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Re: “Memphis Zoo Wraps Up 20-Year Master Plan

Experts on master plans agree, a plan that doesn't address ingress/egress/traffic and the surrounding environment and COMMUNITY is not a master plan.
I do love this quote; "The Zoo's history with Overton Park has been met with opposition when expanding." ..uhm what? The zoo doesn't want to admit the history of its relationship with the park? As they are expanding they have become oppossed to the park? Ugh.

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Posted by midtown101 on 11/19/2015 at 9:35 PM

Re: “Stand for Children Stands for . . . What?

We live in a community where the school board doesn't allow students to have cell phones in the buildings at all. This means they are not using the most modern, proven effective text response classroom exercises. Sad but understandable because maybe all the kids don't have cell phones. It also means that are children are put at risk because they have no way to contact authorities or parents in cases of emergencies (see last springs senior prank day at central high) and if they have working parents and have to walk home, they are totally without communication during that time because of school rules. Mr. Sturgis, where does Stand with Children stand on the total ban of student cell phones, even if they are not in use until after school?

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Posted by midtown101 on 08/07/2012 at 12:43 PM

Re: “The Price of Free Music

Before I had a mortgage and kids, I would pay money to see a concert at Mud Island. And pay lots for drinks and snacks. And walk a mile to the car. But also the concerts were cheaper back then... we saw barry manilow for 15 bucks and styx for 10. But now I work 40 hours a week, cooped up in an office. The idea of an outdoor concert is still appealing. But the constricted environment and $40+ ticket prices of the mud island ampitheater are not. For the same amount of walking, I can walk from my house to the shell, in the shade nearly the whole way. When I get there the seating at the shell is better, the food and beverage options are better (or I can bring my favorites), the bathrooms are better, and the venue is kid and mortgage friendly. We contribute money to the venue every time. Many of the artists are unknown to us, but since the environment is so pleasant and the risk is so small, we go anyway. We find out about great music we never heard before, we buy cds and t-shirts. Most of all, we have a good time with other music lovers. I think what live music requires more than being paid for, as Bruce Newman states, is an AUDIENCE. And the Levitt shell provides that. If Newman thinks there is a lack of good music coming to memphis, he's looking in the wrong places.

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Posted by midtown101 on 05/24/2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Council, School Board Agree: Memphis' Will is Paramount

Your article states: "Memphis City Council voted unanimously for a resolution 'accepting and approving the dissolution and surrender of the Memphis City Charter.'" Are we surrendering our CITY charter as well as our city SCHOOLs charter?

Posted by midtown101 on 01/19/2011 at 9:27 AM

Re: “BIanca Knows Best ... and Helps With a School Decision

Tell them to go to Desoto county. We don't want bigots like this in our schools anyway. They now have metal dectors at the small arkansas high school I attended back in the day...teenagers fight. Children are better off in diverse environments and the larger the school community, the more options they will have. Are they teaching art, music, computers, and spanish at the kindergarten level in Desoto county like they are in memphis city schools? Probably not. Plus, moving out of the city denies children the wonderful resources of parks, museums, the zoo, free outdoor music at the shell, etc. Worring about "school safety" is a veiled (or should I say "hooded") comment about diversity. Many undiversified rural and suburban dwellers are far more dangerous ideologically and physically than our diversely populated midtown neighborhoods.

Posted by midtown101 on 04/13/2010 at 1:01 PM


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