Archive for June, 2006

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 30th, 2006 8:25pm CDT | Comments Off on The Vanishing Middle Class

Memphis is hollowing out. That’s the conclusion of research by the Brookings Institution. Earlier this week, we suggested that Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton read research about Memphis instead of relying on political insiders to convince him that their pet projects (think tax freezes) are the only things that keep our city from oblivion. The […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 28th, 2006 1:59pm CDT | Comments Off on College-Educated, Young Adults Consider "Place" First

This news release on some landmark research by CEOs For Cities seems especially pertinent today, with Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton saying that our city has to keep giving away tax freezes to counter the exodus of people from Memphis. We don’t know how he connected those dots, except for the anecdotal evidence given to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 26th, 2006 3:11pm CDT | Comments Off on The Magnetic Pull Of FedEx Is The Most Powerful Business Incentive For Memphis And Shelby County

Would someone in city or county governments please buy copies of the current issue of Fast Company for members of the Memphis and Shelby County Industrial Development Board? While you are at it, mark the article, “Rise of the Aerotropolis,” which tells of the airport-cities that are being created around the globe. It’s an article […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 22nd, 2006 8:34pm CDT | Comments Off on Debate FedExForum Reality, Not Mythology

The current controversy about the FedExForum garage is quickly becoming about more than why plans were changed and how $6.3 million in federal funds were lost. There are resurrected questions about the contract between Memphis and Shelby County Governments and the Grizzlies. There are shots taken at owner Michael Heisley by fans made mad by […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 20th, 2006 11:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Abandoning Incentives Of The "Old" Economy Like Tax Freezes

Dell Inc. is expanding its Nashville operations by as many as 1,000 employees, adding to 3,500-person workforce that has grown there since the computer giant started its $200 million Middle Tennessee operations in 1999. For the new employees, Dell will receive $500 a year for each job from Nashville-Davidson County Metro government. Meanwhile, back here […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 18th, 2006 8:27pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis’ Agreement With Grizzlies Trumps Nashville’s Negotiation

It is the fundamental nature of negotiations that they are always susceptible to second guessing by anyone not involved directly in them. That’s the case whether the negotiation is for the sale of a business or for construction of a new arena for the Memphis Grizzlies. That’s because negotiations are always about give and take, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 15th, 2006 6:32pm CDT | Comments Off on Air Quality Is More Than A Problem For Memphians

Some weeks, newspaper articles make for an interesting point-counterpoint. That’s certainly the case this week. One day, the city attorney says that a loss of $6.3 million in federal funding for air quality improvements has “very little, if any, impact in a meaningful way on any of the citizens.” The next day, Memphis City Council […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 14th, 2006 1:53pm CDT | Comments Off on How CEOs Can Improve Cities

Business Week reports this week on a new innovations workshops to help cities and they will involve Memphis: Detroit, reeling from decades of auto-industry layoffs and a dwindling population, has a new plan for stimulating growth. Along with three other ailing urban areas—Memphis, Pittsburgh, and Columbus (Ohio)—Detroit is looking to take a cue not from […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 13th, 2006 11:30am CDT | Comments Off on Forbes Magazine Slaps Local PILOT Program

From Forbes magazine this week comes this report on the PILOT program that waives more than $50 million a year (city and county taxes combined; this article only addresses city tax freezes): States and cities lure businesses with promises of tax abatements and other goodies. They’d do better with broad-based tax cuts. The recent Supreme […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 9th, 2006 4:37pm CDT | Comments Off on Beale Street Landing Appropriation Is Positive Sign For The Future

Located as we are near the foot of Union Avenue, we have a front row seat as witnesses for the consternation and confusion felt by visitors when they wander down from the Peabody Hotel and nearby restaurants to experience the nation’s mightiest river. Down the hill they walk, every day, excited and expectant for their […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 7th, 2006 10:41pm CDT | Comments Off on Density And Sustainability Are Linked For A Bright Future

Memphis is # 345 on a list of world cities with the most people. Memphis is # 70 on a list of world cities with the largest land areas. Memphis is tied at # 638 on a list of world cities with the highest densities. A study of sprawl factors concludes that the Memphis region […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 5th, 2006 1:35pm CDT | Comments Off on Taking A Broader View Of School Construction

See if this sounds familiar: * New school construction is dramatically raising property taxes. * New schools are used to attract families with students to sprawling areas. * Building new facilities to combat overcrowding can accelerate development that prices young families out of the market. * Architects and financial advisers heavily influence school construction decisions. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 3rd, 2006 12:31pm CDT | Comments Off on How To Be Silicon Valley

From the CEOs For Cities blog: Paul Graham, essayist, programmer, and programming language designer, used his keynote address at Xtech to explain how to become Silicon Valley. You need two kinds of people to create a technology hub, he contends: rich people and nerds. And that’s all you need. That’s the exciting thing. “If you […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 2nd, 2006 11:13pm CDT | Comments Off on The Times They Are A’Puzzling

Sometimes life just feels too confusing. There they were tonight, to all the world the perfect married couple, longingly looking into each other’s eyes and professing their undying love to each other – Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau. While you can’t help but wonder what strange impulse leads a 34-year-old woman to want to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 2nd, 2006 10:54pm CDT | Comments Off on Maybe This Is Why We Have The Blues

Ouch. It was beginning to feel like a really dull weekend, so I thought I’d check the AOL City Guide to see what exciting is going on in Memphis. The recommendation under Today’s Pick: the CMA Music Festival in Nashville.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 2nd, 2006 10:33pm CDT | Comments Off on A Small Irony Of Life

It just seems strange to me. I’ve got friends who are obsessed about their children’s safety. They give their daughters warnings about strangers, about over-familiar friends and about the risk factors for every conceivable crime. That’s why it always amazes me that despite all of this concern, they are one of the many parents who […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 1st, 2006 3:27pm CDT | Comments Off on An Effective City Strategy: Mulch

Chicago is a city that does so much right. And we’re not just talking about the remarkable phenomenon that is Millennium Park. More to the point, a recent visit to the Windy City reminded us of the impact of how important it is to do the little things to beautify a city and uplift city […]

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