Eric Gottlieb 
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Re: “Pavement vs. Parks

The council resolution, the members of Mayor Strickland's advisory team, P-HD's concept maps, and more can be found at http://www.memphistn.gov/Government/Execut…. If you want to stay informed about upcoming developments, join the Facebook group Stop Hurting Overton Park at https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopHurtin….

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 01/26/2018 at 3:28 AM

Re: “Overton Park Plan Draws Ire, Confusion

Mila, what you said is not entirely accurate. The Council's resolution, which imperfectly codifies the agreement reached between OPC and the zoo after mediation failed, specifically allows for park land to be paved if necessary to get the zoo 415 new front-door parking spaces. However, the resolution does not require any land to be paved.

As local architect Chooch Pickard's design shows, no park land needs to be paved in order to achieve 415 new spaces. His plan does not explicitly preserve the few mature healthy trees within the zoo's lot. If it were modified to do that, it might require paving some park land. My personal feeling is that if the zoo wants more parking, they should sacrifice their trees before asking the people of Memphis to sacrifice their park's trees, but at the end of the day that's the Mayor's decision.

One other thing I'd like to mention about Chooch's design: it is extremely bike- and pedestrian-friendly, much more so than any of the PHD designs. The 5' walk ways between parked cars allows families with strollers and small children to walk from their cars to the zoo entrance almost all the way without crossing traffic.

Chooch's design can be found on the FB group Stop Hurting Overton Park (https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopHurtin…). Join to be kept informed about developments on this issue.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 01/12/2018 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Overton Park Plan Draws Ire, Confusion

Thanks for covering this topic. One small correction: the last name of the guy who started the petition is Glazer, not Grazer.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 01/11/2018 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Memphis Zoo Sued For Alleged Gender Discrimination

Sherman, more like $3.6 million per year, if it happens to be a year in which there are no special assessments for hippo exhibits and whatnot. A million here, a million there, pretty soon youre talking real money.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 01/08/2018 at 6:38 PM

Re: “Statue Removal Process Sets Wrong Precedent

Remember that the city council was ready to give 2/3 of the greensward to the zoo for free.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 01/04/2018 at 11:20 AM

Re: “A Lot to Think About

It has been shown that the plans developed by PHD needlessly pave almost 3 acres of park land. You can see the plans by joining the FB group Stop Hurting Overton Park (https://www.facebook.com/groups/StopHurtin…) and PHD's excessive plans at the city's website (http://www.memphistn.gov/Government/Execut…).

Please write to PHD at the address Karen provides above. Ask them to modify their plans to reduce the amount of park land paved. The easiest way to do this is to remove the ring road. Happily this also has the effect of separating the park and its users from the sights, sounds, and smells of hundreds of moving vehicles.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 12/25/2017 at 6:10 PM

Re: “Public Picks Zoo Parking Lot Plan

It is essential that the ring road be removed from any plan before it can receive serious consideration. If you're interested in seeing an alternative plan that gets all 415 new spaces (at the sizes required by the council's resolution) within the zoo's existing boundaries and so requires no loss of park land, join the FB group Stop Hurting Overton Park.

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Posted by Eric Gottlieb on 12/15/2017 at 4:32 AM

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