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Re: “Firms Picked to Study Overton Park Traffic, Parking

Is only OPC paying for the consultants? It seems logical and appropriate that the Zoo and other institutions in Overton Park should chip in. Actually, the City should pay for this, but given its head-in-the-sand approach to the whole issue, that seems unlikely. By the way, this Smart City essay should be required reading on the whole Zoo and parking issue.

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Posted by hillywood on 01/18/2016 at 3:54 PM

Re: “Party City

Thanks, I think, for the mini-tribute to Ron Terry and the long-delayed Plaza. Remembering the downtown of the late 70's and the huge impact Terry and Bill Matthews had on finally getting things going - in spite of City Hall, one wonders where the corporate titans are today. Pitt & Barbara Hyde, often overlooked and sometimes taken for granted, can't be expected to continue to carry far more than their "share" of corporate and philanthropic leadership and largesse. When Terry & Governor Alexander convened the Jobs Conferences in the late 70's and early 80's, they were joined by Fred Smith, Hyde, and Mike Rose. The "dark spot" city began to move forward. Even with the loss of corporate headquarters, this type of leadership is sorely absent. As for the RDC, controversies notwithstanding, are we better off today than we'd be without it?

Posted by Hillsman Wright on 05/01/2008 at 3:00 PM


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