Google already has mapped cities like Memphis extensively via the company’s now familiar, camera-equipped Street View cars, which produce interactive images that can be explored by a curious user. The search company, though, has also taken that technology a step farther, with the result available in Memphis starting today.
24. Simonson Joins IRIS Orchestra Staff - Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Jenna Simonson has joined IRIS Orchestra as community relations coordinator. In her new role, Simonson will oversee community engagement programs and office management for the orchestra, which kicked off its 15th season in October.25. McManus Joins Patrick Accounting - Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Michelle McManus, a Memphis native and certified public accountant, has joined Patrick Accounting and Tax Services PLLC as manager. In her new role, McManus will supervise and review the monthly accounting process for a section of clients. She will also prepare and review tax returns and work closely with clients, assisting them with ongoing tax planning.26. Bible Joins Shea Moskovitz & McGhee - Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Kirkland Bible has joined family law firm Shea Moskovitz & McGhee as an associate. In her new position, Bible will represent clients in a variety of family law matters, including divorce, post-divorce and child custody matters.27. I Choose Memphis: Kesha Whitaker - Monday, May 12, 2014
“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.
Name: Kesha Whitaker
Job title and company: Communications and Development Manager, Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis28. Ethics Complaint Against Chism Dismissed - Monday, February 03, 2014
It was commissioner against commissioner in the highest profile use so far of Shelby County government’s current ethics policy.
And the dispute that affected the commission’s deliberations on a county property tax rate ended last week with a three-citizen panel dismissing County Commissioner Terry Roland’s complaint against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism.29. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism - Friday, January 31, 2014
The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.30. Ethics Panel Dismisses Roland Complaint Against Chism - Friday, January 31, 2014
The highest profile use of Shelby County government’s ethics policy since it was implemented in 2008 has ended with the three-citizen panel hearing a complaint by County Commissioner Terry Roland against fellow Commissioner Sidney Chism dismissing Roland’s claim.31. Race for the Cure Ready at New Home - Friday, October 25, 2013
Participants in Saturday’s Komen Memphis-MidSouth Race for the Cure will see some significant changes this year.
One of them will be a change of scenery. After 20 years at The Shops of Saddle Creek in Germantown, the race is moving to Carriage Crossing in Collierville.32. Events - Tuesday, September 10, 2013
The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. board will meet Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.33. Events - Monday, September 09, 2013
Stax Museum of American Soul Music will screen the U.S. premiere of BBC documentary “Otis Redding: Soul Ambassador” Monday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. at the museum, 926 E. McLemore Ave. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. Cost is free. Visit staxmuseum.com.34. Events - Saturday, September 07, 2013
In-Synk and The Daily News will host a Leadership Lunch & Learn book review and discussion on Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” Friday, Sept. 6, 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.35. August 9-15, 2013: This week in Memphis history - Saturday, August 10, 2013
2010: Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. announced Tobey Park would be the site for the city’s first neighborhood skatepark. The $440,000 project was completed and opened in November 2011.
2008: Grays Creek residents and others in Cordova began organizing opposition to plans for a new Walmart Supercenter on the northwest corner of Houston Levee and Macon Roads. The project would later be voted down by the Shelby County Commission.36. Small Businesses are Hiring Again, But Cautiously - Thursday, June 13, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) – Nina Vaca is interviewing job applicants at her staffing company again after putting hiring on hold at the end of last year.
Vaca expects to hire more than 50 people for her firm, Pinnacle Technical Resources, by the end of 2013. Demand is soaring for the high-tech temporary workers it places at large corporations. The reason for her caution: Months of uncertainty about federal taxes and budget cuts has disappeared.37. Fisher Named Director Of Economic Development - Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Gwyn Fisher has been named the greater Memphis regional director of economic and community development by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. In her new role, Fisher will work with companies, municipalities and stakeholders in Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties to create jobs, attract new businesses and expand existing businesses.38. Program Addresses Neonatologist Shortage - Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Memphis hospitals face a shortage of physicians that care for critically ill and premature newborn infants.
While the rate is falling, premature births in Shelby County remain well above the national average, says Ramasubbareddy Dhanireddy, who is medical director of the Sheldon Korones Newborn Center at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis and the neonatal intensive care unit at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.39. Health Care Challenge - Monday, April 08, 2013
To cap off National Public Health Week, The Daily News held an in-depth discussion about health care reform and the daunting task of trying to digest and comprehend the new Affordable Care Act, which encompasses more than 2,800 pages of law and more than 100,000 pages of regulations and rules.40. Events - Monday, April 01, 2013
University of Memphis Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter and Students Advocating Service will kick off Act! Speak! Build! Week Monday, April 1, at 10 a.m. in the University Center Bluff Room, 499 University St. Guests include Sen. Reginald Tate and Jessica Hord of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis. Cost is free. Visit memphishabitat.com.41. Cooper Focused on Improving MED Processes - Saturday, March 30, 2013
Several months into her new role at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Susan Cooper is focusing on what she calls “quick wins” to improve the quality of patient care throughout the regional health system.42. Events - Thursday, February 21, 2013
Poplar Pike Playhouse will present “The Wiz” Thursday, Feb. 21, through March 9 at the theater, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit ppp.org for times and tickets.43. Towns Named to Southern College of Optometry Board - Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Leticia “Tish” Towns, senior vice president of external relations for the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, has been named to the Southern College of Optometry board of trustees. Among her duties at The MED, Towns oversees the development of the hospital’s strategic plan and manages marketing and communications, community engagement, the Traumatic Brain Injury program, government relations and pastoral care.44. Paragon’s Cullum Pursues New Civic Involvement - Thursday, November 22, 2012
Ashley Cullum, the vice president of business development for Paragon National Bank, has added some new institutions to what’s become a long list of civic groups she works with outside the bank.45. Local Organizations Tout Alzheimer’s Awareness - Wednesday, November 07, 2012
November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and several local organizations are ramping up efforts to increase awareness and education for caregivers and loved ones dealing with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.46. Race for the Cure Marks 20th Local Event - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Pink is prevalent during the month of October, but don’t let its playful, flirtatious demeanor mislead you. The thousands of Mid-Southerners who will be wearing it this weekend are strong, resilient and determined. And they are waging a fierce battle against breast cancer.47. MED Files $1.3 Million Permit for Improvements - Tuesday, October 09, 2012
877 Jefferson Ave. Memphis, TN 38104
Permit Cost: $1.3 million
Project Cost: TBA48. Willow Oaks Apartment Complex Sells for $1.1 Million - Friday, October 05, 2012
Bountiful, Utah-based Noall Investment Properties LLC has paid $1.1 million for the 346-unit Willow Oaks apartment complex at 2429 Ketchum Road.49. Evans Joins American Esoteric as Vice President - Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Dr. Jess Evans has joined American Esoteric Laboratories as vice president of technical operations. In his new role, Evans is responsible for instrumentation, personnel, operational performance and quality assurance for the Memphis laboratory.50. Healing in a Hurry - Monday, August 27, 2012
Urgent health care clinics are becoming increasingly attractive options for patients discouraged by long wait times and difficulty securing appointments with their overwhelmed primary care physicians.51. East Joins Carriage Crossing As Marketing Coordinator - Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Kendra East has joined Carriage Crossing as marketing coordinator. East’s new responsibilities include creating and implementing the lifestyle center’s yearly marketing budget, spearheading onsite events and leading merchant communication.52. Soul Celebration to Benefit MED Foundation - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The Four Tops, The Temptations Review, Thelma Houston, and Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. will bring their legendary brand of soul to The Peabody hotel’s Grand Ballroom Saturday, March 31, during “Med Night: A Soul Celebration.”53. Events - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The Better Business Bureau Breakfast Series will continue Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the BBB, 3693 Tyndale Drive. Lori Turner-Wilson of RedRover Sales & Marketing will discuss reaching and keeping customers through generational marketing. Cost is free for BBB-accredited businesses and $10 for guests. To register, contact Susan Harris at 757-8617 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Edwards Joins Barnett Group as Director of Client Tech - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Jonathan Edwards has joined The Barnett Group as director of client technology. Edwards will work with clients and prospects to analyze their medical claims and plan options to find the best fit for them.55. Clearing a Path - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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.56. Events - Thursday, October 27, 2011
Hutchison School will host an Upper School Visitor Day for girls entering grades nine through 12 in the fall of 2012 Thursday, Oct. 27, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hutchison, 1740 Ridgeway Road. For more information, call 762-6672 or visit www.hutchisonschool.org.57. Celebrities to Sling Cocktails for CLC - Thursday, October 27, 2011
Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr., television personality and former professional wrestler Jerry Lawler, and longtime Fox 13 news anchor Mearl Purvis are among the celebrity bartenders who’ll serve up cocktails Thursday, Oct. 27, at Strut Memphis, a benefit for the Community Legal Center.58. Grant Brings ‘Pop Up’ Art to Underserved Areas - Friday, October 14, 2011
Sometimes art pops up in the most unlikely of places. Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, three underserved neighborhoods will have the city’s best performances delivered to their doorsteps.59. New Façades - Monday, October 03, 2011
Local architecture firms have run the gamut with realignment strategies in combating the economic downturn, from reduction of footprints and overhead to reorganizing and rebranding.
In late 2009, Memphis-based Looney Ricks Kiss Architects Inc. filed a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. The news sent shockwaves throughout the industry, as one of the city’s most prominent firms – behind landmark projects like AutoZone Park and AutoZone corporate headquarters, Riverside Drive, FedExForum, Harbor Town and the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, to name a few – was being forced to reorganize.60. Humane Society to Hold Fundraiser - Monday, September 26, 2011
The Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County will host Paw Prints 2011, its largest fundraiser, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden, 750 Cherry Road.61. Susan G. Komen Holds T-Shirt Contest for Kids - Friday, August 26, 2011
The Memphis-Midsouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is inviting all area children to participate in the Kids for the Cure T-Shirt Art Contest to promote healthy living and raise awareness for breast cancer.62. Ga.-Based Coastal Logistics Signs Lease - Friday, June 24, 2011
A budding Savannah, Ga.-based third-party logistics firm is expanding into the Southeast Memphis industrial market. Coastal Logistics Group Inc. has signed a new 50,000-square-foot lease at 5715 Distribution Drive.63. ArtsMemphis' Schadt Wins Michael Newton Award - Monday, June 20, 2011
The 2011 Michael Newton Award was presented to Susan Schadt, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis, by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts. The award has been given annually since 1991 and recognizes exemplary leadership skills and extraordinary dedication to supporting the arts through a united arts fund. Schadt, who took her position at ArtsMemphis in 2002, received her award at the Americans for the Arts Annual Convention in San Diego.64. Murry-Drobot Joins Family Safety Center - Wednesday, June 15, 2011
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.65. Ewing Named Partner at Tactical Magic - Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Susan Akil Ewing has been named partner at Tactical Magic. Ewing joined the firm as a marketing strategist in 2010 after 18 years in the field, where she held executive positions at local advertising agencies, including Thompson & Co. and inferno.66. brg3s Separates from TRO Jung|Brannen - Friday, April 29, 2011
The Memphis office of TRO Jung|Brannen has become the privately held brg3s architects. The new name represents Steve Berger, Brett Ragsdale, Susan Golden, Jon Summers, Ed Scharff and Jay Sweeney, the six shareholders.67. Komen Affiliate Awards 10 Grants - Thursday, April 28, 2011
The Memphis/Mid-South Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded 10 grants totaling $723,925 to programs providing breast cancer services in the Mid-South.
Baptist Memorial Hospital has been awarded $188,000 for the Filling the Gap – Mammography for Underserved Women Program, for screening mammograms to underserved women on a digitally equipped mobile unit as well as diagnostic procedures as needed at the Women’s Health Center.68. Family Life Drives More Women Home for Work - Monday, April 18, 2011
When Marci Lambert started her own studio in the fall of 2008, she discovered that photographing families doesn’t keep her from managing her own.
Being a busy mother herself strikes a chord with other mothers in need of her services, she said.69. Who’s Who of Soul to Perform for MED Foundation - Thursday, March 31, 2011
More than a dozen legendary soul artists plan to bring down the house – in this case The Peabody hotel – during a one-night-only, blowout concert benefiting The MED Foundation, the fundraising arm of The Regional Medical Center at Memphis. 70. Capwell Shares Love of Reading Through Books From Birth - Friday, March 04, 2011
After Nora Capwell’s children were born, she left her career in the financial industry to pursue volunteer work and eventually became involved with the Junior League of Memphis, a nonprofit organization of women committed to improving the Memphis community.71. Bradley Named Mid-South Super Lawyer - Wednesday, February 09, 2011
J. Anthony Bradley has been named for the third consecutive year to the Mid-South Super Lawyers for estate planning and probate practice areas.72. Courthouse Tours Kick off Thursday - Thursday, October 28, 2010
The Memphis Bar Association kicks off Thursday free public tours of the Shelby County Courthouse at 140 Adams Ave.73. Memphis Means Music Week Promotes Indie Vibe - Friday, October 22, 2010
Memphis is one of the most widely named cities in American song lyrics, but Memphis musicians still need a little help.
This year’s Memphis Means Music Week, beginning this weekend, promotes the community that keeps independent musicians working.74. ArtsMemphis, DU Team Up for Conservation Effort - Friday, October 15, 2010
At first glance, it seems an unlikely partnership. But in the Mid-South, an initiative that brings together waterfowl enthusiasts and art supporters makes perfect sense.
“Here we have the best hunting grounds in the entire world and also an amazing, unique, vibrant arts community,” said Susan Schadt, president and CEO of ArtsMemphis. “In a lot of ways, we think that conservation and art are two of the best things this area has to offer.”75. Election Dispute Heats Up as Court Date is Delayed - Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Both sides in the disputed Aug. 5 Shelby County elections will return to Chancery Court Wednesday in a second attempt to begin the civil trial on the matter.
And those contesting the election lost two of their three expert witnesses.76. Food Chain on South Main Creates ‘Hunger Awareness’ - Monday, September 20, 2010
This month’s South Main Art Trolley Tour, which runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 24, is about more than art and more than South Main Street.
It’s about food.
More specifically, it’s about combining all those factors – art, food, South Main’s business growth and Trolley Night’s popularity – to help the Mid-South Food Bank provide food to needy families.77. Proceeds Of Book, CD To Help Uninsured Musicians - Monday, September 20, 2010
Jim Dickinson once said that the hardest nights for a touring musician were Christmas, Easter and Memphis.
For Memphis musicians, those hard times can last all year long.78. Taking Care of Business - Monday, August 30, 2010
A diverse mix of Memphis businesses is defying the odds and finding success spanning multiple family generations. Grant & Co., Champion Awards, Jim’s Place East, Barden Stone and Broadway Pizza are among the Memphis institutions thriving under second- and third-generation ownership and management.79. Action! We Belong in the Movies - Friday, August 06, 2010
Gene Hackman has a big head.
I’m not talking ego, the man really does have a head the size of a medicine ball. I know because I stood next to him one morning in Court Square chatting about the Hebe Fountain. Okay, he wasn’t actually talking to me, he was talking to the little guy on the other side of him – Tom Cruise. Maybe 5-7, depending on his shoes. They were here shooting “The Firm.”80. In Search of an Oasis - Monday, August 02, 2010
Part of the path to inner-city recovery appears to run through a garden, or at least through the produce section of a supermarket. Nine farmers markets operate in various parts of Shelby County this summer, from Downtown to Collierville and places such as Germantown, Agricenter International and Cooper-Young in between.81. CDC Chief Pushes Prevention on Memphis Visit - Friday, July 16, 2010
Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, saw the frontlines of the city’s health battles while in Memphis.
Frieden was in town Wednesday for the start of the National Association of County & City Health Officials annual conference, held here for the first time. The conference, which ends Friday, had nearly 900 people registered as of the first day.82. Donation Gives House of Mews New Life - Friday, June 25, 2010
Mark Giannini is allergic to cats, but they touched his heart just the same.
Giannini, founder and CEO of the Memphis-based information technology firm Service Assurance, and company president Kelli Mitchell made a long-term commitment of financial support to the struggling yet iconic House of Mews cat adoption center, giving its director a reprieve from personal hardships.83. Komen Organization Distributes $850,000-Plus - Wednesday, May 26, 2010
The Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has raised and distributed grants totaling $851,358 to combat breast cancer.
Dr. Susan Hoover, who chairs the grants committee, said the awarded money is the second largest dollar amount to date.84. Events - Thursday, April 15, 2010
The Aging Commission of the Mid-South and the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a free education conference for caregivers today from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Road. The conference is free but space is limited. To register, call 565-0011. 85. Applicants Submit Resumes to Head CCC - Thursday, April 08, 2010
A search for successors to departing Center City Commission president Jeff Sanford has generated significant local interest.
Out of more than 70 applicants who submitted resumes to the CCC’s executive search team, the field appears to be narrowing to around 20 people who most closely fit the job description.86. Ford’s County Pension Raises Flags for Malone - Monday, March 15, 2010
Interim Shelby County Mayor Joe Ford and Shelby County Commissioner Deidre Malone have crossed swords in the Democratic primary battle for mayor.87. Rival Raises Issue Of Ford Benefits - Friday, March 12, 2010
Six months after he was appointed to the Shelby County Commission in 2002, Joe Ford got an unusual benefit.
The body approved a resolution crediting him for the six years he had served on the Memphis City Council toward his county government pension.88. The Cost of Progress - Monday, March 08, 2010
The development of Norfolk Southern Corp.’s $112 million intermodal yard on a former cattle ranch in Fayette County has polarized the community for more than a year. 89. Memphis Financial Firms See Optimism - Monday, March 01, 2010
Policymakers, consumers and business leaders probably would like to hold the U.S. economy to the same standard the world’s best athletes have been striving for in Vancouver for the past two weeks.
But as the U.S. economy slaloms down the bumpy slope of recovery in 2010, its performance likely will be something less than the Olympic motto of “Faster, Higher, Stronger.”90. Commercial Real Estate Raises Red Flags for Bankers - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
This month’s foreclosure of the 19-story Exchange Building apartment tower at 130 Madison Ave. is a local example of a problem that’s sounding alarm bells in the banking industry.
It’s the commercial real estate version of the mortgage meltdown that clobbered the housing industry. Signs are emerging that it’s poised to pounce on banks, the real estate industry and policymakers who have spent the past two years working to quell that previous crisis.91. Events - Wednesday, February 17, 2010
The Shelby County Commission will hold committee meetings today beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Shelby County Administration Building, 160 N. Main St. For more information, call 545-4301 or visit agendapub.shelbycountytn.gov. 92. Norfolk Woes? - Thursday, February 04, 2010
Norfolk Southern Corp. hasn’t laid down any of the track that will connect its main line to the proposed $112 million intermodal terminal in Rossville, but the company is laying down a foundation to keep the project on target to open in two years.93. More Details, Concerns Emerge From Norfolk Southern Deal - Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Norfolk Southern Corp. has unveiled preliminary environmental data that will serve as the foundation of its proposed intermodal terminal in Fayette County, where cargo containers will be transferred between trucks and trains.94. First H1N1 Vaccines Given At Le Bonheur - Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Holly Smith, a registered nurse and mother of two young children, became the first Tennessean and one of the first people in the United States to receive the H1N1 vaccine Monday.95. Le Bonheur Workers Get H1N1 Vaccination This Morning - Monday, October 05, 2009
Health care workers at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, which is been a hot spot with the H1NI flu pandemic, will be among the first people in the nation to receive a vaccination for the virus.
The vaccinations will begin at 10 a.m. today. Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases will be on hand for the vaccinations along with State Health Commissioner Susan R. Cooper as well as hospital and county officials.
So many children have been brought to the hospital’s emergency department that it has had to set up a triage tent to handle the cases. Although the vast majority of the cases have been mild, some children have required hospitalizations. Two of those patients have died.
Le Bonheur’s doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists who work in the emergency department and intensive care units will be the first in the nation to receive the H1N1 vaccination. Pediatric physicians and some employees from the Memphis and Shelby County Health Department will also receive the vaccine.
96. Service First: Nonprofit orgs struggle to balance client needs with funding shortages - Monday, September 14, 2009
Rahema Barber gazed into the void of the Power House. It looked as though all the art had been wiped away: blank walls, empty rooms and silent space.
What had been a center of creative energy was about to become a shuttered building once again – just six years after the nonprofit Delta Axis had transformed the old coal plant into a venue for contemporary art and film.97. Foreclosed Apartments Find New Owner - Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The bank that bought the Whitney Manor and Frayser Manor apartment complexes in Frayser out of foreclosure has sold the properties to a Connecticut-based entity called Group 40 LLC. The $2.2 million sale closed in late July.98. Events - Friday, May 22, 2009
The Center City Commission board of directors will meet today at noon in the Center City Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. 99. Norfolk Southern, Fayette Move Closer to Intermodal Marriage - Friday, May 15, 2009
The South Fayette Alliance on Wednesday night began the process of endorsing a site where the group wants Norfolk Southern Corp. to build its proposed intermodal facility, although it didn’t reach a formal position.100. Next Stop: Norfolk Southern’s intermodal plans take shape - Wednesday, March 18, 2009
The freight trains that rumble through Memphis are hard to ignore, especially the ones that parallel or bisect main thoroughfares and disrupt traffic. But even people who don’t cross railroad tracks during their commutes are likely to hear the distant blare of horns at some point during the day as locomotives make their way into and out of the city.