- Greg Cravens
About Toby Sells' post, "Urban Land Institute: Save the Coliseum, Youth Sports for Fairgrounds" ...
I see nothing new here, minus the fact of complete demolition of the Coliseum. The idea of a "shell" of a building was introduced at the Roundhouse Revival, and carried along by a very few to the charrette meetings the following week. I see nothing that we did not expect. What was the fee for this study?
The report does not call for saving the Coliseum, but repurposing part of it in homage to the original, the same recommendation as the preliminary report.
Move the Zoo! The Fairgrounds property is roughly three times the size of the current Zoo property, and there is room to expand even beyond that. The Zoo is one of our best attractions. Double its size and provide enough parking to create a world-class facility that would likely become the No. 1 attraction in Memphis. Move the Zoo and solve umpteen problems at once, not just for today but for decades to come.
The only way moving the Zoo works (financially) is if the current Zoo property is sold to private interests for development. If it reverts to public-owned parkland, you get no return on all that capital and sunk costs. That's the only way you would be able to raise the kind of seed funds to make it viable. Even then, there is probably too much money sunk into the current location. Where is this community going to come up with the $100 million or more that it would take to build a new world-class zoo from scratch?
I suggest Corrections Corporation of America. Either location. The Zoo is obvious. The Coliseum, I believe, has been suggested as the next Thunderdome.
About Bianca Phillips' post, "Officer Who Shot Darrius Stewart Will Not Face Criminal Charges" ...
It is often said that a district attorney could indict a ham sandwich. I can't help but wonder how enthusiastically Weirich made her case.
A young career criminal,who has two out-of-state outstanding warrants, assaulted a law enforcement officer with handcuffs while wrestling on the ground, which resulted in the officer shooting said criminal in self-defense. And now it's time for Al Not-So Sharpton to come to Memphis and profit from the naive and the stupid? Or is it Jesse Jackson's turn to fly in and line his pockets? Or maybe, just maybe, it's time for Obama to metaphorically adopt another "son"?
Nightcrawler, do you know of any instances of police brutality or unjustified shootings?
About Kevin Lipe's post, "Warriors Hand Grizzlies the Worst Loss in Franchise History" ...
Chris Wallace shouldn't be allowed to GM this team after this season. He's responsible for all this oldness on the team. The Grizz need a fresh vision for the future.
Dave Joerger hasn't been the coach he was said to be — a guy who could renovate the offense and develop young players — but I'm not a fan of sacking coaches who consistently win 50-plus games a season. I think it's the GM's fault. We don't have the personnel to play the kind of offense that is needed, and the team keeps adding old players, which makes it difficult to develop young players.
I said before the season began that we have to attempt to trade Tony Allen for a younger wing player who can shoot. We cannot play four-on-five basketball on offensive and expect to win. While it may not be popular in town, we need to get rid of Allen while he still has some value. Until we do, why not start Barnes instead. Then let Beno, Wright, Jeff Green, Adams, and JaMychal Green come off the bench, and use Tony as a spot take-on defender with either unit from time to time?