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Re: “City Council Looks to Ensure Good Portion of Public Art Money Goes to Local Artists

Just for the record, Chairman Boyd, UrbanArt Commission is not a "quasi-government" entity. Just because our community sees the wisdom in investing in great public art and supports financially that mission, it doesn't make them a quasi-government. Also, government getting involved in arts decisions is almost never a good thing.

Posted by TJonesMfs on 11/22/2017 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Open Containers of Alcohol Could Soon Be Allowed on Main Street

Seems extreme to think the choices are 14 days or 90 days.

Posted by TJonesMfs on 11/22/2017 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

FUNKbrs makes a good point. Still the statue is a very easy way for the politicians to say theyre working hard to solve the problem. I contend that the average 12 yr old in Memphis is not effected by the statue. The politicians are to lazy and stupid to attack the real problems - education, jobs, mass transit, crime, health care,etc.

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Posted by Frank Ballard on 11/22/2017 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

Mullins, what did I tell you about stirring up gutter trash?

Funkbrs, maybe crazy around the edges.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/22/2017 at 10:02 AM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

Call me crazy, but NBF's statue devalues human life and humans who feel their lives aren't valued tend to do self-destructive and thereby dangerous acts. The man literally used to auction off human lives at a discount.

A person who doesn't feel their life is worth much might think their life could be improved by joining a gang, or that someone else's life is less important than short term gain. They might put themselves and others at risk by stealing or shooting at others.

So yes, taking down the statue would actually help to curb crime. Also, since the monument itself is historically anachronistic, it would also improve accurate preservation of our history to remove it.

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Posted by FUNKbrs on 11/22/2017 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

How much does cleaning the street gutters and sewers or scrubbing out obscene graffiti in public restrooms go to assuaging Bil Garrisons problems? Not much, but it is what civilized municipalities must do to keep from grossing out the public as a whole.

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Posted by CL Mullins on 11/21/2017 at 8:55 PM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

Whether the statue stays or goes is of little interest to me. Last weekend there were 5 murders in Memphis. I wonder if the families of the 5 murdered are concerned about the statue. I wonder if the single mother who cant find a job and is worried about her 12 yr old son getting on drugs and joining a gang is worried about the statue. Poor mass transit and schools. High crime. Those issues are too tough for the politicians and activists to handle. Theyre too lazy to address the real problems. 10 yrs from now well still have high crime, no jobs, no mass transit, gangs, poverty, etc and the politicians will list their accomplishment - they removed a statue. Why do we put up with this crap?

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Posted by Frank Ballard on 11/21/2017 at 8:38 PM

Re: “Vote to Remove Memphis' Confederate Statues Held by City Council

How much will this improve the education level of Memphis students?
Will this lower the illegitimate birth rate among Memphis women?
Will this stop one young man from joining a gang?

We have REAL problems in the mid south and removing historical statues will not solve a single one of them, it will only foment further racial divide.

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Posted by Bill Garrison on 11/21/2017 at 6:42 PM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

RE: Photo of Pau: Hubba hubba! (I kid.)

Posted by Laura Salovitch on 11/20/2017 at 3:47 PM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

I went their as a little girl. My dad Larry Craddock use to own a Sprint Car and raceed in West Memphis. #76. He worked on them with Bill and we would go to dinner their sometimes. Good times!

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Posted by Donna Smith on 11/20/2017 at 7:50 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Near as I can tell there's some nonsense deficit at play in many (even serious) conversations about enrollment. I'm hoping to get around to posting about that before this issue is off shelves. Multitasking! But the idea of "getting enrollment up" is maybe the wrong perspective and a self-creating problem when so many dire enrollment crisis moments can be directly related to something as basic as rising and falling birthrates. For communities its important to foster opportunities for education, vocational training, etc, but for colleges -- particularly small, specialty colleges -- the goal of stabilizing and growing enrollment has to be married to realistic scale and adaptability.

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Posted by Chris Davis on 11/17/2017 at 12:26 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Here's another interesting commentary on the state of higher education. [1]

The truth is that all institutions of higher education are going to be hurting bad around 2027 due to lower enrollment. We won't see the last of the closings, and even well managed schools will close.

It's up to us to get that enrollment higher in Memphis. We need to graduate more students who are college ready. And we need to do more to convince our kids to stay home, or at least give them a reason to.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/17/2017 at 10:59 AM

Re: “The Windjammer to Close

Someone buy it!!! this is so sad!! Memphis losing its charm :(

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Posted by Kate Jesse on 11/17/2017 at 10:14 AM

Re: “'Massive' New Boat Brings Friction on the Riverfront


Posted by Val Nesmith on 11/16/2017 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I had the privilege of attending the Memphis College of Art as an Illustration major from 1995-1999. I enjoyed my time there and it's sad to see that MCA will be shutting its doors in the not-too-distant future. However, I'm not surprised at the announcement. Along with the stated reasons behind MCAs' impending closing, one also has to factor in the consideration that Art has become both more specialized and devalued in society, and even having a degree in art doesn't guarantee that a person will have a career as any sort of artist. This is true whether one is a "Fine" or "Graphic" Artist. There are those young people and their parents who realize that art schools are a very expensive proposition and that the end results may not justify the crushing debt that many will be saddled with afterwards. Speaking of the "commercial/graphic arts", the fields have changed so drastically within the past couple of decades that if a person is brave, passionate, or foolhardy enough to pursue a career as an artist, then he or she had best pursue the media arts and have a game plan. It's no longer enough to be able to draw, paint, or sculpt well or be a graphic designer; one must also embrace 3D computer graphics for videogames, animation, and moviemaking, in addition to the other attendant skills for working in Hollywood special FX , movie, television, and videogame industries. Also, Memphis College of Art is not the only art school closing in the United States. The Antonelli Institute of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will be closing its doors after the 2017-2018 academic year. It was founded in 1938 and offered a two-year Associates Degree in Photography and Graphic Design. The Brooks Institute, a "for profit" visual arts school in Ventura, California recently closed for good in October 2017 after the ouster of the school's president and the resignations of its trustees. Brooks Institute specialized in Visual Journalism, Film, Graphic Design, and Professional Photography. Last, The Art Institutes ("Ai") closed 19 of its campuses between 2015-2016. Ai was embroiled in the "for profit" school scandal, accused of deceptive practices and described by some students who'd received degrees from them as being "worthless." The so-called "Art Institutes" were owned by Education Management Corporation (EDMC), which was one of the largest "for profit" chains in the country and is now looking to sell off Ai. It's worth noting that only the Nashville and Atlanta campuses are still open & that The Art Institutes operated 50 campuses at its height. In this ever-volatile economic and political climate, it makes one wonder what other art schools will be on the chopping block.

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Posted by Tony Parker on 11/16/2017 at 6:56 PM

Re: “Graceland to Contest Grizzlies' Non-Compete Clause in Court

Angel, I think you might add, "!!!!!!!!!".

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Susan, that would be nice, but in America today, incompetence will shoot you right to the top.

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Posted by crackoamerican on 11/16/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

Wish you'd have called out the boneheads who drove this wonderful place into the names so they can be avoided!

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Posted by Susan Swain on 11/16/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?


You can find enrollment data from the federal government's College Scorecard. [1]

I wouldn't be surprised if the other information is there as well. Outside Donations. You will have to look at the tax information to find that stuff and make assumptions. It's probably here. [2]

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:45 AM

Re: “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?

I'm all for supporting local universities, but if we must support a private college it should be our HBCU. [1]

The data shows that we have changing demographics in this country. We will have less future college students and they will be more diverse. [2] We have a great asset in LO, which needs to be invested in.

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Posted by tinduckisback on 11/16/2017 at 11:40 AM

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