Ranting

Memphasis > Down With Crime

July 15th, 2010

Not reporting progress is a crime.True or false:In 2006, the mayors of Memphis and Shelby County got together – that in itself is newsworthy – with law enforcement, government at every level, civic and business leaders, university faculty, and community resources to produce an ambitious strategic initiative to reduce crime.True. If I’m lying, I’m dying, and too many of us ...

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Memphasis > Sign Of The Times

July 8th, 2010

If you want to know where this city came from, follow the signs.Evidently, Manny Young was the original Memphis party animal.If you haven’t heard of him, then I guess you’re going to tell me you’ve never heard of his neighbor, Paddy Meagher, either. Guess that’s why we weren’t invited to the biggest party Memphis had ever seen. Well, that and the fact that it took ...

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Memphasis > Spinning East

July 1st, 2010

The view from Downtown is central to Memphis.Memo to Phil Trenary: Land Pinnacle’s headquarters in Commerce Square.The view of the river is spectacular, and a daily reminder not only of things eternal, but also of why this city is here, and why our location is vital to national and international commerce. And things like, you know, airline hubs and connections.The former NBC lobby is ...

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Memphasis > Look Who's Here

June 24th, 2010

“38 regular,” I told the chimp.Take a minute and look around. You may see a story. And it may last a lifetime.Before he was Prince Mongo, he was Robert Hodges. Oh, he was clearly from a place far, far away, but he had not yet assumed the title. When I first became aware of him, the heir apparent to the house of hinky used to ride around town on a motorcycle in a leather jacket and ...

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Memphasis > Independent

June 17th, 2010

The party’s over.You haven’t seen your date in an hour. You haven’t seen anything clearly in longer than that. Nobody can come up with enough money to pay the band for another set, and you don’t know where your keys are. Yet you’re still there, wondering why everybody else is leaving.That could be my memory of a party in The King Cotton Hotel, or a metaphor for party ...

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