Archive for June, 2008

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 30th, 2008 11:49pm CST | Comments Off on Our Mayor Moves Even More To The Margins

We’ve received several emails asking our opinion of Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s latest magniloquence. Well, we might as well admit it: We didn’t read about it, we didn’t watch any television reports about it and we didn’t watch any videos of it. At the time, it just seemed to be the wisest use of […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 29th, 2008 11:34pm CST | Comments Off on The Cash Era Ushers In New Hope

Can Tuesday get here soon enough? The dawning of the Kriner Cash era at Memphis City Schools would be reason enough for hopeful thinking, but with the current disarray and chaos at Memphis City Schools, expectations are so low that he has the opportunity to be a miracle worker. If you don’t need a weatherman […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 27th, 2008 8:53am CST | Comments Off on Continuing The Discussion: What Would You Do?

We’re continuing the discussion we began Wednesday and hope you’ll join in. Inspired by the Memphis Flyer’s cover story of two weeks ago, we want to know how you would answer this question: What would you do if you were in charge of Memphis? You can post your response here or join in the comments […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 26th, 2008 10:04am CST | Comments Off on Atlantic Article About Memphis Crime Now On-Line

The article in Atlantic that sparked our June 7 post is now on line here.

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 25th, 2008 8:24pm CST | Comments Off on So, What Would You Do?

We want to continue a discussion that was begun by the Memphis Flyer a couple of weeks ago. It asked nine people for their ideas about what they would do if they were in charge of Memphis. Here’s the link to all of the ideas. We’re posting what was printed from us below, but here’s […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 24th, 2008 11:31pm CST | Comments Off on Prosecutors Admit Guilt For Overreaching In Lee Case

So, where does Joseph Lee go for an apology? Or to get a year of his life back? Today, the U.S. Attorney’s Office did the inevitable – dismiss charges against the former MLG&W president and former City Councilman Edmund Ford. But where does Mr. Lee recover his tarred reputation, where does his humiliation get reversed […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 23rd, 2008 11:29pm CST | Comments Off on New Jail Should Set Downtown Free

We’ve always suspected that the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey was the first draft for the Shelby County Criminal Justice Center and Jail. God knows, the imposing hulk dominating a critical city block in downtown Memphis has been the physical embodiment since 1981 for the public sector’s lack of regard for architectural quality. From […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 22nd, 2008 9:09pm CST | Comments Off on Lawsuits Still Needed To Release Public Records

It’s puzzling why it’s so hard for some elected officials to grasp the meaning of two straightforward laws that should guide all actions of the public sector – the Tennessee Open Meetings and Public Records laws. In a sentence, it’s as simple as this: public business is the public’s business. So, any time two elected […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 21st, 2008 11:09am CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: A Special Report – Driven To The Brink

Gas prices have reached 4 dollars a gallon across the country. Home prices have plummeted. What does one have to do with the other. Our guest Joe Cortright is an economic analyst for Impresa Consulting in Portland Oregon and speaker at this year’s Leadership Memphis “Community Breakfast.” His new report, Driven to the Brink, shows […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 19th, 2008 11:08pm CST | Comments Off on Council Gets Capitol Punishment From Governor

Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen sure has his panties in a wad. Or at least that was a political friend’s highly accurate – albeit inelegantly and highly colloquial – assessment. The governor appeared to be fuming because the Memphis City Council had acted within its legal rights to control its own budgets and priorities. In fact, […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 18th, 2008 11:22pm CST | Comments Off on Rhetoric Takes Flight In Delta-Northwest Merger

It’s always curious when economic development officials start talking like politicians who seem to think that admitting there is a problem is the same as being blamed for it. We thought of this as we read Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development’s upbeat column in The Commercial Appeal explaining why we should all have […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 18th, 2008 9:53am CST | Comments Off on Changes In Schools Have Gotten An "A" In Other Cities

In light of the renewed call by Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton for Memphis City Schools to become part of city government with the mayor appointing the superintendent and board as well as a proposal for a Joint Board of Control to handle certain operations of city and county school systems, we reprise this post […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 17th, 2008 12:10am CST | Comments Off on Recess Needed From New School Issues

Being a Memphian is a bit like being part of a dysfunctional family. We get so used to things as they are that we think every other family is just like ours. We start to think that our family really is normal…until we start explaining things to someone from outside the family. We think of […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 14th, 2008 12:40pm CST | Comments Off on State Ed Officials Rattle Sabers After Dodging Help

The chest thumping by the Tennessee Department of Education about cutting $423 million in state money for Memphis City Schools unless City Council restores city funding is in the end headline-grabbing but little more than an empty threat. After all, a cut in funding of that amount hurts no one as much as the Department […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 14th, 2008 11:51am CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Virtual Communities And Real Diversity

Today on Smart City we’re talking about communities. Real ones, and the virtual neighborhoods found online in such social networking sites as facebook and meetup. Phil Wood is the co-author of “The Intercultural City, Making the Most out of Diversity.” In it he describes the advantages of a diverse city, and how the interaction between […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 12th, 2008 10:31pm CST | Comments Off on Postcards From Scenic Agricenter International

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 12th, 2008 10:20pm CST | Comments Off on Agricenter Diminishes Shelby Farms Park Potential

We’re not sure of everything Agricenter International is trying to harvest on its prime 1,000 acres of public land, but much of it looks to us like just a bushel-full of embarrassment. Put simply, it just gets clearer and clearer that the presence of this failed experiment just makes no sense on land that should […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 11th, 2008 10:08pm CST | Comments Off on Smart Politicians Pay Attention To Cities

Surely, it’s about time to have a presidential campaign that’s about cities. So far, cities have been just short of pariahs in the endless debates that have regularly punctuated the party primaries. Candidates were asked all manner of esoterica, but routinely overlooked were questions about the residential centers and economic engines that are our cities. […]

Read More →