Friday, December 23, 2011

Overturn Square

I am all for the city moving forward but not at the expense of squeezing the average citizen out. With all these capital improvement projects the city is backing. Soon you won't be able to afford to pay property taxes on a shack in Memphis. In the last two weeks as many major decisions by the council have catered to a minority group. First they turned Overton Park over to a conservancy, Now they've voted to spend $16.5M on a water retention system in Overton Square so Henry Loeb can meet his deadline. Which also includes building another indoor parking gararge on the site.

The suburbanites are moving back into this city.  I have no problem with that, but  I've been here all the time. Isn't my loyalty worth anything? This whole sales pitch about an entertainment district is just a sham to get taxpayer money. A black theatre offering ethnic entertainment will never materialize.  An annual performance of  "Porgy and Bess" and maybe " Dreamgirls" is close as we will get. The city is building a new Beale Street with no Overton Square Developement Corp . No input from the majority. Just an appointed board representing special interests groups The fix was in from the start.  All the things they have been unable to agree on in the past year, and all of a sudden they pass this at the last minute. In case no one noticed they still haven't worked that pension deal out. My new name for this is "Overturn Square."

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2011/dec/20/memphis-city-council-votes-8-2-put-165-million-ove/

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