Legends Park

In recent years many failed public housing projects have been redeveloped into mixed income HOPE VI neighborhoods. The theory goes that concentrated physically isolated low income housing projects trapped people in poverty and kept families dependent on government aid from generation to generation. By integrating different kinds of people at a variety of economic levels … Continue reading Legends Park

Solvent Savings

Memphis is full of commemorative plaques that declare the spot where so-and-so once lived or operated a successful business, or where a prominent religious or cultural center was erected. These were genuine millionaires, bankers, insurance executives, war heroes, political figures, scholars, and philanthropists. I learned a lot about the trajectory of the city and its … Continue reading Solvent Savings

Easy Payments

. . . . . This is the Bass Pro Shops flagship store inside the Memphis Pyramid. It feels like the love child of Dolly Parton and I.M. Pei. It’s part civic icon and part retail fantasia complete with an indoor climate controlled cypress swamp. A mermaid in a seashell brassiere invites guests to a … Continue reading Easy Payments

Ich Will den Kaiser Zurück

I attempt to balance being reasonably well informed about the goings on around the world while tuning out all the partisan blah, blah, blah. I’m just not a political animal. Much of the news these days seems a lot like ridiculously inward focused palace intrigue between eunuchs and concubines. Left, right, center… all blah, blah, … Continue reading Ich Will den Kaiser Zurück