Jimmy Webster 
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Re: “Final Plans Unveiled for New Tom Lee Park

I find this to be absolutely absurd. Not only can the city not control the crowds of people on Saturday or Sunday night, the city must close riverside drive due to the inability to contain the mayhem that occurs when the park is overrun with people doing burnouts, cruising and swerving all over the road and my favorite is the firing of weapons well into the night every Sunday during the summer prior to Covid. It’s as if the designers, the politicians, and the 4,000 people picked to comment on the project have never spent the day or early evening in Tom Lee Park. Having livid in downtown for 20 years now and the last 3 years on the bluff itself, this seems to be a great plan for some designer living in New York City. Why don’t we invite the mayor and design firms down to the river and let them and their families use the park for a couple of weekends and see how comfortable they will be adding forests, hills, and canopy’s to an area that is used by people who live downtown and use the park on a daily occurrence. I can assure you that when the guns start firing and the burnouts start, a forest for people to hide in is the last thing this city needs. Has anyone ever been for a jog at sunrise through the park? If so, they would be braver than most to run through a forest with no visibility. The openness of the park is what makes it safe for people to use. No female in their right mind will run solo through a forest in downtown Memphis. This will create a safety hazard for anyone that actually uses the park. It’s sad to me that our city is going to mess up one of the bright spots for living in downtown Memphis. I guess being from New York they have no understanding of what actually happens in Tom Lee Park and certainly don’t have experience with Sunday nights on the river in Memphis.
I have invested a substantial amount of money in downtown and unfortunately, this plan considers none of the owners of property on the bluff or close to the bluff. After spending the most money per square foot for property in Memphis, you would think that the opinion of those who put their hard earned dollars into living in downtown to now have the city destroy the view and the investment into downtown Memphis.

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Posted by Jimmy Webster on 09/21/2020 at 8:31 PM


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