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Re: “The Brandon Webber Case: Work To Be Done

Overheard at the Crosstown YMCA (3 older African-American men): What was "that boy" thinking "going after" the police like that? All "those young folks" throwing rocks and rioting accomplished what? Did they even know Webber? Why were they (being the people protesting) trying to tear down the community be expressing outrage over a criminals actions which led to his own death? Opportunistic came up more than once in their discussion. So called community, religious and even family leaders stood to the side instead of stepping up. Conversation ended with acknowledging many who were protesting are probably on the same path as Webber and will likely share the same fate before turning to the 3 year old who shot the 4 year old.

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Posted by barfolomew on 06/26/2019 at 6:26 PM

Re: “Facing History: People 'Loved' Working With Brandon Webber

Does make you wonder if Facing History is also grieving the victim who Webber is accused of murdering or if they are just interested in scoring political points.

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Posted by barfolomew on 06/26/2019 at 6:18 PM

Re: “Tom Lee Park Redesign Defended As Successful Festival Grounds

Funk- what's out there right now was designed and built by "real deal Memphis folks". I suggest you travel more. As you do, you will begin to realize how many issues you think are unique to Memphis are actually typical virtually everywhere else.

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Posted by barfolomew on 03/01/2019 at 10:35 AM

Re: “New Group Seeks to "Save Memphis in May"

CL- I understand questioning the motives of those voicing an opinion regarding Tom Lee. Afterall, Save Memphis in May initially portrayed itself as a typical local whose connection to the event was more as an average attendee (avg. concert goer and/or someone without an invite to a private tent). Instead it turns out to represent the special interests of a business group, providing a reason to ask anyone why they have an opinion.

It may sound hokey, but I think that Tom Lee could be a far more engaging civic asset for everyone throughout the year. Its location on the natural feature that gave the purpose for Memphis's existence makes it of paramount importance. It is so special that every single resident should be entitled to an opinion, but only their individual opinion and not disguised behind or counted twice via some special interest group.

I take issue with the idea that the exact location and historic layout of MIM are fundamental to its past and future success. I held the event in higher regards before MIM and its supporters made such statements. There are cities that host larger festivals with similar logistics on their riverfronts in spaces that also serve as great parks throughout the rest of the year. Why and how? If the festival's environs are instrumental in driving attendance, then how does the American Royal BBQ Fest (Kansas City) attract 10,000 more people per day despite it being located in the infield of the KC speedway (on the suburban fringe of KC)? How does the Lexington BBQ Fest attract over 100,000 people to a 1-day festival on their downtown streets? If so much of our Music and BBQ Fests ability to attract teams and attendance is based on exact location and historic layout, then other issues need to be addressed to make them more attractive to teams and attendees.

Personally, I found the Overton Park/ Zoo parking debacle and how public discourse was handled as very disheartening and see a lot of similarities between the two situations. The special interests of the zoo were given additional weight beyond that of any individual park user based on the same justification now being used by MIM. If the majority of Memphis citizens feel that it is in the community's best interest to allow MIM to have veto power at Tom Lee, then so be it. However, it is not MIM's to assume and such a position (and its consequences) need to be clearly communicated before the decision is made.
...I could probably say it in fewer words, but you asked...

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Posted by barfolomew on 02/27/2019 at 11:43 AM

Re: “New Group Seeks to "Save Memphis in May"

CL- based on comments made by this group, MIM (including their own quotes on the matter) and MRPP, the evidence is mounting that MIM had already formed an opinion before even reviewing the details of the plan.

Today, we have been provided with details of coordination and review meetings that MRPP held with MIM officials beginning as far back as 2017. Apparently the requirements provided by MIM formed the underpinnings of the plan now being proposed. These facts expose MIM's statements that they were not consulted as false and raise doubts as to MIM's motives. Why would they lie about something so easy to prove as false?

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Posted by barfolomew on 02/26/2019 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Tom Lee Park Redesign Defended As Successful Festival Grounds

Winner: MRPP.
As a consolation prize, it looks like we can crown MIM (and their puppet anonymous advocates) as Kings of Conjecture.

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Posted by barfolomew on 02/26/2019 at 2:16 PM

Re: “New Group Seeks to "Save Memphis in May"

Wow- scaffold and booth vendors. Certainly they won't try to bias the design of the park and how it serves all the citizens of Memphis throughout the year in favor of any special interest...

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Posted by barfolomew on 02/26/2019 at 2:11 PM

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