Archive for January, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 30th, 2007 3:49pm CST | Comments Off on A Wish For 2007: Less Truthiness

Another wish for 2007, this one from Dr. George Lord: Getting to Truthiness Through Cherry Picking Wikipedia, the source of modern neologisms, defines “cherry picking” as:“In the literal case of harvesting cherries, or any other fruit, the picker would be expected to only select the ripest and healthiest fruits. An observer who only sees the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 29th, 2007 7:14pm CST | Comments Off on My Wish For 2007

As food for thought for the new year, we’ve asked an array of people to give us their wish for 2007. The following is the second installment: Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell: 1. Better coordination of our resources to attack common problems in Shelby County. Crime is a seamless phenomenon in our community affecting equally […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 28th, 2007 11:00pm CST | Comments Off on My Wish For Memphis In 2007

As food for thought for the new year, we’ve asked an array of people to give us their wish for 2007. The following is the first installment: Gary Shorb, CEO, Methodist Healthcare: For 2007, my hope is that we have a safer city. It will take a well coordinated, well led and community supported effort […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 26th, 2007 4:43pm CST | Comments Off on Promoting Civic Engagement: This Week on Smart City

There was a time not too long ago when colleges and universities thought of themselves as very separate from their host cities. But that’s a dying notion and clear evidence of that is Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1000 colleges and university presidents who promote civic engagement among students and faculty. To tell […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 25th, 2007 6:41pm CST | Comments Off on State Government Shortchanges Memphis Schools, Comptroller Says

Memphis City Schools got an early Valentine from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office this week. It came in the form of two reports that compliment the district’s reform efforts and make the case for more funding. While state reports are about as common in Nashville as political fundraisers, these two may have more traction because they […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 22nd, 2007 12:00am CST | Comments Off on Past Decisions Haunt County Government Today

Today, Shelby County Government is increasingly a prisoner of the past. Or more specifically, it is are captive to poor decisions about public policies made as long ago as 30 years, policies that set county government off in directions that produced so many of the problems that handicap it today. The expensive new plans for […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2007 11:34am CST | Comments Off on The Resilient City: This Week on Smart City

Resilience is a quality that is greatly underrated in successful cities. Our guests this week are making their own special contributions to understanding how to make cities resilient. Sadhu Johnston is leading what may be the nation’s best known municipal green program. Sadhu is the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Environment where […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2007 10:54pm CST | Comments Off on Quarterbacking The Right Project

Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton is right. A city with aspirations of greatness must invest in state-of-the-art facilities that contribute to our economic growth and quality of life. And that’s what should place our attention on the airport. Not a football stadium. Hyperreality Or Hyperbole Already, the concept of Memphis International Airport as the heart […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 16th, 2007 7:34pm CST | Comments Off on Public Transit As A Competitive Advantage

The following is a column written in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution by deputy editorial page editor Jay Bookman. We’ve changed the name of the city from Atlanta to Memphis, because if it’s a priority in Atlanta to have an efficient, modern public transit system, it’s an even greater one here: As a sprawling Sun Belt city […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 14th, 2007 11:21pm CST | Comments Off on Rationalizing Taxes Outranks Consolidating Governments

Police Director Godwin says “functional consolidation doesn’t work” and blows up the Metro DUI Unit, a joint operation of MPD and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. While some suggest deep political motivations for his decision, the police director is nonetheless right. Functional consolidation – frequently a stand-in for full city-county government consolidation – generally muddies […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 12th, 2007 7:25pm CST | Comments Off on Strategic Thinking For Cities: This Week On Smart City

As the New Year gets underway, we all turn our attention to the future. But for our guests this week, it is their job to think about the future and its implications for cities and for business. Tara Lemmey is founder and CEO of LENS Ventures, a network of leading thinkers focused on strategic innovation. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 10th, 2007 8:19pm CST | Comments Off on Walnut Grove Road Construction Sends The Wrong Message About Memphis

These are exciting days in U.S. cities as they embrace “green strategies” from retrofitting public buildings so they use renewable energy to green construction codes to the major expansion of parkland to the purchase of energy efficient government vehicles. But, here, we can’t even get a bike lane on Walnut Grove Road entering Shelby Farms […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 8th, 2007 5:49pm CST | Comments Off on The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly for 2006

Before 2006 gets too distant in the rear view mirror, we offer our take on it in the form of good news, our bad news and news that’s still up in the air: Good News · PILOT Changes – City Council approved changes in the blindly generous tax freeze program to make it more accountable […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 5th, 2007 6:34pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: New Thinking For The New Year

If losing weight is one of your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to consider moving. According to Reid Ewing, a research professor at the National Center for Smart Growth, where you live may have a lot to do with how much you weigh. Reid’s study of sprawl and obesity in American youth appeared in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 4th, 2007 6:40pm CST | Comments Off on Turning Down The Volume And Turning Up The Quality Of Debate

Almost lost in Shelby County Board of Commissioner Henri Brooks’ latest rant was a sound idea by her fellow commissioner Mike Carpenter — to bring in experts with national credentials to conduct an in-depth, internal analysis of operations at Juvenile Court. In fact, it made such imminently good sense that it probably has no chance […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 2nd, 2007 11:25pm CST | Comments Off on Taking Our Eye Off The Ball

We’re trying not to overreact to Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s annual New Year’s bombshell, this time saying that his priority for 2007 is, of all things, a football stadium. After all, if history repeats itself, by the first of February, it could largely be irrelevant because of the inaction that often follows in the […]

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