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Posted: Jan 31, 2008 6:16 pm
 
Its on!!!!!
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 6:23 pm
 
Here's the one I went to in Harrisburg. It's kick ass! Scroll down to the pics!

http://www.basspro.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CFPageC?storeId=10151 &catalogId=10001&langId=-1&appID=94&storeID=12
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 6:30 pm
 
It is so perfect. I didn't even try convincing my aunt of that though. She actually wants this awful Libertyland of 2028 to be developed there instead.
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 8:43 pm
 
I actually kind of like the one we have. It's so rustic. What the heck is so rustic about a metal and glass pyramid?! I'm skeptical aesthetic-wise.
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 9:58 pm
 
so perfect? are you kidding? it\'s a fucking bait shop. they are going to put a giant fish head on the outside of the pyramid. redneck country bullshit.

oh........and we already have a bass pro out off of 40. went once, not a big deal at all.

and did you even see the other idea. so much more creative.

last thing.....get off the libertyland tip. it\'s a dead horse. gotta love what they\'ve done over at the fairgrounds huh?
Posted: Jan 31, 2008 10:15 pm
 
Dudes! Did you see my link above? The Outdoor World Bass Pro thing is goddamm amazing! Look at the pics! It's freakin rad! I could spend all day in this place! 2 story fish tank, shooting gallery, nascar simulator, plus guns and lots of stuffed dead animals all over the place. It's INSANE!

Your gonna love it!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:03 am
 
I've never heard a bad thing about a super mega bass pro shop from someone who's been to one.

It'll be a best gigantic damn bait shop for the best gigantic damn river in the country. Seriously, what is so out of place about this?

Wait no! I take it back. We need a world class cultural institution. That way, when people come from out of town to see Pandas and Graceland, they can also go marvel quietly at some artistic shit.

I, as a Memphian, will sit quietly across the street, sipping a pastis at a sidewalk cafe, smugly aware that Nashville has nothing to match our marvelous cultural institution.

Wait no! I take it back again. I want the redneck country bullshit. As an added bonus over the magical theme park option, it will be free. I'm always looking for free stuff to take the kids to.

If we can't get the bass pro though, I think we should develop a compuglobalhypermeganet think-tank and get creative class types from Cal Poly and stuff to move to Memphis.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:29 am
 
and we already have a bass pro out off of 40

that's the worst fucking Bass Pro Shop in the entire country! shit isn't even shaped like a log cabin, it's in a vagina strip mall near a clitoral guitar store.

Bottom line, if Memphis doesn't make a Bass Pro Pyramid, Memphis is a faggot.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 1:07 am
 
So are they going to use the entire Pyramid for this venture? I was always under the impression the Pyramid was some sort of Civic Center-type structure. Not quite an Arena but a Civic Center,is that right?

I know they put Rare exhibits there from time to time but it was also used for Concerts and Sports events? I'm just a tourist here,don't know enough to comment. But anything's better than Demolition sez me... there's way too much of that already.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 7:27 am
 
Cool...a new reason to bring more rednecks downtown! How long before one of'em purposely runs over or shoots a longtime downtown panhandler in the face? Do they have stickers of Calvin pissing on Hobbs for the back of my truck there?
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 7:47 am
 
I think I'm on record on this board as to what a ridiculous idea I think this is.
Jesus fucking Christ...yahoos of the world unite. In downtown Memphis!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 9:40 am
 
can they cover the thing in... camouflage? feathers? FUR?

that would be AWESOME!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 9:54 am
 
better this than empty. or some shit-tastic casino, parking lot full of crack-heads begging for 32 cent
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 9:55 am
 
I think I'm on record on this board as to what a ridiculous idea I think this is.
Jesus fucking Christ...yahoos of the world unite. In downtown Memphis!



couldn't agree more...we need something to happen with the pyramid asap, but NOT a bass pro shop.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 11:59 am
 
I thought the article in the Flyer was pretty good, where the guy talked about how theme parks and ammo-and-cammo stores are both tanking as viable business ideas these days. We're scraping the bottom of the barrel...
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:08 pm
 
Y'all. IT IS ALREADY HORRIFIC!!! I thought the amusement park on the river idea was more nightmarish by far, but then again, I am actually interested in ducks, hunting dogs, camo and fishing. And I cannot tell you how many MORE rednecks would show up at an amusement park than a Bass Pro Shop.

Regardless, my preference would be to rip the whole thing down to a pristine park the way it was 40 years ago.

One more thing, embrace the strain of Rednecks there. They are about 100x nicer than these entitled rich Northern Atlantic retirees down here.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:10 pm
 
yeah, just because they had two bad ideas, doesn't make me excited they picked one of em. fuck a bass pro shop, that ain't going to do anybody any real good.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:18 pm
 
I, as a Memphian, will sit quietly across the street, sipping a pastis at a sidewalk cafe, smugly aware that Nashville has nothing to match our marvelous cultural institution.

Wait no! I take it back again. I want the redneck country bullshit. As an added bonus over the magical theme park option, it will be free. I'm always looking for free stuff to take the kids to.


Thank you for giving me a laugh on this shitty day, Will B.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:20 pm
 
I missed the article (out of town) I wasn't even aware they had narrowed it down to two ideas.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:26 pm
 
Its basically full on for the Bass Pro Shop now. Yeah...its free alright! Every fucking toothless camo wearing backwoods "aint skeert"knucklehead will be down there all geeked up from shootin at the indoor shooting gallery. Gonna do the Pinch district alota good...jesus christ!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:30 pm
 
How long before one of'em purposely runs over or shoots a longtime downtown panhandler in the face?


Problem solved!

I don't think anybodys lookin at those pics on my link....otherwise you guys would be all over this....
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:30 pm
 
Cool...a new reason to bring more rednecks downtown! How long before one of'em purposely runs over or shoots a longtime downtown panhandler in the face? Do they have stickers of Calvin pissing on Hobbs for the back of my truck there?

I'm down with anything that offsets the 30/40-something clueless douchebag sleazeball martini-sipping cigar-chomping Swig/Flying Saucer quasi-urbanite demographic that runs rampant down there.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:31 pm
 
Dude, AND the have projection screen BUCK HUNTER PRO! With real guns and stuff! It's AWESOME!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:32 pm | Edited by: saispas
 
OK, OK, I see your fear, Colin...but in some ways I feel that it is a BIT overblown. I just think it is a wee bit elitist to be against the Bass Pro Rednecks. Sure, there could likely be something better (like, a free park, tennis courts, basketball whatever) but who is doing a damn thing? I didn't think that other idea was viable at all and I thought it would date itself almost immediately, which is why I mentioned the cursed "L" word.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 12:59 pm
 
which is why I mentioned the cursed "L" word.

Lesbian Car Wash?
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 1:07 pm
 
Lesbian gangs!
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 5:22 pm
 
it's in a vagina strip mall near a clitoral guitar store.
huh?

Anyway, I agree we ought to knock the godawful, moneysucking thing down once and for all.

You know, half the spaces in the center where Bass Pro is now are empty. They should turn the whole thing into Bass Pro Super Complex! Bibles for China thrift store gets to stay though.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 7:16 pm
 
All this 'redneck' fear is ridiculous. Besides, these rednecks you're so afraid of get their tackle from Walmart anyway, not Basspro. Seriously.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 7:43 pm
 
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 11:10 pm
 
That just flat out sucks. Anything would be better than that hillbilly bullshit.
Posted: Feb 1, 2008 11:32 pm
 
Gonna do the Pinch district alota good.


sounds like it'll become *Pinch Between Your Cheek & Gum District*
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 12:12 am
 
no redneck fear here, i embrace the hillbilly in me. but turning the pyramid in to a glorified bait shop is bullshit.i have nothing against bass pro or the folks that shop there. i do have a problem with the way city hall is trying to force this down our thoats. there is another plan out there and it seems to be getting a short shift. that plan wants to create a resort on mud island as well as the amusement park. seems so much better to me.
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 9:32 am
 
I hear you on the City Hall "forcing". However, I disagree on the palatability of the other plan; THAT seems tacky as hell and something that would be far more embarrassing (granted, I am not embarrassed of the Bass on Top on Ole Pyramid idea) than the Bass Pro guys setting up shop.
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 10:40 am
 
I have nothing against rednecks - maybe you haven't met my boyfriend? I just hate the "bigger, newer, better, more" attitude. We've got a Bass Pro and it's great. Once it moves, we'll just be left with another empty building somewhere else.
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 11:51 am
 
Miss Faye, yer boyfriend is NOT a redneck!!!

Believe me, part of me hates what Bass Pro is, but the other part doesn't see anything better happening with the area...like I said, I'd love to see some real effort at organizing the destruction of the entire thing as well as all of Mud Island and sodding it and planting some trees and voila, instant, amazing park. But, um, methinks I am crazy to think that idea will go over well with the Powers that Be.
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 12:10 pm
 
I honestly don't care, either way. I don't really spend much time in the pinch district, anyway. I mean, big deal, really. Are you really going to be that offput while drinking bad liquor and getting food poisoning at the North End as it burns down for the 8th time? My only real feeling on it is that if the place closes, they take the big fish or whatever down. As long as somebody's paying rent there. The Memphis skyline is beautiful coming accross the bridge from Ark., but I usually tend to be looking off the right side of the big M. Once it folds (and it will), in 15-20 years Memphians will be as nostalgic for the giant fish as people today yearn for the enormous fiberglass grocery sack holding statue dudes outside of the Montesi's or Giant or whatever supermarkets they were.
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 12:17 pm
 
in 15-20 years Memphians will be as nostalgic for the giant fish as people today yearn for the enormous fiberglass grocery sack holding statue dudes outside of the Montesi's or Giant or whatever supermarkets they were.

HA! As usual, on the money.

Yeah, when we went to Home Depot last week, my aunt and I got nostalgic for the huge black cat head that used to spin around on top of Katz Drugs (eventually turned into Skaggs).
Posted: Feb 2, 2008 1:13 pm
 
i do have a problem with the way city hall is trying to force this down our thoats.

Stop worrying about it. There's nothing you can do to stop these insane people who got elected from only making decisions that benifit themselves. You don't matter to "them", money talks.

If I were mayor (mayor linda has a nice ring to it), I'd tear down the liberty bowl, the fed-ex forum, auto zone park, the midsouth coliseum, hickory ridge mall, belleview baptist church, graceland, 201 poplar, and proceed to build Pyrimids IDENTICAL to the one down town, and they would be filled with whatever I wanted!

That's a little bit like what's going on now.
The only difference would be is I have better taste.
They want to go to church with their family and watch some stupid basketball game.
I wanna see MOTORHEAD at a gambling venue, and get lap dances from 18 year old asian chicks.

My plan is better because I chose it.
See how that works kids?
Posted: Feb 3, 2008 11:31 pm
 
http://pyramidharbor.com/

check it out. even if they can't do all of it, it still looks cool. plus it's their money not ours. they want to buy not lease.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 12:04 am
 
well if they build that pyramid harbor thing downtown, how many more condos are they going to build? don't we already have enough of them sprouting up everywhere? that'll only up the constituent of the assholes that earles is talking about above. total ewww.

wasn't someone at some point trying to get a skate park put out on mud island? just was wondering whatever happened to that petition.

anyway, i don't care what they put in it (the pyramid) as long as something is done. the amusement park sounded fun. it sounds like something to do, but the bass pro shop does too. i don't particularly care for the one that is out on 40 cuz it's so small. it's nothing like the rest of them. i went to a big one in missouri before with my mom and stepdad back in the day and that thing was kinda awesome. (but i'm a redneck deep down. heehaw.) i just don't want them to put a fucking fish head on the outside of the thing. that's the only thing. i like bait and tackle and camping gear though.

i just think they could better utilize it doing ANYTHING except what it is doing currently -- and that is sitting empty.

and if you wanna think about it some, we're lucky six flags over jesus didn't wanna relocate there.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 8:59 am
 
word. or maybe that creepy Joel Osteen motherfucker from Houston could take it over like he did the Astrodome for an outreach ministry. I prefer my rednecks to be looking for lures, not the Lord.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 9:03 am
 
WEVL super-jock and GONER bud Eddie Hankins advocates a Convention Center annex... sounds as good as anything else proposed...

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/feb/02/2008-02-01-1838045462 30/
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 9:15 am
 
Hindsight is so interesting--now the Pyramid is "skyline-defining" and somewhat beloved. I do recall when Schlenker built the monstrosity how horrified many people were and how shrieks of "TACKY!" rang throughout the Bluff City.

Just sayin'. Maybe a Bass Pro (or even a weird amusement park) would inspire love in 20 years.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 10:12 am
 
well if they build that pyramid harbor thing downtown, how many more condos are they going to build? don't we already have enough of them sprouting up everywhere? that'll only up the constituent of the assholes that earles is talking about above. total ewww.

The condo thing is stalled out. We did a crap load of work on a pretty cool condo (it incorporated an existing warehouse) down there that did not get funded because they can't sell what they've already built. I think that the fear of over development on mud island is pretty alarmist.

I don't understand those "whose riverfront is it anyways?" people. Seems like it should belong to the people that own it. And it seems like they should be getting up in arms over something that actually needs protecting/redevelopment like our schools or the Med. Fucking Midtown honkies, same people that don't want any businesses that black people patronize to go in in Cooper Young.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 1:29 pm
 
I personally don't see how any of this is going to work in my favor without somekinda casino/stripclub action goin' on.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 2:42 pm
 
http://pyramidharbor.com/

Why do I forsee a big FLOOD or even all this shit sinking into the river?

hmmmm....
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 5:37 pm
 
Why do I forsee a big FLOOD or even all this shit sinking into the river?

Cause you've been hangin' round Prince Mongo again.
Remember back in the late 70's when he was raising hell about mud island getting flooded over? Probably not. I don't know why I do.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 5:55 pm
 
I did a little photo safari in "Uptown Memphis" in December. I've never seen anything weirder in Memphis in my life, and I've seen a lot of weird downtown shit. Talk about infill! It was unbelievable. The area north of downtown (which was formerly totally a slum) now has all these brand spanking new little gingerbread houses in garish colors mixed in with the slums. I mean, like every other house.
Whoever they're marketing, it's just crazy. And, a lot more likely to go to some kind of amusement park (which, by the way I support because it won't cost us anything...apparently) than a Bass Pro Shop. I'm sorry to be so jaded, but I've never met a lot of black deer hunter guys. And it just doesn't make any sense to put that in the Pyramid.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alisa_in_memphis/sets/72157603587617773/d etail/
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 7:13 pm
 
i like uptown and it is pretty weird the way it is mixed up. greenlaw is where they're putting all those new houses in. it was a pretty decent subdivision up until the 60's apparently. it was an old old old neighborhood too - think it was built around 1820 or so. while working at the fontaine house, someone had donated a boxful of papers that had to do with that whole area -- found in some house over there that was being torn down. the whole area back in the 1880s i think was primarily an immigrant neighborhood. this lady i work with, her husband's father owned an italian grocery over there during the 1920s and before (he was a bootlegger too). the boxful of stuff i looked at had a lot of italian names and a lot of paperwork and letters of people that lived over there. it was weird. we ended up giving the box to someone that runs the italian-american history club or something similar to that. there were also a LOT of irish and german immigrants living in that area too. and greenlaw ended up being annexed into the city of memphis around the same time that the chelsea neighborhood was too, even though exact dates befuddle me. i'm thinking in 1840s, but i dunno for certain.

pinch district was originally named 'pinchgut' and was named after the appearance of the irish immigrant railway workers that lived in the area, who were so incredibly skinny. the irish at this time were poorly treated, to say the least, and often given really shitty jobs. later on, after the civil war took place, it primarily filled up with poor african-americans. and the immigrants moved just slightly north of there to greenlaw, or out of the city altogether with the yellow fever epidemic hitting hard in the 1870s. that whole area at the time was filled with smaller lakes and bayous which had to be filled in due to sanitation problems. you'd be surprised how much of the memphis landscape changed due to the epidemics in the northern part of downtown.

mud island used to be a "hooverville" during the floods that took place in 1926-27. it later became a place where people moved to make their own little shacks during the great depression. they cleared that out during the 1940s and forced people to move out. i saw some crazy pictures of it when i was doing research. apparently mud island doesn't flood as much as you would think it would and memphis was pretty much spared (except for some neighborhoods which were only covered with water for a few days while other places were for months) while arkansas got cornholed by the floods of 27 and 93.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 8:07 pm
 
elle-
is that a floodwall along 2nd around the cargill soybean elevator in Uptown? Is that like a 1000 year floodwall if so, because if it gets up there, we allfuckec.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 8:21 pm
 
nah. i don't think so. that wall up there isn't high enough to be a floodwall (in some places it may be only 2 feet tall) and on top of that it's got too many "driveways" going through it. i think it's just some aesthetics or whatever. there were a lot of businesses along that backside of it. i want to go exploring up there sometime again. i haven't been out there on foot too much in the past few years. i stopped doing that after i got threatened once while nosing around up there when some dipshit friends of mine were doing graffiti when i was 18.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 9:56 pm
 
There's a flood wall along Chelsea, to protect against the real danger: The Mississippi River backing up the Wolf River, and the Wolf River coming south on everyone's asses.
Posted: Feb 4, 2008 11:55 pm
 
I checked out Uptown a few years ago when I was looking for a house - the lack of garages killed it for me.
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 8:13 am
 
I was stunned at how Uptown/Greenlaw was actually appealing to me. I used to work many a day in Hurt Village and was happy to see that piece of shit horror was gone and something somewhat decent replacing it. While I am not quite sure I would buy over there at this stage, they have done a good job. That house where John Griffin lives is amazing.
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 10:33 am | Edited by: SAMBEAUX
 
Why do I forsee a big FLOOD or even all this shit sinking into the river?

The real danger there is not the flooding but the complete liquefication of the soil on Mud Island and the entire downtown strip in the event of a large earthquake. All the new condos down there are designed for 500 yr seismic events but it won't mean shit because the ground is going to flow out from under them and they're going to fall like dominos on their sides and flow into the river.
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 11:37 am | Edited by: jerryd
 
The real danger there is not the flooding but the complete liquefication of the soil on Mud Island and the entire downtown strip in the event of a large earthquake. All the new condos down there are designed for 500 yr seismic events but it won't mean shit because the ground is going to flow out from under them and they're going to fall like dominos on their sides and flow into the river.

Thanks for bringing down the party, Debbie Downer
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 11:41 am
 
they're going to fall like dominos on their sides


but they will be color cordinated so it should be fun to watch from above
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 2:30 pm
 
HAWW!
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 7:46 pm
 
i still like the idea in the flyer a few years ago that suggested the owners of the pumping station buy it and turn it into a big gay bar called the rearamid!
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 7:50 pm
 
rearamid!

HA!

complete liquefication of the soil on Mud Island and the entire downtown strip in the event of a large earthquake.

i knew downtown was prone to this, but what about midtown? i was under the assumption pretty much the whole city was on soil that would succumb to liquefaction in the event of an earthquake. (well at least the major part of it anyway).
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 8:19 pm
 
I always heard in my Geology class that Memphis and surrounding areas would just fall into itself and we'd be a Buried City. Like Atlantis.
Posted: Feb 5, 2008 9:49 pm
 
i knew downtown was prone to this, but what about midtown?

They don't know exactly but some estimates say that it could extend all the way to midtown. Of course, the further you go from the river, the less water is in the soil, the older the sediment, etc...
Posted: Feb 13, 2008 3:22 pm
 
Posted: Apr 26, 2015 4:13 pm | Edited by: Tim Teabag
 
BUBBAWORLD!!


...is nigh
Posted: May 28, 2015 11:59 pm
 
what a shimmering embarrassment.
Posted: Jun 22, 2015 10:07 pm
 
Went, had a blast. And fudge.
Posted: Aug 31, 2015 12:01 pm
 
I can't lie, I go there at least once a month to get ammo. They keep everything in stock, even the hard to find stuff. When they first opened they had pallets of .22 LR, which, if you follow this sort of thing, has been in short supply and hard to find.
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