Ian Hunter 
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Re: “Tale of Two Plans

Overlooking the myriad of other local projects that have been outside funded/supported, you could make the argument of insularity. But is this really the case? It seems here that if the developers would only give credit 'where it's due', this wouldn't be an issue. A good example would be Crosstown; a massive project funded largely by outside sources, though every mention of the development cites the brilliant initial idea of Todd Richardson.

We're talking about rhetoric here, and since this is only an early plan/proposal any issues of credit could easily be remedied.

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Posted by Ian Hunter on 12/13/2016 at 11:40 AM
Posted by Ian Hunter on 11/14/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Prairie Farms Expansion Stirs Neighborhood Controversy

"Turner said before his company was awarded the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) deal, he received maybe an average of two complaints a year form neighbors. That increased once the companys name was in the news about the PILOT deal...[with neighbors now] planning to fight that zoning change. That fight includes a a larger question as to whether or not a factory belongs at all in Midtown."

Notice the wording there. This is very nice example of the whims of public social awareness, and how easily shifted people's viewpoints are.

That being said, the arguments can be made either way.

- A local mainstay that has long outlasted its prime [how many Mid-Towners drink cows milk anymore?] and could easily operate in another, more industrial part of the city. A burgeoning local entertainment district that cannot be relocated and therefore must be nurtured. The incompatibility of a large industrial parcel and a residential/entertainment district [including pedestrian/bike safety] and the fact that a far greater economic impact could be reaped by looking towards the future [housing/hotel/retail, etc.]

- A local mainstay that has weathered decades of economic uncertainty, providing job stability and serving the community long before, during and after neighboring businesses were present. A solid establishment that will endure in spite of future economic developments [when all the youth move away and the fancy restaurants close once again.] The staying power industrialism. And an owner who can retain a sense of pride that he has built something good and provided a way for so many others.

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Posted by Ian Hunter on 10/31/2016 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Relevant Roasters To Become French Truck Coffee

Not sure about switching names this early in the game, considering Relevant was still building its customer base. But I will say that finding quality coffee [something I was remiss about upon moving from New York] is becoming less and less of a problem in Memphis.

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Posted by Ian Hunter on 07/27/2016 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Tom Shadyac Reveals Plans for Towne Center

Here's to the crazy ones

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Posted by Ian Hunter on 04/22/2016 at 7:27 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Zoo Board Files Lawsuit, 'Clears Air' on Trees

"the zoo has used the Greensward since 1986 at the suggestion of park neighbors and the city, in an effort at the time to limit the cutting of mature trees and impeding on natural areas."

Time to venture thru the Memphis news archives of the mid-80s. Something tells me public outcry over the parking situation was non-existent.

#modernproblems

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Posted by Ian Hunter on 01/21/2016 at 11:53 PM

Re: “Poplar Plaza Neighborhood Among Safest In City

That sign looks very stylistically unsafe

Posted by Ian Hunter on 11/20/2015 at 5:30 PM

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