Archive for May, 2008

by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2008 6:54pm CDT | Comments Off on Drawing Up The Economic Development Agenda

We began a conversation Wednesday to develop a list of priorities for Memphis. We hope you will join in and add your comments. To catch up, here’s the original post, “Building An Agenda For Economic Growth,” and the follow up comments.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2008 6:48pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Conversations About Diversity

America is no longer a nation of red states and blue states. We are a nation of red neighborhoods and blue neighborhoods. That’s because of The Big Sort described by Bill Bishop in his new book of the same name. Bill says we are dangerously sorting ourselves according to our values, beliefs and lifestyles and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 29th, 2008 11:08pm CDT | Comments Off on National Search Headed Toward Mayor’s Office

Memphis City Schools Board of Commissioners deserves credit for doing what was right – conducting a national search to find a new superintendent – but it’s becoming obvious that soon, they will be forced to admit that they cannot ignore the person who wants the job more than anyone else – Memphis Mayor Willie W. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 29th, 2008 4:51pm CDT | Comments Off on Continuing The Conversation: Making Memphis Competitive

We began a conversation yesterday to come up with a list of priorities that we need if Memphis is to compete in the knowledge economy. We hope you will join in. Here’s what fieldguidetomemphis would add to our list: Investment in Universities: This is a no-brainer. The budget cuts that will affect higher education are […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 28th, 2008 9:50pm CDT | Comments Off on Building An Agenda For Economic Growth

Rather than selling themselves at a discount — cheap land and cheap labor – cities that are succeeding are investing in better workers, high-quality universities, quality of life and efficient public services. So, what would should we start doing right now to get ahead? • Investments in Universities. Universities are seedbeds for the Knowledge Economy. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 28th, 2008 9:23pm CDT | Comments Off on Free Workshop To Train Film Crew Members

My nephew was in town from Hollywood for Memorial Day. He’s working in the movie business — recent credits include Indiana Jones movie and G.I. Joe – on the financial side of the house. It just proves that there are other avenues into the industry that don’t begin with a casting call. My nephew made […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2008 9:11pm CDT | Comments Off on It’s Not Just Schools

While we’re spotlighting some special comments by our readers, we don’t want to overlook the following which was posted by our fellow blogger fieldguidetomemphis in response to our post about the search for a superintendent of Memphis City Schools: The future superintendent will have his/her hands full in dealing with the myriad interconnected problems facing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2008 4:25pm CDT | Comments Off on Response To Sidney Shlenker Post

Sidney Shlenker’s daughter posted this comment to a blog post of ours from last summer, and we wanted to highlight it here: First, I would just like to thank all of you for your truly brilliant analysis of my fathers hard work; he would have been riveted. Secondly, to the columnist, I am deeply touched […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2008 4:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Changing Reality Starts With Race

Aaron always offers special insight into the issues of Memphis, and it’s particularly instructive since he’s one of those highly coveted young professionals who has moved to our city. We thought his comments to our post yesterday deserved to be highlighted here: It takes time to reverse the momentum that has dragged Memphis in the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 26th, 2008 10:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Simple Answers Only Complicate Economic Success

Memphis manages somehow to hold two countervailing attitudes. On one hand, a lack of self-worth leads to a tendency to accept any big idea that rides into town claiming to be the magic answer to turning things around. On the other hand, there’s the widespread notion that our seriously deficient economic indicators are largely caused […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2008 6:05pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Eyes Open and Diversity

Seeing the world through new eyes can uncover a whole new set of possibilities. In his new books on London and New York, Fred Dust attempts to teach his readers how to look at the world with “eyes open” by showing them the intimacies of those cities that can easy to miss. Fred is partner […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2008 1:14am CDT | Comments Off on News Reports Conjure Up Memories Of Kennedy Encounter

We were standing in an anteroom in the Hart Senate Office Building some years back when Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy walked in. Instantly, there was a surge of energy in the room, and although the room was filled with Republican senators waiting for the start of a hearing in the adjacent committee room, all […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 21st, 2008 10:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Snapshot Of Memphians Given In Yearly Poll

The 15th incarnation of the Memphis Poll came out a few days ago, and although it always seems to have something for everyone, it just left us worried. The percentage of the public satisfied with Memphis’ quality of life has dropped to 66%. That’s down 12% since 2005. The percentage of citizens satisfied with city […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 20th, 2008 6:38pm CDT | Comments Off on Dancing To The Right Notes At School

Interim Superintendent Dan Ward was right. It was just hard to hear him over the “don’t confuse me with the facts” approach of Bill O’Reilly. Mr. Ward said on Mr. O’Reilly’s cable network program that the Mitchell High School students who were caught on tape simulating rape as part of a dance should not become […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2008 10:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Superintendent Search Defies Predictable Script

And then there were three. Would the last person standing please run Memphis City Schools for us? If superintendent-wannabe Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton had written a script to move him toward the helm of the district, he couldn’t have done it any better. All of a sudden, it seems a real possibility. The Factors […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2008 12:15pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Transportation, Capital Punishment and Chattanooga

Why is it that we typically separate planning for highways, transit, and trains in the U.S.? Worse, why do we plan for transportation and land use as if they don’t relate to one another? Those are subjects we’ll explore this week with Shelley Porticia, president and CEO of Reconnecting America. She’s working to integrate transportation […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 15th, 2008 11:19pm CDT | Comments Off on Trafficking In The Answers For A Better Downtown

It seems the perfect time to revisit two ideas about downtown streets that deserve new life. One deals with Fourth Street from Union to Beale and the second is Main Street, which is neither main nor a street. During the design of FedEx Forum, it was suggested by Looney Ricks Kiss – probably our most […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 14th, 2008 6:23pm CDT | Comments Off on Music Plays On In Lightly Regarded River Town

What do you do with a gritty city lagging in economic growth and with a decades-old music heritage as its main claim to fame? No, not that one. We’re talking about Liverpool, England. If we were in charge of putting together a delegation to visit cities with important lessons for Memphis, that’s a place we’d […]

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