, Bridget Mccall says the group hopes to reach more neighborhoods with the "State of the Streets" circuit to inform people that the city is aware of the problem and is moving in a direction of improvement.

"We want to start having more conversations at a neighborhood level about the fact that there are plans that will make our streets safer," Mccall said.

Revisions of Overton Gateway Plan Revealed

Posted By on Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 9:01 AM

After receiving much criticism of the proposed Overton Gateway, the developers altered their designs for the five-story apartment building and townhouses that would line seven acres near Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

The developers, Makowsky, Ringel, Greenberg LLC, met with concerned members of the public on Wednesday, April 26, to discuss the changes to the plans corresponding to the feedback received after the design was initially proposed.

One of the key concerns of the first proposal was the intended heights of the buildings, inconsistent with the historical Lea's Wood neighborhood.

Blair Parker, involved with site planning and architectural design for the project, said the concerns were heard and changes were made.

However, as the group laid out the changes which included the proposed five-story building being reduced to a three and four-story complex, tensions— and eyebrows—rose in the room.

"Overton Park is an amazing influence of all in this region and we found the survey reflects that," Parker said.

But the concerns from the first meeting like the crowd that the complex would bring to the area, as well as, the amount of traffic, were still being expressed.

One attendee at the meeting, Marty Redding, says she sees little difference reflected in the revisions and is still concerned about how dense the complex would make the neighborhood, as well as the lack of parking, and the number of people who will be forced to park on the streets as a result.

"I just think it will complicate things," Redding said. "My daughter lives in Parkway Place and I just want to have a place to park when I go visit her."

The group announced that before moving forward with the project, many steps have to be taken, which includes taking the conceptual plan before the land use control board next week.


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