Author Archives Taylor Berger

  •   Are you a sad and lonely Democrat of Shelby County? Are you tired of all your Republican friends making jokes about your chosen party? It’s time to take charge and make a change. You can do it. Here’s how: Register to vote. Figure out what precinct and house (state representative) district you live in. […]

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  •   Another food trucker is going brick and mortar. Ermyias Shiberou who brought us Stickem is opening a restaurant next door to The Bar-B-Que Shop on Madison Avenue in Midtown. Dubbed Blue Nile, he will serve authentic Ethiopian cuisine in addition to some Stickem favorites. He expects to open this spring. For updates follow https://twitter.com/BlueNile901 […]

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  • I spent the last couple years working with Henry Turley. I wasn’t a full-time employee or anything—just helped out on some projects and kept my real estate license there. I’m moving on again, to become Vice President of Retail Brokerage at Newmark Grubb Memphis. I had a lot of fun working downtown at the Cotton […]

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  •   The Commercial Appeal originally published this article on Sunday, February 8 in the Viewpoint section: http://www.commercialappeal.com/opinion/columnists/guest-column-with-great-opportunity-comes-even-greater-risk_95713443 With 175 available acres smack in the middle of Memphis, the Fairgrounds present an exciting opportunity. Combined with a powerful public financing tool called a Tourism Development Zone, the redevelopment of the Fairgrounds has tantalized private developers and […]

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  •   EDGE gave IKEA a PILOT. That’s a lot of acronyms to say a furniture store just got a huge tax break from Memphis and Shelby County. The company won’t pay $9.5M in property taxes for well over a decade. Would they have come here anyway, gracing us with jobs and sales tax revenue and […]

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  •   More than 200 concerned citizens gathered at Circuit Playhouse last week. They came seeking a better understanding of the city’s proposal for the Fairgrounds. A panel of experts, politicians and community activists spoke. Notably absent were representatives from city administration and council. So we took it upon ourselves to fill in the blanks left […]

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  •   They’ll just leave. If Memphis can’t pass a reasonable ordinance enabling companies like Uber and Lyft to operate here, they’ll just stop like they did when Houston passed onerous rules under pressure from the taxi industry. While hipsters and suburbanites alike greeted Uber and Lyft with open arms and linked credit cards last summer, […]

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  •   It’s not free. It seems many support the Fairgrounds Proposal because they see it as “free” money that will otherwise go to the state. It’s not free. Sales tax is the biggest state government funding mechanism. Memphis relies on state funds for many programs and initiatives. It’s safe to say the less we put […]

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  •   Sometimes I wonder if I’m working hard or hardly working. I had coffee with a contractor friend yesterday who suffers the same affliction. Our days are full of meetings, planning and doing. We enjoy work so much we forget as self-employed guys we also have to make money. Enter real estate. Of all the […]

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  •   A few months ago we convened the Greater Memphis Progressive Caucus. This nonpartisan, diverse group meets monthly to develop strategies to make Memphis better, especially through political action. Here are our values: Every child deserves access to a quality education, beginning in prekindergarten. Poverty is public enemy number one; we must attack its causes […]

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