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1. Last Word: Lipscomb's Successor, MATA School Buses and Roland's Big Breakfast -

Paul Young gets a lot more attention these days than he did when he was the first director of the city-county Office of Sustainability. The attention comes with being the city director of Housing and Community Development where virtually all of the funding comes from the federal government.
That federal funding has changed the face of public housing in the city in the last 25 years. There is only one large public housing project left in the city as a result of the federal funding and its use by Young’s predecessor, Robert Lipscomb.
And what Lipscomb did with the job combined with being the executive director of the Memphis Housing Authority is why a lot of people want to get to know Paul Young these days.
Our centerpiece story by Madeline Faber in Tuesday’s edition makes clear that Young has no desire to wield that kind of power. And it is unlikely anyone in the near future will have the kind of autonomy Lipscomb did.
But beyond that there is still the flow of a lot of federal dollars and Young has some ideas based on his experience in government and finance prior to coming to HCD – everything in government is initials.
It’s a much different experience than Lipscomb’s. Lipscomb coined the phrase “ending public housing as we know it” and at times that slogan wasn’t followed with a lot of detail about what came after public housing was demolished, especially with the first of the projects to fall.
The last public housing project, Foote Homes, will be demolished on Young’s watch which makes his tenure important if more limited than Lipscomb’s tenure.

2. Young Cherishes Role of Rebuilding Memphis Neighborhoods -

“I don’t want to be viewed as the most powerful person in Memphis,” said Paul Young, a Memphis native who became director of Housing and Community Development for the city of Memphis in January.

3. Last Word: Saturday In The Park, Lipscomb's Successor and Fred's Looks Up -

Quite the Easter weekend on the Overton Park Greensward.
Greensward partisans planned a Saturday Easter Egg hunt, Memphis Zoo parking crews found the eggs and a crowd of several hundred people blocked overflow parking briefly that afternoon.

4. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

5. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

6. Last Word: Redbirds Sold, Memphis Burning and When Old Dominick Was Young -

Grizzlies over the Cavaliers 106-103 Monday evening in Cleveland despite the pre-game injury story dominating up to tip-off.

7. Volunteers Needed for Kids Shoe Distribution -

More than 250 Memphis children will receive new shoes on Jan. 26, thanks to a partnership among the nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club – and the organizers are seeking volunteers to help make it happen.

8. Volunteers Needed For Kids Shoe Distribution -

More than 250 Memphis children will receive new shoes on Jan. 26, thanks to a partnership among the nonprofit Samaritan’s Feet, the Memphis Grizzlies and the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club – and the organizers are seeking volunteers to help make it happen.

9. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

10. St. George’s School Receives Two Awards -

Recognizing its distinctive educational model and long-standing commitment to diversity, St. George’s Independent School has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the SPARK award for education.

11. St. George’s School Receives Two Awards -

Recognizing its distinctive educational model and long-standing commitment to diversity, St. George’s Independent School has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the SPARK award for education.

12. Young Named City HCD Director By Strickland -

Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland has named Paul Young as the director of the city’s division of Housing and Community Development.

13. Sullivan Leaves MHA for Chattanooga Post -

Maura Black Sullivan is leaving as interim director of the Memphis Housing Authority at the end of December to become the chief operating officer of Chattanooga city government.

Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke announced her appointment Thursday, Dec. 17.

14. Last Word: The Force Reawakens, Methodist Expands and Setting Up 2016 -

Last Word is a new daily online column that offers an overview of what’s happened at the end of shift, so to speak. Picture a dimly lit newsroom in the Downtown night and the last person in the place leaving a memo for the morning shift and you have a pretty good idea of what we are aiming for.

15. Shelby County Schools Eyes Crosstown -

Shelby County Schools wants to open a high school at Crosstown Concourse. SCS superintendent Dorsey Hopson confirmed the school district’s interest Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“We’ve spoken with some of the local funders about putting together some plan to ensure that there are some high-quality options there,” Hopson said. “There are a number of different ways that we’re thinking about it. But absolutely we would love to be a part of it.”

16. Events -

MasterIT will host a cybersecurity event titled “The Checklist Every CEO Needs to Protect Their Clients, Employees and Business” on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance, 2670 Union Ave., first floor conference room. Register at master-IT.com.

17. Events -

The Town of Collierville will open the 110-acre Hinton Park with a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at 10524 E. Holmes Road. The destination park features a five-acre fishing lake, two playgrounds, two disc golf courses and three miles of trails. Call 901-457-2210 for details.

18. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

19. Events -

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network will host the Quality of Life and Palliative Care Policy Forum on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Memphis Bioworks Foundation, 20 Dudley St. The forum will discuss the impact of public policy on patient quality-of-life issues in Tennessee. Cost is free. RSVP at acscan.org or email lynn.williams@cancer.org.

20. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Brooks Museum of Art director Emily Ballew Neff is the guest speaker. Cost is $20. RSVP to bethhaag@comcast.net.

21. Events -

Cannon Wright Blount will present “Getting Started With QuickBooks: Learn From the Experts” on Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at its offices, 756 Ridge Lake Blvd., suite 100. The class will cover new company setup, entering/paying bills and more. Cost is $100. Register at cannonwrightblount.com/resources or 901-685-7500.

22. Events -

Cooper-Young’s Rocktober music series continues Monday through Thursday, Oct. 19-22, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the gazebo at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. Performers include Richard Jones (Oct. 19), Loveland Duren (Oct. 20), Anne Schorr (Oct. 21) and Nancy Apple (Oct. 22). Concerts continue throughout October. Visit cooperyoung.com.

23. Client Compassion Drives Clay & Land’s Cook -

Kathryn Cook finds her profession rewarding. But building a successful career in an industry that doesn’t have many female producers hasn’t been easy, particularly for the single mother of a special-needs child.

24. Strickland Upsets Wharton In Memphis Mayor's Race -

Not even close. Mayoral challenger Jim Strickland rolled up a wide margin over incumbent Mayor A C Wharton in the early-vote totals in advance of the Oct. 8 election day count.

And based on that and other election indicators, Wharton conceded the election shortly after 10 p.m. to Strickland after the vote count was long delayed by computer glitches.

25. Council Stirs Raleigh Springs Mall Project -

The city’s Raleigh Springs Mall project moved just a bit at the last Memphis City Council meeting before Thursday’s city elections.

At its Tuesday, Oct. 6, meeting, the council approved a resolution that sets the stage for a public hearing on the Memphis Housing Authority’s plan to convert the mall into a “town center.”

26. Roundhouse Revival 2 Features Mayoral Trash Talk -

On the last day of the Mid-South Fair Sunday, Oct. 4, several hundred people gathered at the Mid-South Fairgrounds to listen to live music, watch roller derby, buy souvenirs, cheer on a wrestling exhibition or two and, of course, eat.

27. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Honor -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America best practices study group.

28. Wharton’s Accomplishments Weighted With Controversy -

It’s a set of events just about any incumbent would envy during a re-election bid.

Overnight riverboat cruises on the Mississippi River picked up just as Beale Street Landing opened in mid-2014. In late April, the long-dormant Pyramid reopened as a Bass Pro Shops megastore with a hotel and other attractions.

29. Last-Minute Negotiations Secure $30 Million Foote Homes Grant -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

30. Lipscomb & Pitts Retains Industry Honor -

Memphis-based Lipscomb & Pitts Insurance LLC has retained its status as part of an elite group of independent insurance agencies around the U.S. participating in the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America best practices study group.

31. Lipscomb Remains on Suspension From MHA -

The Memphis Housing Authority board made no change Thursday, Sept. 24, to the status of Robert Lipscomb, its suspended executive director.

32. Memphis Nabs $30 Million South City Grant After Last-Minute Negotiations -

The Foote Homes public housing development is still standing with word Monday, Sept. 28, that the city of Memphis has secured a $30 million federal grant to convert it to a mixed-use, mixed-income development.

33. Lipscomb Remains on Suspension From MHA -

The Memphis Housing Authority board made no change Thursday, Sept. 24, to the status of Robert Lipscomb, its suspended executive director.

34. Council Approves New MHA Board Member -

The Memphis City Council Tuesday, Sept. 15, approved the appointment of Laura Harris to the Memphis Housing Authority board. The item was added to the agenda to have Harris on the MHA board in time for a Wednesday, Sept. 16, meeting.

35. Mayoral Contenders Break New Ground In Last TV Debate -

Even after numerous debates, including three on television, it turns out the four major candidates for Memphis mayor did have a few new things to say during the last televised debate of the 2015 election year.

36. In Wake of Lipscomb Scandal, MHA Board Addition OK’d -

The Memphis City Council Tuesday, Sept. 15, approved the appointment of Laura Harris to the Memphis Housing Authority board. The item was added to the agenda to have Harris on the MHA board in time for a Wednesday, Sept. 16, meeting.

37. Council Approves DROP Freeze To Bolster Police Ranks -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 15, to a freeze on the city’s deferred retirement program in an effort to bolster police ranks and keep the force from dropping below 2,000 officers.

38. Council Approves DROP Freeze To Bolster Police Ranks -

Memphis City Council members gave final approval Tuesday, Sept. 15, to a freeze on the city’s deferred retirement program in an effort to bolster police ranks and keep the force from dropping below 2,000 officers.

39. Lipscomb’s Exit Prompts Delay in EDGE Merger -

A move to merge two Memphis economic development agencies has intersected with the exit of Robert Lipscomb as the city’s Housing and Community Development director.

40. Shifting Memphis Media Market, Like Every Other, In Flux -

Lauren Lee never picks up a newspaper. Which isn’t much of a surprise because she’s 33 years old, works in marketing, and has the technological savvy and finger dexterity to operate a smartphone.

41. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

42. Robert Lipscomb Investigation Intensifies -

Memphis City Hall was rocked this week with news that implicated one of its top officials in numerous sexual abuse allegations.

A single complaint, lodged last week by a Seattle resident against former city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb, snowballed to as many as eight other, similar allegations as of Thursday, Sept. 3.

43. City Defends 2010 Police Response to First Lipscomb Allegation -

The Memphis Police Department took seriously a 2010 complaint of sexual abuse against the city’s director of Housing and Community Development, city chief administrative officer Jack Sammons said Wednesday, Sept. 2, after reviewing five-year-old emails.

44. MHA Board Suspends Lipscomb, Sammons Defends Police 2010 Response -

UPDATE: The Memphis Housing Authority board suspended Robert Lipscomb Wednesday, Sept. 2, as executive director of the agency.

MHA named the city’s deputy chief administrative officer, Maura Black Sullivan, as the interim director.

45. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

46. More Lipscomb Accusers Begin to Come Forward -

Shortly after Memphis Mayor A C Wharton ended a City Hall press conference Monday, Aug. 31, about a single allegation of sexual misconduct against Robert Lipscomb, Wharton and Memphis Police Department director Toney Armstrong began fielding calls from others who claimed sexual abuse by the ousted Housing and Community Development director.

47. Lipscomb Resigns As HCD Director Following More Allegations -

Less than 24 hours after word of his suspension following an allegation of sexual misconduct, city of Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb resigned the post Monday, Aug. 31.

48. More Details on Lipscomb’s Alleged Sexual Misconduct -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. confirmed Monday, Aug. 31, that allegations of sexual misconduct were made in a Seattle criminal complaint against city Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb.

49. Lipscomb Suspended Over Seattle Sexual Allegations -

Robert Lipscomb, the city’s Housing and Community Development director, was relieved of duty Sunday, Aug. 30, by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton following a criminal complaint filed last week in Seattle, Washington alleging a past improper sexual relationship with a man who was a minor at the time.

50. Memphis’ Town Center Trio Concept Takes Double Hit -

Two of the three town centers envisioned by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton are going in different directions with a recent court ruling and an auction.

The city of Memphis lost its bid to acquire the Raleigh Springs Mall by eminent domain as The New Towne Center at Soulsville was sold at auction Thursday, Aug. 27.

51. Fairgrounds’ Future -

It’s hard to imagine that a 65,000-seat stadium could be overlooked. Perhaps it’s because the Liberty Bowl wasn’t in the center of the Mid-South Fairgrounds when the stadium was built in 1965; it was on the eastern side of 155 acres of city-owned land, with a rail spur running along its eastern boundary.

52. MIFA’s Feed the Soul Fundraiser Is ‘Memphis At Its Finest' -

Each year after MIFA’s Feed the Soul event, Sally Jones Heinz has the same thought.

“You come to this party and it really is Memphis at its finest,” said Heinz, executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association. “It’s such a diverse group of people having a really good time. Every year after the party’s over, I think this is how it needs to be – Memphis all together.”

53. I Choose Memphis: Kenneth Burnett -

“I Choose Memphis” spotlights Memphians who are passionate about calling this community home. New Memphis Institute provides the profiles.

Name: Kenneth Burnett

54. Colleges, Pro Franchises Seek Strategies to Keep Millennials Interested -

UT and Vanderbilt are accustomed to tough competition from Tuscaloosa, Athens and Gainesville. Likewise, the Titans must deal with the Colts, Steelers and Ravens.

On games days, they and many others now have to go against Sony, Microsoft, Apple and EA Sports.

55. Building Green in a Red-Hot Market -

Counting cranes has become a Nashville pastime, and the perks of all that development are clear – a robust economy, vibrant real estate market and more jobs.

Naturally, there is concern among some residents that all of the construction and increased population could harm the area’s environment, water and air quality and green space.

56. LeMoyne-Owen Change Latest for Memphis Higher Ed -

Andrea Miller is the latest of three new higher education leaders in Memphis in just more than a year.

57. LeMoyne-Owen Taps New President -

Andrea Miller is the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College and will be the first woman to lead the Memphis institution.

58. LeMoyne-Owen College Taps New President -

Andrea Miller is the new president of LeMoyne-Owen College and will be the first woman to lead the Memphis institution.

59. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

60. Memphis Gets Greenlight to Relocate Police -

Now it’s all about closing the deal.

With no debate or discussion, the Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, May 19, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s proposal to buy the 13-story Donnelley J. Hill state office building at 170 N. Main St., just a stone’s throw from City Hall.

61. Council to Fill Vacancy, Consider Buying State Office Building -

Memphis City Council members appoint a new council member Tuesday, May 18, and consider spending more than $8 million to purchase, renovate and relocate workers to the Donnelley J. Hill state office building that stands near City Hall in Civic Center Plaza.

62. Lipscomb-Area Jewelers Dazzle Both Sides of Granny White -

When the blonde left-fielder skidded across the outfield grass attempting in vain to catch a tricky hit, she likely didn’t know she was “visiting” – belly down – a well-fertilized, close-cropped living memorial to the man who spread love of Lipscomb from his jewelry store a couple hundred yards away.

63. At Long Last -

It’s taken the city of Memphis 10 years to reel in Bass Pro Shops at The Pyramid, and business owners in the nearby Pinch District hope it will be a catalytic force they’ve been waiting for.

64. Pyramid Promises -

It took about 25 years for an elevator ride to reach the top of The Pyramid.

That’s how long several generations of political leaders – three county mayors and three Memphis mayors as well as a changing group of city council members over seven elections – have been seeking a Pyramid with a ride to the apex.

65. Midtown Momentum -

Kroger Co., buoyed by the Crosstown Concourse development and increased investment in Midtown as a whole, has purchased properties associated with the long-dormant Washington Bottoms project at Poplar Avenue and Cleveland Street.

66. Council Remains Critical of City Plans for State Office Building -

The city of Memphis’ information technology department recently signed a new lease for office space at Pembroke Square Downtown.

The city inked the 20,595-square-foot lease as the administration of Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is trying to win council approval to buy the Donnelley J. Hill state office building for $1.5 million.

67. City Hall Budget Season Begins -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton takes an operating budget proposal of more than $622 million to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 21.

The proposed budget will be larger than the current fiscal year’s budget, reflecting Wharton’s belief that the city has enough of its fiscal crisis behind it at this point to slowly begin reinvesting in areas such as public safety and street paving.

68. Memphis Moves Closer to Downtown Building Purchase -

The state of Tennessee may have moved out, but the city of Memphis could be moving in.

The city has a tentative deal to buy the Donnelley J. Hill state office building near City Hall for $1.5 million.

69. Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan Resurfaces -

A long-delayed city plan to remake a large swath of Downtown’s southern end appears to be making a comeback.

Memphis Housing and Community Development director Robert Lipscomb said Tuesday that the city expects to receive good news on the Heritage Trail development plan sometime this year.

70. Universal Life Building Developers Acquire Key Public Financing -

Developers of the Universal Life Building have received approval for two key pieces of financing and a commitment from the city of Memphis to lease about half of the building.

Self-Tucker Properties LLC won approval Tuesday, April 14, for a nine-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement from the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. to renovate the building for office use. Architects Jimmie Tucker and Juan Self, principals of Self-Tucker Architects, also gained approval for $2 million in Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds for the project.

71. Pinnacle Awards Honor Commercial Real Estate Standouts -

The local commercial real estate community gathered at the Memphis Botanic Garden Thursday, April 9, for the 14th annual Pinnacle Awards. Every year, the Memphis Area Association of Realtors Commercial Council honors its members based on their transactional volume, merit and community activity.

72. Foote Homes Targeted by Federal Jobs Training Grant -

With a HUD official in town last week bearing word of a $3 million job training grant for public housing residents, city leaders remained focused on what Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. calls “the big one.”

73. ‘Teach a Man to Fish’ -

After getting his degree in social work, Don Leyrer, 62, spent the first half of his career in the field, including housing abused children, before moving on to law enforcement as a probation officer.

74. Haslam Undaunted By Difficult Prospects for Insure Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that he is willing to risk a second defeat of his Insure Tennessee proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

75. Webb’s Decorated Tennis Program Taking Its Lumps -

It’s a mid-March afternoon, and the Webb School of Knoxville boys’ tennis team is fresh off an 8-1 loss to Bristol’s Tennessee High School.

Webb coach Jimmy Pitkanen sees it as a learning experience – just like every other match, win or lose.

76. Tanger Outlets to Open Southaven Mall in November -

What is now a field near Interstate 55 and Church Road in Southaven, Miss., soon will become an outlet-shopping destination.

The 310,000-square-foot Tanger Factory Outlets Centers Inc. shopping center should be ready for shoppers by Nov. 19, just in time for Christmas.

77. Holding On -

The national outlook for traditional enclosed malls is bleak. No new enclosed mall has been built in the U.S. since 2006. More than 24 have closed since 2010, and an additional 60 are teetering on the edge, according to data from Green Street Advisors. Around 15 percent of malls nationwide are expected to close in the next decade.

78. Coliseum Group Weighs Previtalization -

The group that wants to see the city renovate and reopen the Mid-South Coliseum is exploring something similar to the “previtalization” events of last year at the Tennessee Brewery.

“We’re not the only ones who want to do a previtalizing event in the Coliseum,” said Marvin Stockwell, of the Coliseum Coalition, on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines. “If an investor comes forward, great. If it doesn’t, we’ve given it a proper send off. You want to at least give citizens a chance to be in that space.”

79. Restless Winter -

For most of its 103-year life as city property, the Mid-South Fairgrounds has been a place where Memphians remember why they came there in the past, as local leaders have periodically pushed to remake its landscape and in turn create more memories going forward.

80. Southbrook Project Resurfaces Again -

The owners of Southbrook Mall got $1.5 million in improvements from City Hall this week. But it wasn’t the $1.5 million the owners of the Whitehaven mall wanted in 2012, when the city contemplated giving them that sum to fix the roof and make repairs to the mall’s heating and air conditioning system.

81. GOP Lawmakers: Challenge FCC Ruling on Broadband in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Federal Communication Commission ruled last week that cities like Chattanooga may expand their municipal broadband service, but Tennessee officials who oppose the decision are lining up to block the move.

82. Former Miami Mayor Diaz to Speak in Memphis -

In his forward to former Miami mayor Manny Diaz’s book “Miami Transformed,” Michael Bloomberg said Diaz will go down in history as one of the country’s most innovative urban leaders.

83. Education Commissioner Begins Statewide Tour -

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.

84. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Possible Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

85. Economic Development Secrets Hard to Keep -

The most difficult secrets to keep at City Hall are those dealing with economic development – the clandestine discussions between city and business leaders and companies considering moving to or expanding in Memphis.

86. City Requests Fairgrounds Review by ULI Experts -

The upcoming review of the Fairgrounds redevelopment concept by a group of Urban Land Institute experts will move quickly and could be a political wild card.

The city’s request last week for a review by Urban Land Institute’s Advisory Services goes to a part of the planning and land use nonprofit that has been specializing in such political hot potatoes since 1948.

87. City Wants Urban Land Institute to Review of Fairgrounds -

City Housing and Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb wants the Urban Land Institute to “review, evaluate and issue recommendations” on the Wharton administration’s Fairgrounds redevelopment plan after leading a set of public hearings and discussions that would take place over a five-day period.

88. Sweetie Pie’s Could be Tenant at Raleigh Springs Mall -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

89. Raleigh Springs Mall Tests Town Center Concept -

The idea that a declining shopping mall can be redeveloped and reinvigorated as a “town center” with local government offices as a catalyst for private developers appears to be on its way to a meeting with reality.

90. Sweetie Pie’s Approached as Mall Tenant -

Sweetie Pie’s, the St. Louis soul food institution in a standoff with its Beale Street landlord, has been approached by the administration of Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. as a tenant for one of two malls the administration wants to convert to “town centers.”

91. Education Commissioner Begins Tour to Connect With Teachers -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee Education Commissioner Candace McQueen plans to connect with at least 10,000 teachers by the end of the calendar year.

92. Events -

The Center City Development Corp. will meet Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

93. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated for Mardi Gras, plus beads, candy, and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

94. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will hold the annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. on Beale Street. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

95. Alternative Ending -

The city of Memphis secured $6.7 million in federal funding last week to improve and rehab public housing.

Meanwhile, the city’s application for a much larger federal grant to demolish the city’s last large public housing development was making the rounds at the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

96. Events -

Beale Street Merchants Association will host Beale’s annual Mardi Gras parade Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. The celebration will feature a fanfare of carts, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles and wagons decorated in Mardi Gras fashion; beads and candy; and jazz and blues music. Visit bealestreetmerchants.com.

97. Wharton Calls for Outside Fairgrounds Review -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. told the Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday, Feb. 10, that the ambitious recasting of the Mid-South Fairgrounds – a project that is solely a City Hall creation at this point -- is going to get a second look from outside consultants.

98. Wharton Not Giving Up on Fairgrounds Plan -

Nashville is a more turbulent place than usual these days, especially Capitol Hill. So Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and his administration probably won’t tempt the turbulence there by taking their plan for a Tourism Development Zone to finance a Mid-South Fairgrounds renovation to the Tennessee Building Commission later this month.

99. Wharton Administration Willing to Explore Coliseum Renovation -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is willing to explore a renovation of the Mid-South Coliseum, but he doesn’t want to delay getting state approval for a Tourism Development Zone to finance an amateur sports tournament complex at the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

100. Commissioners Watching What’s Next for Fairgrounds Plan -

It’s not on the Monday, Jan. 26, agenda of the Shelby County Commission, but commissioners are watching the political dominoes that are lining up en route to some kind of move by the city of Memphis toward a Fairgrounds Tourism Development Zone.