Center City Name Change – 2.0

The Center City Commission is changing the new name it rolled out a few weeks ago.

It went from the Center City Commission, to the Downtown Memphis Development Commission and now to the Downtown Memphis Commission, with the latter name taking effect July 21.

So, let it be said that CCC president Paul Morris will get the wish after all that he humorously tweeted about …

The new name means it’s Paul’s job to Run DMC.

Click here for an interview Paul gave recently to the Main Street Journal.

Memphis Oscar Winners Bring the Culinary Crunk

Oscar-winning Memphis artists DJ Paul and Juicy J of rap group Three 6 Mafia have joined the cast of “Famous Food,” a new VH1 reality television show that challenges celebrities to turn an empty space into a flourishing restaurant.

The rappers will compete with Heidi Montag (“The Hills”), Danielle Staub (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”), Jake Pavelka (“The Bachelor”), Vincent Pastore (“The Sopranos”) and Ashley Dupre, best known as the call girl in the Eliot Spitzer scandal.

According to VH1, the pair, who “have experience in the kitchen and have dreams of hosting a cooking show, will finally be given the opportunity to bring their culinary expertise to the table.”

Some folks complained Memphians Pat and Gina Neely’s show, “Down Home with the Neely’s” was too hot for the Food Network. Those folks might be best advised to steer clear of any future DJ Paul and Juicy J cooking program.

In 2006, Three 6 Mafia became the first African American group to win an Academy Award for Best Song for “It’s Hard out Here for a Pimp,” from the soundtrack to former Memphian Craig Brewer’s film “Hustle & Flow.”

Another Memphian, Isaac Hayes, became the first individual African American artist to win an Oscar for Best Song in 1971 with “Theme from Shaft.”

NKOTB/Backstreet Boys think Mirimichi has … “the right stuff.”

From the Mirimichi golf course:

“Mirimichi had the pleasure of hosting members of the New Kids on the Block / Backstreet Boys tour for golf while they were in town. Big thanks to Donnie, AJ, Jesse and Earl – you guys are great!”

The joint New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour rolled into Memphis for a date at FedExForum Monday.

Click here for Mirimichi pics.

A Love Letter to you from Shelby Farms

The folks who run Shelby Farms Park and the Greenline have sent a love letter to fans and supporters, many of whom were instrumental in showing support in the face of a possible – but failed – attempt to cut Shelby Farms’ county funding this.

Here’s the letter:

“We are proud to announce that the County Commission approved its operating budget yesterday, and there was no amendment made to cut any of our funding.

Have we told you lately that we love you? Word on the street is that hundreds of emails and phone messages were sent to commissioners, and that the notes were substantive and passionate. You made an impact. You were even commended during the County Commission session by a commissioner who noted that Shelby Farms Park and Greenline supporters lobby well (without being rude or disparaging). We are so proud to work for you. Your voices were heard.

With a few clicks of the mouse–an email sent, a Facebook update posted–you jumped into action. Many of you copied us on your messages, and we read every single one. We were energized and inspired by your support when we needed it most. Our friends at Otherlands put on a fundraiser for us, and nearly 200 of you packed the room. We know how lucky we are to have your support of Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline. We know how great a responsibility we are entrusted with in managing these incredible assets.

A lot of Park and Greenline fans were surprised to see that we have to raise more than $2 million to meet the operating needs of Shelby Farms Park and Greenline each year. Yes–it’s an enormous challenge, but once again, we know that we can do it with your help. Become a member of Shelby Farms Park and Greenline here and join us in our mission to help Shelby Farms Park reach its potential as the next great park of our time.

This is our love letter to you. You’re our favorite. We can’t stop talking about how great you are, and we think about you all the time. What can we say? You’re the wind beneath our wings.

Love,

Your friends at Shelby Farms Park Conservancy”

What housing recovery?

The chart below ought to spoil anyone’s appetite who thinks the economy will be getting back to normal anytime soon – whether you run a business, or, in Barack Obama’s case, a country with the most significant economy in the world.

It shows a staggering amount of time that homes around the country have been sitting in default, which chokes bank balance sheets and ultimately keeps the economy hamstrung.

It also shows that the average number of days mortgages have been in default in Shelby County is between 220 and 443.

 

 

(Graphic via nytimes.com)

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