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1. Last Word: Basketball Capitol, Gang Fight in Southwest Memphis and Moving Polk -

There is something to be said for hosting a round of the NCAA’s March Madness without having a team in the playoffs. Much to be said against it. But after a weekend of what I think most of us here will call the most compelling of the regionals featured prominently on national television, you really can find very little to complain about. It might even have rekindled the intensity of our civic love of basketball.

2. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date -

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

The park, which is located on the site of an abandoned Burger King, is a localized example of a nationwide movement to rediscover and activate previously dormant spaces and places.

3. Crosstown Concourse Delays Grand Opening -

Crosstown Concourse, the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building, will have its formal opening Aug. 19 – 90 years to the month that the building first opened to the public.

Developers of the 1.5-million-square-foot mixed-use complex originally set a May 13 opening.

4. First Tennessee Opens Fourth HOPE Inside Office -

First Tennessee Bank is set to open its fourth HOPE Inside office Thursday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at the First Tennessee branch at 3391 N. Watkins in Frayser.

5. Madison Avenue Park Sets Opening Date -

A Downtown pocket park across the street from the Brass Door dubbed the Madison Avenue Park announced plans to officially open the public April 21 during an all-day event.

The park, which is located on the site of an abandoned Burger King, is a localized example of a nationwide movement to rediscover and activate previously dormant spaces and places.

6. First Tennessee Opens Fourth HOPE Inside Office -

First Tennessee Bank is set to open its fourth HOPE Inside office Thursday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at the First Tennessee branch at 3391 N. Watkins in Frayser.

7. Last Word: Calipari Madness, Wolfchase 20 Years On and The Path Beyond Chemo -

John Calipari returns to Memphis at week’s end after Kentucky advanced Sunday to the NCAA South semifinals at FedExForum Friday. But based on the way his team played Sunday after a close game with Northwestern Saturday he might not be here long.

8. Crosstown Concourse Reschedules Opening for August -

Crosstown Concourse, the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building, will have its formal opening Aug. 19 – 90 years to the month that the building first opened to the public.

Developers of the 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use complex originally set a May 13 opening.

9. Crosstown Reschedules Opening for August -

Crosstown Concourse, the redeveloped Sears Crosstown building, will have its formal opening Aug. 19 – 90 years to the month that the building first opened to the public.

Developers of the 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use complex originally set a May 13 opening.

10. Editorial: The Ride From Mall To Mixed Use -

Memphis has come a long way from Southland Mall – the city’s first shopping mall – which seemed so cavernous in the late 1960s and now seems so small.

That’s not to say the times have left Southland Mall behind. They haven’t. It can and should be a part of the renaissance now underway in Whitehaven.

11. Wolfchase At 20 -

For the shopping mall – that quintessential staple of American retail, the biggest of big boxes, a sprawling, multilevel marvel of commercial magnificence – these are most certainly interesting times.

12. Yanckello Makes Artists’ Vision a Reality -

Sadie Yanckello never thought her job would involve buying carloads of old TVs from flea markets. Then she started working at Crosstown Arts.

It was August 2015, and the artist Lawrence Matthews was preparing for his upcoming show, “In a Violent Way.” In the show, Matthews performs original music in front of a bank of television screens playing media depictions of racial violence in America.

13. Chamber’s MWBE Loan Program Helps Companies Secure ISO Certification -

A cohort of minority-owned businesses have used a new Greater Memphis Chamber loan program to complete ISO 9001 certification, which opens them up to new federal contracting opportunities where the certification is required.

14. Mama Gaia Announces Crosstown Opening -

Mama Gaia, a fast-casual dining concept offering organic vegetarian menu options, is the first restaurant in Crosstown Concourse to open its doors and has set its grand opening for March 25.

The restaurant will offer a fresh, artisanal vegetarian menu for lunch and dinner, along with several vegan and gluten-free options.

15. Last Word: Voucher Movement, The Battle of Pontotoc and Ch-Chandler Numbers -

Republican state Senator Brian Kelsey of Germantown had a very good week in the state capitol this week. His school voucher bill got unanimous votes in House and Senate committee this week despite a tide of opposition from local elected officials and leaders including fellow legislators in the Shelby County delegation and all seven public school districts in Shelby County including the six suburban school systems.

16. Mama Gaia Announces Crosstown Concourse Opening -

Mama Gaia, a fast-casual dining concept offering organic vegetarian menu options, is the first restaurant in Crosstown Concourse to open its doors and has set its grand opening for March 25.

The restaurant will offer a fresh, artisanal vegetarian menu for lunch and dinner, along with several vegan and gluten-free options.

17. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application -

1350 Concourse Ave.
Memphis, TN 38104 

Permit Amount: $1.2 million

Application Date: March 2017

Owner: Crosstown Concourse

18. New Midtown Brewery Seeks $1.2M Building Permit -

Memphis’ newest addition to the local craft beer scene is ready to begin construction on its Midtown brewery.

Crosstown Brewing Co. has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its new craft brewery at Crosstown Concourse.

19. Last Word: Bar Louie's Corner, Chucalissa and Shark Tank for Ag -

The key corner at the intersection of Madison Avenue and North Cooper Street is the southwest corner where since the opening of a renovated Overton Square several years ago Bar Louie has had the corner. And the restaurant chain wants to keep the corner although its landlord wants to make a change. That’s the bottom line in bankruptcy reorganization court documents filed in February.

20. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application -

Memphis’ newest addition to the local craft beer scene has been cleared to begin construction on their new Midtown brewery.

Crosstown Brewing Co. filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for their new location at the Crosstown Concourse.

21. New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application -

Crosstown Brewing Co. has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its new location at the Crosstown Concourse.

22. CRE Brokers Speculate on Future of Commercial Appeal Headquarters -

When USA Today Network executive and president of The Tennessean newspaper Laura Hollingsworth came into town the day after The Commercial Appeal announced printing operations will be moving to Jackson, Tennessee, she told the staff that while no immediate plans were in place, selling the daily paper’s iconic building was certainly a possibility down the road.

23. Last Word: Gas Tax Conflict, Redbirds Changes and Hidden Office Space -

The CEO of Memphis-based AutoZone, Bill Rhodes, among the corporate leaders meeting with President Donald Trump recently to urge him to abandon plans for a border tax. This is the tax on goods imported to the U.S. from other countries that U.S. Rep. David Kustoff says also has some opposition among Republicans in D.C.

24. MPO Grants, Trolley Trials Point to Visible Spring for MATA -

A set of grants totaling $2.2 million from the Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization to the city and Memphis Area Transit Authority is aimed at pedestrian, bicycle and mass transit projects.

That includes $500,000 for MATA’s Crosstown corridor route as well as $150,000 to install 400 bike racks along MATA routes and bike lockers at MATA transit stations.

25. Hattie B’s ‘Excited’ About Midtown Location -

For Nick Bishop Sr. and Nick Bishop Jr., owner-operators of Nashville-based Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, opening a Memphis outpost had been something they’d wanted to do for a while. Now it’s becoming a reality.

26. Cities, Developers Reaping Rewards of Mixed-Use Shift -

Commercial real estate is shifting to mixed-use developments designed to create a sense of place for homeowners longing for the community of days gone by, and the trend is profiting many parties as commercial developers see stronger returns and cities undergo revitalization in their core.

27. Brewery District Developer Pulls $1.1M Building Permit -

495 Tennessee St., Memphis, TN 38103: Montgomery Martin Contractors LLC has filed a $1.1 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for tenant buildout in the former Tennessee Brewery, located at 495 Tennessee St.

28. Living Well is Best Prescription for Dying Well, Morris Says -

Dr. Scott Morris never shies away from tough topics. His keynote address at the Professional Network on Aging Conference, with its theme, “Aging: The Rhythm of Life,” was no exception.

29. Crosstown Concourse Sees Tenants Trickle In -

Another Crosstown Concourse tenant is preparing to build out its space.

A nearly $400,000 building permit application for tenant infill has been filed with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement on behalf of Tanenbaum Dermatology Center’s new Crosstown Concourse location.

30. Sector-by-Sector Highlights of the Commercial Property Forecast Summit -

Many of the area’s best and brightest commercial real estate minds were on hand for the Memphis Area Association of Realtor’s Annual Commercial Property Forecast Summit at the Halloran Centre for Performance Thursday afternoon. 

31. Grant Begins New North Memphis Rebuilding Effort -

North Memphis was once a place where heavy manufacturing was across the street from residential development and mom-and-pop retail was just down the street.

It was a thriving, blue-collar area of Memphis with block clubs, union halls, grassroots politics, lumber yards and nightclubs.

32. Last Word: Wessman Trouble, Selling 495 Union and An Underground Film Icon -

When Wessman Development came to town last year with the idea of a boutique hotel, the Palm Springs, California company was part of the flood of smaller hotel projects Memphis was seeing and is still seeing. Then the company added another hotel and just this month the redevelopment of a building on Madison west of Second Street as apartments with retail on the ground floor. In a very short period of time, Wessman has had a lot of plans for Memphis.

33. Grassfed Burger Joint Coming to Memphis -

An Atlanta-based restaurant that specializes in grassfed burgers is planning a new location in Memphis.

Farm Burger made the announcement in a Craigslist ad seeking a chef.

34. North Memphis Effort Gets $1 Million SPARCC Grant -

A national organization focused on local neighborhood revitalization efforts is awarding a group working in North Memphis a $1 million planning and technical assistance grant over three years.

The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge, or SPARCC, announced Wednesday, Feb. 15, the grant to Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities as part of a three-year, $90 million nationwide initiative to bolster communities.

35. Having It Their Way -

She was working for a major petroleum company and had just been transferred to Cody, Wyoming. She was relatively new to the industry and certainly to the boots-on-the-ground oil field where on Day One she got out of her SUV wearing a long skirt and flats.

36. Snapshots: Tech901 Settles In At Crosstown -

Even though the official grand opening isn’t until May, one Crosstown Concourse tenant is already up and running.

Tech901, a nonprofit education center that provides IT training and skills with the goal of increasing the supply of tech-trained employees in Memphis, was busy moving their furniture into their new digs Thursday, Feb. 16, in preparation for their first class on Feb. 27.

37. Publicly Advancing -

WHEN PUBLIC GOES PRIVATE, WE HAVE IT BACKWARDS. My kids and I know more about public schools and public school innovation than our brand-new secretary of education and voucher poster girl, Betsy DeVos, and our own state senator and voucher poster boy, Brian Kelsey.

38. Last Word: Lovell's Aftermath, West Memphis Tourism and Batter Up -

Political turbulence in the state capitol this week centered on one of the newest members of the Shelby County Delegation leaves the politically-minded among us with a lot to take in when you add the Beltway turbulence of the week in D.C.

39. Luxury Apartments Begin $17 Million Expansion -

3333 Hacks Cross Road, Memphis, TN 38125: Fieldstone Apartment Homes, a gated community in southeast Memphis, is in the process of another massive expansion.

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

40. North Memphis Effort Gets $1 Million SPARCC Grant -

A national organization focused on local neighborhood revitalization efforts is awarding a group working in North Memphis a $1 million planning and technical assistance grant over three years.

The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge, or SPARCC, announced Wednesday, Feb. 15, the grant to Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities as part of a three-year, $90 million nationwide initiative to bolster communities.

41. Archived Article -

3333 Hacks Cross Road

Memphis, TN 38125

Permit Amount: $9.7 million (combined)

Project Cost: $17 million

42. Last Word: Lovell's Fall, Critical Focus Debut and Super Lice -

That didn’t last long – the political career of state Representative Mark Lovell. About six weeks into a two-year term of office six months after he upset veteran Republican state Rep. Curry Todd, Lovell resigned Tuesday in Nashville. But the Legislature probably isn’t done with him yet. Even if it turns out the Legislature is done in terms of dealing with him directly, it will probably be talking about him for longer than the six weeks he was a legislator.

43. Culinary Medicine Takes Center Stage -

Church Health is ramping up its culinary medicine efforts as it prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse in the coming weeks, efforts that include forming an advisory board to help spread the word about culinary medicine in Memphis.

44. Edge District Employing Micro Concept to Stir Retail Offerings -

Successful rehabilitation projects in the city’s core like Broad Avenue, Crosstown and Overton Square have demonstrated the impact innovative ideas can have on struggling neighborhoods, but fine-tuning the right approach for each neighborhood is far from a perfect science.

45. Last Word: Bell at the Grammys, Old Dominick's Return and Luttrell & Strickland -

Memphis at the Grammys: William Bell was performer, presenter and winner at the Grammys Sunday evening. Gary Clark Jr. joined Bell to perform Bell’s calling card, “Born Under A Bad Sign” and the duo then presented a Grammy to Beyonce. In the non-televised Grammy awards, Bell won for Best Americana album for his Stax effort “This Is Where I Live.”

46. The Week Ahead: February 13-19 -

Music is a common theme this week, which is nice to know, isn’t it, Memphis? And the sounds of other balls – not the dribbling kind – will take the stage again as the Memphis Open gets into swing and the University of Memphis throws its first real pitch of the 2017 season. Check out this week's list of need-to-know happenings...

47. Crosstown High Pulls Building Permit -

Crosstown High School is the latest tenant of the highly anticipated Crosstown Concourse to file for a building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.

The $403,657 permit for 1365 Tower Ave. lists tenant infill under the description.

48. Crosswood, nexAir File Infill Permits at Crosstown -

Two more Crosstown Concourse tenants are laying the groundwork for their big move into the ambitious Midtown mixed-use unit.

Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. filed a $1.5 million building permit application for tenant infill with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for nexAir, which specializes in welding equipment and industrial and medical gases.

49. Curb Market Moving, Sells Property to Hattie B’s -

Popular Nashville restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has bought The Curb Market’s Cooper-Young location as the market prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse.

The Curb Market, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. That store will close Sunday, Feb. 12, to begin the move to an 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse – nearly quadruple the size of its current space.

50. Strickland and Luttrell Mark Different Points in Mayoral Tenures -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland was 13 months and nine days in office when he delivered his second State of the City address last week at a Frayser church.

51. Permit Filed for Boutique Arrive Hotel Downtown -

477 S. Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103 

Permit Amount: $5.3 million

Application Date: February 2017

Completion: 2018

52. Curb Market Moving, Sells Property to Hattie B’s -

Popular Nashville restaurant Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has bought The Curb Market’s Cooper-Young location as the market prepares to move to Crosstown Concourse.

The Curb Market, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. That store will close Sunday, Feb. 12, to begin the move to an 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse – nearly quadruple the size of its current space.

53. Last Word: Impasse Flashback, Pot Alliances in Nashville and The Age of Etsy -

The late 1970s – bell bottoms, punk rock, disco, that perpetual haze floating over those lucky enough to get the most expensive concert seats for as much as $10 each on the floor of the Mid-South Coliseum… and yes, the impasse ordinance.

54. Curb Market Closing Cooper-Young Location to Begin Crosstown Move -

Almost a year after it opened, The Curb Market is closing its Cooper-Young location Sunday, Feb. 12, as it begins its move to Crosstown Concourse.

The locally sourced food store, which is owned by Peter Schutt, president of The Daily News Publishing Co., opened last March in the former Easy Way at 596 S. Cooper St. The new 8,500-square-foot bay in Crosstown Concourse will be nearly four times the size of the Cooper-Young store.

55. Moorman Named Chief Scientist at Ducks Unlimited -

Tom Moorman has been named chief scientist of Memphis-based Ducks Unlimited, the world’s largest nonprofit dedicated to conserving North American waterfowl habitats. Moorman, who will take over from retiring chief scientist Scott Yaich on March 1, has worked for DU for more than 25 years, most recently serving as head of its 13-state Southern Region.
As chief scientist, Moorman will serve as DU’s leader on waterfowl and habitat science, provide vision and direction in addressing DU’s science needs and ensure it maintains its standing and credibility as a top-notch science-based organization.

56. Strickland Studies Options in Face of Immigration Travel Ban Order -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland has been getting a crash course in immigration policies – federal and local – in the last week.

57. Two More Crosstown Tenants File Building Permits -

With the Crosstown Concourse’s grand opening just a few months away, two more organizations have filed permits for tenant infill.

Grinder, Taber & Grinder Inc. filed two building permits with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement totaling $1 million.

58. The Week Ahead: February 7-13 -

There’s a lot to love this week, Memphis! The 41st annual Memphis Open tennis tournament begins Saturday at The Racquet Club of Memphis. That same morning historic Elmwood Cemetery hosts a “Love on the Rocks” walking tour featuring tragic and humorous tales of love gone wrong. And if you love the Grizzlies, they are playing the not-so-loved San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors this week. 

59. Last Word: Travel Ban Protest, Other Trump React and Sierra Club Goes To Court -

Grizz over the Nuggets in Denver Wednesday 119-99. The Tigers play USF in Tampa Thursday.

Another big crowd for a Memphis march, the second in less than two weeks including the Memphis Women’s March. The Wednesday march, focused on President Donald Trump’s immigration travel ban order, was smaller than that, but still sizeable and diverse.

60. Temple Israel Expanding Into Crosstown Concourse -

495 N Watkins St.
Memphis, TN 38104

Tenant: Temple Israel

Details: In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.
Officials said the new Crosstown campus won’t be a second synagogue, but will instead enhance the Temple’s community outreach programs.
“We believe that Temple will thrive in Crosstown and that you, the members, will be truly amazed by the collaboration in the years ahead,” Temple Israel president Elkan Scheidt said in the email. “Crosstown’s creativity, innovation, and social-action focus aligns seamlessly with Temple and Reform Judaism’s inclusive philosophy.”
Temple Israel formed a preliminary Crosstown committee, which included Cara Greenstein, Alex Shindler, Daniel Kiel, Meggan Kiel, Bruce Landau, Susanne Landau, Joanna Lipman, Josh Lipman, Liz Rudnick and Elton Parker to discuss the move before deciding to sign a lease for a 1,200-square-foot “Midtown Living Room” in the Concourse.
“By offering countless programming and Tikkun Olam opportunities, Temple Israel Crosstown will bring the celebrated Temple Israel spirit of 38120 to 38104,” the announcement went on to say. “It will also become a new member gateway for unaffiliated Downtown/Midtown Jews and newcomers to Memphis.”
“Tikkun Olam, Hebrew for “repairing this broken world,” expresses the fundamental Jewish idea that what we do to heal the hurt and help those who are suffering most – in our city and in this world – is what matters most to the one God who loves us all,” Rabbi Micah Greenstein, senior rabbi at Temple Israel, said.
The email outlined some of the programs Temple Israel could offer in Crosstown, such as partnerships with their Crosstown neighbors, lunch and learns, baby-and-me classes, Hebrew tutoring and Women of Reformed Judaism-Sisterhood knitting for the Manna House.
Temple Israel, which is located at 1376 E. Massey Road, was founded in 1854 as the first permanent Jewish house of worship in Tennessee and now serves 1,500 member families in the Memphis area. 

61. Temple Israel Announces Crosstown Expansion -

In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.

Officials said the new Crosstown campus won’t be a second synagogue, but will instead enhance the Temple’s community outreach programs.

62. Last Word: State of the State React, Reverse Logistics and Speed Limiters -

As the work week began, U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis joining House Democrats in sponsoring a bill that would bar the use of any federal funds to carry out President Trump’s order barring refugees from seven majority Muslim countries.

63. Temple Israel Announces Crosstown Expansion -

In a letter that went out to its congregation over the weekend, Temple Israel announced plans to expand into the Crosstown Concourse this summer.

Officials said the new Crosstown campus won’t be a second synagogue, but will instead enhance the Temple’s community outreach programs.

64. Last Word: Immigration Order React, State of State Preview and The Haven -

Lots of reaction from state and local leaders Sunday to President Trump’s Friday executive order on immigration that will likely dominate the action this week on Capitol Hill in Washington after a weekend of action and reaction.

65. Snapshot: Open for Business -

Signage goes up at Crosstown Concourse as construction winds down and commercial tenants begin to move in. Tech901 and Church Health will be among the fi rst to occupy space in the renovated Sears Tower.

66. Jan 27-Feb 2, 2017: This week in Memphis history -

1985: The Memphis Showboats of the United States Football league play the New Jersey Generals in Charlotte, N.C., in the preseason opener for the USFL’s second and final season. The Showboats cut Ole Miss star John Fourcade before the exhibition, but Mossy Cade and Leonard Coleman, from the University of Texas and Vanderbilt respectively, have joined the defense. Returning are Reggie White and Walter Lewis.

67. Expanded Uptown TIF May Offer Needed Relief for Blighted Areas -

The announcement of last week’s blockbuster proposal to expand the Uptown Tax Increment Financing area and extend the applications of Downtown’s Tourism Development Zone may have been headlined by the reimagined convention center and multibillion-dollar improvements to the area’s medical facilities, but some of the most significant changes may end up occurring at the neighborhood level.

68. Crosstown Creator Named ‘Communicator of the Year’ -

Crosstown Concourse visionary Todd Richardson has been named the Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Richardson was chosen in part for the exceptional communication skills he demonstrated by spearheading the much-anticipated Crosstown Concourse, a project to convert the old Sears Tower into an urban village with public and private commercial tenants and residential units.

69. CBU Opens New School for the Arts -

Rosa Deal was the first woman on the faculty of Christian Brothers University, from 1961 to her retirement in 1994. And when she died five years ago, those who thought they knew Deal, who by then was professor emerita of the CBU School of the Arts, got a surprise.

70. Crosstown Creator Named ‘Communicator of the Year’ -

Crosstown Concourse visionary Todd Richardson has been named the Communicator of the Year by the Memphis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

71. The Week Ahead: January 17-23 -

Good morning, Memphis! This is a good week to be inspired, as we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his courage to motivate and inspire change. Plus, UrbanArt Commission celebrates its 20th anniversary and the Brooks Museum of Art unveils an exhibition sure to make you hoppy – err, happy. Here’s what else you need to know in The Week Ahead...

72. Last Word: Booksellers Options, New Parking Spaces and The Memphis Open -

Somewhere in the back of our minds, I think most of us knew there were probably some circumstances under which Booksellers at Laurelwood might remain open. And as it turns out there are some terms the owner is talking about just past the post-New Year’s shock of work that the store will close in February.

73. Crosstown Concourse Sees First Residents -

Less than a week into 2017 and something is going on that hasn’t happened in nearly a quarter of a century. “We had our first apartment residents move in,” Crosstown Concourse co-founder Todd Richardson said. “After 24 years of being empty, we’ve got our first occupants.”

74. Nordstrom Rack Files $1.5M Permit for Memphis Store -

4572 Poplar Ave.

Memphis, TN 38117

Permit Amount: $1.5 million

Project Cost: $25.2 million

Application Date: December 2016

75. Last Word: A Rainbow's Tale, The Two Holiday Peaks and Crosstown High Plans -

I saw it all so clearly on a very cloudy and very rainy Monday in the city. A strong rainbow with bold colors across town from the setting sun on the river. Not some play rainbow that you create with a garden hose or some alleged double rainbow that depends on where you stand. As we were fond of saying in these parts in the 1980s and the 1990s – this was a “world class” rainbow.

76. Crosstown High Hires Terrill As Executive Director -

Crosstown High School is still forming. But the school to open for classes at Crosstown Concourse in August 2018 has an executive director.

The board of Crosstown High announced Monday, Jan. 2, that it has named Chris Terrill, an educator from Mooresville, North Carolina, as the school’s first executive director.

77. Education Nonprofit Pulls Permit for Crosstown Office -

Memphis Education Fund has begun work on its new Crosstown Concourse location.

Contractor Grinder Haizlip Construction Inc. filed a $1.6 million building permit application for tenant infill on the 13,995-square-foot area designed by ANF Architects.

78. Riding Momentum -

Around this time each year, everyone tends to start fetishizing the blank slate a bit, with its attendant allure of reinvention and that sweeping away of the old order to make way for what comes next.

79. Presidential Election Tops Busy Year for Memphis Voters -

2016 was an eventful election year in Shelby County, ending with the most popular voting cycle in Shelby County politics: the U.S. presidential general election in November. Slightly more than 60 percent of the county’s voters cast a ballot either during early voting in October or on the Nov. 8 Election Day.

80. Many New Restaurants, Food Businesses Served Up in 2016 -

In a few weeks, the East Memphis space that once housed Cosmic Coconut will host a grand opening for its new incarnation.

It’s been reimagined as City Silo Table & Pantry, a concept that owner Scott Tashie – who also owns I Love Juice Bar in Midtown as well as the future I Love Juice Bar in Crosstown – said was a natural evolution. Encompassing a total of 2,600 square feet and anchored by a 10-foot farm table, City Silo expands on the expectation its owner says Cosmic Coconut set for “creative, clean eating” in Memphis.

81. Change Defines Education Landscape in 2016 -

By the time Rhodes College trustees made their choice in December of Marjorie Hass as the college’s new president, higher education in Memphis had been through quite a few changes.

Hass succeeds William Troutt, president of Rhodes for the last 18 years.

82. Hyde Foundations Gives $1M to Church Health -

The Hyde Family Foundations has given Church Health a $1 million gift as the organization prepares to move into Crosstown Concourse early next year.

Half of the money will go to cover capital expenses, and the Hyde Family Foundations has given another $500,000 and issued a 2-for-1 matching grant challenge to Church Health to raise a $1 million through new and increased donations that range from $2,500 to $24,999.

83. Church Health Receives $1M From Hyde Foundations -

The Hyde Family Foundations has given Church Health a $1 million gift as the organization prepares to move into Crosstown Concourse early next year.

Half of the money will go to cover capital expenses, and the Hyde Family Foundations has given another $500,000 and issued a 2-for-1 matching grant challenge to Church Health to raise a $1 million through new and increased donations that range from $2,500 to $24,999.

84. Strickland Surprised by Record Homicide Rate, Defends ‘Brilliant at the Basics’ -

At the last Memphis City Council meeting of 2016, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland dropped by to give high marks for cooperation between his office and the council.

85. Events -

The Fourth Bluff Ice Rink will open Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mississippi River Park (Riverside Drive next to the Tennessee Welcome Center) and will remain open through January. Hours on Sundays are noon to 6 p.m.; Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Fridays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The rink is closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 and includes skate rental. For details, visit memphisriverfront.com.

86. Editorial: Despite Inherent Tension, We Need to Keep Talking -

You don’t see a lot of construction cranes in Memphis. It’s not the symbol of our emergence from the national recession that it is in other cities.

But make no mistake, development and the money to finance it is back in Memphis. It just has a different face.

87. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

88. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual holiday production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

89. Events -

Ballet Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra will perform “The Nutcracker” Friday through Sunday, Dec. 9-11, at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 S. Main St. Performances start at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. This annual production features a cast of nearly 100 professional dancers, local children, musicians and vocalists. Buy tickets at balletmemphis.org.

90. WinterArts Raises Status of Eastgate as an Arts District -

With the successful resurrections of Broad Avenue and Crosstown to the west, one familiar East Memphis locale is hoping to reinvent its image and capture similar success.

Since it first opened in 1962, the Eastgate Shopping Center has always been more associated with retail than fine arts, but now some members of the Memphis arts community are hoping to change that.

91. Three CRE Firms Join to Improve Connectivity at Busy Poplar Corridor -

Three Memphis real estate companies with significant assets in the Poplar Avenue/Ridgeway Road area are making plans to improve connectivity and walkability there.

Boyle Investment Co., Highwoods Properties Inc. and Loeb Properties Inc. are forming the Shady Grove/Ridgeway Business Owners Association (BOA), an advocacy organization focused on pedestrian/streetscape enhancements for the East Memphis business district, particularly at Poplar and South Shady Grove Road.

92. Last Word: Chattanooga's Tragedy, Elvis Presley's Memphis and Chandler Parsons -

A grim Monday in Chattanooga where, as we post this, six school children were killed in a school bus crash and the driver of the bus was charged late Monday with reckless driving and vehicular homicide.

93. Memphis 3.0 Plan Weighs Scale Of Development -

Office towers close to smaller-scale retail or residential development is one of the themes in the still emerging plan for the expansion of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Pinch district.

94. Transcript: CBU to Transform Campus, Transition to Project-Based Learning -

Christian Brothers University is not only changing the look of its campus at Central Avenue and East Parkway. Leaders of the institution are embarking on the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign that includes plans to “blow up” the university’s department of education to include Crosstown High School and the neighboring Middle College High School, extend internships to all students and to create a new library that is more than “air conditioning for books.”

95. Editorial: CBU’s Vision Extends Beyond Physical Changes -

From East Parkway, the Christian Brothers University campus has looked the same for quite some time, but recent construction and a new master plan are changing that. At the same time, less-visible changes hold great promise for energizing students as well as the community.

96. State Board to Authorize Its First Memphis School After Overruling SCS Decision -

For the first time next year, the Tennessee Board of Education will oversee a charter school in Memphis.

The board said Monday, Nov. 14, that it will authorize a controversial new charter school run by a national operator Green Dot Public Schools.

97. CBU Campus Expanding in Several Ways -

Christian Brothers University’s campus overhaul includes a new college of education that aims to make the university a major player in the training and development of teachers.

The impact goes beyond the bricks-and-mortar changes coming to the campus starting in 2020 in the second phase of a $70 million capital campaign.

98. Christian Brothers University Rolls Out Second Phase of $70 Million Master Plan -

After raising $42 million of a $70 million capital campaign goal sooner than expected, leaders of Christian Brothers University are embarking on a more aggressive, $28 million second phase that will change the geography of the Fairgrounds-area campus.

99. GM Laying Off Over 2,000 at 2 Car Plants as Sales Slow -

DETROIT (AP) – Shifting demand from cars to trucks and SUVS is forcing General Motors to lay off more than 2,000 workers indefinitely at two assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan starting in January.

100. Medical District Collaborative Offers Financial Carrot for Residents -

Employees of five major medical and academic institutions of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) now have a financial incentive to live in the Medical District thanks to a new Live Local 901 initiative.