Smart City Contributors

by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 12th, 2015 3:00pm CDT | 4 Comments

By Gene Pearson, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, The University of Memphis Warning: This post may damage some brain cells, but it’s for your own good. The following statement is from AC Wharton’s 2015 campaign web site: “The concept of a City of Memphis Planning Office will be evaluated to ensure that City issues, […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | August 6th, 2015 4:15pm CDT | 3 Comments

            This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The way the funding and taxes break down, property […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 1st, 2015 3:00pm CDT | No Comments

The Urban Institute maps the growing income inequality and disparities across neighborhoods in Memphis, which ranks #18 among cities with more than 250,000 residents. Meanwhile, Memphis ranks #15 for MSAs with largest decrease in homeownership, dropping from 65.8% in 2006 to 60.1% in 2013.  To see rankings, click here. From Governing: It’s well known that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2015 1:12pm CDT | No Comments

TITLE: “What is the Sierra Club? What do we do? How to get involved.” CONTACTS: Dennis Lynch, dmlynch@alum.mit.edu, 901-213-6088 WHAT: Sierra Club Open Meeting- Presentation and fun activities to inform and engage the public in the variety of environmental activities the Sierra Club is active in. The meeting will include brief presentations, and fun  Speed […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | May 13th, 2015 3:01pm CDT | 2 Comments

As you know if you’ve read our past posts about the MPO, we consider its current structure unrepresentative because it is weighted to the suburbs and it is racially unbalanced.  As a result, the organization has poorly served the city at its core and its negative impact on Memphis will continue until it is reformed. […]

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