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Re: “Brooks Leaders Confirm Interest in Riverfront Move

Sarah- have you been downtown? The site they are describing is located 30 feet above the historic high water mark for the Mississippi River. In fact, topography indicates that the elevation of the site on Front Street is only 30 feet lower than the elevation of the museum at its current location.

Another way to look at it: for the proposed site downtown to be flooded by the Mississippi River, it would require a flood of a scale that has never been witnessed here and is considered impossible by experts.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/20/2017 at 10:15 AM

Re: “Memphis Fire Department: Critical Changes Needed to Improve Services

Geez Herbert, when did you get off the farm? The "improvement plans" have been around for decades, they are called "stairs". You think that there is a truck with a ladder that can reach the top of the Empire State Building or something?

As for the 911 calls, the data is available here:
As you will see, the local 911 response time has been less than the national average (20 seconds) since November of last year. The current average for Memphis is 8.75 seconds. 93.6 % of calls are answered in 20 seconds or less. More than 50% of calls have been answered in 20 seconds or less since at least August of 2016- the earliest time period on the chart.
Hope that helps.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/18/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Mud Island Could be Home of New Freshwater Aquarium

As hokey as Herberts idea may be, he may also have a point regarding the creation of an aquarium when an abundance of such facilities already exists. In April, the Times Free Press noted that the number of visitors to the Tennessee State Aquarium in Chattanooga has never surpassed its first-year totals and that the Atlanta Aquarium continues to have a notable impact on attendance in Chatt. The TN Aquarium is still on solid footing, but has embarked on a series of expensive expansions to help compensate for the competition. I happened to spend a day in the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas in New Orleans recently. That facility is very tired with a manager noting that they too have seen attendance decrease as other cities added large aquariums to their list of attractions. Had we built such a facility 10-15 years ago when the idea was first suggested, it may have served a larger role in developing our citys competitive edge for tourist dollars. Now, its more like: So youve got an aquariumyou and everybody else. When so many other places have X back home, they are less likely to spend time and money going to X while in another city. Unless we were in some place like San Diego, we would not waste the time going to a zoo in another city when we have a great one here.
Not to say we should not also build an aquarium for purely the local/regional draw, I know my family would join assuming Archimanias design/involvement does not have the its usual impact of making the proposal unfeasible.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/18/2017 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Brooks Leaders Consider Downtown Location

"...nobody except tourists go downtown if they can help it".
Really? That would probably come as quite a shock to approximately 60,000 people who work downtown and the additional 25,000 who live there.

Posted by barfolomew on 10/17/2017 at 1:11 PM

Re: “Haslam Out of Senate Race, Blackburn In

Maybe an update or a new article in light of the Washington Post's expose that illuminated Blackburn's clear collusion with big drug companies to ensure the opioid crisis would not be hindered by the DEA? She is the definition of a vote-for-sale politician and represents everything that is diseased and rotting in the capitols.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/17/2017 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Brooks Leaders Confirm Interest in Riverfront Move

Ha- called it!

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/17/2017 at 12:37 PM

Re: “Brooks Leaders Consider Downtown Location

You have to forgive Cory- that particular author does not travel much.

The Milwaukee Art Museum has a similar relationship with its namesake city. Of course, the actual layout is reversed with Milwaukee located on the western shore of Lake Michigan. Otherwise, very similar and attendance is excellent. In fact, that museum opened a $34 million expansion in 2015- the second major expansion in the past 15 years.

Chicago, Miami, Seattle, Tacoma, Sacramento, Charleston, Savannah- all cities with similar relationships with a shore or bank, all with their primary art museum located in the downtown, and none of which can be mistaken for a Walmart surrounded by an ocean of parking.

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Posted by barfolomew on 10/17/2017 at 12:35 PM

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