Archive for November, 2006

by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 30th, 2006 10:05pm CDT | Comments Off on Tolerance Is A Competitive Advantage

Clearly, what Memphis needs is more gays and lesbians. At least that’s what we concluded from a recent report that put Memphis near the bottom of the nation’s largest 50 cities in a ranking of single sex couples and gay, lesbian and bisexual population. With only 3.5 percent of its MSA population fitting into this […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 28th, 2006 11:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Young Workers Determine Which Cities Win In Race For Economic Growth

It’s always a good day when our work leads to an article on page one of the New York Times, as it did Saturday, when it was reported that Atlanta was launching a new campaign to attract the “Young and Restless.” Basing its program on a report issued by our firm in conjunction with Portland […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 27th, 2006 7:55pm CDT | Comments Off on Putting Parks Back Into Plans For Progress

Memphis was a star of the Progressive Era a century ago, building a national reputation for parks, parkways and city beautiful programs that ushered in an era of economic growth. History does indeed repeat itself, but normally, it needs people to make it happen. Today, the first signs of a similarly historic parks agenda are […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 24th, 2006 1:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Libertyland and Coliseum Futures Must Hit Civic Targets

Revisiting a post from earlier this spring: Everybody’s all for government acting more businesslike until it affects their special cause. This comes to mind when we listen to some of the arguments from grassroots leaders who insist that Libertyland and the Mid-South Coliseum must remain open. We applaud their willingness and their determination to have […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 24th, 2006 1:16pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week on Smart City: Teach For America Update

Teach For America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach in our nation’s public schools for two years. Earlier this year we talked with two Teach for America corps members, Donique Nobles and Shelby Rohrer, just as they were beginning their first week in a real classroom in Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 20th, 2006 10:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Taking Stock Before Taking Land

There are times when Tennessee’s annexation laws seem as much a curse as a blessing. And because it’s hard to decide which category the proposed annexation of Southeast Shelby County falls into, it’s time to put it on hold for now. On balance, there’s no question that Tennessee’s progressive attitude toward annexation is sound public […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 16th, 2006 10:22pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week on Smart City: Transportation Is Fundamental

Many communities owe their existence to the routing first, of the railroad, later, of the highway, and then of the interstate. Transportation is fundamental to land values and the way communities grow. This week’s guests are deeply involved in challenging old notions about transportation. Jeffrey Lubell is executive director of the Center for Housing Policy […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 15th, 2006 3:50pm CDT | Comments Off on Wanted: A Long View Of Juvenile Court, Rather Than Short-term Political Gain

The blowup about a second Juvenile Court Judge seems destined to become a defining moment for the Democratic-controlled Shelby County Board of Commissioners. Finally, after 15 years as the minority party, they achieved the majority on the county legislative body, a benchmark of the shifting demographics that will eventually overhaul all of county politics. With […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 14th, 2006 11:34pm CDT | Comments Off on Planetizen Joins Smart City

Los Angeles — Planetizen, the leading news and information website for the urban planning, design and development community, has partnered with Smart City Radio to produce a monthly segment airing on public radio stations around the country. The new audio segments, which provide a summary and analysis of the most interesting and intriguing planning-related stories […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 13th, 2006 8:20pm CDT | Comments Off on Tennessee Department of Education Is Generous When The Report Card Grades Itself

The release each year by the Tennessee Department of Education of its State Report Card is accompanied by celebration and rhetoric about improving schools, but it’s the educational equivalent of the Detroit Tigers popping the champagne corks after this year’s World Series. There’s really not much they should be cheering about. In recent years, DOE […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 8th, 2006 10:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Turning The Corner Is Turning Into Big Announcements for Chamber

The Memphis Regional Chamber is back from the brink. With a vengence. Just slightly more than a year ago, the city’s lead economic development agency was looking for a new president, and it was uncertain which would come first – the end of the Chamber or the beginning of a new president/CEO. Relations with local […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 7th, 2006 6:32pm CDT | Comments Off on Board of Commissioners’ Vote On A New Judge Is, In A Word, Juvenile

If there is a Democratic way of running government, the creation of an unneeded second Juvenile Court judge by the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is about to become its poster child. It’s too bad, because with less than three whole months under its belt as the new majority on the board of commissioners, the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 3rd, 2006 12:10am CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Livable Communities In Congress

Did you know that in the United States Congress, there is a task force on Livable Communities? Is your Congressman a member? Earl Blumenauer is. He represents Portland, Oregon and the people of the 3rd district in Congress, and he founded the House Livable Communities Task Force. He travels the nation advocating for the changes […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 1st, 2006 8:11pm CDT | Comments Off on The Unlikely Herenton-Willingham Political Alliance

In one of the most unusual shout-outs in local politics lately, Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton last week praised former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham for his proposal to tax the 80,000 commuters coming into this county to work. We’re told that Mayor Herenton is well-aware of the elements of the plan that would cut […]

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