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1. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

2. ‘A Step Closer’ -

The general contractor for the Crosstown redevelopment project recently applied for three building permits totaling $115.3 million as the development team approaches a key period for financing the ambitious project.

3. Medical Makeover -

After suffering from years of benign neglect, a new, more invigorated Memphis Medical Center is finally beginning to take shape.

A drive or walk around the area these days shows the hallmarks of a changing landscape – bulldozers, backhoes, cranes and construction crews working feverishly to forge the new urban environment.

4. Slim’s New Place -

For years, the house at 1130 College St., just north of McLemore Avenue and directly across College from the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, has been one of the city’s many musical ruins.

5. A Funder’s View of Sustainability -

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

As the Mid-South’s philanthropic partner since 1969, the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is clearly here to stay. That’s why we are interested in initiatives that make our area more livable and connected right now and for future generations.

6. New Media Explosion -

One of the defining features of a traditional newspaper is the content bundle, a broad selection of topics and stories meant to appeal to the widest group of readers possible.

Increasingly, though, upstart digital media outlets are launching in Memphis that take the opposite approach. They’re focusing their brands on content that doesn’t seek to be all things to all people, going after specific niches that the founders of these outlets feel get short shrift from legacy media.

7. Heritage Trail Likely to Continue Despite Rejection -

The plan to demolish the last large public housing development in Memphis and use the demolition as a catalyst for a larger redevelopment of the surrounding area did not make the final cut with federal housing officials in Washington.

8. City Sprouts -

The vacant homes and lots on Jennette Place near Walker Avenue and Mississippi Boulevard in South Memphis began germinating like an urban form of kudzu. They appeared like an invasive species in this proud neighborhood, spreading quickly, choking the life from viable properties and growing into a scourge that at one point seemed impossible to eradicate.

9. Walker Avenue Remake -

The former Mason YMCA on Walker Avenue near the University of Memphis is getting a new look. The redevelopment of the 11,500-square-foot property is underway and should be complete by the end of the year.

10. Improving Disparities -

Working to better understand, and thus bring down, Shelby County’s infant mortality rate would be a giant undertaking.

But that is but one of many challenges that lie ahead of a husband-and-wife team of doctors who nine months ago moved from Nashville to Memphis to set up the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity and the Exposome.

11. Ballpark Deal Back Before City Council -

Memphis City Council members are scheduled to pick up Tuesday, Jan. 7, where they left off last month in considering a proposal in which the city of Memphis would buy AutoZone Park and contribute toward improvements to the ballpark.

12. 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.

13. Highland McDonald’s Proposal Withdrawn -

The developers behind a proposed McDonald’s on Highland Avenue near the University of Memphis withdrew their request for approval from the Land Use Control Board Thursday, Nov. 14.

The developers, Century Management Inc., have withdrawn their plan completely after initially signaling they were withdrawing for 30 days.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Campus Connections -

The University of Memphis is in the early stages of updating its campus master plan, and it will seek input from its neighbors as it moves into its next century of higher education.

The U of M has hired the Smith Group JJR of Ann Arbor, Mich., to lead the effort with Memphis-based LRK Inc. serving as the local partner.

18. 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.

19. Mann Takes on Development Role at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy -

Cameron Mann has traded in an office of brick and glass for one of trees and meadow.

Perhaps not literally, but his new position as development manager for corporate and foundation support for Shelby Farms Park Conservancy promises to be more pastoral than musical, as his previous work with the Memphis Music Foundation proved to be.

20. Events -

BlackGirlsCODE will host a mobile-app development workshop for girls ages 13 to 17 Saturday, Aug. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, 3030 Poplar Ave. The event will also feature tech chats with women mobile developers. Cost is $35. Visit blackgirlscode.com.

21. 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.”

22. Aerotropolis Manager Bowman Completes Delta Leadership Program -

Chad Bowman, aerotropolis project manager for the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development, has graduated from the Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a yearlong Delta Regional Authority program designed to foster collaborative initiatives across the Delta region.

23. Urban Child Institute Devoted to Helping Memphis Kids -

There is a persistent and ever widening divide in our country between those who have plenty and those who suffer poverty.

Nowhere are the effects of that divide more harmful, and often irreversible, than in the lives of the children born into poverty. It is in the experiences of those early years, from conception through age three, when the brain develops to 80 percent of its capacity, that a course for long-term well-being is set.

24. Change of Scenery -

After spending years or decades in their current form, longtime staples of the local real estate scene are about to disappear or undergo major changes that will forever alter the city’s built landscape.

25. LeSaint Logistics Leases Space Near Airport -

LeSaint Logistics LLC is entering the Memphis market, having recently leased 57,285 square feet at 3300 Jet Cove.

26. Propelling City Forward Bloodworth’s Design Goal -

As he grew up in Memphis, Russell E. “Rusty” Bloodworth was fascinated by art, design and the use of space.

As a young boy his appetite for creation – through art and using household materials to build little communities – grew.

27. Tribute Symposium Honors Six Local Women -

The Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis paid tribute to six local women at a sold-out luncheon of more than 1,600 attendees on Friday, April 26.

The Legends Awards honor women whose work embodies the mission of the foundation – to support women and children throughout Shelby County.

28. Events -

ArtsMemphis will present the Stax to the Max music festival Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. outside the Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E. McLemore St. Admission to the festival is free; discounted museum tickets are $2 between noon and 5 p.m. Visit staxmuseum.com.

29. Chisca Rebirth -

“Memphis: The Musical” meets the real life setting Friday, April 26, for the fictional story of a Memphis radio announcer in the 1950s.

Actor Bryan Fenkart will walk about a block on South Main Street from The Orpheum Theater to the old Chisca hotel to perform at the project’s launch party. The party in the hotel’s garage space kicks off the $24 million renovation of the hotel as an apartment building.

30. Just Cause -

The concept of environmental justice is joining the issue of sustainability in new discussions about planning and the way cities like Memphis should work.

Local and regional planners meet Friday, April 19, at the University of Memphis to talk about “just sustainability” with the Tufts University planner who has been writing about it for the last decade.

31. Holtzclaw on Front Line of Myriad Real Estate Projects -

Anna Holtzclaw’s footprint is on property all over Memphis.

Since 2001, the real estate marketing entrepreneur has worked to promote properties developed and designed by the likes of the Henry Turley Co., LRK Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc.

32. Riley Takes Reins Of Women Attorneys Group -

Fran Riley was named president of the Association for Women Attorneys at the organization’s 33rd annual banquet and silent auction last month.

Riley is a law clerk to the five judges of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Tennessee.

33. Reardon Cautions Downtowners About Heritage Trail -

The University of Memphis professor spearheading the opposition of demolishing the city’s last remaining public housing project in the Vance Avenue neighborhood says that while the Heritage Trail Community Redevelopment Plan appears to be on “indefinite hold,” it is not dead, and Downtowners should beware.

34. Council Preps for Late Summer Sales Tax Hike Referendum -

A referendum on a half percent city sales tax hike to fund a city pre kindergarten expansion and roll back the city property tax rate by 20 cents would happen in August or September instead of May.

35. State Health Commissioner Talks Prevention -

The School of Public Health at the University of Memphis on Tuesday, Jan. 15, welcomed Tennessee Commissioner of Health Dr. John Dreyzehner and his health policy team to the Fishbowl Room inside the FedEx Institute of Technology for a “town hall” discussion of public health and economic issues that affect our community.

36. Reardon Speaks Out Against City’s Approach to Housing -

The University of Memphis professor leading the resistance to a still-forming plan to demolish the city’s last large public housing project says the city’s approach to transforming public housing since the late 1990s hasn’t worked.

37. Expert: Investors Confound Housing -

The role of investor-driven neighborhoods in Memphis is growing, and the impact on different kinds of neighborhoods is largely unstudied and unknown.

For instance, what does it mean that going into 2012, 54 percent of residential property sales were accounted for by investor purchases from the Real Estate Owned (REO) inventory of foreclosing lenders?

38. Rekindling Crosstown -

Video artist Chris Miner says one way to explain the redevelopment of the Sears Crosstown building is likening it to the process of creating art.

“You get into it with a general idea of what you want to do, but then you kind of let it take you wherever you are going to go or wherever the piece wants to go,” he said.

39. Events -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the MLGW administration building, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com for an agenda.

40. Rise of House Flipping Focus Of Seminar -

The impact of the foreclosure crisis on Shelby County home values is intricate and far-reaching.

Recent estimates by real estate information company Chandler Reports suggest that nearly a quarter of Memphis’ total housing stock are non-owner occupied.

41. Events Showcase Soulsville’s ‘Blank Canvas’ -

A group of organizations working to bring to life the Soulsville community ended a busy weekend that is an indication of the area’s promise at about where the produce section was supposed to be in the Soulsville Towne Center supermarket.

42. Crosstown Stakeholder Pleased With Development’s Direction -

Todd Richardson gave some schemes – albeit changing ones – of the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Friday, Oct. 5, at Universal Commercial Real Estate’s Regional Minority Business Entrepreneur Power Breakfast.

43. Daunting Vision -

To say the team behind the redevelopment of the nearly 20-year-vacant Sears, Roebuck & Co. Retail and Catalog distribution facility in Midtown’s Crosstown neighborhood has their work cut out for them would be an understatement at best.

44. LRK Designs Honored With Industry Excellence Awards -

Two of Memphis-based LRK Inc.’s designs have received national acclaim from the Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards, which honor the multifamily industry’s most noteworthy people, companies and properties.

45. Downtown Memphis Commission Celebrates Progress -

There was bicycle-powered smoothie preparation, an aerial circus-style art show, Beale Street Flippers, live music outside, a disc jockey inside, and food and drinks from Downtown restaurants and suppliers.

46. Return on Investment -

Most people already know some of the basic elements of the banking business. From the large national lenders with a Memphis presence to the community banks in the suburbs, one common element is they make money by charging borrowers more than the bank pays in interest to depositors.

47. Difference of Opinion -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration and a group of neighborhood leaders in the Vance Avenue area agree on highlighting the significant history of the area south of FedExForum.

Some kind of trail linking up more than a dozen sights is a feature both groups are planning for the area.

48. Vance Collaborative to Unveil Plan -

When the Vance Avenue Collaborative unveils its five-year, six-project plan Thursday, Sept. 13, for revitalizing the area south of FedExForum there will be some differences from what Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has been thinking.

49. Varied Career Led Spurlock to The Urban Child Institute -

Katy Spurlock, director of education and dissemination at The Urban Child Institute, has had a varied career in which every step along the way seems to have led her right to where she’s meant to be.

50. New Day Coming for Sears Crosstown Urban Village -

The historic Sears Crosstown building in Midtown Memphis is being redeveloped as a mixed-used vertical urban village, with nine “founding partners” in local health care, education and arts organizations that have signed on to occupy 600,000 square feet of the total 1.4 million square feet of space.

51. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

52. Boyle’s Binkley, Thompson Awarded CNU Accreditation -

Les Binkley and Gary Thompson of Boyle Investment Co. have been awarded CNU Accreditation by The Congress for the New Urbanism on the nomination of the faculty of the University of Miami School of Architecture.

53. State Grant Includes Walker Ave. Improvements -

On one very hot afternoon, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s effort to break public-private development projects out of Downtown got a $1.5 million boost.

With two food delivery trucks passing by on the crowded parking lot of Garibaldi’s Pizza, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam came to the University of Memphis area Thursday, July 26, to deliver three checks from transportation enhancement grants in the Walker Avenue area where Garibaldi’s and other locally owned businesses coexist in a compact area as well as the fourth phase of the Wolf River Greenway in North Memphis and the Highway 61 Blues Trail project.

54. Building Blitz -

Some of the city’s prominent homebuilders huddled up at McDonald’s on Winchester and Tchulahoma roads around 4:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4, trying to decide what the weather had in store for the first morning of the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis/Memphis Area Home Builders Association Home Builders Blitz.

55. Access to Healthy Foods Center of HMCT Meeting -

Healthy Memphis Common Table held its annual meeting Tuesday, May 22, at the University of Memphis to discuss health-related challenges facing citizens.

The organization is a nonprofit, regional health collaborative working to improve the quality of primary care; empower patients and caregivers; fight childhood obesity; reduce the rate of chronic diseases; and eliminate food deserts in low-income neighborhoods.

56. Strike up the Band -

For anyone who finds themselves in conversation with Mei-Ann Chen about the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, its big plans for the year and major guest performers who’ve been lined up, be prepared to get an earful on a topic about which Chen will evangelize, her smile broad and voice brimming with cheer.

57. City Moves Forward With 25-Square Blight Strategy -

The city started a pilot program last year to clean up blight by utilizing a 25-square-block strategy.

Due to the program’s success, the 25-square strategy is being implemented as the strategy for neighborhood improvement going forward. The program entails crews working in predetermined “target zones” to mitigate grass and weed overgrowth, abandoned and dilapidated houses, litter and debris, impassable sidewalks, congested alleys, potholes and vacant lots.

58. Tying it all Together -

University of Memphis art student Alex Smythe, who grew up in the Vollintine-Evergreen neighborhood, is extending an invitation to all Memphians to celebrate the revitalization of one of the city’s most diverse communities with the first annual V&E Greenline Artwalk.

59. Liddon Solves Problems for Relocating Companies -

When Robert Liddon began as a clerk at Heiskell Donelson after his second year in law school in 1974, there were about 25 attorneys.

Now the firm known as Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz PC is made up of about 600.

60. ASD Spells Out School Changes -

Now that the state’s Achievement School District has named the three Memphis City Schools in which it will run charter schools and three others that will be run by the state as neighborhood schools, the move to a swift transition by August begins.

61. Lowery, Illsley Honored With Dunavant Awards -

The Memphis City Council’s longest serving member and the plans review manager for the Shelby County Code Enforcement Department are the two winners of the 2012 Bobby Dunavant Public Service Awards.

62. Speaker to Introduce ‘Urban Magnet’ Concept -

Todd Richardson knows it takes a village to create a village.

Last summer Richardson – Crosstown Arts co-director and a University of Memphis assistant professor – was in Vancouver seeking ideas and connections that could aid in the transformation of the vacant Sears Crosstown building into an arts-based, mixed-use development.

63. U of M Lands Big East Invitation -

It got done. Not on the timetable originally envisioned and not without much angst along the way. But that’s old news overtaken by better news:

As of July 1, 2013, the University of Memphis will officially be a competitor in the Big East.

64. French Quarter’s New Owners Meet With Residents -

Two new local owners are under contract to buy and convert the former French Quarter Suites Hotel in Midtown’s Overton Square district to a Comfort Suites in a $6 million project.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Memphis Heritage Inc.’s office, 2282 Madison Ave., partners Jay Kumar and Rishi Chopra revealed plans to purchase the vacant 103-room hotel at 2144 Madison Ave., at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Madison from FQI LLC for $2.3 million and pump about $3.7 million into renovations.

65. Former French Quarter Hotel to Become Comfort Suites -

Two new local owners are under contract to convert the former French Quarter Suites Hotel in Midtown’s Overton Square district to a Comfort Suites in a $6 million project.

At a public meeting Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Memphis Heritage, 2282 Madison Ave., partners Jay Kumar and Rishi Chopra revealed their plans to purchase the vacant 103-room hotel at the northeast corner of Cooper Street and Madison Avenue from FQI LLC for $2.3 million and pump about $3.7 million into renovations.

66. Business Licenses Rise Slightly in 2011 -

The Shelby County Clerk’s Office issued 5,751 business licenses in 2011, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com. It’s about a 5 percent increase from 2010, when 5,489 were filed in the county.

67. 100 Years of Higher Learning -

You can find the origins of the University of Memphis in the 19th century – the 19th Century Club, that is.

It’s because the idea for the institution took root more than 100 years ago among a group of women who were members of the service and philanthropy group that still exists today.

68. Council Delays Scrap Yard Vote -

Plans for a 68-acre scrap and junk facility at Thomas Street and Royal Avenue in North Memphis took a step back this week at City Hall.

69. Wharton Keeps Most Division Directors, Shifts Some Duties -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is keeping the same team of division directors except two for his full four year term of office that started Sunday.

But the administration’s lobbyist in Nashville, TaJuan Stout Mitchell, is retiring and the position will change to be more of a contact person with the Memphis City Council instead of state legislators in Nashville.

70. Design 500 Finds Passion Preparing Museum Exhibits -

Scott Blake’s home office in a historic building at 671 Jefferson Ave. is clearly the abode of a man with a deep love of art, history and design.

71. Clearing a Path -

The nonprofit group assembling a plan to restore parts of and add Shelby County connections to the Mississippi River Trail for bicycles and pedestrians talked about old unmarked roads and attractions at a Monday, Dec. 12, hearing in Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park.

72. Commitment, Teamwork Help Whitaker Realty Thrive -

Though the last four years of the recession-afflicted economy have been a dark cloud of pessimism in the real estate world, Whitaker Realty LLC owner Mark Whitaker has weathered the storm and found success by carefully choosing his clients and providing careful oversight on expenditures.

73. Penny Takes Basketball Dream to Cordova -

The name is in place and so is the site, but the timetable and all the partners are not. Penny Hardaway’s FastBreak Courts, it was formally announced Tuesday, Nov. 8, at Gameday Sports Park in Cordova, will be built on Fischer Steel Road just across from the popular baseball complex.

74. ServiceMaster, Other Cos. Support Habitat Mission -

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has a busy couple of weeks ahead as it closes its books on the fall building season.

Tuesday, Oct. 25, marked the dedication of The ServiceMaster Co. home at 3477 E. Oak Side Drive in Trinity Park, the first all-green neighborhood being developed by Memphis Habitat. The will be the Memphis-based home and commercial services company’s fifth sponsorship home with the nonprofit.

75. Business License Activity Rises 14 Pct. in Q3 -

The number of businesses licenses filed with the Shelby County Clerk’s office increased by more than 14 percent to 1,592 in the third quarter compared with 1,391 in third quarter 2010, according to The Daily News Online, www.memphisdailynews.com.

76. Erica Gorman Named Habitat’s Volunteer Manager -

Erica Gorman, former volunteer and events coordinator at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis, was recently promoted to volunteer manager.

77. Butler Snow’s Van Horn Sworn in as TBA President -

When Danny Van Horn left Memphis in 1990 to pursue his undergrad degree at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, he swore he would wind up anywhere but back home where he started.

78. Agape Launches GED Pilot Program -

The Bluff City has been an active player in the Talent Dividend, an initiative to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years, which could generate a $1 billion annual increase in personal income.

79. Nike Adds 400K Square Feet To Local Portfolio -

The world’s largest maker of athletic gear has signed a lease in Memphis’ Southeast industrial submarket to handle its newly acquired NFL contract.

Nike Inc. inked a 400,000-square-foot warehouse lease in Centerpointe Distribution Center No. 1, 3461 E. Raines Road. Built in 1994, the property, owned by San Francisco-based Prologis Inc., features 38 dock doors and an 11,687-square-foot office space component.

80. Renewed Vision -

Victorian Village Inc. executive director Scott Blake has spent the past five years diligently working to revitalize the neighborhood he calls home, and a slew of recent projects indicate Victorian Village could be on the cusp of a renaissance.

81. Murry-Drobot Joins Family Safety Center -

Olliette Murry-Drobot has joined the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County as executive director.

Hometown: West Memphis

Work Experience: Fourteen years in not-for-profit management, neighborhood revitalization, organizational development and social services delivery. Recently, I served as the executive director for the Southeast Memphis Community Development Corp. and as a lead consultant on community outreach efforts for The Center for Criminology and Research at the University of Memphis.

82. A New Home -

On a humid late May afternoon that signaled the imminent arrival of a sweltering Memphis summer, Burundi native Sedekia Imanairakiza seemed to be in his element, skillfully nurturing the soil and sowing the seeds that will yield fruitful summer crops at Urban Farms, a community garden in the heart of the city.

83. University Place Becomes TN’s 1st LEED Neighborhood -

University Place – a multifamily community designed by Memphis-based Architecture Inc. and developed by St. Louis, Mo.-based McCormack Baron Salazar – has achieved its certification in the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development pilot program.

84. Blank Palette -

When best-selling author Richard Florida visited Memphis recently, he spelled out to a room full of artists the formula for building a city’s creative class – attract, retain and engage talent.

85. Expert: Memphis’ Real Estate Woes Related -

Grant Thrall, the former University of Memphis Martha and Robert Fogelman Family chair of excellence in sustainable real estate, was brought to Memphis from Florida to serve as a community consultant, providing his opinion on distance location and economic development growth.

86. ‘Melrose Place’ Apartments Moving in to Orange Mound -

What to call a refurbished apartment complex in Orange Mound near Melrose High School that aims to draw college students as tenants. Melrose Place, of course.

The 80-unit Melrose Place will replace what is now the vacant 164-unit Barronbrook Apartments at 3000 Barron Ave. at Semmes Street. City leaders including Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. marked the opening of the project Tuesday at the Orange Mound Community Center.

87. Despite Opposition, Solana Moves Forward -

Despite neighborhood opposition and zoning hurdles, a new Germantown senior living facility promises a unique concept and dozens of amenities.

The Solana – a 182-unit senior living facility at 8199 Poplar Ave. east of Kimbrough Road in Germantown – has recently broken ground and is shooting for a late summer 2012 opening.

88. Urban Child Institute Study Seeks Local Birth Data -

The Memphis-based Urban Child Institute is recruiting the final participants in what will ultimately be an intensive eight-year study focused on the cognitive development of young children in Shelby County.

89. New Song -

The music and worship arts college formerly known as Visible School officially changed its name to Visible Music College as it prepares to move into its new home at 200 Madison Ave. Downtown later this year.

90. Leaders Embrace Aerotropolis as Conference Nears -

A group of 30 people gathered Wednesday evening in what used to be a church just across Airways Boulevard from a runway at Memphis International Airport.

The town hall meeting by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. was for airport employees, some still wearing uniforms from their jobs less than a mile away.

91. City Eyes End to Public Housing Projects -

Chain link fences went up around the four Memphis Housing Authority high-rises earlier this month.

The renovation work that is about to begin on the public housing units in the next year comes as the city prepares to begin demolition of Cleaborn Homes on April 12.

92. Events -

The Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will hold the Leading Tomorrow Lunch Series with the University of Memphis Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the University Center. The event will focus on sharing a dialogue on leadership concepts, overcoming challenges and looking at opportunities. For reservations, e-mail Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.

93. Open Dialogue -

Ask a group of teenagers whether they feel their ideas are taken seriously by adults and it’s pretty much guaranteed the response will be a unanimous, resounding “No.”

But if those teens participate in Imagine Memphis, a citywide initiative designed to connect youth and adults to imagine and create a better Memphis, the response to that question is likely to be an overwhelmingly positive one.

94. Events -

The Lipscomb & Pitts Breakfast Club will hold the Leading Tomorrow Lunch Series with the University of Memphis Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the University Center. The event will focus on sharing a dialogue on leadership concepts, overcoming challenges and looking at opportunities. For reservations, e-mail Jeremy Park at jeremyp@lpinsurance.com.

95. Muller Brings Love for Memphis to Chamber -

In the eyes of Dexter Muller, Memphis’ shining attribute is that it’s too big for its britches.

Memphis is the smallest city in the country that has a NBA team, an airline hub and a zoo with a panda exhibit.

96. Talent Dividend Promotes Increasing Graduate Rate -

The Memphis Talent Dividend (MTD) College Attainment Initiative is a more than 100-member mission to increase the number of college graduates in the Memphis Metropolitan area by 1 percent over the next five years.

97. Robertson Eager to Help Revitalize Memphis Neighborhoods -

Eric Robertson gets excited when he thinks about the future of Memphis. That’s because he knows he’ll be a part of its development.

98. Highland Family Dollar Could Spur Area Development -

A recently approved plan for a Family Dollar development on Highland could very well set the tone for peer retailers looking to come to the area.

Marketplace Development LLC purchased the northeast corner of Highland Street and Spottswood Avenue for $525,000 for a proposed freestanding 8,100-square-foot Family Dollar Stores Inc. development. A $1.2 million construction loan was taken out at the time of the sale.

99. Visible School Enjoys Strong Fundraising Amid Christmas Show Prep -

Visible School Music and Worship Arts College is gearing up for its third annual Christmas fundraising show, but this year the gifts of donations are coming in early, including a recent $100,000 check.

100. Bold as Brass -

The proprietor of the newest addition to Downtown’s thriving business community is an Irishman with a raconteur’s charm and a traveler’s adventurous streak.

Some of those qualities were even on display when Seamus Loftus, who’s transforming the space at 152 Madison Ave. into an Irish pub called The Brass Door, described himself in an application for development incentives to the Center City Development Corp.