Archive for February, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 27th, 2007 9:37pm CST | Comments Off on The Worst Power To Get Shut Off At MLGW Is Political

MLGW President and CEO Joseph Lee has been in government long enough to recognize the signs. He’s been set adrift on a raft, and he’s now officially on his own. He also knows that it’s rare for one of these sagas to end without a sacrifice to the political gods. And unfortunately, for Mr. Lee, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 25th, 2007 1:30pm CST | 1 Comment

Suzanne Morse, President of the Pew Partnership for Civic Change, regularly comments on effective strategies, new initiatives, funding opportunities, and nationwide events that are affecting communities at her fine Smart Communities blog. We were pleasantly surprised and grateful to be included in a Feb. 22 post which we are sharing here: Most Engaging – Pittsblog […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2007 8:21pm CST | Comments Off on Public Space as Urban Amenity: This Week on Smart City

Anyone who has visited Chicago’s Loop has probably seen the famous Picasso sculpture in Daley plaza. But when it was unveiled on August 15, 1967, it was compared to everything from a dodo bird to a giant cheese slicer. Kim Babon has been studying this and other controversies surrounding public art. Kim has spent nine […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2007 7:30pm CST | Comments Off on Compromise Road Design May Be Road Kill If Memphis Traffic Engineers Get Their Way

There’s a head-on crash coming on Kirby-Whitten Road in Shelby Farms Park – as Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton’s proposed road design runs headlong into Memphis City Engineer Wain Gaskins’ continued push for bigger, wider roads. Ground zero for the clash of visions about Memphis’ future will likely take place at a future Metropolitan […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2007 6:47pm CST | Comments Off on New Stadium Financing Will Take A Hail Mary Play

If The Pyramid stands as a symbol of anything these days, it is as a reminder that the promise of innovative ways to pay for public buildings often dies quietly when it comes to the reality of making it happen. This comes to mind with Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s continued championing of a new […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 18th, 2007 11:49pm CST | Comments Off on Artists Paint Bright Future For Paducah

You’ve got to admire Paducah. While the spotlight most often falls on large cities grappling with ways to strengthen their arts scene, there’s much to be learned from the small Kentucky rivertown. Few cities, regardless of size, have been as assertive or as successful in using their arts as a powerful competitive advantage. We were […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 16th, 2007 12:45am CST | Comments Off on An Eye To The Future: This Week On Smart City

This week our guests are from Fayetteville, Arkansas and the City of New York – two very different communities in many ways. But they are both seeking better solutions for land use and transportation. Dan Coody is Mayor of Fayetteville who has a startlingly progressive vision for a mid-size city in Arkansas that shares a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 13th, 2007 8:00pm CST | Comments Off on Besting Nashville On The Playing Field

In the midst of our concerns about Memphis’ future, we said in a meeting this week that we need to remember there are model programs here setting national standards. Someone immediately challenged us to name just three. They came quickly to mind, and here they are: Youth Villages, Church Health Center and Autozone Park. The […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 13th, 2007 7:19pm CST | Comments Off on Commissioner Makes A Federal Case Out Of Juvenile Court Complaints

There’s an axiom that government staff members live by. When an elected official gets emotional or strident about an issue, it’s not political. It’s personal. These are always the worse kind of issues for employees and other elected officials to navigate, because they become a no-holds barred kind of political fight that refuses compromise or […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 11th, 2007 8:23pm CST | Comments Off on If You Don’t Stand For Something, You’ll Fall For Anything: Downtown And Marion

Sometimes, it just seems that Memphis is too timid for its own good. Too often, the people we expect to articulate and fight for a defining principle or a critical issue seem to go along to get along. We thought of this in light of two recent displays of self-loathing – Memphis’ neutral position on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 9th, 2007 12:59pm CST | Comments Off on Recovering From Disaster: This Week On Smart City

Can cities rebound from disaster? Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams is convinced his city is on the rebound from years of job losses and despair. At 36, Mayor Williams is the city’s youngest mayor, and he is determined to turn Youngstown’s “shrinking city” condition into an opportunity. Prior to resigning from City of Youngstown to run […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 7th, 2007 9:52pm CST | Comments Off on Behavior About Second Judge Juvenile All Around

Regardless of your point of view, the fact that the future of Juvenile Court will be decided in Chancery Court is a sorry spectacle. The lawsuit is a stark testament to narrow political agendas winning over the best interests of community harmony. Sadly, there is plenty of blame to go around. In the end, Shelby […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 7th, 2007 1:07pm CST | Comments Off on My Wish For 2007

From Keith Kirkland, executive director of Wolf River Conservancy: The Wolf River Conservancy’s wish for Memphis in 2007 is that our community will come together at our 6:00 p.m., Feburary 8, Greening Greater Memphis Event at the Memphis Botanic Garden to demonstrate grassroots support towards finally implementing significant green infrastructure within our community, including Greenways, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 5th, 2007 1:00am CST | Comments Off on It’s A Wrap For State Film Commissioner And Incentives Are Next

For political appointees in government, there’s often a choice – doing what’s right or doing what you’re told. There’s an axiom repeated frequently by these appointees – loyalty flows up, not down. As a result, those who risk doing what’s right in the face of orders to the contrary often receive a professional death penalty. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 2nd, 2007 4:17pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Population On The Move

Do U.S. automakers have any new ideas about how to make congested, polluted cities more accessible? Can they think beyond 1.8 cars per household? David Berdish of Ford insists they can. David is developing sustainable mobility solutions for the world’s mega-cities. David is Manager of Social Responsibility and Organizational Learning at Ford where he has […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 1st, 2007 12:29am CST | Comments Off on Breaking The Code On Land Use And Corruption

It’s hard to imagine, but passage of the proposed Unified Development Code just got more important. Yes, there’s the impact that the code could have in encouraging a walkable, sustainable community. But, more to the point, it could produce something even better – a more ethical, honest local government. That’s because the most important benefit […]

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