Archive for May, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 31st, 2007 7:47pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: What Makes Cities Successful

What makes cities successful? It’s a question we ask every week here on Smart City. And this week we have two authorities from the University of Chicago to address that topic – one with a very local view and the other with a global outlook. Sean Safford has studied the decline of Rust Belt cities […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2007 12:53pm CDT | Comments Off on Consolidation Should Begin Inside County Government

Previously published in Memphis magazine’s City Journal column: Finally, Shelby County has the chance to have a “strong mayor” form of government. Through sheer force of personality, county mayors have created the perception that they are equals to their Memphis counterparts. But, perched atop a government littered with the fiefdoms of assorted elected officials and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2007 8:30pm CDT | Comments Off on Joint City-County Action Needed For Best Assault On Sexually-Oriented Businesses

We live in a political time when legal traditions are regularly ignored in pursuit of political agendas, and each time, our system of government is diminished by it. That’s why we hope the Shelby County Board of Commissioners tread lightly in voting on an ordinance that would set regulations for businesses within Memphis, albeit the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2007 12:06am CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Kids In Cities

With 25-34 year-olds 30 percent more likely than other Americans to live in central cities, there’s a big opportunity for cities to capture new people and new money. But what happens when these young adults begin to couple and have children. Will they remain in cities? Or will they make the traditional trek to the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2007 6:23pm CDT | Comments Off on Industrial Cities Study Offers Advice For An Industrious Memphis

While Memphis has never been categorized as an older industrial city, we’ve always thought that it had similarities – challenges, grittiness and demographics – that give us more in common with these cities than Sunbelt cities. We thought this again as we read this week’s report by The Brookings Institution about the revitalization of older […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 22nd, 2007 4:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Suggestion Of The Week: International Design Competition Blending Authenticity And Aspiration

A few months ago, Melissa Anderson Sweazy emailed us with an interesting idea, which gave birth to the weekly “suggestion box” feature that we’ve added to our blog. It’s the weekly discussion topic and your opinions and ideas for new thinking about Memphis. As a result of her email, we asked Melissa to elaborate on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 22nd, 2007 4:13pm CDT | Comments Off on Catching Up With Our Digital Corner Of The World

The great thing about our digital age is that we are able to create a community of interesting people who share our passions for new thinking and debate. We’ve been reminded of it this week with some emails from some citizens of our community, and we want to pass them along. The Remix Tour: Blogging […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 21st, 2007 12:22am CDT | Comments Off on County Powers Relief Act Gives Shelby County Neither Power Nor Relief

We don’t find many occasions when we agree with Tennessee Representative Brian Kelsey. On his worse days, he comes across as an inveterate publicity hound, and on his best days, he comes across as youthfully doctrinaire. But in the current flare-up resulting from his temerity to call pork barrel by its proper name in the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2007 8:35pm CDT | Comments Off on Lemoyne-Owen’s Real Test Is More Than Financial

One of the best things about going to college is that we’re asked questions that lead us to see life in new ways and to ask our own provocative questions so we can make the best possible choices for ourselves. But, while these kinds of questions might be asked in the classrooms of Lemoyne-Owen College, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 15th, 2007 11:46pm CDT | Comments Off on The Great Streets And Neighborhoods Of Memphis

To help out the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America campaign to find America’s 10 great streets and 10 great neighborhoods, we are looking for the best of Memphis. Here’s what you suggested, so we’re sending these along to our APA friends for their consideration (including our recommendation of South Belvedere as the street […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 12th, 2007 11:12am CDT | Comments Off on Memphis’ Best Streets And Neighborhoods

This week, we’re trying to help out the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America campaign to find America’s 10 great streets and 10 great neighborhoods. That’s why we’re asking you: Name the great streets and the great neighborhoods of Memphis. And tell us why you think they are. We’ll forward the list on to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 11th, 2007 3:56pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Urban Redevelopment

Urban redevelopment has been fun to watch over the past decade. Surprising projects are popping up everywhere, and our guests this week are behind some of the most interesting. Eve Picker is transforming Pittsburgh’s long-ignored downtown buildings into stylish residences and offices, setting the stage for future residential development in the heart of that city. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 10th, 2007 3:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Whitehaven’s Future Sparks Serious Suggestions

The weekly question in our suggestion box generated a lot of interest, not to mention some really perceptive comments. That’s as it should be, because all of us need to be doing whatever it takes to revitalize Whitehaven. Here’s the question: If you had the power to take definitive actions to fight the abandonment and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 9th, 2007 6:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Charrette Paper To Be Released Monday

A few weeks ago, we praised the Winchester Park/Intown Charrette, and we were asked when the report from the charrette would be released. Here’s the answer: the “post-charrette paper” will be released at 4:30 p.m., Monday, May 14, at St. Mary’s Cathedral at 700 Poplar. The UrbanArt Commission promises that you’ll “learn what has happened, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 9th, 2007 4:25pm CDT | Comments Off on Question Of The Week: Memphis’ Best Streets and Neighborhoods

Our question of the week is inspired by the American Planning Association’s Great Places in America program. This year, it’s looking for 10 great streets and 10 great neighborhoods to be recognized later this year for the way they create lasting value for their residents and their city. Belvedere Boulevard and Vollintine-Evergreen come instantly to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 7th, 2007 6:37pm CDT | Comments Off on No Deals 20 Percent Failure Rate

About one in five of the “No Deals” cases of the Shelby County Attorney General’s Office ends up in deals or they are dismissed. That’s the word from insiders in the prosecutors’ office who say the program is rooted as much in strategies for publicity as strategies for prosecutions. But at the very least, the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 6th, 2007 5:02pm CDT | Comments Off on Question Of The Week Focuses On Whitehaven

So far, our question of the week isn’t inspiring much interest, and in case you’re still thinking about it, what are the impact of the aerotropolis concept on Whitehaven? We hope you’ll weigh in, and as a reminder, here’s the question: If you had the power to take definitive actions to fight the abandonment and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 6th, 2007 4:46pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Banking On Our Cities

Many cities are banking their future on the promise of logistics – the industry devoted to moving stuff from the maker to the market. While the industry has grown more sophisticated with information and technology, success still depends on transportation. Rob Hoffman, the former director of business development for World Business Chicago and a specialist […]

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