Archive for September, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 30th, 2007 10:44pm CDT | Comments Off on Super Regions Bring Super-sized Challenges For Memphis

It’s a given that regions are the competitive units for the global economy, but while Memphis still struggles to come to grips with what this really means, a new reality is unfolding to complicate our competitiveness even more. It’s the age of the megapolitans — super-regions strung together by economies, commuting patterns, culture and demographic […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 28th, 2007 8:58pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: A City In The Clouds

Two new reports are out from CEOs for Cities, and their authors are with us this week to discuss their findings. Charles Leadbeater, who consults worldwide on innovation strategy, suggests that cities now face problems more like clouds than clocks that cannot be solved with traditional, top-down approaches. Charles has advised companies, cities and governments […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 28th, 2007 1:25pm CDT | Comments Off on Continuing The Discussion About Economic Advantage

The conversation about what small advantages in Memphis can become major economic advantages is continuing, and so we want to post recent comments here to make sure you’re keeping up (and can contribute): Jon said… Memphis also has a great radio station — www.AllMemphisMusic.com Gregg said… I meant to post this and time got away. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 28th, 2007 12:01am CDT | Comments Off on Leasing City Assets Fills Chicago Coffers

Cities – including Memphis – are sitting on assets that can be leased to pay for crumbling infrastructure, to improve maintenance and to improve bond ratings. At least that’s the opinion of Dana Levenson, former Chief Financial Officer for the City of Chicago and architect of the leases of the Chicago Skyway and the city-owned […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 26th, 2007 10:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Question Of The Week: Memphis’ Small Advantages

Little more than a week ago, we submitted a “question of the week” based on Harvard University economist Edward L. Glaeser’s 43-page paper, “Urban Colossus: Why Is New York America’s Largest City.” In it, he made a seminal point about the economy of cities — urban economies are shaped by small advantages that over time […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 25th, 2007 11:27pm CDT | Comments Off on IRV Gives Election Results ASAP

It’s not often that Memphis has the chance to be a trend setter, but one of the least understood proposals before the Memphis Charter Commission would give us just such a chance. It’s Instant Runoff Voting, a proposal submitted to the Commission by Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy, whose solidly liberal credentials should allay concerns […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 23rd, 2007 4:05pm CDT | Comments Off on Herenton Race Equal Parts Emotions And Politics

The reelection of Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton moves with an inevitability these days that belies the need that exists for a serious discussion about the future of our city. If nothing shakes up the campaign for mayor, he will take the oath of office in January for the fifth time as chief elected leader […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 21st, 2007 11:13am CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: A More Perfect Union

The Bear Revolution is upon us. So says Jonathan Taplin, a long-time innovator in the entertainment field and Adjunct Professor at the Annenberg School of Communication where his areas of specialization are in International Communication Management and the field of digital media entertainment. ees cities and states rising in power, with California leading the way, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 20th, 2007 4:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Downtown’s Legacy Is Built On Neglect

We can only be grateful that Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton believes that his legacy is based on downtown Memphis. With four decades of experience in the downtown core, we’ve never seen it with more trash, more poorly maintained and more in need of desperate attention. We can only imagine what it would look like […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 20th, 2007 4:21pm CDT | Comments Off on Upping The Ante In The Ford Case

Federal officials sent former Tennessee Senator John Ford an emphatic message yesterday, and they postmarked it Anthony, Texas. That’s where one of the state’s former power brokers will serve his five and half year term for corruption, and while over the past 18 months, the federal government has sent him messages to cooperate, there’s not […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 20th, 2007 4:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Are Nashville Music Fans Savvier?

I had a heretical thought last night. After work, I drove to Nashville to attend a Dylan concert at the Ryman. Over the 41 years that I’ve been attending these regular rituals of aging, I’ve learned the one constant is there is no constant. One night is awful and the next night is incredible. Last […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 18th, 2007 5:59pm CDT | Comments Off on Now Let’s Do Something About It

How much more confirmation do we need that Memphis is poor and undereducated? Now, what to do about it? 1) Aggressive availability of birth control – not abstinence lessons which don’t work. Focus on women, not men. Focus on long-term contraception, not on condoms or daily pills. 2) Pre-natal care 3) Maternity ward visits 4) […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 18th, 2007 10:51am CDT | Comments Off on The Creative City

Our question of the week (asked last Thursday but still open for your comment), is: Knowing that small advantages can become huge economic advantage, what should Memphis be keying on? Several answers so far focus on creativity. In light of this, we found this post on on the CEOs For Cities blog to be especially […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 16th, 2007 11:15pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphians Pay A Surcharge For So Many Students

It could be called the Memphis Surcharge. It’s the extra taxes Memphians pay as a result of the disproportionate percentage of children who live here. It’s largely the reason that the tax rate in Memphis and Shelby County is so much higher than Nashville/Davidson County. The DifferenceWhile it might not look like much of a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 14th, 2007 11:53am CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Urban Innovations

Our topic this week is urban innovation but on two very different subjects. In his forthcoming book, Engaging Art: The Next Great Transformation of America’s Cultural Life, Steven Tepper calls on urban and arts leaders to make sweeping changes in the way they build cultural vitality for our cities. Steven advocates a shift from art […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 12th, 2007 10:09pm CDT | Comments Off on Question Of The Week: Finding Memphis’ Key Advantages

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a “question of the week,” and since it’s been awhile, we apologize for giving this exercise such an inaccurate name. Nevertheless, we have enjoyed the conversations and insights that have come from these questions, so we’ve got another one for you. Recently, Memphis Fast Forward unveiled the latest economic […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 11th, 2007 10:42pm CDT | Comments Off on Blogging For The News

We were reminded last night while we so rarely watch local TV news. The three leading newscasts in Memphis reported on the City Council endorsements and fundraising by longtime Democratic activist Karl Schledwitz as if it was real news. To us, it sounds like something we need more of – involved citizens – and it’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 9th, 2007 10:30pm CDT | Comments Off on Juvenile Court Fracas Blocks "Real" Answers

The continuing schoolyard bickering between the Shelby County Board of Commissioners and Shelby County Juvenile Court Judge Curtis Person would make for a mildly interesting sitcom except for the fact that tens of thousands of children hang in the balance. So far, however, neither side has done much to earn the respect of the public […]

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