The Commercial Appeal - - Viewpoint -

I agree with the Nov. 30 guest col­umn by Kevin Mire­les urg­ing Shelby Farms to be more invit­ing with its restau­rant space. As the orig­i­nal chair­man of the group that pre­vented the sale of Shelby Farms in 1974, I think this ar­gu­ment needs to go one step fur­ther.

There is a huge apart­ment/com­mer­cial pro­ject with a “bou­tique ho­tel” pro­posed on Mullins Sta­tion to the north. It will gen­er­ate an enor­mous amount of traf­fic, thus re­quir­ing the huge road ex­pan­sion and a clover­leaf in­ter­change on Wal­nut Grove just west of Farm Road.

The scenic vis­tas one sees driv­ing through Shelby Farms will be de­stroyed by this un­nec­es­sary road...This pro­ject and this road are way out of scale and size for what the park and area de­serve. The sur­round­ings of the great parks of this world re­quire much care and thought­ful de­sign that this pro­ject shows none.

The pro­ject is be­ing given all kinds of TIFs and other tax in­cen­tives. If I were an apart­ment owner, I would be up in arms hav­ing gov­ern­ment sub­si­dize a com­peti­tor like that.

Shelby Farms can be one of the great parks of this world; how­ever, by adding roads and projects like this to its sur­round­ings, might we wish to change the name to “Shelby Fair­grounds”? The pub­lic needs to rise up and pro­tect our jewel and stop this gov­ern­ment-sub­si­dized fiasco.

John C. Ver­gos, Mem­phis

Are they ath­letes or stu­dents?

The Univer­sity of Mem­phis ad­min­is­tra­tion, and the ath­letic depart­ment in par­tic­u­lar, rarely miss the op­por­tu­nity to use the rather awk­ward term “stu­dent ath­letes” when de­scrib­ing play­ers. How­ever, at this year’s Se­niors Day, as usual, they in­tro­duced the ath­letes by not­ing only their height, weight and home­towns.

In­ter­est­ingly, the sup­port staff se­niors who were in­tro­duced all had aca­demic ma­jors, un­like, ap­par­ently, the foot­ball play­ers. Us­ing only such statis­tics does lit­tle to dis­pel the im­pres­sion that the univer­sity cares lit­tle about aca­demics when it comes to foot­ball play­ers. Do those guys even go to class?

Harry Free­man, Mem­phis

There is a time for ev­ery­thing, and a sea­son for ev­ery ac­tiv­ity un­der the heav­ens. Ec­cle­si­astes 3:1


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