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Letter from the editor | January 2020

Emily Adams Keplinger


“Out with the old — in with the new!" It’s the annual refrain for the start of a new year. As we look back at 2019, we say farewell to some favorite time-honored events, like the Memphis College of Art’s Holiday Bazaar. Crowds of art lovers and art supporters turned out to make the final bazaar one to remember — and RSVP was there to capture it all. And after 81 years of operation, the school will permanently close its doors this year in May. School officials say they are “working to determine the best disposition of the school’s iconic Rust Hall in order to ensure it maintains its prominent and important place in Overton Park.”

And in 2019 we said “Goodbye” to Memphis Tigers head football coach Mike Norvell. After posting the winningest four-year record of any football coach at the university — taking his team to the conference championship three of those four years, and taking home top bragging rights at the last conference championship — Norvell is truly going to be missed. His performance both on and off the field was exemplary and he further endeared himself to our community as he was leaving with his claim that he will always consider himself to be a Memphian. What a class act all the way around! Norvell has left some mighty big shoes to fill, but we look forward to seeing what’s on the horizon for the Tigers in the coming year when Coach Ryan Silverfield takes the helm.

More good things to experience include the newly re-minted Central Station in the South Main district of Downtown. Now, in addition to being an active Amtrack station, the property holds interest for locals and guests seeking a craft cocktail bar, as well as dining delights from the award-winning culinary duo of Chefs Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman at their newest restaurant, Bishop. 

In the “coming soon” category, more developments downtown include One Beale (hotel, residential, restaurant, retail and office space), Union Row (a mixed-used development with construction slated to start this year), and at long last, the redevelopment of the Pinch District (housing, hotels, rentals and office space) all tucked into the area between Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The possibility of another change to the Memphis landscape has come full circle. To the delight of many, the 2020 Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival will remain in Tom Lee Park, at least for one more year. The lineup of performers will be announced in February, so be sure to check for updates on the festival’s website, memphisinmay.org.

One thing’s for sure, change IS constant. So prepare to explore all of these changes and more.

Happy New Year!