The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015

Daily News staff

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

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Are you ready for some revenge, Memphis?
The Golden State Warriors – yes, the team that knocked the Grizzlies from last season’s playoffs and hung a franchise-worst 50-point defeat on them last week in Oakland, Calif. – come to FedExForum for a 7 p.m. game on Wednesday.
So far, last season’s NBA Most Valuable Player, Stephen Curry, is acting like he wants to win the award again. The Grizzlies also might have a little extra motivation after being trolled by the hated Los Angeles Clippers, via Twitter. After the Clippers lost a close game to the Warriors, they used Twitter to mock the Grizzlies with #didntloseby50.
A victory over the Warriors would also be a win over the Clippers: #thepettyones.
The Grizzlies also have a home game Friday vs. Portland. The Grizzlies beat the Blazers in the first round of last season’s playoffs but lost to them last week at the Moda Center.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and his transportation commissioner John Schroer are in Memphis Monday afternoon at the BNSF railroad facility, 4814 Lamar Ave. It’s one of several stops the two are making across the state in their latest road trip to talk about the state’s infrastructure needs.
The BNSF facility represents the heart of the city’s major freight corridor. And the statewide visits come two months before the Tennessee legislature returns to session.
At the top of that session, Haslam is expected say more about his proposal for financing road and infrastructure projects, including Lamar’s long-awaited overhaul.


Outgoing Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris is set to give an exit interview of sorts Tuesday at the South Main Association Annual Meeting, reflecting on the progress of Downtown – and of South Main in particular – during his time leading the Downtown-focused agency.
Downtown will miss him. And that corny joke he’s used to describe the gig: “I run DMC.”
Also Tuesday, Morris’ successor Terence Patterson presides over his last meeting as treasurer of the Center City Revenue Finance Corp.
Morris will be on hand through the end of the year while Patterson learns the ropes of running the independent development agency.
(Learn more about Patterson’s background and vision for Memphis in our Oct. 14 profile.)
It’s a fairly standard housekeeping agenda. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and will finalize payment-in-lieu-of-taxes incentives and refinancing packages for Tri-State Armature & Electrical Works Inc., Hunt Phelan Inn, and the 266 Lofts on South Front Street.

Methodist North will be in a celebratory mood this week. The hospital on Wednesday opens the doors to its newly expanded lobby, with a grand opening bash set for 10 a.m. at the new lobby entrance.
It’s the culmination of a $1.8 million construction project that started in January. The result: 4,300 square feet of space in the new lobby, plus the outdoor hospital area updated with a sustainable green space and new pick-up and drop-off area to improve entryway traffic.
It’s also just one step of a bigger plan to update and expand the entire campus.

The Memphis chapter of the Urban Land Institute will present Thursday on the innovative urban planning concept of preventing crime through environmental design.
This can be as simple as installing public art as the presence of human forms and eyeballs in murals correlates with decrease in crime. Certain types of light bulbs and lamppost heights also are related to crime increases and decreases. Several projects in Memphis – like Looney Ricks Kiss’ design of the new Foote Homes – incorporate these principles.
Brandon Gaitor, special projects manager for blight-fighting group Neighborhood Preservation Inc. will speak about other communities that have effectively “designed-out” crime by reducing the opportunities to commit it as well as provide Memphis-specific development solutions.
With crime as one of Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s hot points, this is a timely and easy-to-understand introduction to both crime prevention and city planning.
CoWork Memphis, 902 Cooper St., hosts the event. Lunch is included with the lecture, which runs from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. Tickets are $10 for ULI members and $25 for the general public.

The University of Memphis men’s basketball team tips off the regular season with a 7 p.m. home game vs. Southern Miss on Saturday. Coach Josh Pastner begins his seventh season as coach and is one of only three Memphis coaches to have led the Tigers to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances (Dana Kirk and John Calipari are the others).
The Tigers, however, missed the NCAAs last season when they went 18-14.

Spoken word, visual and performance arts come together at third annual Literacy Mid-South fundraiser, Words Matter.
At the live collaboration, an author will present a work of poetry or prose that spurs a team of photographers, filmmakers, musicians, actors, dancers and visual artists to create a multi-sensory experience capturing the essence of the written work.
There’s nothing else like this in town, and all donations will go back toward Literacy Mid-South’s engagement of multi-generation readers.
You heard it here first: chocolatier Phillip Ashley will present a sweet treat inspired by the event.
Be sure to swing by the Crosstown Arts Gallery from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday.

And now back to the election forecast, where one thing is 100 percent no matter the weather: the Shelby County Election Commission continues to struggle.
Although the Dave Wells Community Center in North Memphis didn’t open along with the other early voting satellite sites until Friday, Nov. 6, election commission numbers showed one person voted there Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Through Tuesday, 216 Memphians had voted early by one election commission count, 217 by another. The Dave Wells factor?
The final day of the early voting period is Saturday, with the election day on Nov. 19.

Other tidbits:

Jernigan Capital, Dean Jernigan’s self-storage financing company that’s recently moved its headquarters to Memphis, will release its third-quarter earnings statement Tuesday.

• On Tuesday, the Cook Convention Center will be the site of the second Market Solutions for Community Transformation Pre-Conference; the event is tied to the Christian Community Development Association National Conference being held from Wednesday through Saturday at the Cook Convention Center.

• Lifestyle brand retailer Soft Surroundings, one of the newest additions to Saddle Creek in Germantown, is holding its grand opening Friday. The first 100 shoppers in line will get a gift bag with more than $300 worth of products inside, and all shoppers get a 15 percent discount all day, among other treats.

• The Beale Street Tourism Development Authority meets Thursday and is expected to vote on a lease agreement with the city that would put the appointed group in control of the entertainment district. A Thursday vote sends the deal to the Memphis City Council for approval just before the existing council goes out of office at the end of the year.

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