Archive for March, 2006

by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 30th, 2006 9:22pm CDT | Comments Off on Success At Addressing Panhandling Problem Will Take MPD’s Help

Ok, we admit that downtown panhandling is a hot button issue for us, so we were doing our best to support the latest anti-panhandling campaign rolled out by Memphis Police Department, Center City Commission and others. Our patience was short-lived. Last week, leaving Calvary Episcopal Church’s Lenten Preaching Services, uplifted after hearing Temple Israel’s Senior […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 30th, 2006 1:05am CDT | Comments Off on Potential Harrah’s PILOT Points Out The Need To Reform The Program…Now

Frequently, a government agency does something that just makes you shake your head and wonder, “Do they really think we’re that stupid?” That’s a regular reaction when it comes to the actions of the Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board. And it looks like we’re about to have it one more time. This time […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 28th, 2006 5:49pm CDT | Comments Off on A Timely Earth Day Sermon By Rabbi Micah Greenstein

Temple Israel Senior Rabbi Micah Greenstein spoke at Calvary Episcopal Church’s Lenten Luncheons last week on Earth Day. You can hear it at: http://www.calvaryjc.org/homiliesLent/20060321.html Here’s an abridged text version: Whereas fundamentalists and evangelicals do a great job of saving souls and protecting the unborn, the preoccupation of mainline churches is saving lives and protecting the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 27th, 2006 6:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Putting Political Ambition First

Something seems to happen the moment that many legislators sit down in the chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly. They forget they represent every one in their districts, not just their narrow political bases. There was a time when such partisanship was reserved for the nation’s capital, but apparently, Potomac Fever is spreading downstream, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 26th, 2006 7:58pm CDT | Comments Off on Diversity In Memphis Is About Seeing The World And Ourselves In More Than Black And White

A few months ago, Leadership Memphis concentrated on a provocative question, “What Makes a Great City?” and it heard from a highly informative panel of five local leaders, from a noted national urban observer, and from Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, named as one of Time’s five best mayors in the U.S. Opinions were personal, impassioned […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2006 5:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Where Are All The Children?

From CEOs for Cities blog at www.ceosforcities.org: This week’s Sunday papers from around the country told a sad story about African-American children in America. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times examined two shootings in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. Siretha White was shot dead at a party for her 11th birthday, only nine days after 14-year-old […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2006 5:04pm CDT | Comments Off on If Detroit Can Do It…

The meltdown of the finances of Detroit city government is becoming a stimulus for new regional thinking by adjacent counties concerned about the shut-down or cutbacks of city servcies that are of course regional assets. Surely, if Detroit can begin to talk across county lines, we can do it. First and foremost, though, it requires […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 22nd, 2006 11:53pm CDT | Comments Off on Who Says Memphis Has No Creative Class?

Who knew that Christopher Reyes’ fascinating livefrommemphis.com website was just the beginning? In the coming week, there are two Reyes-conceived projects that offer us a fresh look at our city. If you haven’t visited the Live From Memphis website in awhile, you’ll barely recognize it. It now has added film and art in pursuit of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 20th, 2006 1:58pm CDT | Comments Off on Political Animals: Let’s Make Matters Worse

Does this feel familiar? From Otis White’s Urban Journal at governing.com: Must every issue in Detroit degenerate into name-calling and race-baiting? Apparently, yes. Take the seemingly easy issue of the Detroit Zoo. The city can no longer afford its $5 million a year subsidy for the zoo, but not to worry. A non-profit organization offered […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 20th, 2006 12:18am CDT | Comments Off on Privatization Isn’t Just About Money

Let’s just go ahead and say this and get it out of the way: government doesn’t owe anyone a job. That’s why most taxpayers aren’t moved when some elected officials attack a change in operations merely on the grounds that it would cut the size of the workforce or lay off public workers. This outcry […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 15th, 2006 8:43pm CDT | Comments Off on Jail And Prison Privatization Issue May Still Have Life

Corrections Corporation of America and The GEO Group – private companies that manage correction facilities – don’t agree on much, but they do agree on this: privatizing the Shelby County Corrections Center and the Shelby County Jail fell prey to political considerations. Meanwhile, supporters of Shelby County Commissioner Bruce Thompson – who has announced that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 14th, 2006 11:36pm CDT | Comments Off on Wolf River Conservancy Needs Our Help

The following message is from the Wolf River Conservancy: We recently learned that there’s no Congressional funding for the $12.5 million Corps Wolf River Restoration Project. Please take five minutes, now, to call or e-mail our representatives. The Corps’s Wolf River Restoration Project needs only a final Congressional add of $1.5 million to complete this […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 13th, 2006 10:38am CDT | Comments Off on The Best Way To Expand Music Industry? Invest In Musicians And The Value Of Home-grown Creativity

Cities are doing a number of things these days to highlight and exploit their music heritages. There’s a theme developing in much of it, and it offers a seminal lesson for the Memphis public sector that talks proudly about our music and the foundation charged with reinvigorating the industry. The advice: invest in our creative […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 11th, 2006 10:34pm CDT | Comments Off on More Insight Into The Living Wage

Our recent commentary urging Memphis City Council to pass a living wage resolution produced some lively responses, so to get the best perspective of the issue, we went to the best expert on the subject, David Ciscel, the highly regarded professor of economics at University of Memphis. In response to the questions of several readers, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 11th, 2006 10:25pm CDT | Comments Off on "Start With A Website"

A regular reader reminds us that rather than focus on glitzy projects, the Memphis Music Foundation should “start with a website.” It’s good advice, because the new music organization shut down the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission website three years ago, and while it wasn’t perfection, at least there was something telling the Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 9th, 2006 12:34am CDT | Comments Off on The Music Foundation Needs To Connect With Its "Base"

It’s been five months since the Memphis Music Foundation imported the New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience to Memphis. The high expectations and meager results of those concerts are symbolic of much of the Foundation’s work since its creation, and comments by a knot of musicians listening to a concert seemed to say it all. After […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 6th, 2006 12:34am CDT | Comments Off on Maybe Term Limits Should Be Aimed At Public Boards and Commission

If term limits are an idea whose time has come, perhaps a good place to start would be the members of the more than 150 public boards in Memphis and Shelby County Governments. Media attention regarding terms limits concentrates on elected officials, particularly those in Shelby County Government who were limited to eight years in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 2nd, 2006 7:56pm CDT | Comments Off on Center City Commission Plan Revives Memories

Sometimes, to paraphrase Ross Perot (of all people), in Memphis, we think planning is the same as doing something. If that’s the case, we’ve been really, really busy. We’re not saying that a sound plan isn’t an instrumental tool in a successful public project. But it’s awfully hard to argue with the folks who say […]

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