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Re: “"It seems shallow, but there's much more to this hole than what meets the eye."

Since I'm first, I'll ask it: Is there a limit to the depth to which WREG will stoop to sensationalize a story? Is it 5-foot-4 or is it deeper? Find out at 10.

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Posted by barfolomew on 09/22/2017 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Trolleys Return to the Tracks for Testing

No contact with any of the poles on Main? Geez. Well, somebody better warn Janis Fullilove.

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Posted by barfolomew on 09/22/2017 at 5:28 PM

Re: “City Calls Second Public Planning Meeting for the Fairgrounds

The question then is how would one create such attractions? The liability for the owner of water and amusement parks is incredibly high- much higher than it was when Libertyland was in operation. You only need to peruse the news for accidents at existing facilities in recent years and the resulting lawsuits to see the risk the city might incur if it were to own and operate a similar attraction.

If we were to turn to a privately-owned park, the city might be required to provide significant ongoing public financial support. Otherwise it stands to reason that such a facility would already be operating somewhere within our market. That's the real question: there are markets far smaller than Memphis where privately owned and operated waterparks (sometimes including non-water rides) are in operation. Why does no such attraction exist in the Memphis metro?

At over 30 acres, the former Libertyland site is physically large enough to support a waterpark. Nearby precedent: Nashville Shores consists of approximately 17 acres (waterpark itself) and attendance runs at or just below 300,000 annually. Wild River Country in Little Rock is around 12 acres and attracts 150,000 annually.

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Posted by barfolomew on 09/19/2017 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Partnership Hopes to Return Mid-South Fair to 'Glory Years'

I cannot speak to the spending habits of those who attend, but attendance has only recovered in that is it now 35% of what it was during its final year in Memphis. That final year also represented a low point in attendance in Memphis. Attendance is important because those numbers drive the quality and number of the events, vendors and attractions. At this point, the 1-day Cooper Young Festival's estimated attendance surpasses that of the 11-day Mid-South Fair (despite the fact that the former lacks large scale conventional parking).

I happened to drive through DeSoto last year during the fair. The view from I-55 was hardly inspiring. It reminded me more of an overgrown version of the type of carnival one used to see setup in Wal-Mart parking lots than it did of a legitimate regional fair.

Posted by barfolomew on 09/19/2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Brooks Board Considers Move From Overton Park

...and lest we forget, there is the aged proposal to repurpose the fire station + parking garage on Front Street as an art venue. Some great river views as long as the Friends for Our Riverfront don't poop themselves over the concept.

Posted by barfolomew on 09/14/2017 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Brooks Board Considers Move From Overton Park

I've heard a certain "local" newspaper is hoping to sell some decent frontage on Union.

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Posted by barfolomew on 09/14/2017 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Brooks Board Considers Move From Overton Park

Meant to say: ...display rotating contemporary LOCAL art + MCA exhibits.

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Posted by barfolomew on 09/13/2017 at 2:39 PM

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