Chad Riggs 
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Re: “Overton Square Hotel Slated to Open in 2020

Those are some unfortunate images loeb chose to publish. It does look like an eyesore, but where the hotel is concerned, I think a defender would say that they are trying very hard to make different sections of the hotel pull from different parts of the square. I am not saying it works yet, but I think that in the process of building a very tall building they wanted it too look like they had taken several historic structures that fit in the square (<4 stories), and added to them, so that the structure would seem more to scale from street view. I think the notion would be to minimize the visual impact of the upper stories from the street. I think where they failed is the drone perspective rendering and the aberration of too many and too strong colors. If that were the argument, I think the architectural concepts here were probably sound. Just changing the perspective and the colors would go a long way toward a more appeasing design for the hotel, and one that would be more preferable than a midtown monolith. I am glad and it is entirely appropriate that it is street facing, but like many others have mentioned the large ground spans with no windows definitely needs to be address. In summary, I think in contrast to say, a generic hampton inn or holiday in express facade (neither of which I hate, just it doesn't "fit"), I hope but believe that this is something that can be worked with, but the delivery so far was coarse, forced and now no doubt fraught with remorse. To the point that the human perspective matters, I would submit that despite the initial renderings, I do think Marriott "gets it" with respect to the importance of street perspective and their tribute hotel brand ( so I hope they would 'fix' the mess when they become involved):…

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Posted by Chad Riggs on 08/10/2018 at 2:39 PM

Re: “Buses, Bikes, & Birds: Fixing Memphis’ Transportation Issues

I am aware of many people who are homeless, in Memphis, but still have access to smart phones. I am aware that when I drive to work, the bus stops on Cleveland have already accumulated multiple birds. I am aware cell phones are too expensive, in general, but I hope and believe that some will gain access because this is all less than a car/gas/insurance/etc. and it saves them hours a week, if they miss a bus on one route, they could catch another. We need to make it so that you can see the buses like you see the birds.

There are a couple issues I will take with the article as well. "Especially in a city like Memphis, with a huge wealth gap" - There are not a lot of multi billionaires here. We have a very broad wealth gap, or huge amount of people living at or near the poverty line, but NYC, SF, and Seattle have huge wealth gaps; but intentionality is still needed.

to that point, the birds are $1 to rent, +$.12 a mile. The initial dollar is waived on the rental for those with low income in memphis.

Memphis' public transportation system is lacking in many ways and needs improvement.
-Yes, that is why birds are so useful, to get to other stops.

On the bus schedules. THEY COULD FIX IT IMMEDIATELY. It makes me feel ill and angry to see buses and trolleys following one another. For the love of God, sit there and space yourself out, I have even seen 3. That is why people have to wait up to an hour for a bus that ideally should be coming every 15 minutes.

Thanks for the great article. I just wanted to throw those in there as well.

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Posted by Chad Riggs on 08/06/2018 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Full Interview: Q&A with Zoo President Chuck Brady

Most yards are more old growth than that damn forest. They need to manage that area better before it further degrades into brambles.

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Posted by Chad Riggs on 01/28/2016 at 3:26 PM


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