VOL. 132 | NO. 196 | Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Last Word: Las Vegas React, Moral Monday, Who Pays For Beale Security?
By Bill Dries
We open with reaction Monday to the mass shooting in Las Vegas:
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland:
“Sending condolences and prayers this morning from the @CityOfMemphis to the @CityOfLasVegas.”
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell:
“The horrific shooting in Las Vegas has shocked and stunned our nation. I’m urging citizens throughout Shelby County to join me in pausing today to reflect on the tragedy that has affected so many families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time of unimaginable loss.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen:
“I am saddened and horrified by the mass shooting in Las Vegas last night. My thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless tragedy and their families. It has been and continues to be time for Congress to come together and pass common sense gun laws, such as no-fly-no-buy and restrictions on certain assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. I support Leader Pelosi’s call for the creation of a Select Committee on Gun Violence to study and make recommendations to prevent more mass shootings and to restore confidence in the safety of our communities, and join her in urging Speaker Ryan to bring the King-Thompson Background Check legislation to the House Floor for a vote.”
U.S. Rep. David Kustoff:
“Deeply saddened by the tragedy in #LasVegas last night. As we await more details, our thoughts and prayers with the victims and their loved ones.”
U.S. Senator Bob Corker:
“Praying for all those affected by the senseless tragedy in Las Vegas, including a number of artists who call Nashville home.”
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander:
“Our prayers are with Las Vegas and all of those affected by last night's devastating attack.”
24 hours after the Las Vegas attack, the Grizz preseason opener at FedExForum was one of many similar gatherings around the country now with a different reality to them as we move forward.
There is really no good transition out of this. The closest thing to that, however, seems to be the coming of the Moral Mondays effort to Memphis, which local religious leaders are making their own. In some places these have been protests. Here, at least at the outset, these will be what are called “table talks” – three of them. The details are in the story and so are some thoughts from a few of the leaders about where these kinds of discussions across denominations and faiths are almost 50 years after the sanitation workers strike that saw a small but historic crossing of those lines.
The Beale Street Task Force is recommending that some kind of cover charge remain in effect for Saturday nights after 10 in the spring and summer on Beale. Its formal recommendations are being written up for presentation to the Memphis City Council in two weeks. But at the group’s last meeting Monday the decision was either a $5 cover charge with $5 worth of coupons to use at Beale businesses or a $10 cover with half in coupons and half going to a fund to make some security improvements to Beale and have some programming on the street itself. Here are the basics. More depth on this when next we meet.
That brings us to Tuesday’s council session where a Beale Street resolution is on the agenda to begin spending some of the cover charge revenue amassed recently on security. And it has raised some questions about who is supposed to pay for private security. The city charter may say the council controls a public right of way but the leases of the merchants say the merchants pay for private security in their places and on the public street. Former Downtown Memphis Commission president Paul Morris says the council resolution shifts what is in the leases. Council chairman Berlin Boyd says he is aware of the dispute.
At the University of Memphis, Monday was the first day back after the Tigers’ loss to UCF in Orlando on Saturday and the Tigers are learning about the climb up the hill with a game in Connecticut Saturday.
There are industrial companies looking for 15 million square feet of space in the Memphis area these days, according to a new report on the local industrial real estate market from CBRE. And there is 4.5 million square feet of space under construction – most of it speculative. That means the square footage available is tight, the vacancy rate is low and the rent, so to speak, is likely to remain up. All of which supports the trend of building more speculative space than the area has seen in years.
The second ServiceMaster spinoff in three years is about to get underway and the Memphis-based home and commercial services provider has hired someone with spinoff experience to get the job done for American Home Shield by the third quarter of 2018.
Fratelli’s Café, the Memphis Botanic Garden restaurant, has new ownership and you can look for the restaurant to focus more on box lunches for journeys in the garden. And of course at the end of those journeys you will dispose of what’s left of your box lunch responsibly, won’t you.
Brass Door, which has been on a hiatus since July with The Pub next door picking up some of the slack, is about to reopen with some consulting help from The Majestic Grille – in what is proving to be a popular service as Deni and Patrick Reilly took on the restaurant at Beale Street Landing earlier in the summer, revamping it as Front Porch.