Archive for April, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 30th, 2007 8:48pm CDT | Comments Off on John Ford’s Future Hinges On Sentencing Guidelines Algebra

Contrary to news media reports, the future of former Tennessee Senator John Ford – convicted on a federal charge of bribery – does not now rest with U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Breen. Rather, Mr. Ford’s fate largely lies in the hands of an overworked employee of the U.S. Probation and Parole Office, who will […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 29th, 2007 10:55pm CDT | Comments Off on Playing Field For Talent Rests More On Skate Parks Than Football Stadiums

Previously published in Memphis Magazine’s City Journal column: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is home to the world’s smartest young researchers. They come here from around the world to work as postdoctoral fellows after weighing offers from the world’s best research institutions. That they decide on St. Jude says volumes about its track record and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 27th, 2007 8:19pm CDT | Comments Off on Strategic Thinking For Cities: This Week On Smart City

Why do great strategies fail? That’s the question Michael Raynor asks in his new book, The Strategy Paradox. Michael says the job of leaders is to embrace the inherent uncertainty of strategy and recognize that the future can’t be predicted. Instead of making choices, leaders create options. Michael is a Distinguished Fellow with Deloitte Research […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 26th, 2007 10:14pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week’s Question: What To Do If In Charge Of Downtown

First, a reminder. We welcome all suggestions that you have for improving Memphis, particularly as it relates to its competitiveness, its revitalization, its design, its downtown, well, you get the picture: we welcome your ideas and the logic behind them on just about anything that can make Memphis a better place to live and work. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 25th, 2007 8:51am CDT | Comments Off on Mayors’ Visits Spark Innovations For Their Cities

It’s time for Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton to hit the road. That’s precisely what some of his peers in other cities are already doing. That’s because these mayors are looking for new ways to recharge their batteries, to inspire their thinking, to set their agendas and frankly, to steal some good ideas.Two Reasons In Mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 24th, 2007 3:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Suggestion Box Question Of The Week

While we continue to welcome any contributions to our weekly spotlight on strategies for improving Memphis, we throw out this question to spark some conversation: If you could be in charge of downtown Memphis for a year, what would be your three priorities? And please elaborate on why you chose these three priorities and what […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 22nd, 2007 11:35pm CDT | Comments Off on Chattanooga Shows How A Riverfront Can Transform A City

There’s so much that Chattanooga has done right to transform its once underused riverfront into a vibrant public place, and so many lessons that Memphis can learn from its sister Tennessee city. Lesson #1 – do something. We’re thinking about Chattanooga as we develop suggestions for a city that needs to reclaim its waterfront, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 20th, 2007 9:48am CDT | Comments Off on Transforming Anchor Institutions: This Week On Smart City

What would happen if every anchor institution in your city — your universities, libraries, parks, major sports facilities, and museums — were in perfect alignment around a few big goals, contributing their maximum to your city’s success and their own? Our guests this week are leading anchor institutions with imagination and energy, and they are […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 19th, 2007 7:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Suggestion Box: Recruiting To Memphis

We began a new feature last week spotlighting reader suggestions on ways to improve Memphis. There is no prescribed limit on topics nor any prescribed othodoxy for the recommendations, so please send us your comments as we continue our conversation on how Memphis can be a smart city. To prime the pump, we’ll occasionally ask […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 19th, 2007 7:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Suggestion Box: How About "Real" Cabs?

Mike Hollihan has offered another good suggestion for improving Memphis, and we include it as part of our weekly Suggestion Box feature: I’ll throw out something else to be looked at: the city cab situation. It is unbelievably broken. Twenty to 30 dollars for a cab ride from the airport to downtown? Not being able […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 18th, 2007 11:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Shelby County Schools Gets "F" For Special District Legislation

It’s hard to see anything special in Shelby County Schools’ bill in the Tennessee Legislature to become a special school district. More the point, it seems like another one of the county district’s regular gambits aimed at achieving some of its favorite goals – power and control. Ironically, the loss of some of Shelby County’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 17th, 2007 11:33pm CDT | Comments Off on More Candidates Brighten Mayor Herenton’s Mood

Doomsday polling and an accompanying perception of vulnerability are about the only competitive advantage held by Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton. That’s because buoyed by polling that shows Mayor Herenton languishing in voter support, additional candidates for mayor are already preparing to jump into the race. They include an African-American young Turk, an African-American businesswoman […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 16th, 2007 9:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Atlanta Offers Lessons In Ethics

There’s often a yawning gap between political rhetoric and reality. But, there’s never been more pressure on Memphis City Council for the two to meet as in the area of ethics reform. To comply with a state mandate, Council must adopt new ethics rules by the end of June. Even without the state’s urging, ethics […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 15th, 2007 10:41pm CDT | Comments Off on Germantown Is Pretty Smart, After All

I’m walking across Poplar Avenue thinking about Mary Cashiola. In itself, that probably doesn’t make me particularly unique. But it’s the day after her must-read column in the Memphis Flyer, In The Bluff, dealt with Germantown’s smart growth program. So, here I am thinking about Ms. Cashiola, because I’m walking across Poplar Avenue at Germantown […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 14th, 2007 10:09pm CDT | Comments Off on Keeping Perspective On The Celebration For Students’ Improved Test Scores

In light of The Commercial Appeal’s celebration about improved test scores for Tennessee students, we reprise this post from last November: 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 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 13th, 2007 8:55pm CDT | Comments Off on The Hometown CEO: This Week On Smart City

Getting corporate CEOs involved in civic affairs can be a challenge. Globalization, mergers, consolidations and franchising conspire to keep the attention of top business leaders focused anywhere but in their own hometowns. But the commitment this week’s guests have to their local communities runs counter to the larger trend. Cliff Hudson is chairman and CEO […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 12th, 2007 11:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Suggestion Box Question Of The Week

To prime the pump for our “suggestion box” feature, here’s a question for your consideration: If you were recruiting someone to move to Memphis and you only had a couple of hours to convince that person, where would you take him/her? Why? As we said yesterday, we welcome your recommendations on a variety of subject, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 12th, 2007 11:07pm CDT | Comments Off on Usual Suspects Block Real Progress Following Imus Debacle

Don Imus has now received the death penalty on a unanimous verdict on a charge of sheer stupidity. Unfortunately, in its coverage of this controversy, national news networks went to the usual suspects for interviews, and because of it, the potential for something good to flow from all this was largely squandered. We agree with […]

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