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JACK WEATHERLY — Accidental tourists, or what have you got for us?

A couple from Seattle dressed in West Coast black stood in front of the Hotel King Edward, which was bathed in bright late-winter sunlight in all its resurrected glory. The couple was in town to catch a baseball game, of all things. They were accidental tourists. Their son was the starting shortstop for the visiting University of Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks, who ...

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CLOSE TO COLLAPSE — Engineers warn of dangerous structural deficiencies of Farish buildings

Buildings on the 300 block of downtown Jackson’s North Farish Street could soon be demolished if the Jackson Redevelopment Authority decides not to spend money to make them structurally safe. Engineers who spent some of July and August inspecting the crumbling row of former stores, eateries and nightclubs estimate repairs costing nearly $200,000 must be spent to keep them from ...

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OUR VIEW: JRA evolving toward transparency? Maybe, maybe not

Some Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members may have had to fight back a groan Wednesday at the idea of spending money for an image makeover. One member even compared the idea to putting perfume on a pig. Maybe for him it is. He’s looking at things from the inside, after all. Here on the outside, we see any new willingness ...

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JRA plans image makeover, hires crisis manager

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has conceded it has an image problem and is getting professional help to fix it. The agency widely known for the low priority it puts on transparency wants a makeover in public perception. It’s hired Yellow Brick Media Concepts of Jackson to provide it. The board received a proposal from Yellow Brick principal Kathy Times for ...

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OUR VIEW: Why no introspection on causes of HUD trouble over Farish St.?

Raise your hand if you are surprised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s conclusion that redevelopment of downtown’s Farish Street has been the least of Jackson City Hall’s concerns the last decade and a half. Seeing no hands, let us proceed. Cause-and-effect is a good place to start. Remarkable indifference, professional carelessness and unaccountability are going to ...

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Liens are first battleground in Watkins fight with JRA

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority has countered a lien filed recently by Watkins Development on behalf of the Farish Street Group and another by Dale Architects against the Farish Street redevelopment project with a court claim that the publicly property is immune from liens. The JRA further claims that Watkins Development has no standing to initiate a lien, since the recently ...

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Watkins frustrated but hopeful amid Farish Street strife

» Developer says he’s optimistic ‘city leadership and new mayor are going to get to the bottom of this.’ Though the first downtown block of Farish Street to its corner at East Griffith can be walked in a minute or so, the longest tape measure might not cover the distance between views of the main players on why the redevelopment ...

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