Archive for August, 2005

by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 31st, 2005 1:17am CST | Comments Off on The Sky Is Not Falling On Cities

This op-ed article by Carol Coletta is printed courtesy of www. planetizen.com where it was featured last week: Cities aren’t in decline. The way population change is “measured” by the Census Bureau leaves much to be desired, writes Carol Coletta in this week’s Op-Ed. But even if cities were in decline, a city’s population is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 30th, 2005 1:11am CST | Comments Off on Three Priorities for the Future of Memphis

It’s always good to listen to a billionaire’s opinions, especially when he’s Bill Gates, someone who has made his fortune by foretellling the future before any one else and whose foundations put his money where his mouth is. A couple of weeks ago, he made three points worth remembering. One, a well-educated workforce, not tax […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 29th, 2005 9:15pm CST | Comments Off on

Today’s Chicago Sun-Times editorial page declares, “Look at us now: Downtown’s rebirth has saved city’s soul.” Here’s what the editorial writers had to say: “Why is Chicago such a fabulous city? Because it has been run by visionaries who understood that the vibrancy of a city’s downtown is essential to its long-term health. From planner […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 26th, 2005 10:38pm CST | Comments Off on Have We Seen the Future?

John Branston’s Memphis Flyer column this week analyzed actual increases in attendance at the Zoo since the pandas’ arrival compared to estimates of what could be expected. Instead of the predicted 400,000 new visitors in the pandas’ first year, only 177,590 showed up. I was reading the column to my husband on our way home […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 26th, 2005 9:44pm CST | Comments Off on Keeping It Real. Memphis According to Mary.

Mary Cashiola got it just right in this week’s Flyer when she noted that being “overlooked” by chain stores and restaurants comes with its own virtues. “What we have is real,” she wrote. “It wasn’t testmarketed in four major cities then imported here. And that authenticity sets Memphis apart and can be used as a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 26th, 2005 9:38pm CST | Comments Off on Portland Proves the Point

Oregon was the only state in the nation where obesity did not increase, according to the study by Trust for America’s Health. Why? An AP story reports that Oregonians are more likely to engage in physical activity, like bike riding. Why? Mild temperatures help. But the real difference is that state’s attention to creating real […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 25th, 2005 1:40am CST | Comments Off on We’re Fat and It’s Going to Cost Us

New reports from the Trust for America’s Health grabbed headlines today. The headline in the Chicago Sun-Times read “South Will Rise Again — If It Can Get Off Couch.” It wasn’t a fun day to be from Tennessee, which ranked fifth on the list of “fattest states.” Why are we fat? Another report today noted […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 24th, 2005 6:55am CST | Comments Off on We’ll Get Back to You in 24 Hours About Our Hybrid Buses

So MATA plans to add hybrid buses to its fleet to save money on fuel and maintenance costs? Good move, Mr. Hudson. Now that you’ve taken the bold and progressive move of purchasing more environmentally-friendly buses, could we go back to the basics and apply the same common sense thinking? Motorists across the country are […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 23rd, 2005 1:12am CST | Comments Off on Consolidation Is A Tough Sale On Its Best Days

With the prospects looming in coming weeks of a return to rhetoric in which the “c” word is hurled, it’s worth remembering the facts of consolidation, whatever your point of view. Despite the pervasive belief that Memphis is somehow different than most cities in the country with our two-headed local government, the truth is that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2005 1:03am CST | Comments Off on Pondering Imponderables # 2

Even Germantown can’t match its rhetoric about the importance of design when developers need land. A couple of locations within the city limits are now sites for the clear cutting of trees. And this in the city that thinks it sets the standard for all the rest of the county when it comes to livability. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 19th, 2005 1:08am CST | Comments Off on It’s Time To Give The Film Commission The Incentives It Needs

At a time when Memphis and Shelby County Governments are waiving more than $60 million in taxes every year to recruit new businesses, the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission — which has the greatest return on investment of any economic development agency in this city — continues to beg for peanuts. Increasingly, executive director […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 18th, 2005 1:30am CST | Comments Off on Panhandling Remains Long After Elvis Fans Leave

Elvis Week has come and gone, and the thousands of tourists have returned home, having left their cash in the local economy and left with memories for life. Sadly, the beggars that greeted them downtown when they arrived didn’t leave with them. Instead, the man who’s been sleeping for days in the window casement on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 17th, 2005 1:03am CST | Comments Off on Teamwork Brought Home Victory In IP Competition

Success has many fathers, it is said, so before the delivery room is filled with proud parents, we need to take a moment to recognize the team that put together the proposal that lured the world headquarters of International Paper from Stamford, Connecticut, to Memphis. While VIPs made the announcement, it was their staff that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 16th, 2005 1:16am CST | Comments Off on The Latest Battle Front In The Culture Wars: Intelligent Design

There are times when the Religious Right would try the patience of Jesus Christ Himself. The growing battle over “intelligent design” is the latest evidence of the literalism that threatens the independence of school districts by imposing the religious beliefs of a few onto the education of the whole. We predict that any day now […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 15th, 2005 1:21am CST | Comments Off on Agricenter’s $20 million In Public Funding Failed To Carry Out Its Founding Mission

In response to Thursday’s blog on how Memphis and Shelby County lead Tennessee in the number and amount of tax freezes, we received several calls and emails. One reminded us that Agricenter International and all of the businesses leasing space and land there don’t pay property taxes, because they are on public land. It points […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 12th, 2005 1:01pm CST | Comments Off on Words To Live By

Reading Chicago Metropolis 2020 plan tonight, I ran across the following… “The sustaining force of this historic process of renewal is Chicago’s strongest spiritual asset: its swaggering self-confidence. This cannot be underestimated as a propellant of economic and civic revitalization. As historian David S. Landes writes in The Wealth and Poverty of Nations, his important […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 12th, 2005 1:03am CST | Comments Off on Milbloggers Are The New War Correspondents

Every war seems to bring with it an unexpected aspect unforeseen by The Pentagon. The War in Iraq – whether being called by The White House the War on Terror or the Struggle Against Global Extremism, depending on which is testing best this week – is in truth our first digital war. The proliferation of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 11th, 2005 1:06am CST | Comments Off on Local Policies Make Tax Freezes Into Entitlements

If you haven’t read it, it’s still news. And in that vein, consider a study on the impact of tax abatements on education by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) that failed to cause even a ripple in the news pond after it was filed in February of last year. Continuing on our […]

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