Archive for July, 2006

by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 31st, 2006 3:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Juvenile Court Endorsement Raises Questions

To follow up Thursday’s post about Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Matt Kuhn’s low aim in trying to improve the local political environment, we forgot to mention another target — the race for the Juvenile Court judgeship held by Kenneth Turner. In advertisements and television spots by Tennessee Senator Curtis Person, he proudly lays claim […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 30th, 2006 11:06pm CDT | Comments Off on The Answer To Our Panhandling Problem?

From governing.com: Rockdale, a suburb of Sydney, was having a problem with loiterers in a local park. So officials decided something must be done to drive them away. Their solution? Play songs by Barry Manilow and Doris Day. Loudly. At all hours. Residents near the park aren’t too thrilled with having to listen to songs […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 29th, 2006 12:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Civic Involvement As A Corporate Asset

From Otis White’s Urban Notebook at www.governing.com. He is featured weekly on our syndicated radio program Smart City: Not all things were better in the past, but one thing in cities was genuinely better 30 years ago: business leadership, particularly among big companies. Alas, today’s cities are filled with branch offices of large corporations that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 29th, 2006 11:59am CDT | Comments Off on Sherman Responds To Requests For Suggestions About Memphis Music

A few weeks ago, in response to our post about the contract with the Memphis Grizzlies to build the FedExForum, we had a spirited conversation with readers about whether the agreement was a victory for Memphis (we voted yes). As part of that discussion, Sherman, who expressed his concerns about misplaced priorities such as music, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 27th, 2006 10:21pm CDT | Comments Off on Taking Aim At The Real Target

Shelby County Democratic Party Chairman Matt Kuhn might have shot at the right target, but his aim is way too low. In the end, he and others in the leadership of our local political parties tend to gag on gnats while swallowing camels. That’s certainly true in this case. While he was firing off his […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 27th, 2006 10:15pm CDT | Comments Off on Growing Memphis Smart

The topic this week on Smart City is growing our communities in ways that are economically and environmentally smart is today’s imperative. This week’s guests, which include the author of the Unified Development Code now being written for Memphis and Shelby County, advise communities on the latest strategies for achieving that goal. Lee Einsweiler is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 26th, 2006 12:32am CDT | Comments Off on Compliance With Federal Regulations Receive Heightened Attention

The Metropolitan Planning Organization, commonly known as the MPO, appears to be at the center of two federal reviews – one about the FedExForum garage and another about Homeland Security. Being asked in both cases is whether regulations governing the use and oversight of federal funds were complied with. First, FedExForum. Last week, the city […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 23rd, 2006 1:52pm CDT | Comments Off on There’s No Place For Racial and Religious Pandering In Memphis Politics, Whatever Its Source

The ugly underbelly of Memphis politics was exposed this week after a whisper campaign against Tennessee Senator Steve Cohen by some African-American political leaders burst into the open. For weeks, some well-known African-American politicians have demeaned the campaign season – as well as themselves — as they spread some of the sorriest rumors injected into […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 22nd, 2006 5:22pm CDT | Comments Off on Law and Order Dilemma: Who Checks The Prosecutors?

We’ve written before about the need for nonpolitical prosecutors whose actions have no place for ego or self-promotion or special rules for special people. In light of the election of the district attorney general in the election in about 10 days and the recent appointment of a new U.S. attorney, the following column by national […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 21st, 2006 1:07pm CDT | Comments Off on Smart City: The Future Of American Cities

Our subject is sprawl and development this week on Smart City. For the past 50 years development in America has been sprawling away from the old urban cores into ever farther suburbs and exurbs. Why did it happen? Our guests this week have some answers. Anthony Flint is author of This Land, The Battle Over […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2006 4:01pm CDT | Comments Off on What To Do Now To Improve Downtown, Addendum

Here are my nominations for things to do now in downtown in priority order: 1. Do whatever it takes to remove panhandlers. 2. Clean up. That means maintenance and trash removal. 3. Green up. That means plant and maintain. 4. Develop a cluster strategy for business segments (4-5) that can naturally be attracted to downtown […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2006 9:36pm CDT | Comments Off on A Priority For Downtown: Getting The Basics Right

There is no place more near and dear to our hearts than downtown Memphis, as evidenced by the fact that a couple of us have worked or lived here for more than 30 years apiece. There is nothing that we’re more passionate about, as proven by our posts over the past year. Lately, we’ve received […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 18th, 2006 3:38pm CDT | Comments Off on Why CEOs Flock to New York

The following is from Otis White’s Urban Notebook. He can be heard each week on Smart City: In the 1970s, New York leaked corporate headquarters like a busted hose. One after another, big corporations decamped for the suburbs (Pepsi, General Electric) or other parts of the country (American Airlines). But that was then. Now, New […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 16th, 2006 9:01pm CDT | Comments Off on The Mistake Of Measuring Memphis Against Itself As Proof Of Success

For too long, we’ve had the tendency here to measure success by comparing Memphis against itself. At best, it’s an incomplete context for making realistic plans, and at worst, it deludes us into thinking we’re making substantial progress. It’s a tendency given form in exaggerated rhetoric about “history-making” economic events and breathless prose about the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 12th, 2006 10:33pm CDT | Comments Off on A Modest Proposal For Openness About Tax Freezes

It’s time for a modest proposal regarding the controversial city-county PILOT program waiving $60 million in property taxes this year. “Modest” being the operative word, since it seems obvious at this point that is what government officials are going for as they study the tax freeze programs to death and seem poised to water down […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 10th, 2006 9:15pm CDT | Comments Off on Core City Is Magnet For Young "Movers"

The following commentary from The Commercial Appeal was written by Carol Coletta: Every few months, the U.S. Census Bureau releases data on which regions, cities or suburbs are gaining or losing population. And each time, the so-called “losers” react as if the news were a death sentence. This is especially true in our nation’s cities, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 7th, 2006 8:14pm CDT | Comments Off on Charter Commission Needs Impartial, Fair and Reasonable Recommendations

If there’s ever been a question about our wonkish predilections, it has been answered. We’ve spent Friday night reading responses by Charter Commission candidates to questions from the Coalition for a Better Memphis. We’ve been concerned lately that some of the candidates see their roles, which are already potent enough, as expansive vehicles to enact […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 5th, 2006 8:41pm CDT | Comments Off on The Golden Age Of City Mayors

The following is the City Journal column in Memphis magazine written monthly by our colleague, Tom Jones: This is the golden age of great city mayors. In Chicago, Richard Daley transformed “Beirut on the Lake” into one of the world’s great cities – sophisticated, vibrant, seedbed for an astonishing array of enlightened “green” programs. In […]

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