Archive for December, 2005

by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 30th, 2005 4:37pm CDT | Comments Off on National Leadership Doesn’t Translate Into Federal Funds For Tennessee

Despite a cumulative 11 years of national leaders from Tennessee – first the United States Vice-President and now the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, Tennessee is still back in the pack when it comes to the amount of federal funds that it gets from Washington. It’s a strange irony, especially in light of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 29th, 2005 2:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Sales Tax Forecast Is Stormy

The Associated Press report this week that Chattanooga residents are driving to Georgia to escape high sales taxes could just as easily have been written in Memphis, where the implications on the tax base here is more profound and bleaker. Here, the lure of lower Mississippi sales taxes is strong and with Whitehaven and Southeast […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 27th, 2005 11:01am CDT | Comments Off on Images Of New Orleans

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 27th, 2005 10:56am CDT | Comments Off on Katrina Blows In New Brand Of Civic Activism in New Orleans

Linda, a 64-year-old teacher, is hardly the stereotype of a civic reformer. But the winds of Hurricane Katrina that swept away so much of New Orleans also swept away the lethargy that has for so long been a fundamental part of the city. Petite, soft-spoken, impeccably dressed, Linda is the embodiment of the traditional “Louisiana […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 22nd, 2005 2:03pm CDT | Comments Off on China and Elvis — At Home In The Memphis Airport

From Salon comes this positive post about Memphis International Airport: The FedEx/Northwest Airlines hub makes it easy to be a tourist from Asia. by Andrew Leonard Dec. 19, 2005 | Concourse B of the Memphis International Airport in Tennessee is a fine place to be in transit. Before Saturday, I’d never passed through the Northwest […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 21st, 2005 5:52pm CDT | Comments Off on New Orleans Fights For Its Life

It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon a few days before Christmas and the line of customers waiting to order po-boys at Domilise’s is winding out the front door. One of those ramshackle New Orleans po-boy joints that are sprinkled throughout the city’s neighborhoods, Domilise’s serves up a classic oyster sandwich on crusty French bread just […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 19th, 2005 2:59pm CDT | Comments Off on Trends Call For Long-Term Tax Solutions

The more that you scratch the surface, the clearer it seems that an adequate facilities tax or impact fee is not the answer to Shelby County Government’s financial woes. The real answer seems to lie in a tax proposal that works within today’s realities. A few trends to consider: • Shelby County continues to lose […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 16th, 2005 10:04am CDT | Comments Off on Signs Of The Times, Hopefully

You’ll never find this in the annual reports of the Center City Commission or the Riverfront Development Corporation, but in our book, one of their most noteworthy achievements is their construction signs. They’re the first signs we’ve seen in Memphis and Shelby County without the list of elected officials’ names that are as expected as […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 15th, 2005 10:03am CDT | Comments Off on The Bartlett Christmas Drama Fits Into A National Context

The controversy about the nativity display at the Bartlett Library is beginning to look as orchestrated as “The Singing Christmas Tree.” More and more, it appears to be a three-act play co-written by Broadmoor Baptist Church and the Alliance Defense Fund. Here’s the synopsis: Act 1, November 29. Joseph, Mary and Joseph are denied a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 14th, 2005 10:26am CDT | Comments Off on Dead Man Walking (And Voting)

On the surface, it looks like a battle between Ophelia Ford and Terry Roland. In truth, it’s a battle about the credibility of the Shelby County Election Commission. The Senate hearing on the complaint filed by Roland is the sort of dispute that the rest of Tennessee loves. It reinforces all the preconceived notions about […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 13th, 2005 1:14pm CDT | Comments Off on Riverfront Blog Posts Evoke Thoughtful Reply

We receive regular responses to our blog posts from a reader who always contributes to the quality of the discussion, as proven by this post to the commentary about the riverfront. We pull it from its buried position to give it the attention it deserves: Ahhh, yes, a suburban downtown – that’s a goal worth […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 12th, 2005 10:24am CDT | Comments Off on Studies Offer Reality Check On Memphis’ Urban Core

If Memphis is anything, it is ever a tale of two cities, as we were reminded from three recent studies on the core city. The reports – one by the Brookings Institution and the other two by the U. S. Economic Development Administration – indicate that our enthusiasm over the progress in downtown shouldn’t obscure […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 10th, 2005 7:59pm CDT | Comments Off on Riverfront Redux

In response to Thursday’s posting of Carol Coletta’s letter about the riverfront, we received a complaint from a regular reader. We publish his comment here, followed by Carol’s reply: LibertyLarry said… The RDC’s Riverfront Masterplan is an integrated plan to line the pockets of a few special interests loyal to King Willie. 1. The riverfront […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 9th, 2005 10:07am CDT | Comments Off on Manufactured Christmas Controversies Undermind The Spirit Of The Season

Did you ever notice how quickly those of us who are in the majority – this time, I’m thinking Christian – can advise the minority to quit being so sensitive and to be more tolerant about our religious intrusions into their lives? It’s reminiscent of years ago when the Saul Alinsky-inspired neighborhood movement put down […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 8th, 2005 11:39am CDT | Comments Off on Cities’ Success Tied To Attracting Young Educated

This article from today’s Chicago Sun-Times reports on research that began as part of our work at Coletta & Company (now Smart City Consulting) with economist Joe Cortright for Philadelphia, Atlanta, Portland, Richmond, Providence and Tampa. CEOs for Cities has now taken it to a national platform: Cities that attract college educated 25- to 34-year-olds […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 8th, 2005 10:11am CDT | Comments Off on The Riverfront Masterplan Is An Integrated Plan To Create An Unrivaled Opportunity

The Commercial Appeal letter to the editor: If Memphians can’t make our riverfront a signature gathering place, what are we capable of doing? Your Dec. 5 editorial, “Land bridge going nowhere,” misses the fact that the riverfront master plan detailed an integrated set of key pieces, all having a purpose that serves the greater whole. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 8th, 2005 10:10am CDT | Comments Off on Let’s Not Study The Study

Please, mayor, say it ain’t so. In the wake of the release of the most insightful, thorough report on tax incentives for business ever written, Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton calls for creation of a committee. It’s not really the mayor’s fault. It’s just the nature of the beast. Why implement something when you can […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 7th, 2005 3:50pm CDT | Comments Off on Consultants’ Report on PILOT Program Calls For Overhaul

The long-anticipated study of the city-county PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program is finally finished and the conclusion couldn’t be more clear and unequivocal: the present system is broken and cannot be fixed. The 97-page report (with twice that many pages as appendices) is the most unexpected ever delivered to Memphis City Council. As Council Member Tajuan Stout-Mitchell […]

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