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    Memphis BRT

    I do favor BRT over light rail as a more efficient use of taxpayer funds; but it needs to be executed correctly. This is an interesting article on the BRT concept from a DC blog. Light rail, while speedier, seems so inflexible with the rail infastructure. Maybe if there were exclusive lanes on certain routes, the speed difference could be reduced.
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    Moving to Memphis?

    I seem to remember that MCI/Worldcom having an operation as well as Time Warner laying a ton of infrastructure in the city. Beyond that, I think Sitel is a telcom company, it has an operation in Millington, although it's just a call center, so that may not be up your alley... Bell South I'm sure is around. I'm not up to date with the industry, so perhaps someone else has more info to offer. I do remember that as of a few years ago a lot of companies were laying infrastructure throughout the region. Now if we could just get widespread wireless.
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    Memphis International Airport

    It's too late now, but maybe they could've incorporated the martini glass theme in a classy non-cheesy manner. It's like putting up tall gorgeous flowered hedges in front of the columned entrance of a house. But, if that's the only place to put it and there was no way to build it without obstructing the view . . . I guess it's the next best option. It in and of itself, for its purpose, is nice.
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    Memphis International Airport

    I like the glass; I guess I wish it was split down the middle so you can see the terminal or somehow when approaching, it framed the rest of the property somehow. I dunno. It's much better than I expected in and of itself.
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    Memphis International Airport

    I don't know. As a garage, it's nice. But it's no front door. That image obscures the architecture of the terminal. Maybe it's not reflective of the final arrangement, but I'd like the garage to complement the architectural uniqueness of the terminals (and hopefully as time goes by, we see either an expansion or renovation of the exterior of the concourses as well), not obscure it. It's like you have to go through a wall of trees to see a mansion. It seems that with CVG, Indy, Minneapolis, and Detroit so clustered together, there would be some reduction amongst those four.
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    Memphis International Airport

    Their initial foray into MEM certainly indicates interest here. I am hoping for a rapid recovery in their financials, and hopefully they'll resume their MEM plans.
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    Memphis International Airport

    I just hope there's a way to restore some Frontier service. IRRC, it was low yields and not low loads? I'm glad we've preserved the hub status; hopefully we can increase flights.
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    Memphis City Page

    It looks great!
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    Memphis International Airport

    But that's b/c they have demanded concessions of the sort tennreb is speculating about, isn't it? The Feds demand that the merged companies divest themselves of certain assets (i.e. Autozone's divestment of certain stores when they merged with [insert name of second-tier competitor here that I forgot]).
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    Memphis International Airport

    I noticed the same thing, but wasn't sure if it was this year or last year that Memphis stretched its lead. Irregardless, whether or not it's HK or MEM in the near future, Dubai is going to kick everyone's a$$ if their monstrosity gets built and filled. Wow.
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    Memphis International Airport

    Tokyo or Hong Kong? Hong Kong has been up there in the standings. I've never heard that Tokyo has been very high . . .
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    Memphis International Airport

    I think as long as the current leadership is in place at the airport you gotta believe they will do whatever possible to get more out of MEM than outsiders believe is possible. To our advantage, they've made it pretty attractive to do business there, given what I understand to be relatively low operating costs. Even if NWA departs, I think they are pretty well positioned to bring in an LCC to fill up some of the gap. I hope it doesn't get to that, and that, instead, we could somehow manage to retain the hub and develop a focus operation for, perhaps, Frontier.
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    Memphis International Airport

    I wasn't directly linking aerotropolis to that. I was using the opportunity to brainstorm further initiatives the region can pursue into high-tech areas, using existing strengths and opportunities to springboard off of. There's no reason not to explore the pursuit of aeronautical industry. Edit: I just thought of this -- aeronautics also provides one of the veins by which the logistics industry circulates from Memphis. Without those veins (air, water, land, rail), Memphis is isolated, and the aerotropolis doesn't really exist. Why not be on the forefront of tech in those respects?
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    Memphis International Airport

    I think they're also the home for the new Virgin Galactic and one of the "very light jet" companies (Hondajet or Cessna or something?). Of course they have lots of space to play with and to risk with accidents, but I'm impressed with how cutting-edge they are when it comes to aerospace. Hopefully we can develop something like that. It would attract lots of professional degree types from around the world.
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    Memphis International Airport

    If you think of our logistics planning, each of the five railroads has recently completed or announced expansion; we have two interstates in the construction stage (a third if you count I555), and a third in development to add to our existing two; and a proposed additional bridge. A number of critical interchanges have been or will be redesigned (one of the most notable being Crump-55). I don't know what's going on in the IT/software/tech side of logistics, but I hope we're as advanced on that end as we are in getting the infrastructure necessary to sustain our position. It would also be nice to fulfill the potential of the former bases at Blytheville and Millington to add to our abilities. Finally, let's get on board on the leading end of aerospace. Look how that's affecting Albuquerque.