Archive for August, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 31st, 2007 7:11pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: The Renaissance City

Are we on the verge of a second renaissance? Patricia Martin thinks so. In her new book, Ren Gen, she writes that cultural consumers are at the heart of this new generation and that a surprising group of cities will emerge as the new centers of this second renaissance. Patricia is President of Chicago-based LitLamp […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 30th, 2007 7:39pm CST | Comments Off on Baptist Ministerial Association Finds It Impossible To Love Thy Neighbor

WWJD? Apparently, in the minds of the Memphis Ministerial Association, He would scream, threaten and bully. In fact, if we’ve ever seen the antithesis of Christ-like behavior, it was in the reception that the preachers gave their Congressman, Steve Cohen. While a guiding principle of the Gospel normally is “love the sinner and hate the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 28th, 2007 7:10pm CST | Comments Off on Democratic County Commissioners Continue To Aim Low

The new Democratic majority on the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is still showing growing pains, and based on yesterday’s performance, it clearly seems to be stuck in adolescence. First, it questioned the impeccably run Porter-Leath – arguably the city’s best–run center for children and family services – and thumbed its nose at a plan […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 28th, 2007 12:13pm CST | Comments Off on Sentencing Guidelines Influence Ford Verdict

Former Tennessee Senator John Ford was sentenced to 66 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Court Daniel Breen. In our post of April 30, 2007, we calculated the federal sentencing guidelines and predicted a sentence of 63-78 months. If you’re interested in understanding the complexities of the guidelines, here’s the link to the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 27th, 2007 4:02pm CST | Comments Off on County School Board Plumbs The Depths of Political Opportunism – Again

The Shelby County School Board – the local political equivalent of The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight – has done it again. This time, it’s in playing the role that it seems to relish most – Big Brother – as its members ignore the advice of Tennessee’s Attorney General, the state’s highest legal authority, so […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 25th, 2007 4:53pm CST | Comments Off on Invest A Few Minutes To Help Your Neighborhood

Our friends at Coalition for Livable Communities are conducting an online survey on the livability of our neighborhoods. The Coalition supports healthy, vibrant and economically sound communities in Shelby County. To do it, the organization works to educate residents and build support for a vision, agenda and policies for livable neighborhoods. That’s why it’s an […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 24th, 2007 7:14pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Changing Times

Just when you think you know what makes cities tick, something changes – population, the economy, technology. So the question, what makes cities work, never gets old. And it’s never been more important. Ken Corey and Mark Wilson have taken a deep look at the global knowledge economy, how it is reshaping cities, and how […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 23rd, 2007 7:35pm CST | Comments Off on Rhetoric About Civil Rights Museum Is So Old School

About 15 years ago, a prominent State of Tennessee official called the mayors’ offices for Memphis and Shelby County because of his concern about the direction of the National Civil Rights Museum. Concern about the deep acrimony, the ugly personal attacks and the lack of attention to pressing issues led him to call on behalf […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2007 7:18pm CST | Comments Off on Yo! What About The Other Failing Schools?

We’re the first to admit when we make a mistake. So here it is: we were wrong about Memphis City Schools Interim Superintendent Dan Ward. We had misgivings that he would just be a caretaker during a transition period when Memphis City Schools should be engaged in a period of self-reflection, self-examination, analysis and priority-setting. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 21st, 2007 10:11pm CST | Comments Off on Reality Of DeSoto County Taxes Belies Rhetoric

Some people raised their eyebrows last week when Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton said people who moved to DeSoto County from Memphis are now paying more taxes. But, the truth is he’s right. “People in Mississippi are paying more taxes than we are,” the mayor said a little too broadly, but quickly refined his target more […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 19th, 2007 11:43pm CST | Comments Off on Problems At Peabody Place Rock Downtown Rhetoric

If anything should qualify us to be honorary members of the Belz family, it’s the pained feeling that shoots through our bodies every time there’s a new headline about a failed business at Peabody Place. The latest was about the closing of Ann Taylor Loft, the latest on the lengthening list of businesses who found […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 18th, 2007 10:27am CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Australia’s Smart Cities

Who doesn’t appreciate a vibrant, exciting city? On Smart City, we especially appreciate the people who make them. Our guests this week are two such people, both from Australia. Rob Adams is Director of Design and Culture for the City of Melbourne where he has built a remarkable track record for reanimating the city and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 17th, 2007 2:09pm CST | Comments Off on In A Thomas Kinkade World, Memphis Music Is Vincent Van Gogh

We got this comment from someone in the local music scene, Matt Timberlake, and because we liked it so much, we’re posting it here too: Just read your blog about Live From Memphis. You touched on what I’ve always found so damned dissappointing about the consumers of music in Memphis; they don’t want our richly […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 16th, 2007 9:15pm CST | Comments Off on Creating The "On Your Side" University of Memphis

We’ve been dealing with some heavy duty issues lately, so how about we lighten up as the week comes to an end? Next week, the guy who brought us the glories of “On Your Side” news at Channel 3 takes over the communications reins at University of Memphis. So, what do you think this could […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 15th, 2007 6:37pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis City Schools Needs Board At Its Best

OK, let’s all take a couple steps back and take a deep breath. As we do it, we’re especially hoping that the Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners will join us. For all of our sakes, we need the board to move beyond its embattled view of the world, which transforms public discussions about important […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 14th, 2007 7:09pm CST | Comments Off on Regaining Lost Ground Will Require Time And Right Focus For Memphis Music

It’s incontestable that Memphis has an awful lot of ground to cover if we want to convert our rhetoric about supporting our legendary music into the reality of supporting our musicians. So, continuing our post from yesterday, how much ground do we need to cover? According to a report by the Cultural Policy Center at […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 13th, 2007 11:39pm CST | Comments Off on Report Hits Off Notes About Memphis Music

In a Memphis magazine interview, Tonya Butler, three-year resident who’s teaching music business at University of Memphis, made this prescient statement: “There’s lots of music in Memphis, but there’s no industry.” Her point is made powerfully clear in a recent report for the Chicago Music Commission on the state of the music industry in the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 12th, 2007 10:42pm CST | Comments Off on Live From Memphis Faces Another Memphis Music Tradition: Lack Of Support

The track record of the Memphis Music Foundation has been one of false starts and misplaced priorities, but it’s on the verge of falling convincingly on its face. That’s because Memphis Music’s pioneering digital outpost – http://www.livefrommemphis.com/ – will in all likelihood close up shop at the end of the year. And if there’s anything […]

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