Land Mark or Land Mine
Since 1991 the Pyramid has been seen by some as unique and beautiful, by others as wasteful and inadequate. One thing is for sure it has more ups and downs than the Zippen Pippen. Well for better or worse the Pyramid has become part of the image of Memphis. I for one want to see the old girl given a new lease on life.
Bass Pro has been daggling a deal with the City for several months. Now I know this process can take time but come on! Robert Lipscomb, director of Housing and Community Development said that Bass has a January 31, 2008 deadline. I can not help but think we too often go into these business deals with these companies already knowing what cards we are holding. If this was poker I think leaving the other guy guessing to some degree might not be a bad thing. With that in mind there is another player, Memphian Greg Ericson, who is proposing turning the Pyramid into a multimillion dollar theme park. What I like best about Mr. Ericson proposal is that it would generate a large number of jobs for the teenagers here in Memphis, which to me should be the number one priority of this City. Much of the crime that we are facing is fueled by a large unemployed teenage population. This is something we must get a handle on.
With our short winters I have always felt Memphis has the perfect weather for a major theme park. I really wonder how much of an attraction Bass Pro would be to the average Memphian or for that matter the average tourist. Ericson proposal has gained the attention of several County Commissioners and presently all he is asking for is a nonbinding letter of intent. With the demise of Liberty Land this City needs a family oriented entertainment center. A theme park could be the icing on the Downtown cake.
I plan to meet with Mr. Lipscomb and a couple of County Commissioners this week. I will see if I can get a better understanding on where they are trying to take our City.
What do you think?