Memphis The lecture was the 2nd in a series commemorating the 100th anniversary of city planning in America, so 40 years in hundreds of city streets and Citizen Wealth and its themes were perfectly suited to the interests of students and civilians at the University of Memphis. I had warned my hosts that some of the excitement that came with me was unpredictable, but there was no reason to expect that there would be problems. Sunday night had been special and there were few clouds on the horizon other than some snarky comments on the Commercial Appeal site that carried an announcement that I was speaking.
By early Monday morning there signs of stirring in the hinterlands. A couple of alumni emails and some phone calls hit the university president’s office and were referred over for handling. The press office was drafting various responses. The campus police were mentioning they had a SWAT team. There were two interviews with local TV stations and the local paper, so who knew what to expect.