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Re: ““We Buy Houses.” What's Behind All Those Phone Calls?

I don't believe there is a surplus of housing stock in Memphis per se, especially with the empty shell buildings downtown. Specifically, the Sterick Building and 100 N. Main. Granted one fellow had the idea of converting 100 N. Main into housing stock, but his ego was writing checks his wallet couldn't cash, and the Sterick, last I heard, still has the AXA/ Grosnover (sic) family ownership land lease not due to expire for another five years or so. Most of the easy conversions, say five to seven story buildings downtown have already been converted to housing.
There are also several fine homes in gang infested areas of south and north Memphis as well as Hickory Hill. However, who wants to be a crime victim? My usual rant about criminals is still in effect.
However, in decent areas of Memphis there is a housing shortage. We need more decent areas of Memphis.

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Posted by wistful on 08/31/2020 at 8:54 PM

Re: “RNC 2020: The Masque of the Red Party

I see this unrest as more of an advantage for Trump rather than Biden. The suburb folks are concerned about the mobs of rioters and are more likely to vote than the mostly younger protestors.

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Posted by wistful on 08/31/2020 at 8:35 PM

Re: ““We Buy Houses.” What's Behind All Those Phone Calls?

Excellent, well written article and comments. Cracker, if it is alright with you, I will be borrowing your response.
I am getting regular calls about selling my home by people with Indian/Pakistani accents along with the occasional robocall.
I would like to expand on the comment J Thom made: We need to have a discussion about the out of town landlords. I don't mean the person who moved out of town, and is renting their Memphis home. I get that, and if I transferred out of town, I may have to do that myself with my home.
In my case, the Water View apartments, spanning a huge area and Quince and Five Colonies is owned by an out of town landlord that is allowing the ponds to run low and not be properly oxygenated, renting/and or allowing badly behaving people on the property (we hear constant gunshots), and MPD is making regular visits since the owners are not furnishing adequate security. East Memphians and West Germantownians do not get much love, but we are, by and large, hard working people that take good care of our homes and families.
If was the mega-complex, out of touch landlords that destroyed Hickory Hill back in the 1980's.
I'm a free market guy, but I am sick of non-responsible landlords causing havoc.

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Posted by wistful on 08/27/2020 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Dunavant: Feds Don’t Need Council Permission for Operation LeGend

Let me make a few points:
Rehabilitation sounds good, but counseling offenders is not effective. Most of the criminals have been psycho-babbled since they were young offenders in juvenile court. If anything, mental health practitioners are apologists for criminal behavior and ultimately encourage the continuing crime cycle. The best rehab program is a job.
As a lifelong Memphian it hurts me to say this, but this city is not controlling the crime situation. We need help when we do not have the will to hire needed police officers. Who cares where an officer lays his head when he or she goes to bed? I don't want any one killed needlessly because some counsel members put earning political drama points ahead of public safety.
The continuing reputation Memphis has as a crime center will eventually affect our economy when firms leave or do not set up operations in this city. Eventually the tax base will dry up and we will be another Detroit or East St. Louis, IL.

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Posted by wistful on 08/18/2020 at 11:06 PM

Re: “Pandemic Football: To Play or Not to Play?

Play ball but fans stay at least 2 meters apart.

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Posted by wistful on 08/18/2020 at 10:43 PM

Re: “State Senator Robinson Charged with Theft of Federal Funds

Another point I have to make is how difficult it is to mint nurses and other health care professionals. There is a tremendous shortage of nurse educators and related college instructors that teach pre-regs such as micro-biology, anatomy and chemistry. Internet schools such as the U of Phoenix are not set up to do labs and clinicals that are required. I believe we still have a public option for an LPN program, but I have been told it is up to a two year waiting list to get a class spot. Man, I hope I heard wrong.
I think they teach CNA courses at the Clark Tower school, and I am bet the training cost in regard to the actual pay a CNA receives will keep the alumni in the red for a few years. I imagine some hospitals may cover and pay the debt, but I doubt most nursing homes or private payers will cover the students' debt.
I hope Robinson's school will still be able to train CNAs and LPNs in spite of her circumstances.

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Posted by wistful on 08/01/2020 at 2:57 PM
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