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1. Developers Close on Land For Rock Climbing Wall -

Chattanooga-based High Point Rock Climbing and Fitness Memphis, doing business as High Point Memphis LLC, has purchased an undeveloped tract of land adjacent to Christian Brothers High School from Boyle Investment Co., doing business as BIC HH Partnership, for $1.9 million.

2. Developers Close on Land For Rock Climbing Wall -

Chattanooga-based High Point Rock Climbing and Fitness Memphis, doing business as High Point Memphis LLC, has purchased an undeveloped tract of land adjacent to Christian Brothers High School from Boyle Investment Co., doing business as BIC HH Partnership, for $1.9 million.

3. Wonder Bread Garage Gets OK From Parking Authority -

The Downtown Parking Authority has given its approval to the 481-space parking garage connected to the $73 million Wonder Bread redevelopment, paving the way for developers PGK Properties to seek final approval from the Memphis City Council and Shelby County Commission.

4. Downtown Lofts to Begin Second Phase -

The area surrounding developer Vince Smith's project 266 Lofts, located at the corner of Front Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, has already seen its share of changes since it broke ground last year, and it’s about to change even more.

5. MEMFix Sets Date for Eighth Installment -

Urban infill projects in core sections of the city are not only transforming surrounding areas, but also how Memphians view the city’s neglected assets.

Looking to build off of the momentum of such successful rehabilitation projects, MEMFix has set its sights on the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street, where it will host its next event on Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

6. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

7. Midtown Gated Community, Shelby Farms Hotel Approved by Planning Officials -

A plan to replace the former Red Cross building in Midtown with a 12-unit luxury gated community was approved by the Shelby County Land Use Control Board at its Thursday, August 10 meeting.

Last month, developers Lee Askew and Martin Edwards presented their plans to nearby residents at a public meeting where it was received with mostly favorable results.

8. City Council Approves Beale Hotel, Parking -

The Memphis City Council approved Tuesday, Aug. 8, plans for a five-story, 101-room hotel and a five-level 103-space parking deck in the block of Beale Street between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard. Original plans called for a six-story hotel building, but that was later changed.

9. Council Approves 5-Year Pact with University for Liberty Bowl Lease -

Just in time for an Aug. 31 football season opener, the University of Memphis has a new five year contract with the city of Memphis for the use of the Liberty Bowl and surrounding Fairgrounds area.

10. Home Sales Up, Price Slips in July -

As the housing market begins to head into a slower time of year with school restarting, home sales still continue to outpace last year’s figures despite a slight dip in average sales price.

The number of units sold in Shelby County was up 14 percent in July, with 1,808 sales recorded compared with 1,584 last July, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

11. $73M Mixed-Use Bakery Development Clears First Hurdle -

Development Services Group’s $73 million plan to breathe new life into a 10-acre swath of the Memphis Medical District has taken its first public step toward becoming a reality.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. approved the developer’s request for a 20-year tax incentive to help offset construction costs for the ambitious project.

12. Last Word: The Orange Mound Way, Midtown Apartments and 'I Am A Man' Plaza -

First day of school redux on Tuesday for students in Memphis Catholic Schools and it is a half-day. The first day of classes in most of the county’s other schools Monday went smoothly. Shelby County Schools reports more than 6,000 students registered on the first day of school despite another concerted effort at numerous events to register students in advance. That’s in a school system of approximately 96,000 students.

13. Tax Breaks Broaden For Residential, Retail Deals -

Some changes are coming in the rules surrounding incentives that the Economic Development Growth Engine for Memphis and Shelby County – or EDGE – can use for different kinds of development and for broader use of tax increment financing – or TIF – zones to sustain redevelopment.

14. Tensions of Density -

With hundreds of units already announced and all signs indicating there are more to come, the Midtown apartment market is primed to explode.

But when it comes to development, it’s no secret that Midtown residents can be fiercely protective.

15. The Week Ahead: August 7-13 -

Hello, Memphis! While many local kids head back to school, plenty of Elvis fans are flocking to the city to celebrate The King’s life and legacy. Check out what else you need to know about in The Week Ahead…

16. Next Big Leap for Apple? – Augmented Reality -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple's iPhone may be ready for its next big act – as a springboard into "augmented reality," a technology that projects life-like images into real-world settings viewed through a screen.

17. Developers Baking $73 Million Deal at Wonder Bread Plant -

A development group wants to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread plant that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

A group of investors spearheaded by Chisca Hotel Developers – Development Services Group – has submitted a $73 million plan to create 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space.

18. Wonder Bread Factory Rebirth Eyed by Chisca Hotel Developer -

A new plan submitted to city officials would breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread factory that used to fill the Memphis Medical District with the smell of fresh bread before it closed in 2013.

19. Binghampton, Uptown Redevelopment Efforts Move Forward While Waiting for the CRA -

If Binghampton can get a proposal for tax increment financing (TIF) approved by the end of the year, it would mean an immediate $332,000 in capital and an estimated $26 million over the 30-year life of the TIF zone to sustain and further grow commercial and residential development in the area.

20. Fully Loaded -

It’s almost like the first half of 2017 was a decade in the making, at least when it comes to commercial real estate. Throughout all four major sectors of the Memphis-area commercial real estate market – industrial, office, retail and multifamily – figures are consistently reaching or exceeding pre-recession marks.

21. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

22. Overton Gateway Compromise Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council members approved the Overton Gateway mixed residential development Tuesday, July 25 in a pair of unanimous votes – one for the plans on the north side of Sam Cooper Boulevard at East Parkway and the other for the plans on the south side of Sam Cooper at East Parkway.

23. City Master Plan Development Aims To Reverse Random Development -

Not too far past a new generation of civic plans is the filter of reality – what is possible by a business bottom line.

At the outset of the still-forming Memphis 3.0 master development plan, the reality without a plan is striking.

24. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Look To Lift Communities -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

25. Last Word: ICE Raids, Who's Buying Afton Grove and Malco Powerhouse Plans -

A protest Sunday evening at the Prescott Place Apartments after federal ICE agents – Immigration and Customs Enforcement – took people into custody there and at Emerald Ridge and Corner Park apartments Sunday morning. The group of organizations protesting the federal action – Memphis Coalition of Concerned Citizens, Cosecha and SURJ Memphis -- say Memphis Police assisted in the immigration operation. Memphis Police deny they were involved in any way. No estimate from ICE on how many people were detained.

26. Environmental Report on Pipeline Favorable for Developers -

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Pipeline intended to carry natural gas across West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina would have some adverse environmental effects, including impacts on water resources, forest and other habitats, but most could be reduced to insignificant levels, an assessment by federal regulators found.

27. Developers Lay Out Latest Plans for Proposed Midtown Gated Community -

In a quiet room inside of his Midtown architecture firm, Lee Askew of ANF Architects presented the latest incarnation of his plans to turn the former Red Cross building at the corner of Central Avenue and Mansfield Street into a 12-unit luxury gated community.

28. Binghampton, Frayser Retail Projects Could Lift Respective Neighborhoods -

They say retail is a numbers game, and for some communities, when those numbers don’t add up they can get left behind by developers.

That’s why the Binghampton Gateway and Frayser Gateway – a pair of retail projects in different areas and stages of development – hope to send a message that overlooked communities have more to offer than just numbers.

29. The Week Ahead: July 17-23 -

Hello, Memphis! Young, local artists are in the spotlight this week with a couple of art shows where you can meet these talented youths and someday say, “I knew them before they were famous.” Check out details on those, plus more cool events and hot happenings in The Week Ahead…

30. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC -

Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.

31. Three Local Developers Seeking DMC Grants to Attract New Tenants -

Three new redevelopment projects are seeking Exterior Improvement Grants from the Downtown Memphis Commission in the hopes of attracting new tenants.

The first applicant, Janice Holder, is a retired Tennessee Supreme Court Justice, seeking to restore the façade of her building, located 55 S. Main St., back to its Gilded Age roots.

32. Last Word: Fifth Wave, Hidden Gem in OB and the Freeze Filibuster -

There is one less contender in the crowded field of potential and declared candidates for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville was nominated for federal court judge Thursday by President Donald Trump who also nominated Memphis attorney and former federal prosecutor Tommy Parker to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee as well. Both are part of what The White House described as a “fifth wave” of judicial nominees.

33. Overton Gateway Developers, Neighbors Reach Tentative Compromise -

It may have taken the mediation of a Memphis City Council member and two hours of negotiation, but representatives from a local development group and a coalition of concerned Midtown residents were able to reach a tentative compromise on the fate of a massive project at the doorstep of Overton Park.

34. Paradigm Innovating, Evolving in 25th Year -

Following major cancer surgery three years ago, Paradigm Marketing & Creative’s owner and chief idea architect Charles Gaushell decided to focus less on growing his company’s size just for the sake of growth and more on the quality of its clients and helping them to best tell their stories.

35. Council Delays Discussion About Future of DMC, RDC -

Memphis City Council members put off a discussion Tuesday, July 11, on a call to look at restructuring or abolishing the Downtown Memphis Commission and the Riverfront Development Corp.

36. Memphis, Shelby County Home Sales Still Rising -

Though last month saw the first dip in average home sales prices in nine months, the number of home sales in June continued to increase.

The average sales price dropped slightly to $178,572, a 1 percent decrease from a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com. However, the total number of home sales reached 1,852 for the month, up 9 percent from 1,692 a year ago. Additionally, the volume of home sales rose to $331 million, up 8 percent from $305 million last year.

37. Memphis, Other Secondary Markets Poised for Industrial Growth -

When it comes to logistics, the primary distribution center markets like Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles have led the way in terms of warehouse development. But as more companies look to tighten their supply chain, secondary markets – including Memphis; Louisville, Kentucky; and Cleveland, Ohio – have found themselves in a better position to absorb growth.

38. Jernigan Capital Hits Investment Milestones -

Jernigan Capital – a publicly traded, Memphis-based provider of capital to self-storage entrepreneurs – is on a tear at the moment.

The company in recent days has closed three new self-storage development investment commitments totaling almost $50 million, including a co-investment of $26.5 million for a proposed 1,424-unit facility in Manhattan. The other investments are for facilities in Knoxville and in the Boston metro area, and construction on all three facilities is set to be finished by the end of second quarter 2018.

39. Foote Homes Last Vestige Of Public Housing -

As the last of the city’s large public housing developments is demolished, the oldest of the mixed-income communities that replaced them is about to turn 20.

College Park opened in 1998 on the site of what had been Lemoyne Gardens in the area of South Memphis now known as Soulsville.

40. Memphis Among Hardest Cities to Add Apartments -

When it comes to adding new apartment projects, Memphis ranked as the No. 5 most difficult metro out of 50 metros surveyed, according to data compiled by Hoyt Advisory Services at the behest of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association.

41. $18.5 Million Permit Filed for Central Station Project -

In this week’s Real Estate Recap, developers pull an $18 million permit for the Central Station overhaul, another new Downtown hotel is in the works and the new Laurelwood bookstore gets a restaurant...

42. Memphis Among Hardest Cities to Add New Apartments -

When it comes to adding new apartment projects, Memphis ranked as the No. 5 most difficult metro out of 50 metros surveyed, according to data compiled by Hoyt Advisory Services at the behest of the National Multifamily Housing Council and the National Apartment Association.

43. Developers Pull $6M Permit For New Downtown Hotel -

A long-awaited Downtown hotel project finally takes a step forward.

The Beale Street Hotel Group has filed a $6 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new 115-room hotel across from AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds.

44. $18.5 Million Permit Filed For Central Station Project -

The developers of the Central Station, located at 545 S. Main St., filed an $18.5 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to convert the existing building from residential apartments to a hotel.

45. Last Word: Health Care Plan React, Treasury Footprint and Tom Bowen - Take Two -

It’s like they aren’t even looking at the same legislation. That’s one explanation of the very different reviews the Senate health care bill got Thursday as it was unveiled in Washington. Illustrating the contrast, the reactions of Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis.

46. Developers Pull $6M Permit for New Downtown Hotel -

A long-awaited Downtown hotel project finally takes a step forward.

The Beale Street Hotel Group has filed a $6 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement to build a new 115-room hotel across from AutoZone Park, home of the Memphis Redbirds.

47. ServiceMaster Opens ‘Ground Floor’ Innovation Center Downtown -

The Ground Floor, ServiceMaster’s 20,000-square-foot innovation center located in the former home of Tower Records, formally opened Thursday, June 15 – marking the first completed phase of the Memphis-based company’s Downtown relocation.

48. Shelby County Home Sales Heating Up Before Summer -

A solid spring has sown the seeds for an even better summer as the red-hot Memphis area real estate market enters its busiest time of the year.

The average home sales price in May was $169,549, a 10 percent increase from $154,171 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

49. Tennessee Brewery Developers Seek Incentives for Second Phase -

The developers of the Tennessee Brewery project are seeking a 20-year tax abatement to begin construction on phase two of their Downtown Memphis mixed-use development.

William Orgel, Jay Lindy and Adam Slovis, representing 495 TN Partners, have applied to the Center City Revenue Finance Corp. for a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentive to build an additional 130-unit, four-story building they estimate will cost around $12.3 million.

50. Last Word: Easy Fishing on Big River, Competing City Priorities and Durham's Fine -

The Arkansas side of the Big River Crossing opened Wednesday for the first time since May 2 when a rising Mississippi River prompted its closing while the crossing proper on the north side of the Harahan Bridge remained open. There is still some of the muddy river left on the Arkansas flood plain and several dozen cranes stopping in Wednesday afternoon for some easy fishing in the shallow waters.

51. Tennessee Brewery Developers Seeking Tax Incentives for Second Phase -

The developers of the Tennessee Brewery Project have applied for a 20-year tax abatement with the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation to begin construction on phase two of their Downtown Memphis mixed-use development.

52. Demand for Smaller Industrial Facilities Growing -

Even though massive deals like Niagara Bottling’s 554,000-square-foot facility and McCormick & Co.’s 615,000-square-foot operation next door in Gateway Global Logistics Center often steal the spotlight, they only paint part of the picture of North Mississippi’s industrial market.

53. North Mississippi Developers Gear Up to Land Large Clients -

With almost 3.5 million square feet of speculative space floating around in North Mississippi just between Crossroads Distribution Center and Gateway Global Logistics Center alone, it appears that there is no shortage of interest in the region from prospective clients.

54. ServiceMaster Almost Ready for First Employees to Occupy Downtown HQ -

By mid-June the first wave of employees will move into the new ServiceMaster Global Headquarters at 150 Peabody Place, bringing to fruition what many city leaders believe is one of the biggest wins for Downtown Memphis in a decade. 

55. The Buying And Selling Of Memphis -

Even before he went to federal prison for 25 years on a racketeering conviction in 1995, Danny Owens had a real estate portfolio. The strip-club kingpin who defined the industry in Memphis across a 20-year period owned the old Memphian movie theater and made possible its 1986 sale to Playhouse on the Square by donating $160,000 toward its purchase.

56. Medical District Apartments Sell for $5.2 Million -

A medical district apartment switches hands in a multimillion-dollar deal, a Downtown developer plans an apartment complex near FedExForum, and a California investor buys a local industrial portfolio. Details in this week’s Real Estate Recap...

57. Downtown Apartment Developer Seeks $18M in Permits -

Elmington Capital Group is ready to continue its spree of Downtown multifamily development.

The Nashville-based company, doing business as ECG Forum GP LLC, is seeking four building permits totaling $18.2 million to construct apartments southeast of FedExForum.

58. Memphis Retail Brokers Preparing for Largest Event of the Year in Vegas -

This week more than 37,000 retail real estate professionals from 58 countries will gather in Las Vegas for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ annual RECon convention.

At the event, which will run May 21-24, there will be no shortage of representatives from the Bluff City who run the gamut from brokers, developers and landlords looking to attract the next big restaurant, hotel or store, to Memphis-based companies like AutoZone and FedEx Office looking to grow their global footprint.

59. Last Word: Carousel Preview, New Crime Stats and EDGE Does Multi-Family -

The group Friends of the Fairgrounds got together Thursday evening at the Children’s Museum of Memphis and got the first group tour of the Grand Carousel center under construction at CMOM. This is as the museum focuses more on fundraising for the $6 million project that has already raised the money for the restoration of the carousel itself and now sets about the task of paying for the building around it including a banquet hall. Here’s a look from our Facebook page with more to come on CMOM and the Fairgrounds for the Monday edition that will probably go up on line Friday.

60. EDGE to Test Multifamily Tax Abatements -

The Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County has approved a trial run of a new payment-in-lieu-of-taxes program aimed at encouraging development of multifamily housing the city of Memphis feels it needs to break free of the cycle of stagnant population growth.

61. 'War' on Blight -

Attorney Steve Barlow has been working on blight issues for 20 years, which is to say he’s been working for two decades almost exclusively on the maze of rules, regulations and procedures that make blight possible and sustainable.

62. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

63. Trader Joe’s Developer Pulls Out of Project -

A representative with Centennial American Properties, the developers of a planned Trader Joe's location on Exeter Road, told The Daily News Friday, May 12, the company no longer has any property in Germantown, leaving the future of the oft-delayed project in question.

64. Windows 10 Update Aims to Help Identify Best Photos, Videos -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – An upcoming feature in Microsoft's Windows 10 system will automatically identify the best photos and videos to help people create highlights of their experiences.

The tool, called Story Remix, will be part of a "Fall Creators Update" to roll out later this year to 500 million personal computers, smartphones and tablets powered by Windows 10. Microsoft previewed the update Thursday at a conference in Seattle for applications developers.

65. Blight Summit to Mark Progress, Challenges -

When the leaders of the city’s anti-blight effort gather at Clayborn Temple for their second annual summit Wednesday, May 17, on the next block south of the church will be an example of work still to be done.

66. Jackson Visits City Hall In Push for Career Education -

At the top of the Tuesday, May 9, Memphis City Council session, the council heard from civil rights leader and two-time presidential contender Rev. Jesse Jackson.

67. Council Hears Railgarten Dispute in 2 Weeks, Appoints Impasse Panels -

Memphis City Council members will hold an evidentiary hearing in two weeks to sort out a Midtown restaurant-bar that ran afoul of the approvals needed to open with annexes including intermodal containers and an outdoor area.

68. Memphis-Area Home Sales Drop, Prices Rise in April -

The Memphis-area housing market was a mixed bag in April as the lack of inventory caused the number of home sales to drop for the first time in eight months but also kept average sales prices on the rise.

69. Kemmons Wilson Cos. Continues in the Spirit of its Founder -

McLean T. Wilson has a statistic he likes to keep top of mind: 94 percent of third-generations businesses fail. Kemmons Wilson Cos. (KWC), the enterprise founded by McLean’s grandfather, Kemmons Wilson, is in the other 6 percent.

70. After More Than 70 Years, Colliers Continues to Pay it Forward -

In 1946, a small real estate company called Wilkinson & Snowden Inc. took root in Memphis as many of the city’s post-war expansion projects were just getting started. And though the names and faces have changed several times over the years, the culture of the company largely has remained intact for more than 70 years.

71. Plans for Boutique South Main Hotel Move Ahead -

A new South Main restaurant, an up-and-coming boutique hotel brand and a Medical District mixed-use development all got the green light from the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Design Review Board Wednesday, May 3.

72. Last Word: Rain, Rain... Cooper-Young Holding Pattern and Haslam on IMPROVE -

Trees down, power out, Redbirds' Saturday game called early with no fireworks, flooding in some parts of the Mid-South region. So this means Beale Street Music Festival weekend will be clear as a bell, right? Ponchos and boots ready just in case, as well as light sabres.

73. Mayors and Planners Challenge Assumptions at RegionSmart -

At the end of last week’s day-long RegionSmart Summit Downtown, Tipton County Executive Jeff Huffman remarked on how roomy and comfortable the chairs at the Halloran Centre had been for the mayors, planners, developers and others who gathered for the Urban Land Institute event.

74. Pinch Concept Plan Passes Council’s First Reading -

The concept plan that would guide development of the nine-block area between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was approved by the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, on the first of three required readings.

75. Developers to Put Cooper-Young Condos on Hold Amid Residential Concerns -

The developers of a proposed five-unit condominium at the corner of Bruce Street and Oliver Avenue in the Cooper-Young neighborhood told residents they would ask the Office of Planning and Development to hold their application for 30 more days while they explore other options for the site.

76. Last Word: End of The Season, Honoring Forrest and MATA's Coming Campaign -

It’s over. No Game 7 for the Grizz and the off-season begins. Spurs advance after beating the Grizz at the Forum Thursday 103 – 96. But in the process, the Grizz created a chapter in Memphis basketball lore where it is about more than winning on the court.

77. MRG Reshapes Overton Gateway Plan, Residents Still Not Happy -

A revised multifamily development planned by Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC that reduces the number of apartment units and adds amenities that would better connect the project with the neighborhood still didn’t get positive reviews from residents.

78. Pinch Concept Plan Passes Council’s First Reading -

The concept plan that would guide development of the nine-block area between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was approved by the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, on the first of three required readings.

79. Strickland Delivers $680 Million Operating Budget to Council -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland delivered a $680 million city government operating budget proposal to the Memphis City Council Tuesday, April 25, with no property tax increase and no use of city reserves to balance it.

80. Council Wants Railgarten Permit Delay as OPD Recommends Rejection -

The Memphis City Council wants the Board of Adjustment to delay any decision Wednesday, April 26, on a special permit for Railgarten for a month while the council sorts out what the controversial resident had permission to open and what it didn’t have permission to open.

81. Panattoni Moving Forward With Phase Two of Industrial Park -

Since it first broke ground in 2014, Panattoni Development Co.’s Gateway Global Logistics Center has delivered 4.4 million square feet of industrial facilities, $276 million in investment and almost 700 jobs to a formerly vacuous tract of land spanning the Tennessee-Mississippi border.

82. Last Word: Two Science Marches, Bill Lee Kicks Off and Andrew Young on Ben Hooks -

Rainy Sunday in the city with ponchoed partisans of the Porter-Leath Ragin' Cajun gathering and Africa in April overlapping from the riverfront to Danny Thomas Boulevard. In Germantown, it was a soggy but colorful 5k for the Germantown Municipal School District with shades of blue, orange and of course pink, or was it red?, at different parts of the run.

83. Andrews Gazes into Memphis’ Green Future -

Imagine you’re in a helicopter. Stretched out beneath you is one of the country’s largest urban parks – 4,500 acres of sprawling hills, glistening lakes, and furry green forest, dotted with tiny people who are walking, cycling, picnicking, fishing, kayaking and riding horses.

84. Facebook CEO Wants to Augment Your Reality -

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) – Facebook wants you to sit in your bedroom wearing a headset and take a virtual vacation with faraway friends and family. Or use your smartphone's camera to spruce up your dinky apartment, at least virtually.

85. Last Word: Signs of Life in San Antonio, Steel & Rice and Marco Pave's Rap Opera -

The Grizz were down 19 to the Spurs at the end of the first half in Monday’s game two of the NBA playoff’s opening round – 26 earlier in the game -- and had it down to four at the point in the fourth quarter when Grit & Grind came back to life. It was a short if eventful and promising return to life with the Spurs winning 96 – 82. Game 3 Wednesday at the Forum. And Tigers basketball is well into an eventful off-season of Snapchat moments and “junior college” signings.

86. Mayors Say Region Needs New Mindset, More Density -

When Hernando West first surfaced in 2007, it was going to be a different kind of development south of the state line. But the recession that followed put the plans for the city’s first mixed-use development on hold – until recently.

87. Condominium Inventory Runs Dry As Popularity Soars, Sales Improve -

2016 was a big year for Memphis’ condominium market. Sales were up 18 percent from 2015, driven primarily by brisk sales at the Artesian Metropolitan Residences, the luxury high-rise on Riverside Drive. Excited reports were made of a renaissance in Memphis condo sales. It seemed as if everyone wanted a condo, and wanted one fast.

88. Lack of New Homes is Missing Piece to Memphis' Housing Puzzle -

There is a lot to like about the Memphis housing market right now. With home sales up 13 percent and average sale prices up 5 percent through the first quarter of 2017, things are finally looking up for one of the hardest-hit cities in the nation during last decade’s housing crisis.

89. Last Word: Derailed, The View From Pyramid Harbor and New History -

“Do Not Occupy” notices posted Thursday afternoon on most but not all of the newly-opened Railgarten complex on Central Avenue east of Cooper in Midtown. Local code officers acted after questions about whether the owners of the complex had approval for intermodal containers being used as part of the structure. The restaurant part of the structure in what was once an ice house remains open. There was already a lot of grumbling from neighbors about the music volume and late hours as well as parking for the development

90. Shelby County Housing Market Caps Off Strong First Quarter -

The final month of the quarter capped off a strong start to 2017 as the number of homes sold in Shelby County were up 20 percent in March and 13 percent for the first quarter.

The average home sales price in March was $151,688, a 5 percent increase from $144,949 a year ago, according to real estate information company Chandler Reports, chandlerreports.com.

91. Memphis Industrial Market Continues Strength in Q1 -

The Memphis area industrial real estate market closed the first quarter with positive net absorption, a strong start to 2017 that builds on a nearly four-year streak.

The market closed with 1.3 million square feet of positive net absorption and a total vacancy rate of 8 percent, according to commercial real estate company CBRE’s Q1 2017 Memphis Industrial MarketView report. It is the 15th consecutive quarter the market has closed with positive net absorption.

92. Last Word: Restless Off Season, Memphis Open Closes and Single-Family Rentals -

This is proving to be a restless off-season for Tigers basketball and it is not even summer yet. Add freshman guard Keon Clergeot to the Tigers players exiting the program with word still to come from Markel Crawford. Meanwhile, the Tigers have signed their second junior college recruit – Kyvon Davenport -- at forward.

93. Pace of US Hiring Tumbles, Yet Jobless Rate Hits 10-year Low -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. jobs report for March report delivered a mixed message Friday as hiring fell to its slowest pace in nearly a year. Yet at the same time, the unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in nearly a decade.

94. Memphis Industrial Market Continues Positive Trend in 2017 -

The Memphis area industrial real estate market closed the first quarter with positive net absorption, a strong start to 2017 that builds on a nearly four-year streak.

The market closed with 1.3 million square feet of positive net absorption and a total vacancy rate of 8 percent, according to commercial real estate company CBRE’s Q1 2017 Memphis Industrial MarketView report. It is the 15th consecutive quarter the market has closed with positive net absorption.

95. Germantown Town Center Gets First OK -

Even as nearby large mixed-use developments like TraVure and Thornwood rise from the ground, a proposed 32-acre town center-style mixed-use development west of Saddle Creek could be Germantown’s most transformative project in recent memory when it’s all said and done.

96. Last Word: The Catechism of 1968, Downtown Hotels and Earth Day on Auto Row -

What happened 49 years ago this week in our city began long before the first sanitation worker walked off the job or the first “I Am A Man” sign was made. Maybe it was that long arc that explains the timing of what happened here in late March into the first week of April of 1968. For just about half a century now we have thought and thought again about that chronology, reviewed the details. And what we have is a sort of catechism of moments that if they had happened differently, we can’t help thinking, might have produced a different result.

97. Investor Dominance in Residential Real Estate Shows Signs of Change -

Investors buying single-family homes to rent them out or have a management firm rent them out may be giving way to banks more willing to make loans on lower-priced homes to owner-occupants.

“I would say the most interesting and big dynamic is folks who come in and buy a house for $20,000 these days, fix it up – sometimes well, sometimes poorly – sell it to a person in California for $64,000 – keep the rental management. And sometimes that helps a street and a neighborhood and sometimes it’s destructive,” said Steve Lockwood, executive director of the Frayser Community Development Corp. on the WKNO/Channel 10 program “Behind The Headlines.”

98. Last Word: A New Chapter, The Kissell Dome and The New Bartlett High School -

Booksellers of Laurelwood is set to return in most of the same location with a smaller footprint and new owners. John Vergos of the Rendezvous and a former Memphis City Council member is among the investors bringing back the East Memphis institution that closed in February. No word on whether the new group will keep the name or go with a new name.

99. Community Groups Working to Bridge Economic Development Gaps -

When a $1 million award for North Memphis was announced recently, it signaled an opportunity to bring change to those communities.

North Memphis received a $1 million award through the Strong, Prosperous, And Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) that went to the Memphis Partners for Resilient Communities. But in the Klondike and Smokey City neighborhoods of North Memphis, work has been underway for years to support the people who live and work there in the form of the Klondike Smokey City Community Development Corp.

100. Memphis Continues Pursuit of New Convention Center Hotel -

More Downtown hotel rooms. Lots of them. And preferably under one roof.

“We need a big hotel,” said Chuck Pinkowski of Pinkowski & Co. “Four hundred, 500, 600, 800, 1,000. We need a big hotel at the Cook Convention Center to see more conventions. The question is: How do you fund improvements to the convention center and how do you fund a big hotel?”