Valibus 
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Re: “1 S. Main Eviction Case Evokes Protest, New Legal Controversy

Can other 'beneficial owners' who are sub-lessees under a PILOT be at risk of having their property stolen as well if the court ruling from March 27th stands? This seems like a precedent setting issue that affects many others beyond even the current parties involved.

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Posted by Valibus on 04/11/2018 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Played Out

"Interested Party", this is money out of all our pockets funding the Commission. Do you not choose a business on the merit of its service and value? If you're unsatisfied do you just say, "well, they still want my money so I'm not going to complain"?

The author of this article has been "behind the scenes" and "in the trenches" before there was even a mainstream idea to support Memphis music. His passion has been mimicked, his ideas "borrowed", and his efforts thwarted and sadly, it was often done by those who claim to champion the Memphis creative industry with their non-profit all the while still wondering why so many musicians, artists, and filmmakers still see greener pastures elsewhere. You're way off to frame the author has a bully in this scenario.

I won't shed a tear for constructively scrutinizing any publicly funded agency or non-profit organization. Their funding should live and die by thorough results driven evaluation, honest criticism, and accountability. Too many "support the arts" rackets here make the wine and cheese crowd happy while the creative class is likely to make more of a living working the catering than the stage.

And "ProgressiveMemphis", I doubt there's a single musician in this area code who remains here for the great commissions and foundations for their career. If the commission wants to truly bolster recording and live music in Memphis, the best course of action is to get the hell out of the way of private enterprise.

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Posted by Valibus on 05/21/2015 at 9:39 PM

Re: “Played Out

What are the names that made Memphis a music holy land? Stax, Hi-Records, Royal, Sun, American Studios...in other words, not non-profit organizations. It was entrepreneurs wanting to make money in Memphis with the talent that was here. If the current local small businesses that cater to the Memphis music industry got a fraction of the attention and economic assistance that vacuum factories and hunting stores received here then there'd be a renaissance of Memphis music industry that will profit many now and later in tourism dollars.

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Posted by Valibus on 05/21/2015 at 11:30 AM

Re: “Fairgrounds TDZ Plan Gets Rousing Council Endorsements

Jumping from Collins' statement, then let's use our imagination and get creative. Let's imagine Memphis in the future and what's appearing to thrive and what's not. Reuse and historical preservation of architecture has proven to be a successful method and cause championed by citizens. Broad Avenue (add on today Loeb's plan to reuse warehouse space), TN Brewery, Chisca, Sears Crosstown, & Overton Square are looking to be examples of the public knowing what's best for their city and for the investors and developers to see the opportunity in that.

Let's just try and see what can be done with the existing buildings of the Fairgrounds and see the financial opportunities in that. In the future Memphis can be a city praised for how they preserved architectual history and kept their city thriving and unique or if we don't do our homework, we can be the capitol of public/private sector funded eyesores and bad ideas.

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Posted by Valibus on 02/03/2015 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Sorry, Ricky, the Washington Post Says Isaac Richmond is the Real Challenger in the 9th

♪ Don't stand, don't stand so, don't stand so close to the greenscreen. ♪

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Posted by Valibus on 08/06/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Demolition Still Set For Tennessee Brewery

"The only goal is to try and save the building, but if we can't, we've given it a great shot. That's where we are right now," Rasberry said.

Bianca, any chance you can do a follow-up and ask Rasberry if he still stands by that statement after turning down a genuine offer that would save the building?

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Posted by Valibus on 07/24/2014 at 10:35 PM

Re: “Proposal Would Replace Midtown's Old Forest with a Newer Model

If a tree falls in the woods and no one instagrams it with the official hashtag, what's the point?

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Posted by Valibus on 05/27/2014 at 12:35 PM

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