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1. Last Word: EW&F, Midtown Rent Rise and A Closer Look At The Pyramid Deal -

One seemingly ordinary winter’s night in Downtown Memphis, I was going from event to event focused on work – specifically trying to stay on a schedule in which several things I wanted to cover were happening at the same time.
That is usually when you miss the experience that is Memphis on an everyday but definitely not ordinary basis.
So I get in a parking garage elevator and on the next floor David Porter – of Stax Records fame – gets on and he introduces me to his friend, Maurice White – the founder of Earth Wind and Fire. They too are trying to be in several places at the same time.
As they went their way and I went mine, I remember thinking this is quite a special place.
The encounter slowed my stride a bit and took some of the edge off the schedule – noticing for the first time how many people were out on a winter’s night in our city having nothing but a good time made better by all of us going our different ways.
White, who was from Memphis, died Thursday with his band’s music stronger and more relevant than ever.
If you grew up listening to EWF when the songs were new, you know that the bright and funky sound and the positive, affirming, and diverse identity of this music was quite intentional at a time when there was plenty going on that could have pushed it the other way.
If your parents or grandparents grew up listening to EWF, this music is a part of your family’s tradition that calls to mind special occasions and even your own mild surprise the first time you found yourself dancing to it with your children.
And if your folks’ vinyl record collection from back in the day included Earth Wind and Fire, that was one of the ones you listened to when they weren’t around and one of the ones you took with you when you got a place of your own.

2. Cates Wants Detail on Downtown Agreements -

From Mud Island River Park across the Memphis harbor to The Pyramid and further east to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – there are a lot of connections as the areas head toward a new incarnation.

3. Doug Carpenter & Associates Rebrands as DCA -

When Doug Carpenter started his eponymous advertising agency five years ago, what the name should be wasn’t too hard to figure out. It was an agency of one with the need to bank on Carpenter’s reputation in the community. So Doug Carpenter & Associates LLC was born.

4. Last Word: A Turn Away From Mud Island, Capitol Hill Soap & Collierville Keeps FedEx -

Sometimes you get another story when you are pursuing a different story.

In this case, the quest was a simple one. Get a good basic idea of what the five companies interested in redeveloping Mud Island River Park are telling the Riverfront Development Corp. of their still-forming plans.
While going through the submissions, we had a talk with RDC president Benny Lendermon about the process and the interview moved pretty effortlessly into the Pyramid’s relationship to Mud Island.
It’s a natural follow-up given the history of past efforts to link up the two landmarks on different sides of the city harbor and the decidedly mixed results of those attempts. I might have been charitable there in describing the results as mixed.
That context led to a discussion about how the Pyramid is faring eight months into Bass Pro Shops' long-term lease in the reconfigured Pyramid.
When Lendermon said, “This probably isn’t a politically correct thing to say,” the interview turned topics and we followed it.
The result is, I think, at least something to consider and probably pretty provocative.
Judge for yourself.

5. The 5 Applicants for Mud Island Redevelopment -

Each company that applied to redevelop Mud Island River Park has a month to submit its detailed proposal, including specific plans and how they would be financed, to the Riverfront Development Corp.

6. RDC Leader: Pyramid Isn’t Translating to Tourism Elsewhere -

Toward the back of its proposal for Mud Island River Park, executives with The Mansion Entertainment and Media LLC included a few caveats for those judging the five redevelopment applications.

7. Last Word: Kroger Disses Clarence Saunders, Mud Island Plans and The Australians -

What is old has become new again. And judging by your reaction to Andy Meek’s story on the Kroger plans for online ordering of groceries, what is old has gone viral as well.
Here are the basics:
You order from a list of items and Kroger fills the order and has it waiting for you to pick up.
When you think about the idea of supermarkets, which originated here in Memphis with Piggly Wiggly, it’s enough to make the Piggly Wiggly founder himself, Clarence Saunders, spin in his grave.
Before he came up with the idea of taking store shelves from behind the counter and putting them out there for you to get your own stuff from them, you would tell your grocer what you wanted and he would write it down on a paper bag and get it for you, wrap it up and present it to you.
Saunders changed all of that as you know if you’ve seen the Pink Palace’s child-sized replica of a Piggly Wiggly store from the start of the 20th century.
A century later, no paper bags and you can still walk among the shelves if you wish.
Perhaps this isn’t that extreme. Maybe this is simply a swing of the pendulum, back toward the middle ground.
Saunders tried to push it even further with his Keedoozle stores that followed Piggly Wiggly. In those stores, the items were lined up in what amounted to vending machines with shoppers releasing an item from the vertical row with a key.
Here Saunders went too far. He mashed the bread.

8. Five Mud Island Proposals Go Public -

A Memphis resort hotel group headed by mortgage banker and hotel manager Paul Westphal is proposing a 500-room resort hotel and spa in Mud Island River Park that would incorporate the island’s River Walk in its lobby.

9. International Real Estate Firms Find Purchase Potential in Memphis -

International investors and developers are increasingly looking to Memphis because the market is stable and the returns are high, according to a variety of real estate professionals doing business locally.

10. Last Word: The View Across The Harbor, Crosstown Undercurrents and Bonnaroo -

The fishing puns are overpowering as Bass Pro Shops expresses its interest in redeveloping Mud Island River Park, on the other side of the city harbor from the Pyramid Bass Pro Shops opened at just this past May.
Bass Pro Shops is one of five companies to express interest in Mud Island as part of the process by the Riverfront Development Corporation to go a different way with the park.
The RDC released the names of the companies Thursday.
Earlier this month, we outlined the RVC Outdoor Destinations proposal.
We don’t know nearly as much about what Bass Pro Shops has in mind or the other three firms.
All five now head for what amounts to a second round in which they submit specific plans to a search committee of the RDC including how they will pay for their plans.

11. Bass Pro Shops Eyes Mud Island -

Mud Island’s neighbor to the east is interested in redeveloping the river park.

Bass Pro Shops is among the five companies that have submitted proposals to the Riverfront Development Corp. to oversee Mud Island River Park. And all five have advanced to a second round of the process without the RDC releasing details of the material they submitted.

12. Last Word: Secrets In A Small Town, Bullard Bounce and Beale & Mud Island -

Munford! A winning Powerball ticket for the largest jackpot ever was sold in Munford and that warrants a rare exclamation mark.
Possibly two when you consider that small towns are supposed to be places where it is nearly impossible to keep a secret – at least from the other folks in the town.
The fact that it was sold at Naifeh’s, a long-standing Tipton County business institution adds to the story.
The person who bought the ticket in Munford holds one of three winning tickets which comes out to about $582 million for that ticket.
That is roughly the size of the city of Memphis operating budget.
There was a similar mystery underway Thursday in Dyersburg where someone bought a Powerball ticket worth a paltry $2 million. Probably worth an exclamation mark if I wasn’t over the limit and already feeling the unspoken disdain of my reporting brethren who are judging me harshly as you read this.

13. RVC Outdoor Submits Ambitious Mud Island Plan -

RVC Outdoor Destinations, the Memphis-based company headed by Andy Cates, is proposing a conservancy for Mud Island River Park similar to the Overton Park Conservancy. And its proposal seeks an agreement directly with the city for his company to develop the park, bypassing the Riverfront Development Corp.

14. Wharton Touts Memphis’ Emergence in Exit Interview -

He didn’t win re-election, but A C Wharton says he did change the city’s politics in his six years as mayor.

“It would be the epitome of naivete to say that there are not some folks who still try to thrive politically on dividing us. I guess that will always be,” Mayor Wharton said in a Tuesday, Dec. 8, exit interview with The Daily News. “But by and large, I am convinced that most people are set on saying, ‘Let’s get along.’ It’s tough enough out there with us working together. Imagine what it will look like if we don’t. … I believe we are on our way.”

15. RVC's Cates Speaks Out on Mud Island Plan -

Keep the Riverwalk and amphitheater. Maybe extend Greenbelt Park into Mud Island River Park with camping on the southern end of the island. Bring in food trucks instead of restaurants.

Those are some of the ideas Andy Cates has for Mud Island, which he talked about in detail for the first time Thursday, Nov. 12.

16. Andy Cates: Memphis in ‘Pivotal’ Time -

When more than 100 of the city’s most prominent developers and real estate professionals got together Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Crescent Club in East Memphis, much of the focus was on a list of more than two dozen real estate projects.

17. Developer Long on Downtown Memphis, Short on Specifics -

Three Downtown properties are now owned by an Atlanta-based affiliate of an Australian real estate investment and development company, which is giving little in the way of clues about its Memphis plans.

18. Groups Want More Memphians to Discover River’s Front Yard -

Once upon a time it was called the “promenade.” In 1828, two years after the city of Memphis was incorporated, the city’s founders and their successors put it in writing.

The statement – signed by the men who owned 5,000 acres where the Wolf and Mississippi rivers meet – read: “In relation to the piece of ground laid off and called the Promenade, said proprietors say that it was their original intention, is now and forever will be that the same should be public ground for use only as the word imports.”

19. Cossitt Library’s October Events Designed to Activate Riverfront -

Far from Tiger Lane, University of Memphis football fans will have a new place to tailgate Friday, Oct. 2, as the Tigers play the University of Southern Florida in Tampa.

It’s also the kickoff of a month of events to call attention to one of the best views of the Mississippi River on what was once known as the “promenade.”

20. Events -

The Center City Revenue Finance Corp. will meet Tuesday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in the Downtown Memphis Commission conference room, 114 N. Main St. Visit downtownmemphiscommission.com.

21. Building Boom Strains Labor Pool, Supply Chain -

Middle Tennessee’s red-hot construction boom is becoming a victim of its own success. Architects, contractors and everyone in between, including Metro Codes, are up to their necks in work.

It’s a happy time of an industry that also can see long, slow periods of stagnation.

22. 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.

23. Stones Rock Music City -

Pleased to meet you, hope you guessed our name. Well, hell, Mick, if it’s puzzling you, it’s Nashville. Music City USA.

We’re the national media’s flavor of the day – the “It city,” which has gone from being a secondary concert market – remember The Beatles played Memphis, not Nashville – to one of the country’s prime touring destinations.

24. Editorial: One Beale and the Change We Think We Want -

For many years, urban planners have talked about the need for more density in Memphis – more of us living and working closer together. With that kind of density comes change.

It makes a working, credible public transportation system more likely to have a sustainable future, and it activates surroundings that previously were foreboding and assumed to be dangerous in their relative isolation.

25. Carlisle Corp. Gets Tentative OK on One Beale Plan -

Developers got a tentative green light to move forward with the ambitious One Beale project, convincing regulators that the twin skyscraper development would be a game-changer for the Memphis skyline.

26. Boat Boom -

The Mississippi River has been a vital channel for boats and barges for more than 250 years. These days, Memphis doesn’t do much in the way of cotton exporting and Mark Twain touring, but the $43 million Beale Street Landing is bringing a new wave of river-based commerce: cruise ships.

27. Wharton on State ‘Blueprint’ Funding, Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council and others.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after taping the WKNO-TV program "Behind The Headlines" earlier that day.

28. Wharton on 'Blueprint for Prosperity' Funding, Cates' Mud Island Plan -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. wants to bring state funding to the table when he takes his “Blueprint for Prosperity” to the Memphis City Council.

Wharton was to meet with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Friday, April 24, in Nashville to secure the state’s commitment to the effort, he said after a taping earlier Friday morning on the WKNO TV program Behind The Headlines.

29. Open Season -

Mud Island River Park opens for its 34th year Saturday, April 11, with high hopes for the effect a reopened Pyramid will have on its attendance and still moving plans for a tie in to the busier riverfront.

30. High Water -

The city’s 3.3 miles of floodwalls and five miles of levees held in the 2011 near record rise of the Mississippi River at Memphis.

But in the four years since, the walls have continued to settle by as much as 18 inches in some places.

31. Editorial: Riverfront Changes Will Follow Symphony’s Coda -

This was perhaps inevitable.

The swan song of the Sunset Symphony will be this May.

Once the most popular event of the Memphis in May International Festival, the annual symphony performance began when Tom Lee Park was much smaller and the Beale Street Music Festival and barbecue contest were single-day events.

32. Riverside Drive Bike Lane Critics Remain -

In the five months since the southbound auto traffic lanes on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue were turned into bicycle and pedestrian lanes, bicycle usage of the lanes has risen from an average of 400 a month to more than 600 a month.

33. University of Tennessee Students Help Design Nashville’s Future -

Nashville may be a city on the rise, attracting new residents by the droves. But it’s also a laboratory for students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s College of Architecture and Design, where they are designing the communities of the future in partnership with the Nashville Civic Design Center.

34. RiverFit Brings Activity to Tom Lee Park -

Riverfront Development Corp. President Benny Lendermon, while advocating for the creation of Beale Street Landing, once referred to Tom Lee Park as one of the worst parks in the country.

35. Editorial: Economic Woes Pose Questions for Memphis -

It may be gone. But the recession sure took its time in departing after taking a heavy toll on economic development in Memphis. And some of us aren’t sure it has totally left the premises, especially in a city that is watching as other parts of the state are rebounding and recovering at a much quicker pace than Memphis.

36. Riverside Debate Reflects Pace of Riverfront Change -

On the day that the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation unveiled plans to add a soccer field, volleyball court and six-station fitness loop to Tom Lee Park, city engineers got an earful in the Beale Street Landing breezeway from critics of other changes to the stretch of Riverside Drive that runs by the park and the landing.

37. Grizzlies Plan ‘Pop-Up Park’ for Tom Lee Park -

The Memphis Grizzlies would like to activate Tom Lee Park while generating a community-wide discussion about the highest and best use of green spaces.

38. Beale Street Landing Looks Beyond Early Curiosity -

The Riverfront Development Corp. is filling in a calendar of events at the newly opened Beale Street Landing that stretches into the fall and demonstrates the role of programming in holding the larger public’s interest beyond those coming to the landing now out of curiosity.

39. Downtown Stakeholders Talk Office Space, Riverfront -

Office space is moving east in Memphis for now.

But the head of the Downtown Memphis Commission says that doesn’t appear to be a long-term trend.

“I don’t disagree that that’s happened. I disagree that that will continue to happen over the next 20 or 30 years,” Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris said on the WKNO-TV program “Behind the Headlines.” “If you look at it from the longer-term perspective across America, more and more offices are returning to downtown areas.”

40. Riverfront Cornerstone -

Beale Street Landing seems an unlikely choice as a cornerstone, considering its troubled path to completion.

At this point, it’s almost a motto – not on time and over budget, and by a lot on both counts.

41. Landing Zone -

Beale Street Landing was supposed to cost far less than $43 million and be completed much sooner than the decade it took from the design competition.

But the head of the Riverfront Development Corp. overseeing the 6-acre landing and its construction says with the formal two-day opening of the landing starting Friday, June 27, the riverfront project at the foot of Beale Street and on the northern edge of Tom Lee Park should begin to counter critics of how the project has been managed.

42. All the Colors -

ALL IN HOW YOU LOOK AT IT. “What do you see in that?” she asked, pointing up.

I said that I saw all of us in the pinks and blacks, the browns and tans, the darks and lights. I saw our earthiness in the oranges and yellows, our politics in the reds and blues, and I saw our seasons, our water and skies in there, too. I said I saw all of that, all together, in all the shades in-between.

43. New Bicycle Trails at Heart of Transit Changes -

The formal dedication of the Overton Park Bike Gate Saturday, April 19, begins a new season of bike and pedestrian trails, including an ambitious experiment with Riverside Drive once the monthlong Memphis in May International Festival comes to an end with the Sunset Symphony.

44. The Business Case for Investing in Green Space -

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

During 2013 the Greater Memphis Chamber formed the Chairman’s Circle, a group of over 100 Memphis business leaders organized to push for action on key issues to accelerate the regional economy. Early in the life of the organization we created “moon missions,” which are coordinated efforts to truly transform our community.

45. Ogle Appointed County Historian -

The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.

46. Ogle Appointed Shelby County Historian -

The Shelby County Commission has appointed Jimmy Ogle, chairman of the Shelby County Historical Commission, as the new county historian.

47. Commission Votes Down Family Planning Services Rebid Resolution -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a bid Monday, March 24, to rebid the county’s contract for federally-funded family planning services with Christ Community Health Services.

And the commission rejected an August referendum item on eliminating any residency requirement from the Shelby County Charter for county government employees as well as Shelby County Schools teachers.

48. Commission Takes Up Family Planning Contract -

Shelby County commissioners Monday, March 24, take up an attempt to end the county’s contract for federally funded family planning and related health services with Christ Community Health Services.

49. Beale Alterations Point to Possible Larger Changes -

As a brass band leading a lunch-hour parade on Beale Street last Friday passed Handy Park, a crew wearing the district’s new uniforms for maintenance workers were taking down the Performa Entertainment sign outlining the ground rules for the park area.

50. This week in Memphis history: November 29-December 5 -

2012: The Yorktown, a 257-foot cruise boat, left Memphis after a two-week stay on the Memphis riverfront because of Hurricane Sandy on the Atlantic Coast. Sandy caused the cruise ship to arrive in Memphis a week early. Meanwhile the Grand Caribe cruise ship was due the second week in December. The Queen of the Mississippi was in Memphis that Nov. 24 in advance of 24 scheduled stops in Memphis in 2013. The American Queen, the world’s largest steamboat, was due in its homeport of Memphis that Dec. 2.

51. Mid-South Fair Leaders Seek Memphis Return -

The president of the Mid-South Fair says the nonprofit organization wants to return to Memphis.

“We were told to leave our home,” Michael Doyle, president of the fair, told Memphis City Council members of the fair’s departure as Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton made fifth-term plans for a renovation of the Mid-South Fairgrounds that originally included a new Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

52. City Council to Vote on Bonds, Review Land Swap -

Memphis City Council members this week take up $375 million in refunding bonds and general obligation bonds, and discuss a land swap with Church of the River for access to a boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge across the Mississippi River.

53. Beale Street Landing Fences Removed -

The grass-covered hill that forms the roof of Beale Street Landing was an immediate hit with riverfront visitors Tuesday, Sept. 24, as the first construction fences came down on the site.

“We’re finally far enough along in construction that we feel like it’s safe enough to take down the fencing in certain areas,” said Dorchelle Spence, vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the landing and 11 other riverfront parks, including Mud Island, for the city of Memphis.

54. Beale Street Landing Fencing Comes Down -

The construction fencing separating the public from parts of Beale Street Landing started to come down Tuesday, Sept. 24, signaling some of the construction work is “largely complete,” according to Riverfront Development Corp. president Benny Lendermon.

55. Design Review Board Approves Downtown Guidelines -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board approved Wednesday, Aug. 7, new design guidelines for Downtown.

The full commission will vote on the plans later this month, and the DRB will revisit the guidelines in six months for any possible revisions.

56. Design Review Board Approves Downtown Guidelines -

The Downtown Memphis Commission Design Review Board approved Wednesday, Aug. 7, new design guidelines for Downtown.

The full commission will vote on the plans later this month, and the DRB will revisit the guidelines in six months for any possible revisions.

57. Downtown Design Guidelines Close to Reality -

After nearly two years in the planning stage, new standards for guiding how development Downtown should occur are getting closer to becoming a reality.

The Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board will vote Wednesday, Aug. 7, on the design guidelines, with the commission’s full board expected to vote Aug. 22.

58. Council Approves Tax Hike in $3.40 Property Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members raised the city property tax rate Tuesday, June 26, by four cents above the recertified tax rate and put the rest of a turbulent budget season to rest.

The approval of the $3.40 property tax rate and city operating and capital budgets came in a council session that ended at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

59. Council Begins Action on Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

60. Council Begins Action On End Of Budget Year Items -

Memphis City Council members approved several budget items Tuesday, June 18, for the end of the current fiscal year before turning their attention to the budget for the coming fiscal year.

That includes a long promised Holmes-Tchulahoma Park in South Memphis. The council appropriated $1.5 million for the park’s construction in a contract with Wagner General Contractors Inc.

61. Multiple Reasons Forced Trail to Lose Funding -

Bureaucratic snafus, a lack of city funds and the transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops store led the city to lose a $316,680 federal grant for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system.

62. Multiple Reasons Forced Trail to Lose Funding -

Bureaucratic snafus, a lack of city funds and the transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops store led the city to lose a $316,680 federal grant for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system.

63. Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire -

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

64. State Pulls Riverfront Trail Funds -

The state of Tennessee has withdrawn $316,680 from the city for a riverfront bike and pedestrian system due to inactivity, according to state officials.

“Sorry for the bad news but this project is very old and there was no movement and I could not get any information out of any one on why there was such a delay in getting the project constructed that Federal Highway Administration said they were pulling the funding,” Lisa Dunn, transportation planner with the Tennessee Department of Transportation, wrote in an email to Jim Reeder, project development coordinator for the Riverfront Development Corp.

65. Self-Tucker Focused on Designs to Inspire -

Self-Tucker Architects wants to lift the aspirations of the community through great architecture and design.

The firm is currently involved with a variety of high-profile projects across the area, including the National Civil Rights Museum and the new ground transportation center at Memphis International Airport, and past work includes the Stax Museum, Stax Music Academy and the FedExForum.

66. Changing Current -

The Uptown waterfront along the Wolf River Harbor – the area of the rejuvenated Uptown neighborhood that has for the most part been left out of the revitalization – could soon become a bustling waterfront village, according to a recently released master plan for the area.

67. This week in Memphis history: May 17-23 -

2012: Construction began on Greenbrier Apartments at South Front Street and East Nettleton Avenue, a $2.5 million, three-story development with 25 apartment units and underground parking.

1993: Tennessee Gov. Ned McWherter signed legislation creating TennCare as Tennessee’s version of Medicaid.

68. Council Tackles Budget, Tax Rate -

Memphis City Council members take their first steps Tuesday, May 7, toward approving a city operating budget and property tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The council meets at 3:30 p.m. at City Hall, 125 N. Main St.

69. Beale Street Landing Eatery Search Resumes -

There were some signs early on that finding a restaurant operator for Beale Street Landing might be difficult.

The date for the restaurant to open kept getting pushed back and the contract remained unsigned long after it was announced that Beale & Second Inc. had tentatively agreed to operate the restaurant.

70. Beale Street Landing Restaurant Stalls -

The Riverfront Development Corporation is looking for a new contractor to operate a restaurant in Beale Street Landing.

71. Lendermon Discusses Riverfront Access -

Riverside Drive could work well if it lost a lane of automobile traffic in each direction, says the president of the Riverfront Development Corp.

72. Riverfront Report Highlights Quick Fixes -

With a set of 20 Memphis riverfront plans and reports spanning several decades, urban planner and designer Jeff Speck’s mission wasn’t to add to the stack of documents, maps and renderings.

73. Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies -

Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”

74. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

75. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

76. Spence Named Vice President at Riverfront Development -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president at Riverfront Development Corp. Spence, who formerly served as director of communications, will assume broader organizational responsibilities to focus on providing strategic direction in addition to marketing, public relations, advertising, community relations, programming and government relations.

77. Going With the Flow -

When the world’s largest steamboat returns to Beale Street Landing on March 9, it will have a different look than it did almost a year ago when it came up the river from New Orleans to dock at its Memphis home port for the first time.

78. Riverfront Development Corp. Promotes Spence -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., the nonprofit with jurisdiction over the Memphis riverfront public spaces and amenities.

79. Riverfront Development Corp. Promotes Spence to Vice President -

Dorchelle T. Spence has been promoted to vice president of the Riverfront Development Corp., the nonprofit with jurisdiction over the Memphis riverfront public spaces and amenities.

80. Lyons Named Interim CEO Of Memphis Symphony -

Al Lyons has been tapped to serve as the interim CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

He’ll serve in the position until a CEO search that’s now in progress is completed.

In addition to formerly working with the Bodine Co. as chief financial officer and president, Lyons has been involved as leader in arts organizations including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where he served as interim director from 2007 to 2008 and was president of the board of trustees in 2010 and 2011.

81. Lyons Named Interim CEO of Memphis Symphony Orchestra -

Al Lyons has been tapped to serve as the interim CEO of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.

He’ll serve in the position until a CEO search that’s now in progress is completed.

In addition to formerly working with the Bodine Co. as chief financial officer and president, Lyons has been involved as leader in arts organizations including the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, where he served as interim director from 2007 to 2008 and was president of the board of trustees in 2010 and 2011.

82. River Business -

From Thanksgiving through the first full week in December, four overnight cruise boats will have docked at the Memphis riverfront.

And the Riverfront Development Corp., which manages the riverfront for the city including Beale Street Landing, has been talking with one cruise company about more of the boats coming to Memphis.

83. Voices of the Past -

A new crop of historical markers and monuments is sprouting across the city in a move by several groups to broaden the span of the city’s recognized history.

Last week the UrbanArt Commission formally dedicated a statue by artist Vinnie Bagwell in Chickasaw Heritage Park that is the image of a Native American woman. Her sculpted cloak bears images from some of the history that followed the Native Americans who built the ceremonial mounds in the park around 1500 A.D.

84. River Walk Rehab -

What is 2,000 feet long, 30 years old, has 20 cities and can carry a leaf from Cairo, Ill., to the Gulf of Mexico in 40 minutes?

The Mud Island River Walk, a scale model of the Mississippi River, has seen a lot of changes since it opened as the dominant feature of the river park in 1982.

85. 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.

86. Civil War Cannons Go to Memphis Park -

Four reproduction Civil War cannons will be installed in Memphis’ Confederate Park, replacing real Civil War cannons that were sacrificed during World War II as part of a scrap-metal drive.

The park later displayed World War II cannons. Those were removed in 2009 to be renovated and placed in Overton Park’s Veterans Plaza.

87. Funding Brings More Changes to Riverfront -

The world’s largest steamboat will have some company at Beale Street Landing. Water taxis would travel from the landing at the foot of Beale to the south end of Mud Island River Park and back as part of a still developing plan that last week secured $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

88. Making Way -

The $191 million transformation of The Pyramid into a Bass Pro Shops superstore by August 2013 will have an effect not only on local tourism but also on surrounding commercial real estate.

The 21,000-square-foot office building at 400 N. Front St. is a prime example. The 100-year-old space has been owned and occupied by Greg Ericson of Ericson Group Inc. for the last 14 years.

89. Landing Sign Approved Following Design Debate -

The sign for Beale Street Landing turned out not to be a big deal for the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board.

It’s larger than the planning standards and guidelines for that part of Downtown. But most on the board argued an exception was warranted and the sign could go bigger because of the scale of the project it is attached to. The sign was approved.

90. Events -

The Daily News’ offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Offices reopen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5, and will remain open during normal business hours.

91. 150 Years Later: City’s Role Remembered -

The 150th anniversary of the Civil War arrived in Memphis this week with plans to return cannons to Confederate Park and lots of contemporary views about the battle of Memphis in which no cannons were fired from land.

92. Cordova’s Appling Lakes Sells for $26 Million -

1385 Appling Road
Cordova, TN 38016
Sale Total: $26.4 million (27 TIC sellers)

93. RDC Files $9.8M Application for Beale St. Landing -

Riverfront Development Corp. is preparing for the next phase of Beale Street Landing: development of a riverfront park. The organization has filed a $9.8 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for the park.

94. Riverfront Rehab -

As the American Queen steamboat docked Tuesday, May 15, at Beale Street Landing and left the same day for a trip to New Orleans, plans were under way for the restoration of another part of the riverfront just to the north – the cobblestones as well as a plaza and fountain at the foot of Union Avenue.

95. DRB Approves Cobblestone Work -

The Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission has approved the cobblestone river landing project tentatively set to start work sometime this fall.

The review board is one of the final stops for the long-planned project to stabilize the cobblestones by the river as well as create a plaza at the foot of Union Avenue and allow public access to the river’s edge.

96. Cobblestone Plan Gets DMC Design Board Approval -

The Design Review Board of the Downtown Memphis Commission has approved the cobblestone river landing project tentatively set to start work sometime this fall.

The review board is one of the final stops for the long planned project to stabilize the cobblestones by the river as well as create a plaza at the foot of Union Avenue and allow public access to the river’s edge.

97. Our River Reflects City’s Past, Future -

For decades, redevelopment of the city’s riverfront has been an elusive goal. Look at it over the years and you can see moves toward a goal of a riverfront that is once again busy – but busy for reasons different than those when the cobblestones represented the gateway to a 19th century logistics hub.

98. Gather at the River -

About a year ago Memphians were drawn to one spot in particular on the city’s riverfront.

At the foot of Beale Street, the Mississippi River had risen last May to a level where the muddy water covered the intersection of Riverside Drive and Beale, offering a view of an uninterrupted river stretching three miles from the intersection to the levees in West Memphis.

99. Cook Named Director At Memphis Farmers Mkt. -

Allison Cook has been named market director at Memphis Farmers Market. Cook brings her marketing and business management experience to the position, and also has volunteered at the market and its Harvest Celebration fundraisers for three years.

100. Events -

The Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force will host a meeting Tuesday, April 10, at 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Select, 160 Union Ave. Federal and state officials will discuss strategies to address water quality in the river basin and gulf. For details, contact Reginald Jackson at 501-352-7761 or reginald.jackson@ar.usda.gov, or Jeannine May at 601-260-0298 or jeannine.may@ms.usda.gov.