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1. Enjoy the Brewery While It's Still Here -

I’ve been looking at the Tennessee Brewery for years. I used to have an office next door, and now from my agency’s current location, I can see its majestic, Romanesque arched windows towering over the South Main Arts District.

2. Brewery Project Looks for Answers -

When the Untapped event at the Tennessee Brewery ends June 1, the fortress-like landmark on the south bluffs will still be tentatively slated for demolition in August.

But organizers of the event, which mixes live entertainment, local beer and food, and the experience of gathering in a long-closed courtyard, hope some answers will have emerged about a possible life beyond August.

3. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Peter Pan,” a world premiere from the choreographer of “Cinderella” and “Wizard of Oz,” Saturday, April 12, and Sunday, April 13, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

4. Events -

Memphis Botanic Garden will host the Spring’s Best Plant Sale Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the garden, 750 Cherry Road. Visit memphisbotanicgarden.com.

5. Loeb Midtown Center Now Fully Leased -

Loeb Properties’ Belvedere Collection on Union Avenue in Midtown is 100 percent leased.

Agilitas USA Inc., operating as Results Physiotherapy, signed a new lease for 2,280 square feet in Suites 105-106 at the retail strip center.

6. Reversing Sprawl Through Connectivity -

Editor’s Note: This column will appear Tuesdays through April in honor of Sustainability Month for Memphis and Shelby County.

Last week, Smart Growth America released “Measuring Sprawl 2014,” a report examining development in 221 major metropolitan areas in the U.S. and evaluating development on a national index. With a score of 71, the greater Memphis region ranks near the bottom of the list at number 196 out of 221. Furthermore, Memphis ranks as the sixth most sprawled large metropolitan area.

7. Two Film Programs Launching in April -

Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts are offering two programs for Memphis-area filmmakers and film lovers next month.

Both programs will be held at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St.

8. Loaded for Bear Agency Teams with Crosstown -

Loaded for Bear, a local advertising, graphic design and public relations agency, has announced a partnership with the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The company announced in a Facebook post Wednesday, April 2, that “we look forward to working alongside this visionary group to realize the epic potential of a building, a neighborhood and a city.”

9. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a community day and grand reopening Saturday, April 5. The event includes a 9:30 a.m. Freedom Forward Parade from Cook Convention Center to the museum, 450 Mulberry St. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

10. Loaded for Bear Agency Teams with Crosstown -

Loaded for Bear, a local advertising, graphic design and public relations agency, has announced a partnership with the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The company announced in a Facebook post Wednesday, April 2, that “we look forward to working alongside this visionary group to realize the epic potential of a building, a neighborhood and a city.”

11. Events -

National Civil Rights Museum will host a candlelight vigil honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Friday, April 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the museum courtyard, 450 Mulberry St. Cost is free. Visit civilrightsmuseum.org.

12. Where There’s Smoke -

DON’T WAIT FOR THE FIRE TO FIND THE WATER. Neglect and denial burns in empty buildings and blighted neighborhoods, futures are hazy, moods are dark and the smoke from all of it chokes cities and sends those able to flee to greener ground at the edges, leaving behind a bitter landscape, a smoldering threat.

13. Restivo Group Moves to New Midtown Digs -

The Restivo Group Realtors has expanded into new offices at 1861 Madison Ave. in the landmark Gilmore Building.

14. Events -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and Memphis Medical Center partners will host Spring at the Park Thursday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Health Sciences Park, at the corner of Madison Avenue and Dunlap Street. The event will include arts performances, food trucks and vendors. Cost is free. Call 576-7185.

15. Ignite Memphis Doubling Event Capacity -

Ignite Memphis, an event at which Memphis creatives give a series of slide-based presentations on a range of diverse topics, sold out its gathering in November.

That’s why the next incarnation of Ignite is more than doubling its venue capacity by moving from Crosstown Arts to Playhouse on the Square, where 12 speakers next week will challenge, inform and perhaps inspire the crowd that’s come to hear them.

16. Two Film Programs Launching in April -

Indie Memphis and Crosstown Arts are offering two programs for Memphis-area filmmakers and film lovers next month.

Both programs will be held at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St.

17. 100 Homage -

38 STORIES, THOUSANDS OF STORIES. I remember when the big hulk was a big deal, its unimaginative gray mass full of imagination and local color.

On our first date in 1967, I took Nora to the Top Of The 100. I’ll never forget when she leaned over the table, her blue eyes wide, and said, “You eat parsley?” The building was two years old and Top Of The 100 was a private club occupying the top three floors with its own set of elevators and a revolving bar on the top, a panorama 38 stories high served straight up above everything else in town.

18. Events -

The Memphis chapter of the American Payroll Association will meet Thursday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn University of Memphis, 3700 Central Ave. Siskind Susser attorney Bruce Buchanan will present “E Verify and the I-9.” Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Register at memphisapa.org.

19. Events -

Lifeblood and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a community blood drive Wednesday, March 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at UTHSC, 800 Madison Ave., rooms B201-B204. Visit lifeblood.org or call 529-6320 for eligibility guidelines and appointments.

20. Crosstown Funding Comes With Questions -

The Memphis City Council’s approval of $15 million in city funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project last December was supposed to be the last piece of a $180 million funding puzzle for the mammoth undertaking.

21. County Commission Approves Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners approved Monday, March 10, $5 million in county funding for public infrastructure on the $180 million Crosstown redevelopment project.

The 11-1 vote came after it appeared twice that commissioners, including those supporting the funding, were ready to delay the decision for two weeks.

22. Events -

Calvary Episcopal Church will hold its 2014 Lenten Preaching Series and Waffle Shop weekdays through April 11 at the church, 102 N. Second St. Speakers from various faiths will speak from 12:05 p.m. to 12:40 p.m.; the Waffle Shop will be open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit calvarymemphis.org for a list of speakers.

23. Commission to Vote on Crosstown Funding -

Shelby County Commissioners will vote Monday, March 10, on $5 million in public infrastructure funding for the Crosstown redevelopment project.

The commission meets at 1:30 p.m. at the Vasco Smith County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. Follow the meeting @tdnpols, www.twitter.com/tdnpols.

24. Editorial: Let City’s Innovative Ideas Flow Outward -

So many Memphians are working on so many parts of the same general movement that it’s only natural there would be a tendency to question whether all of those efforts toward a more innovative Memphis could be folded into each other or consolidated in some way.

25. Making a Difference -

It’s a strange thing, acknowledges Memphis businessman Taylor Berger, to form an organization that you don’t necessarily want to be that organized.

26. Grinder Looks to Bring Energy to Associated Builders Role -

Justin Grinder knew at an early age that he wanted to be involved in the construction industry.

27. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

28. Events -

The Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet Thursday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of Memphis education barn, 2525 Central Ave. Museum CEO Dick Hackett will present “Success Breeds Success.” Cost is $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Visit afpmemphis.org.

29. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s office will hold a Project H.O.M.E. (Home Ownership Made Easier) Financial Literacy workshop Tuesday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whitehaven Community Center, 4318 Graceland Drive. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

30. Events -

The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host the “All in for Animals” Texas Hold ’Em charity poker tournament Saturday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. at 935 Farm Road. The poker tournament will feature prizes, food, and a beer and bourbon bar. Cost is $50 before Friday, Feb. 21, or $60 at the door. Visit memphishumane.org.

31. Events -

Ballet Memphis and Crosstown Arts will present “spark: behind the scenes of ‘World Wonders’” Friday, Feb. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Playhouse on the Square, 66 S. Cooper St. Attendees will meet the dancers and artistic staff before the 8 p.m. performance. Cost is free. Visit balletmemphis.org.

32. Events -

Memphis Pink Palace Museum will host a lecture by Commercial Appeal columnist Wendi Thomas titled “Mid-South Racial Present” Thursday, Feb. 20, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the museum, 3050 Central Ave. The free lecture is presented in conjunction with the “RACE: Are We So Different?” exhibit. Visit memphismuseums.org.

33. RBCC Law Firm Moving to iBank Tower -

The law firm of Rogers, Berry, Chesney & Cannon PLLC, owner of 1713 Kirby Parkway since 2006, recently sold its office building and will relocate to the iBank building on Poplar Avenue in East Memphis.

34. Memphis Center to Host Food and Faith Speaker -

Odds are, most people have not considered eating food as a spiritual and theological act. But that is exactly how Noah Campbell views it.

Campbell is founder of the Memphis Center for Food and Faith. And on Saturday, Feb. 1, the center will host a talk by Fred Bahnson, director of the Food, Faith & Religious Leadership Initiative at Wake Forest School of Divinity.

35. Business Leaders Optimistic About Local Economy -

As they have for a few quarters now, Memphis-area business leaders continue to acknowledge an incremental sense of optimism about specific aspects of their companies and the economy, according to the results of the third Memphis Economic Indicator.

36. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

37. New Restaurant Opening Near Sears Crosstown -

A restaurant and bar with ties to a Memphis reality television show will open later this month near Sears Crosstown.

The restaurant and bar, called FoxCee’s Overton Park Bar & Grill, is being opened by the host and producer behind “Fox in tha City,” which airs on WLMT-TV CW30.

38. New Life -

When Rob Clark and his wife moved into their home in the historic Evergreen neighborhood in 1993, catalog and distribution operations were still active at the Sears Crosstown building.

That soon changed, and for roughly two decades the hulking property stood as a towering, painful reminder of the area’s faded glory.

39. New Restaurant Opening Near Sears Crosstown -

A restaurant and bar with ties to a Memphis reality television show will open later this month near Sears Crosstown.

The restaurant and bar, called FoxCee’s Overton Park Bar & Grill, is being opened by the host and producer behind “Fox in tha City,” which airs on WLMT-TV CW30.

40. Plans in Works for Dormant Midtown Project -

City officials are working on plans to kick-start the dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street in Midtown.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb confirmed that he is working on the effort but said he was not yet able to release detailed information on the project.

41. Cameraman’s Collection -

Don Newman was a photographer whose pursuit of the perfect shot once took him to the middle of one of the busiest streets in Memphis.

42. Newman Talk Planned at Crosstown Arts -

A photography-related gallery talk will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts Gallery at 422 N. Cleveland St.

43. Editorial: City Should Resolve to Keep it Real in 2014 -

The year 2013 may be the year that reality took a turn for the better without giving up its status as reality.

Economically, no rampant irrational exuberance in which bubbles have been known to get very big and send shrapnel everywhere when they inevitably burst. But there was some improvement to build on, tempered a great deal by a local unemployment rate that is more stubborn than the national rate.

44. The Year That Was -

2013 brought plenty of unique and out-of-the-ordinary moments, as well as the launch of new events, businesses and civic ventures that collectively made the Memphis experience richer.

Much of it was covered in these pages, including in recent days a U.S. Supreme Court justice eliciting chuckles from and sharing his constitutional philosophy with an audience of Memphis lawyers.

45. Newman Talk Planned at Crosstown Arts Dec. 28 -

A photography-related gallery talk will be held Saturday, Dec. 28, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Crosstown Arts Gallery at 422 N. Cleveland St.

46. Bubble Bistro Expands Into Louisiana -

The Bubble Bistro has opened a new store in Baton Rouge, La.

The Memphis-based business sells all-natural skincare and bath and beauty products.

Founded in 2009 by Andrea Johnson, Bubble Bistro features products that are prepared from scratch daily using ingredients shipped from across the globe.

47. Bubble Bistro Expands Into Louisiana -

The Bubble Bistro has opened a new store in Baton Rouge, La.

The Memphis-based business sells all-natural skincare and bath and beauty products.

Founded in 2009 by Andrea Johnson, Bubble Bistro features products that are prepared from scratch daily using ingredients shipped from across the globe.

48. Crosstown Construction Bidding Process Underway -

Construction documents for the ambitious Sears Crosstown redevelopment project have hit the street.

Memphis-based Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. is serving as the general contractor for the $180 million project, and bids for subcontracting work on everything from electrical systems to plumbing went out this week.

49. Events -

The Downtown Memphis Commission will hold the Downtown Howl-iday pet and family parade Saturday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. from Court Square to AutoZone Park. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Court Square. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

50. Bad Blood -

December was already going to be a busy month at City Hall for the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.

He would be bringing a plan to provide $15 million in city financing for the $180 million Crosstown revitalization project and rolling out its fix to address the Tennessee Comptroller’s vocal concerns about the city’s unfunded pension liability.

51. Events -

Ballet Memphis will present “Nutcracker,” featuring more than 100 dancers and 70 musicians, from Friday, Dec. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 15, at The Orpheum, 203 S. Main St. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

52. Crosstown Effort Shines as Development Example -

Construction documents for the $180 million revitalization of the Crosstown building were scheduled to be finished Friday, Dec. 6, with the project moving toward closing and construction in the next months.

53. Moody's Gives Ballpark Bond "Aa3" Rating "Negative" Outlook -

On the eve of a critical vote by the Memphis City Council, a report from Moody’s Investors Service gives a “negative” outlook to its Aa3 rating of $23.6 million in revenue bonds the city plans to use to finance the purchase of AutoZone Park and improvements to it.

54. MATA Makes Changes To Whitehaven Flyer Route -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has stopped calling the Downtown-Whitehaven express bus service it launched in September the “Whitehaven Flyer.”

In a set of route changes that began Sunday, Dec. 1, the transit authority has added more stops for the express bus route now known as 46-Whitehaven. As an express route, the bus took half an hour to travel between Downtown and Whitehaven, making minimal stops. It will now make all stops on the route, which remains mostly north and south on Bellevue and Elvis Presley boulevards.

55. Council’s Ire at Wharton Timing Grows -

It is a political constant in life at City Hall for Memphis City Council members to complain that they get critical information much too late in the decision-making process and then are pressured by the mayor to make a decision then and there.

56. Crosstown Funding Mix of Local, State and Federal -

The $15 million in funding Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration put together as the last piece of financing for the Sears Crosstown building redevelopment is not just a combination of state and federal grant money.

57. Council Approves Crosstown Funding, Delays Redbirds Decision -

Memphis City Council members approved $15 million in city funding that is a combination of federal grants, bonds and stormwater funding Tuesday, Dec. 3, as the last piece of financing for the Crosstown revitalization project.

58. Council Weighs Crosstown, AutoZone Park Deals -

Memphis City Council members could complete financing Tuesday, Dec. 3, of the Crosstown project. And there will be a move by some on the council to delay any decision on the proposal for the city to buy AutoZone Park.

59. MATA Changes Whitehaven Flyer Route -

The Memphis Area Transit Authority has stopped calling the Downtown-Whitehaven express bus service it launched in September the “Whitehaven Flyer.”

In a set of route changes that began Sunday, Dec. 1, the transit authority has added more stops for the express bus route now known as 46-Whitehaven. As an express route, the bus took half an hour to travel between Downtown and Whitehaven, making minimal stops. It will now make all stops on the route, which remains mostly north and south on Bellevue and Elvis Presley boulevards.

60. School Board Questions Teacher Residency -

One of the coming debates about education reform in Shelby County will be about the role of teacher residency programs in preparing future Shelby County Schools system teachers.

Shelby County Schools board members approved two contracts before the Thanksgiving holiday with Memphis Teacher Residency and Teach For America, the two dominant residency programs working in Shelby County.

61. Church Health Center Expands Wellness Facility -

Church Health Center Wellness is expanding its medical presence within its 80,000-square-foot wellness and fitness center as part of an increasingly integrated health care philosophy, adding five exam rooms to accommodate demand from its uninsured, working patient population.

62. Sources: AutoZone Park Price ‘South of $24 Million’ -

The price tag for the city of Memphis to acquire AutoZone Park would be “south of $24 million,” according to two sources familiar with the negotiations.

The city’s acquisition of AutoZone Park, which opened in 2000 and helped invigorate the resurgence of Downtown Memphis, will be on the City Council’s Dec. 3 agenda.

63. Editorial: Common Sense Says Ballpark Deal is Bad -

The good news is the St. Louis Cardinals want to buy the Memphis Redbirds.

The bad news is the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park in the process.

And it has to be a done deal in six weeks in which the project leaps to the head of a long and growing list of requests for city money and/or the city’s full faith and credit.

64. Council OKs Crosstown, Debates Schools Lawsuit -

Memphis City Council members approved the Crosstown planned development Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking the latest move through local government for the $180 million project with construction scheduled to begin late this year or early next year.

65. Council Approves Crosstown Plans and Water Rate Hike -

Memphis City Council members approved the Crosstown planned development Tuesday, Nov. 19, marking the latest move through local government for the $180 million project with construction scheduled to begin late this year or early next year.

66. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will host a debate between Shea Flinn and Kenneth Whalum Jr. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. The topic is “Memphis Sales Tax Increase: Yea or Nay?” Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

67. Events -

The Shelby County Trustee’s Office will host a “Home Sweet Home” workshop for seniors Monday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Goodwill Senior Center, 163 W. Raines Road. Trustee staff will provide information on senior property taxes and how to effectively pass property to heirs. Cost is free. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

68. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

69. Events -

Ignite Memphis, Vol. 6, will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. Twelve Memphians will enlighten attendees on a variety of topics via five-minute, 20-slide presentations. Cost is $15. Visit ignitememphis.com.

70. Gates to Share Creative Vision at Crosstown -

Internationally acclaimed installation and social practice artist Theaster Gates will be in Memphis this week to share some of the beliefs and perspectives that fuel his creative vision.

Gates’ free, public lecture, “A Way of Working,” will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at Sears Crosstown, 495 N. Watkins St.

71. Crosstown Team Wins Grant for Greenline Link -

The Sears Crosstown redevelopment team garnered a $50,000 grant from Shelby County to help link the property with a nearby greenline.

The grant, which was given to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be used on design work to extend the nearby Vollintine & Evergreen Greenline, located across North Parkway, through the Crosstown site.

72. Commercial Real Estate Market Reawakens -

After suffering through a prolonged slump, the Memphis commercial real estate market this year began to shake off the rust that gathered during the “Great Recession,” and brighter days could be ahead for the prime markets in the apartment, retail, office and industrial sectors, according to local experts.

73. Council Approves Wastewater Fix Funding -

The Memphis City Council approved $24.8 million in funding Tuesday, Nov. 5, to rehabilitate the city’s wastewater collection system to meet terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

74. Start Co. Gearing up for Trio of Entrepreneurial Events -

Global Entrepreneurship Week is around the corner, and Memphis’ Start Co. organization – a hub of related local entrepreneurial initiatives – is gearing up to participate in its own way in the international week-long celebration and support of entrepreneurs.

75. Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve -

The National Park Service nixed plans for planting greenery on one side of the Crosstown parking garage but is OK with developers of the old Sears Crosstown property replacing windows in the mammoth building with new, similar-looking and configured ones.

76. Council Approves Wastewater Fix Funding -

The Memphis City Council approved $24.8 million in funding Tuesday, Nov. 5, to rehabilitate the city’s wastewater collection system to meet terms of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

77. Council Shares Criticism of Mayor in Mall Debate -

Memphis City Council members profoundly disagree with one another on how far the city should go to fund a renovation of Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

But both sides of the council discussion were of one mind Tuesday, Nov. 5, about their dissatisfaction with the qualified support the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has gradually given to the project.

78. Ignite Memphis Connects People, Ideas -

In a couple of weeks, via a series of structured slide-based presentations, a group of creatives will try to live up to the event’s official billing and ignite Memphis.

Undercurrent, which holds regular events around the city to help people connect with fellow Memphians, is producing the latest version of Ignite Memphis, which happens Nov. 19 at Crosstown Arts, 430 N. Cleveland St. The gathering will pack in everyone from former I Love Memphis blogger Kerry Crawford, who’ll talk about the secret to happiness, to Rhodes graduate Peter Hall, outlining 10 businesses that can be launched in Memphis for less than $1,000, and Opera Memphis general director Ned Canty, who will touch on video games, pop culture and opera by the time he’s finished.

79. Council Keeps Southbrook Mall Renovation Alive -

Memphis City Council members voted Tuesday, Nov. 5, to start over again in plans to find a legal use for city funds in renovating the Southbrook Mall in Whitehaven.

And the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. gave a qualified endorsement through what amounts to a new feasibility study on the mall due before the council in a month.

80. Eye of the Tiger -

Southern College of Optometry opened its first full-scope primary care external clinic Monday, Nov. 4, as University Eye Care at the University of Memphis welcomed its first patients.

The 2,000-square-foot, full-service eye health and vision clinic is located above the university bookstore at the V. Lane Rawlins Service Court Facility.

81. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

82. Crosstown Project Goes to Design Review Board -

The $180 million redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building goes to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The review board will vote on design elements of the project as proposed by Crosstown LLC. A staff report recommends approval of the changes the group plans for the 14-story building and its detached parking garage.

83. Crosstown Developers Eye Project’s ‘Magic in the Mix’ -

It would seem the only thing that might hold up the locomotive that is the Sears Crosstown $180 million renovation at this point is a much-needed $15 million from the city of Memphis.

A lot of money, but not enough to worry project developers Todd Richardson and McLean Wilson, whose analogy – and attitude – is more pedal power than steam driven.

84. Crosstown Project Goes to Design Review Board -

The $180 million redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building goes to the Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board Wednesday, Nov. 6.

The review board will vote on design elements of the project as proposed by Crosstown LLC. A staff report recommends approval of the changes the group plans for the 14-story building and its detached parking garage.

85. LRK Turns 30 With Eye Toward Growth -

LRK Inc. is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and the full-service architectural, planning, environmental and interior design firm is involved with a diverse range of high-profile projects, both locally and nationally, with the intent of creating special places for clients and users.

86. Crosstown Wins 20-Year Tax Break -

The $180 million project to revitalize the Sears Crosstown building won a 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement Thursday, Oct. 10, from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.

87. Crosstown Funding at Crossroads -

The $180 million plan to bring the former Sears Crosstown building back to life with a mix of residential, commercial and retail tenants faces a critical hurdle Thursday, Oct. 10, as the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. considers a 15- or 20-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement for the project.

88. MEMFix Goes South -

Of the neighborhoods in which the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team has been working to build retail and commercial trade, none has the amount of history, turmoil, potential and perception problems found in the two blocks east and west of Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue.

89. Crosstown Developers Seek 20-Year PILOT -

Developers of the old Sears Crosstown building will seek a 20-year, $41.8 million tax break on the $180 million project from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

90. Events -

The Booksellers at Laurelwood will host “I’m a Memphian” author Dan Conaway for a discussion and book signing Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the bookstore, 387 Perkins Road Extended. “I’m a Memphian” is a collection of Conaway’s “Memphasis” columns from The Daily News. Visit thebooksellersatlaurelwood.com.

91. Crosstown Developers Seek 20-Year PILOT -

Developers of the former Sears Crosstown building will seek a 20-year, $41.8 million tax break on the $180 million project from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. on Thursday, Oct. 10.

92. Events -

In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn about the book “Reverse Innovation” Friday, Oct. 4, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Triumph Bank board room, 5699 Poplar Ave. Cost is $20. Visit seminars.memphisdailynews.com.

93. City Explores Crucial Crosstown Funding -

City officials are exploring multiple options for financing $15 million in infrastructure improvements at the Sears Crosstown site, key funding that could make or break the ambitious $175 million project.

94. Board to Review Historic Register Nominations -

The State Review Board will meet Wednesday in Nashville to examine nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, including Memphis’ Sears Crosstown building, formally known as the Sears Roebuck and Company Catalog Distribution Center and Retail Store.

95. State Board to Review Historic Register Nominations -

The State Review Board will meet Wednesday in Nashville to examine nominations for the National Register of Historic Places, including Memphis’ Sears Crosstown building, formally known as the Sears Roebuck and Company Catalog Distribution Center and Retail Store.

96. Time for ‘New ERA’ in Memphis -

Statistically, we know that talented workers are vital to any city’s economy. Cities need creative, enthusiastic, entrepreneurial citizens to start businesses, buy homes, send their kids to school and do all of the things that people do to create value in neighborhoods. When talented people “opt-out” of one city in favor of another, for any reason, some cities win while others lose. It’s no secret that Memphis has been on the losing end of this equation for quite some time.

97. Neighborhood Vitality -

The history at the Four-Way Restaurant is as rich and soulful as the food.

The walls of the South Memphis institution are decorated with photographs of politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders and civil rights icons – including the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – who made the famous restaurant at Mississippi Boulevard and Walker Avenue a “home away from home.”

98. Events -

Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club will hold a female business leader lunch Thursday, Aug. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Female business leaders will discuss various topics, including ways to cultivate programs for women in business. Lunch is Dutch treat. Email rsvp.lpbc@lpinsurance.com.

99. Events -

The Fayette County chapter of West Tennessee Home Builders Association will meet Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 11:30 a.m. at Somerville Bank & Trust, 16790 U.S. 64. U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will discuss proposed government-sponsored enterprises reform bill. The meeting is open to the public. Cost is $10. Email rterry@mahba.com.

100. Events -

Graceland will host the Elvis Week candlelight vigil Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:30 p.m. at the gates of Graceland, 3717 Elvis Presley Blvd. Admission is free. Visit elvis.com/elvisweek for more information. More Elvis Week events are listed below.