How do you feel about Jackson?

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Curiousity

Jackson, TN

#1 Feb 27, 2013
Having recently moved back to the area and looking to do some change or reinforce what is currently working, I am curious as to what people like about living in Jackson and what they would change or improve. I guess my question is: What do you want Jackson to look like in 10-20 years?
BSLG

Jackson, TN

#2 Feb 27, 2013
Would like to see some sort of entertainment added other than another place to eat.
Curiousity

Jackson, TN

#4 Feb 27, 2013
@BSLG I agree, entertainment in general is lacking in the area. The city's location lends itself to a diverse music scene (blues, country, bluegrass, hip-hop, rock), but is there a lack of venues for regional acts to perform at or something else? Aside from bowling, movies, and a handful of bars and nightclubs not much else is offered. As a generality, I believe this lack in entertainment and social activities deters young talented people from staying in the area, a social-entertainment overhaul might bring some new life into a somewhat stagnant Jackson. Specifically what types of entertainment would you look for?

@TheSecondChance It is apparent that racism and community unity is a major hurdle that Jackson and many parts of the US have still yet to overcome. Much of what I have observed in terms of Jackson is a geographical polarization between racial groups with East Jackson, North Jackson, and South Jackson having completely different demographic makeups, with different wants and needs for their respective communities. Education is also an area of needed improvement, both in the private and public sectors. The segregation (racial and class) of schools, in a way, has continued via the public/private system. Strangely enough from what I can tell, the wealthy (predominately white) upper-class out North has turned their back on the public school system and have chosen to enroll their children in an over-priced private education. While also paying the majority of taxes to run the public programs. Or moving to Medina to enroll in a bursting-at-the-seams public program that is having trouble keeping up with demand. All this money and relocation is being used to get away from the problem rather that addressing and fixing it. Any ideas?

As far as preservation/demolition old structures and the beautification of the city. I think this point is tied directly to the point about the "Rebel South" persona. Jackson is currently lacking identity. It is generic America. We want what other cities have, national shopping and dining, and at the same time we have put our local businesses on the back burner. It seems the unique identity of Jackson has been reduced down and repackaged as singular destinations (such as the rockabilly museum) while generic america as been embraced in both commercial and residential form (strip centers and cul-de-sac developments). Is it that it's easier to take on a generic identity rather that maintain one's unique qualities? How can we begin to shift our thinking from compartmentalized places for sleeping, shopping, eating, and working, to places for living that encompass all of those uses and more?
Auntie Theist

Duluth, GA

#5 Feb 27, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
@BSLG I agree, entertainment in general is lacking in the area. The city's location lends itself to a diverse music scene (blues, country, bluegrass, hip-hop, rock), but is there a lack of venues for regional acts to perform at or something else? Aside from bowling, movies, and a handful of bars and nightclubs not much else is offered. As a generality, I believe this lack in entertainment and social activities deters young talented people from staying in the area, a social-entertainment overhaul might bring some new life into a somewhat stagnant Jackson. Specifically what types of entertainment would you look for?
@TheSecondChance It is apparent that racism and community unity is a major hurdle that Jackson and many parts of the US have still yet to overcome. Much of what I have observed in terms of Jackson is a geographical polarization between racial groups with East Jackson, North Jackson, and South Jackson having completely different demographic makeups, with different wants and needs for their respective communities. Education is also an area of needed improvement, both in the private and public sectors. The segregation (racial and class) of schools, in a way, has continued via the public/private system. Strangely enough from what I can tell, the wealthy (predominately white) upper-class out North has turned their back on the public school system and have chosen to enroll their children in an over-priced private education. While also paying the majority of taxes to run the public programs. Or moving to Medina to enroll in a bursting-at-the-seams public program that is having trouble keeping up with demand. All this money and relocation is being used to get away from the problem rather that addressing and fixing it. Any ideas?
As far as preservation/demolition old structures and the beautification of the city. I think this point is tied directly to the point about the "Rebel South" persona. Jackson is currently lacking identity. It is generic America. We want what other cities have, national shopping and dining, and at the same time we have put our local businesses on the back burner. It seems the unique identity of Jackson has been reduced down and repackaged as singular destinations (such as the rockabilly museum) while generic america as been embraced in both commercial and residential form (strip centers and cul-de-sac developments). Is it that it's easier to take on a generic identity rather that maintain one's unique qualities? How can we begin to shift our thinking from compartmentalized places for sleeping, shopping, eating, and working, to places for living that encompass all of those uses and more?
Jackson has a culture left over from a more primitive time. It needs to change the culture to more cosmopolitan, 21st century. It is not easy for any city to progress in Tennessee owing to repressive State laws based on Christian biblical themes. Blue laws stifle business. Can you imagine a dinner theater of the quality found in European cities surviving here when it would be labeled as perverted by the church? Oh your god, how I hate Sundays!
Curiousity

Jackson, TN

#6 Feb 27, 2013
@Auntie Theist - I can see what your saying, this is the "Bible belt" and it could be argued that most of Jackson social life revolves around churches/religion. However, there should be some happy median than can be reached between the hyper-religious and those who seek progress. I don't think the dinner theater (I'm assuming you're talking about a slightly sexual type of performance) would be the first step, but other types of entertainment models that deal with the arts (such as galleries, music venues, small traditional theaters, etc.) begin to pave the way for some more progressive typologies.

As for Jackson's culture, there has to be a way to preserve some of that "primitive"/regional culture and update it to the modern age. This could be done through city social events - I know the city does some of this already - music events downtown (but expanding this to other demographics), festivals, and other types of gatherings such as markets that celebrate our heritage and initiate cross-class/cross-race social interaction.

But I think it is important not to compare ourselves to European cities or other metropolis environment, because really there is no comparison. We need to accept what we are and what we have, and move forward to make it better for our residents and future residents. We can learn from how other small market cities have overcome some of these hurdles and move to put some of those city planning and development/renewal policies in place. Greenville, SC is a good example.
swisher gd threet

United States

#7 Feb 27, 2013
good weed here
Pap Smear

United States

#8 Feb 27, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
@BSLG I agree, entertainment in general is lacking in the area. The city's location lends itself to a diverse music scene (blues, country, bluegrass, hip-hop, rock), but is there a lack of venues for regional acts to perform at or something else? Aside from bowling, movies, and a handful of bars and nightclubs not much else is offered. As a generality, I believe this lack in entertainment and social activities deters young talented people from staying in the area, a social-entertainment overhaul might bring some new life into a somewhat stagnant Jackson. Specifically what types of entertainment would you look for?
@TheSecondChance It is apparent that racism and community unity is a major hurdle that Jackson and many parts of the US have still yet to overcome. Much of what I have observed in terms of Jackson is a geographical polarization between racial groups with East Jackson, North Jackson, and South Jackson having completely different demographic makeups, with different wants and needs for their respective communities. Education is also an area of needed improvement, both in the private and public sectors. The segregation (racial and class) of schools, in a way, has continued via the public/private system. Strangely enough from what I can tell, the wealthy (predominately white) upper-class out North has turned their back on the public school system and have chosen to enroll their children in an over-priced private education. While also paying the majority of taxes to run the public programs. Or moving to Medina to enroll in a bursting-at-the-seams public program that is having trouble keeping up with demand. All this money and relocation is being used to get away from the problem rather that addressing and fixing it. Any ideas?
As far as preservation/demolition old structures and the beautification of the city. I think this point is tied directly to the point about the "Rebel South" persona. Jackson is currently lacking identity. It is generic America. We want what other cities have, national shopping and dining, and at the same time we have put our local businesses on the back burner. It seems the unique identity of Jackson has been reduced down and repackaged as singular destinations (such as the rockabilly museum) while generic america as been embraced in both commercial and residential form (strip centers and cul-de-sac developments). Is it that it's easier to take on a generic identity rather that maintain one's unique qualities? How can we begin to shift our thinking from compartmentalized places for sleeping, shopping, eating, and working, to places for living that encompass all of those uses and more?
A lot of Blah, Blah, Blah, shit. Thank God for Medina !!!
EvolutionMan

United States

#9 Feb 27, 2013
Pap Smear wrote:
<quoted text> A lot of Blah, Blah, Blah, shit. Thank God for Medina !!!
What? Can you not read? I'm sorry for you.
Curiousity

Jackson, TN

#10 Feb 27, 2013
Pap Smear wrote:
<quoted text> A lot of Blah, Blah, Blah, shit. Thank God for Medina !!!
Could you expand your thought, what specifically do you not agree with? Don't you think moving to Medina is kicking the can down the road? What is keeping Medina from becoming another Jackson and repeating the cycle over again, leaving behind another struggling public school system and a town transformed due to a community fleeing to the next green pasture, rather than maintaining the pasture that they have.
Auntie Theist

Duluth, GA

#11 Feb 27, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
@Auntie Theist - I can see what your saying, this is the "Bible belt" and it could be argued that most of Jackson social life revolves around churches/religion. However, there should be some happy median than can be reached between the hyper-religious and those who seek progress. I don't think the dinner theater (I'm assuming you're talking about a slightly sexual type of performance) would be the first step, but other types of entertainment models that deal with the arts (such as galleries, music venues, small traditional theaters, etc.) begin to pave the way for some more progressive typologies.
As for Jackson's culture, there has to be a way to preserve some of that "primitive"/regional culture and update it to the modern age. This could be done through city social events - I know the city does some of this already - music events downtown (but expanding this to other demographics), festivals, and other types of gatherings such as markets that celebrate our heritage and initiate cross-class/cross-race social interaction.
But I think it is important not to compare ourselves to European cities or other metropolis environment, because really there is no comparison. We need to accept what we are and what we have, and move forward to make it better for our residents and future residents. We can learn from how other small market cities have overcome some of these hurdles and move to put some of those city planning and development/renewal policies in place. Greenville, SC is a good example.
That is a good moderate response. My European city quote was just an example. There could be many more. I see Jackson as a mini Theocracy and I think you agree to some extent. Until Jackson becomes more pragmatic and less biblical it will remain in the less prosperous part of a less prosperous State.
ANTI-ATHEIST

Oakland, TN

#12 Feb 27, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
@Auntie Theist - I can see what your saying, this is the "Bible belt" and it could be argued that most of Jackson social life revolves around churches/religion. However, there should be some happy median than can be reached between the hyper-religious and those who seek progress. I don't think the dinner theater (I'm assuming you're talking about a slightly sexual type of performance) would be the first step, but other types of entertainment models that deal with the arts (such as galleries, music venues, small traditional theaters, etc.) begin to pave the way for some more progressive typologies.
As for Jackson's culture, there has to be a way to preserve some of that "primitive"/regional culture and update it to the modern age. This could be done through city social events - I know the city does some of this already - music events downtown (but expanding this to other demographics), festivals, and other types of gatherings such as markets that celebrate our heritage and initiate cross-class/cross-race social interaction.
But I think it is important not to compare ourselves to European cities or other metropolis environment, because really there is no comparison. We need to accept what we are and what we have, and move forward to make it better for our residents and future residents. We can learn from how other small market cities have overcome some of these hurdles and move to put some of those city planning and development/renewal policies in place. Greenville, SC is a good example.
in a few more years the muslims will control those european cities and then auntie can take her ass to their very, very cosmopolitan theatre and perhaps have a glass of bordeaux and pate while they sharpen the sword to remove his/her head. this invasion in europe is real

sharia vs first amendment
Curiousity

Jackson, TN

#13 Feb 27, 2013
Auntie Theist wrote:
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That is a good moderate response. My European city quote was just an example. There could be many more. I see Jackson as a mini Theocracy and I think you agree to some extent. Until Jackson becomes more pragmatic and less biblical it will remain in the less prosperous part of a less prosperous State.
Yes, Jackson and it's leaders are very intertwined with the local church culture, no doubt in that. But is generic suburban America, failing school systems, and white-flight directly related to religion?
Curiosity

Cordova, TN

#15 Feb 27, 2013
ANTI-ATHEIST wrote:
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in a few more years the muslims will control those european cities and then auntie can take her ass to their very, very cosmopolitan theatre and perhaps have a glass of bordeaux and pate while they sharpen the sword to remove his/her head. this invasion in europe is real
sharia vs first amendment
Muslims and Sharia law aside, where do you want to see Jackson in 20 years?
Pap Smear

United States

#16 Feb 27, 2013
Curiosity wrote:
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Muslims and Sharia law aside, where do you want to see Jackson in 20 years?
Call in a drone strike.
My tail itches

United States

#18 Mar 1, 2013
The Second Chance wrote:
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Partially. Partially greed, partially undereducation.
Have all the ghetto hood rats neutered or spayed at a local vet. Trying to offer hope for the future.
Rambo

Montgomery, AL

#20 Mar 1, 2013
Jackson was the best place in the world to grow up and live in for a long time. I left the 5 years ago and it was the best move I've ever made. Jackson's crime is insane and it will soon be a cesspool suburb of Memphis. The thugs from Memphis have already figured out Jacksons hotels near the interstate are easy targets for robbery and a straight shot getaway back to the hood.
Auntie Theist

Duluth, GA

#21 Mar 2, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
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Yes, Jackson and it's leaders are very intertwined with the local church culture, no doubt in that. But is generic suburban America, failing school systems, and white-flight directly related to religion?
Well here is a good article on why religion equals poverty by country.
http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/...
And here is a great article which associates poverty and religion in the US.
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/201...

I think these articles (and many more) are fairly conclusive. I rate religion as the major factor in causing poverty. We could discuss the reasons and I'm sure there are many.
Auntie Theist

Duluth, GA

#23 Mar 2, 2013
Harvey wrote:
Gary we will not click on your spam.
Are you referring to me? If so, please don't accuse me of posting spam. Both my links are accurate and very relevant.
PS I am not a Gary whatever one of those is.
Interesting

Knoxville, TN

#24 Mar 2, 2013
Curiousity wrote:
@BSLG I agree, entertainment in general is lacking in the area. The city's location lends itself to a diverse music scene (blues, country, bluegrass, hip-hop, rock), but is there a lack of venues for regional acts to perform at or something else? Aside from bowling, movies, and a handful of bars and nightclubs not much else is offered. As a generality, I believe this lack in entertainment and social activities deters young talented people from staying in the area, a social-entertainment overhaul might bring some new life into a somewhat stagnant Jackson. Specifically what types of entertainment would you look for?
@TheSecondChance It is apparent that racism and community unity is a major hurdle that Jackson and many parts of the US have still yet to overcome. Much of what I have observed in terms of Jackson is a geographical polarization between racial groups with East Jackson, North Jackson, and South Jackson having completely different demographic makeups, with different wants and needs for their respective communities. Education is also an area of needed improvement, both in the private and public sectors. The segregation (racial and class) of schools, in a way, has continued via the public/private system. Strangely enough from what I can tell, the wealthy (predominately white) upper-class out North has turned their back on the public school system and have chosen to enroll their children in an over-priced private education. While also paying the majority of taxes to run the public programs. Or moving to Medina to enroll in a bursting-at-the-seams public program that is having trouble keeping up with demand. All this money and relocation is being used to get away from the problem rather that addressing and fixing it. Any ideas?
As far as preservation/demolition old structures and the beautification of the city. I think this point is tied directly to the point about the "Rebel South" persona. Jackson is currently lacking identity. It is generic America. We want what other cities have, national shopping and dining, and at the same time we have put our local businesses on the back burner. It seems the unique identity of Jackson has been reduced down and repackaged as singular destinations (such as the rockabilly museum) while generic america as been embraced in both commercial and residential form (strip centers and cul-de-sac developments). Is it that it's easier to take on a generic identity rather that maintain one's unique qualities? How can we begin to shift our thinking from compartmentalized places for sleeping, shopping, eating, and working, to places for living that encompass all of those uses and more?
Did somebody get stoned today and decide they would be City Planner in their head?
Curiosity

United States

#26 Mar 3, 2013
Interesting wrote:
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Did somebody get stoned today and decide they would be City Planner in their head?
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