Friday, June 26, 2009

Morning Roundup: May Town Center Defeated After Seven-Hour Public Hearing

Posted By on Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 7:22 AM

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OK, something strange is happening here. First, English Only loses in a referendum, and now May Town Center goes down in flames. Rational people are prevailing. We know, it doesn't make sense. Michael Cass reports:
The commission's vote on the potentially $4 billion May Town Center proposal for the Bells Bend area sets the stage for a final decision by the Metro Council. But with 27 of 40 votes needed for approval, even some of the project's biggest supporters were doubtful about its chances.
An overflow crowd packed the meeting, which lasted seven hours, and 70 people spoke. Nate Rau: "At the meeting's onset, eight Metro Council members stood up in opposition, claiming the proposal would bring heavy traffic through West Nashville, would steal business from downtown and would have a negative environmental impact on a city looking to become one of the greenest in the country." Commissioner Stewart Clifton:
"We're a big enough county to have one rural enclave where agriculture can happen and where there really can be eagles, and gulls and cranes."
GM picks Michigan over Spring Hill. ... Bredesen plays down the significance of the decision. ... Willie Herenton resigns as Memphis mayor to run for Congress: "This is getting routine for me. You don't have the zeal to face it every day, and I'm the kind of guy, I got to climb mountains." ... A crowded field is expected for the special election to replace Herenton. ... Report: What caused the TVA ash spill?

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