"Barreling down Madison Avenue in a black corduroy blazer and a pert, pink pocket square, Bob Loeb seems distracted. Then I realize: he’s editing. Move that tree, put a mural there. Tear that down, build that up.
“What do you think, and be honest,” he inquires. “Put the ballet over there, on the corner? Or across the street, next to Hattiloo?”
For most people, it would be idle speculation – but not for Loeb. Although he didn’t own the land Ballet Memphis ended up buying, he does own 12 acres in the immediate vicinity. Over the last five years, he’s transformed them into some of the most valuable real estate in the city."