Archive for July, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 30th, 2007 11:21pm CDT | Comments Off on City School Board On The Verge Of Flunking Key State Test

Little more than a week ago, we wrote about the hardening attitude of state government about the 17 high-priority schools in Memphis City Schools and prospects for some dramatic action by the governor. In response to the post, we were asked by several people what the governor could do. The answer: Pretty much anything he […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 29th, 2007 7:25pm CDT | Comments Off on Old Grievances At Civil Rights Museum Divert Attention From Real Priorities

Memphis never seems to have so little energy that it isn’t willing to fight an old battle one more time. The current archetype for this tendency is taking place at the National Civil Rights Museum, where, 16 years after being ousted, its former chairman of the board is still warring with those in charge of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 27th, 2007 10:18pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: FORMing A Creative City

Exploring what it means to be a Creative City has been a regular topic on Smart City. This week we’ll visit with Lynda Dorrington who is leading her own creative city movement in Perth, an isolated city on the west coast of Australia. Lynda is executive director of FORM, a craft organization serving Western Australia […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 26th, 2007 3:56pm CDT | Comments Off on Lantana Projects Plants Seeds For Change

In pursuing that elusive quality – vibrancy – that regularly seems at the heart of successful cities, Memphis, like many mid-sized cities, searches often for the magic of big projects and major public investments. The irony is that vibrancy often stems from small-scale, organic activities like those organized in Memphis by Lantana Projects. Propelled by […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 25th, 2007 5:37pm CDT | Comments Off on Shelby Farms Park Conservancy Signing Is Time To Celebrate The Power Of The Grassroots

Art Wolff is a pain in the neck. As he once put it, he set out to be one and he’s gotten awfully good at it. For almost 35 years, he has upbraided mayors, disabused city and county engineers of any notion that they are godlike and lived the life of a pariah at hundreds […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 24th, 2007 6:57pm CDT | Comments Off on A Week in… Memphis: Branding the City from the Inside

We’re guest blogging this week on CEOs For Cities’ blog and putting the posts here as well: Memphis Tourism Foundation is launching its first website in a few days and along with it, a new approach to improving the opinion of Memphians about Memphis. It’s a total departure, because rather than fall back on the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 23rd, 2007 9:41pm CDT | Comments Off on Learning About Cities Through A Microscope

We’re guest blogging this week on CEOs For Cities’ blog and putting the posts here as well: Dr. Aaron Shafer represents the talent that so many cities are concentrated on attracting, but for now, Memphis has him. He’s a post-doctoral fellow working as a scientist in the labs of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 23rd, 2007 10:53am CDT | Comments Off on 17 Schools Risking State Takeover

In response to Friday’s post about the potential takeover by Governor Phil Bredesen of 17 city schools, we were asked for a list of the schools. Here it is: Airways Middle, Carver High, Cypress Middle, East High, Fairley High, Frayser High, Geeter Middle, Hamilton High, Kingsbury High, Sherwood Middle, Southside High School, Treadwell Elementary, Treadwell […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 22nd, 2007 10:28pm CDT | Comments Off on How Walkable Is Your Neighborhood?

From Carol Coletta’s CEOs For Cities’ blog: This is fun. Get your neighborhood’s walkability score here. Just log in with your address. Super simple. My current Chicago neighborhood scores a 67 out of 100 (no doubt due to too little retail in the immediate vicinity, but plenty within my walking distance — we’re only 17 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 22nd, 2007 8:03pm CDT | Comments Off on And What Kinds Of Stories Are We Being Told?

Kip Bergstrom, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council, is one of the smartest people we know, and no one bears more listening to. “Leadership is about telling stories,” he said to this year’s class of Leadership Memphis. We were reminded of his advice in light of our past week’s discussion about great […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2007 11:46pm CDT | Comments Off on State’s Tough Talk Bears Schools’ Attention

More and more, there’s a growing question about whether the members of the Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners are playing Nero to the district’s Rome whose smoke doesn’t even seem to be noticed by them. Bereft of positions that don’t seem to spring from a political place, the board is creating the perception that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2007 9:18pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Big Dividends For Big Cities

What would you be willing to do to put 2.6 billion extra dollars into your local economy each year? Would you be willing to drive 4 fewer miles a day? That’s what Portlanders are doing, and it’s paying big dividends for their city. Joe Cortright, economist with Impresa Consulting, will tell us about the calculations […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2007 12:48am CDT | Comments Off on Flyer Coverage Wired For Facts

We’re hard-pressed to think of any recent enterprise reporting that’s more impressive than Memphis Flyer reporter Chris Davis’s coverage of Memphis Light, Gas & Water’s troubled investment in Networx. Methodically, he has connected dot after dot until the entire the Byzantine story is coming into focus, a story of interconnected people, conflicts of interests and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2007 11:29pm CDT | Comments Off on If Sidney Shlenker Hadn’t Existed, We Might Have Had To Invent Him

We rise in defense of Sidney Shlenker. Now, we bet that’s something you didn’t ever expect to hear in this city. We do it because of a comment in the otherwise impressive reporting by Chris Davis of the Memphis Flyer in his coverage of the Networx controversy. In one of the articles, he of the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2007 12:46am CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Malaise Prevents Progress Seen In Other Cities

We have a bad case of Memphis fatigue. We’ve already overdosed on race-baiting rhetoric, style over substance, divisive posturing and election coverage more in tune with the reporting at Churchill Downs. And, the campaign season has barely kicked off. More Heat Than Light We keep hoping that someone will accidentally trip up and talk about […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 16th, 2007 5:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Looking For A Great Mayor: Lessons From Denver

To continue the theme that we began yesterday on what it will take for Memphis to recruit the kind of candidate that can become a great mayor, we post this from Philadelphia’s nonpartisan America’s Great Mayors series. The program is an innovative way that the Pennsylvania city is making sure that its citizens are exposed […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 15th, 2007 7:37pm CDT | Comments Off on Turning Our Attention To Finding A Great Mayor

Every city is one great mayor away from being a great city. It’s a mantra that we repeat often in cities where we work on issues that affect their competitiveness in a highly competitive global economy. We say it because time after time, we’ve seen it play out in city after city that has been […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 13th, 2007 6:06pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Urban Design Kudos

Good urban design is central to any city’s success. This week’s guests are shaping cities in important ways by making and celebrating good design. Simeon Bruner is founder of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a national award for urban places, and this year’s Gold Medal winner is the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum and Family […]

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