Archive for October, 2007

by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 31st, 2007 11:21pm CDT | Comments Off on Tax Incentives For Highland Street Development Raise Questions Before County Vote

Politics, like life, is all about timing. That’s why you would think that the proposal for county government to put $5-6 million into a proposed development on the “Highland Strip” would be problematic; however, it passed 7-2 in a committee of the board of commissioners yesterday. The vote comes less than a week after Mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 30th, 2007 4:41pm CDT | Comments Off on Nothing Civil Or Right In Museum Attack

The local controversy about the National Civil Rights Museum is now the equivalent of the Southern California wildfires – sometimes it only takes one person with a grievance to strike a match that ends up threatening what most of the rest of us consider important. That’s sure been the case here as what was essentially […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 30th, 2007 1:48pm CDT | Comments Off on Forbes: Memphis Is Most Sedentary City

Forbes posted an article yesterday about the most sedentary cities in the U.S., and unfortunately, Memphis is #1. When the reporter called last week about this, she asked us about the causes and the responses. Here’s the article.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 26th, 2007 3:20pm CDT | Comments Off on County Commissioners Tie Up Ethics Rule With A Ribbon And Bow

So, here’s our question for the county board of commissioners: Why would anyone send you a gift unless they are trying to influence your position or gain your political favor? Were any of these gift-givers sending you presents before you took the oaths of office as county legislators? If they weren’t, then you’re simply receiving […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 26th, 2007 12:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Flyer Comments On Beale Street Landing Discussion

John Branston, in this week’s Flyer, proves again that he doesn’t miss anything and writes about the recent discussion here about Beale Street Landing. You can read it here.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 25th, 2007 10:10pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Generation Ageless

What happens to America as its largest generation ever gets older? Walker Smith says get ready, because Baby Boomers are not going home to retire. Instead, they will be out seeking their next new adventure. Walker is with us to tell us what he’s learned about aging Boomers and his new book, Generation Ageless. Walker […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 24th, 2007 9:39pm CDT | Comments Off on Sunshine Law Ruling Highlights Its Value

Knox County Chancellor Daryl Fansler’s landmark ruling on the Sunshine Law provides a thoughtful defense of the open meetings law and the rationale behind its importance to open government. It’s must reading for anyone interested in the Sunshine Law. To read it, click here.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 24th, 2007 2:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Legislators Work To Weaken Sunshine Law And Open Government

Giving more evidence of a general lack of sensitivity by some elected officials about the need to restore the public’s confidence in their governments, a committee of the Tennessee Legislature seems intent on gutting the Tennessee Public Meetings law. As we pointed out in yesterday’s post, violations of the law have become widespread and routine. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 23rd, 2007 3:58pm CDT | Comments Off on Knox County Court Decision Should Be Wake-Up Call For Public’s Right To Know

Finally. That was our immediate thought when we read that a Knoxville judge and jury threw out a dozen elected officials who were chosen in violation of the Tennessee Open Meetings Law. Of course, if violations of the Sunshine Law were the grist of Tennessee Waltz, almost every elected official in Tennessee would be involved […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 22nd, 2007 12:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Footnote to Beale Street Landing Post

With apologies to the Shelby County Historical Commission, we note that it too has gone on record in favor of Beale Street Landing. We inadvertently omitted them from the list of supporting organizations. Thanks for the reminder.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 21st, 2007 6:56pm CDT | Comments Off on Juxtaposition of The Historic and The Contemporary Serves Beale Street Landing Best

I was thinking this morning about a magnificent cathedral in Northern France, the incredible Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, and a myopic bureaucrat at Tennessee Historical Commission in Nashville. The thoughts were prompted by the bureaucrat’s opinion that the design of the $29 million Beale Street Landing “will adversely affect the historic property through […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 19th, 2007 11:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Update On "All The News That’s Fit…"

Society of Professional Journalists’ leaders are backing journalists at The Commercial Appeal including as Trevor Aaronson and Louis Graham who opposed “monetizing the content” plans. In a post to its website, the 98-year-old, 10,000-member organization said: “As news organizations develop creative ways to create new revenue streams in a time of lower circulation and ratings, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 19th, 2007 11:33am CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Demanding New Choices

Americans are demanding new choices about where and how they live. For the past 50 years drivable suburbanism has been the norm, coupled with decaying central cities. But that familiar pattern is reversing, in part, thanks to our two guests this week. John Talmage runs Social Compact, an organization that is uncovering the numbers that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 18th, 2007 3:03pm CDT | Comments Off on Update On "All The News…."

For an update on this issue of sponsored news, visit website of Editor and Publisher: “Memphis Editor Admits FedEx Sponsorship A Mistake.” We appreciate his candor and for the explanation of his rationale to increase revenues of The Commercial Appeal.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 18th, 2007 11:46am CDT | Comments Off on Following Up "All The News That’s Fit To Rent"

There’s an old saying in the newspaper business that no one is worse at communicating than the ones in the business. That seems to be the case with the internal controversy at The Commercial Appeal about selling news sponsorships, or “monetizing the content,” in the unfortunate phrasing of management there. In the absence of any […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 16th, 2007 6:56pm CDT | Comments Off on "All The News That’s Fit To Rent" Prompts Controversy At Commercial Appeal

As The Commercial Appeal gets ready for its star turn as location for the movie, “Nothing But the Truth,” the film’s name has special irony in light of the recent internal controversy at our daily newspaper about the sponsorship of news coverage. It’s created a tense atmosphere at The Commercial Appeal and given credence to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 16th, 2007 1:37pm CDT | Comments Off on How To Attract And Retain Talented People

Our friend and colleague surprised us today by posting today’s ongoing conversation about talent in Memphis on the influential blog of CEOs for Cities. She writes: We’ve invited our readers to check out the Smart City Memphis blog, written by our colleague and member Tom Jones. But today’s post deserves to be reprinted here in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 15th, 2007 9:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Answers To Question Of The Week Also Offer Answers For Memphis

In this age of instant gratification and short attention spans, we know that we test the patience of many of our readers with our posts. That said, this one is even longer than usual, but the conversation about the question of the week was so valuable and insightful, we’re posting the comments in their entirety […]

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