Monday, June 18, 2007

Another chance to be heard on Beale Street Landing

visualization of Beale Street LandingReceived the following last night from the Friends for our Riverfront:
Although funding was approved for Beale Street Landing, Councilmembers are going to take another look at the project.

In an unprecedented action, Councilmember Dedrick Brittenum has asked that information about the $29.4 million new boat dock be presented to the Council CIP budget committee
this Tuesday (June 19)
at 12:30 p.m.
on the 5th floor of City Hall (125 N. Main).

Brittenum sent letters to those who spoke at the last Council meeting, stating that the public will have an opportunity to speak at the committee meeting.

If you have questions that you’d like answered or comments you’d like to make about the new commercial dock, you may
* attend the meeting Tuesday
* contact Councilmembers

by phone at the Council office, 576-6007(You will be able to leave messages),
by fax at 576-6796,
or by e-mail at:

Councilmembers Sammons, Chumney, and Jones voted against the boat dock. Councilmembers Brittenum, Brown, Ford, Lowery, McCormick, Marshall, and Ware voted for the project. Councilmember Madeleine Cooper Taylor abstained. Councilmember Brent Taylor was absent.

Virginia McLean
President, Friends for Our Riverfront
So if you like Beale Street Landing, or love it, or hate it, or just think the money would be better spent elsewhere, this is one more chance to be heard and to change minds.
historic view of the Memphis Riverfront

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a last bit of political theater.
I mean, the funding is approved and the project is moving forward.
What's left but more complaining?

I think the Beale Street Landing is a good public project that will provide more access to the river. Let's get going on the construction instead of allowing everyone who doesn't like the project give it a parting shot.

4:04 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

If the letters had come from an opponent of BSL, I'd have to agree with you. But coming from Councilman Brittenum, who voted for the project...I don't know what it will be.

You should go down and show your support.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good point.
I plan on being there if I can break away from work.
It should be interesting to see what comes out of this.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a complete waste of time that was.
Nobody's mind was changed and it was the same ole' same ole'.

3:20 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

what happened?

5:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The RDC gave a presentation with several board members speaking about different parts of the project.
Then, it was opened for City Council questions and comments. Brown gave a long speech about how great the Landing could make Downtown.
Then, several Friends of the Riverfront spoke up and complained about the project.
It was pretty much a shortened version of what's been happening for two-three years.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Stacey Greenberg said...

i was at a meeting last night where brown said, "soon you'll be able to buy a hot dog and spend all day at the river."

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It certainly wouldn't hurt to have some potential food vendors down by the river.
I hope Beale Street Landing is successful.

10:22 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

The official champions of BSL have bounced between millenial overstatement and anemic visualization, with no middle ground. It's going to be the most important historic tourist spot in the nation _and_ you can get a hot dog. Very few statements how it fits in with the rest of downtown, how it complements, improves, the experience.

This is why advocates have been losing the PR battle -- Memphians are sick of civic vaporware and they don't see why we have to spend $29 million to buy a hot dog and to get to the river.

I too hope it's a success. The project has funding. But from here on out, it will have to sell itself.

8:51 AM  

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