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Re: “Mayor: Memphis Situation Different from New Orleans on Confederate Statues

It's a statue. Is your grasp of history so tenuous that you need a big hunk of bronze to remind you?

BTW. The Confederacy lost. We'd like to move on. After 150+ years, isn't it about damn time?

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Posted by B on 05/24/2017 at 4:10 PM

Re: “Mayor: Memphis Situation Different from New Orleans on Confederate Statues

Speaking of revisionist history (points at the last two comments above.)

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Posted by B on 05/24/2017 at 4:07 PM
Posted by CL Mullins on 05/24/2017 at 4:01 PM

Re: “Council Recap: Beale Street Bucks, Railgarten Get New Ways Forward

Jamita Swearengen is from the same ilk as Joe Brown. She's new to the council but continues to offer racial rhetoric on basic issues that have nothing to do with race. The comments made by both her and Brown have been asinine. By reducing the fee to $5, patrons are actually losing out on a return and paying more to enter the street. They've offered NO solutions for crowd control or paying for additional security. It's unfortunate that thugs and fools come to Beale Street. Like it or not the implementation of Beale Street Bucks reduced criminal activity on the street. There are council members using race as reason to remove this program because they actually know that most of the culprits are Black. It's called reality. Instead of admitting that, they use the excuse of discrimination.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 05/24/2017 at 3:44 PM

Re: “Mayor: Memphis Situation Different from New Orleans on Confederate Statues

@CL,

I think people giving the finger to Faulkner has more to do with them having a general disdain for run-on sentences.

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Posted by GroveReb84 on 05/24/2017 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Memphis Census News is Troubling

Oak-
Hate to break it to you, but everything I've said about the desirability of certain metropolitan areas over others does not need work as it is pretty much accepted fact in the economic sector of demand driven development and investment in cities. I paraphrased and summarized a lot of standard information. Nowhere have I said I do not like Memphis. If someone really does like this city/metro and wants the best for this community, they should be open and frank about the issues the metropolitan area faces. Our increasingly diminished ability to remain competitive with other cities in the region and the nation is a critical component in that analysis. You must recognize and fully define the problem(s) in order to address their roots.

I am clearly stating that more find the area to be undesirable than find it to be a highly appealing place to reside as indicated by the fact that far more are migrating to other metropolitan areas than are moving to the Memphis Metro, a fact you repeated. Then you go on to confuse the issue by describing population loss within the central city vs. the metropolitan area as a whole. You realize those are distinct units, correct? While the cities of Chicago and St. Louis have witnessed their populations decrease, their metropolitan areas continue to grow indicating that those metropolitan areas are desirable places to live and work. I don't like to include the New Orleans metro because of the impact Katrina had on the population. However, fairly recent analysis indicates that after the post Katrina boom, the metropolitan areas growth rate has returned to its pre-Katrina trend of around .8% annually. Anemic by most standards but still a rate that is in several times the population growth rate found locally.

You are right, the fact that individuals moving here are a minority when compared to those leaving does indicate that they may not share the same standards, thus most people do not share your standards. Do you really need someone to define the word most for you? Incredible. And there are those who wonder why companies shirk this region based on concerns related to quality of education and workforce training. Of course, you are assuming that even the lesser number choosing to locate here stay. I have plenty of proof that of this group, a significant percentage are just as likely to relocate after a few years. Then again the real point has always been about why the Memphis metro is stagnant/shrinking while other nearby metropolitan areas witness rapid population growth and serve as home to vibrant economies. If you think a vibrant economy is some random variable the result of the roll of a dice- I would suggest you really need to read more about how and why cities thrive or diminish.

As for the whole "if you don't like it here, get out" mentality you bring to the conversation, well let's just say that same attitude may be helping to drive away more people than it attracts to this area. Unfortunately, more people are following your advice every day in the Memphis metropolitan area, which is why the census shows this area is stagnating.

Posted by barf on 05/24/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “The White League

Bricabrac,
Know all about him, a distant cousin, wasn't even alive when the racist monument in question was erected. Know all about David Berkowitz, not from NOLA. Never met Henry Loeb for that matter.
You know Brac, Jews got nothing to do with the White League hard-on you are embracing. Or the statutes in Lithuania. But you want to up your racist ante, go ahead.

Posted by Mia S Kite on 05/24/2017 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Lord Stanley Comes to Tennessee

What are the four professional sports teams in Tennessee? I can only think of 3

Posted by Howard Glosson on 05/24/2017 at 1:38 PM

Re: “Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to Implement New Bag Policy

Of course the real way to speed entry is for the Liberty Bowl to hire competent gate people. The past few years they've been a mixture of extremes from Barney Fife to the security screeners from the movie 'Airplane'. At times I thought I had to be on the old MTV show 'Boiling Point'. "Pull up your shirt, take off your hat, roll down your socks, drop and give me 20". Yeah, I feel considerably safer with these 'professionals'. The large HD flatscreen and recliner look better every season.

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Posted by East Memphis Mark on 05/24/2017 at 1:15 PM

Re: “'Sun Records' Pitched to Amazon, CW

Watched every episode, though with increasing disdain for the character development & the bloody awful accents. Entirely not surprised this dumpster fire was terminated.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 05/24/2017 at 1:03 PM

Re: “Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium to Implement New Bag Policy

It's about time.

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Posted by Long Duck Dong on 05/24/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Council Recap: Beale Street Bucks, Railgarten Get New Ways Forward

Ah, that'll keep the public from exercising their civil rights to the use of public roads: an extra tax.

Nothing worse than huge crowds of people supporting our cultural tradition of letting people who can't afford cover charge in a private club party in the street, right?

I mean, it worked great for keeping the poor out of the polls during Jim Crow.

Boy, America was sure great back then....

(above post may contain sarcasm)

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 05/24/2017 at 12:40 PM

Re: “Council Recap: Beale Street Bucks, Railgarten Get New Ways Forward

Staged stampedes on the street?

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Posted by Timeout4 on 05/24/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “The White League

Mia,

Perhaps you'd be better off if you knew of Judah P. Benjamin.

Posted by Bric-a-Brac on 05/24/2017 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Lord Stanley Comes to Tennessee

mejjep,
Let's torque up them Zambonis and race 'em.

Posted by CL Mullins on 05/24/2017 at 11:58 AM

Re: “Council Recap: Beale Street Bucks, Railgarten Get New Ways Forward

Joe Brown is an uninformed buffoon who has always and continues to hang all of his issues on race. He offers no solutions to the crowd control and the violence that has occurred on Beale Street. Thank goodness for term limits.

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Posted by BigTime21 on 05/24/2017 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Mayor: Memphis Situation Different from New Orleans on Confederate Statues

Grove and nobody,
Down in Ripley MS, people are prone to shooting the fingers off the statue of Col Falkner under which he and the missus are buried. Is there some connection?

Posted by CL Mullins on 05/24/2017 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The White League

Mia,
If you don't stop picking, it will never heal.

Posted by CL Mullins on 05/24/2017 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Council Recap: Beale Street Bucks, Railgarten Get New Ways Forward

Did Madden's statement really say, "Please reminder..."?

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Posted by nobody on 05/24/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Mayor: Memphis Situation Different from New Orleans on Confederate Statues

It's believed that the Forest statue was erected as a middle finger to the growing black middle class population in Memphis. I suppose that can be debated, but that's what I read that Historians believe.

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Posted by nobody on 05/24/2017 at 11:39 AM

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