Author Archives Taylor Berger

  •   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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  • Memphis has proposed a massive publicly-financed development at the Fairgrounds. The project will have a major impact on the city financially and on our lives as citizens for generations to come. The proposed development includes facilities for youth sports, retail and a hotel. It would improve the Liberty Bowl and demolish the Coliseum. How were […]

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  •   What Bottoms Up Soda is a mission-driven business that will make and sell craft soda. The playful yet sincere brand name alludes to the dual company mission of making unique, high-quality soda and improving the lives of people in recovery from alcohol and drugs. Why “Bottoms Up” is a reference to helping people in […]

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  •   Local paleo/primal/whole food business Bedrock Eats and Sweets is expanding. Founder Brandi Marter recently signed a lease for 327 S. Main, formerly Frank’s Market and Deli. She expects to finish remodeling and open by March. Brandi started Bedrock almost two years ago after the paleo diet transformed her life and helped her ailing father. […]

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  •   Life is a series of strikes and gutters, as the Dude would say. 2014 was no different for me and Memphis. The Dude Tennessee Brewery Untapped brought 30,000 people downtown to hang out in cool place and resulted in a developer stepping in to save the historic building from demolition. Other cities like Louisville copied the idea. Tennessee Brewery […]

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  •   An article in the New York Times about cities like Denver and Portland with exploding populations of young college graduates struck me recently. “The most successful economic development policy is to attract and retain smart people and then get out of their way,” said Edward Glaeser, a Harvard economist. My New Year’s resolutions for […]

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