Archive for July, 2008

by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 30th, 2008 10:56pm CST | Comments Off on Cashing Out On A Golden Opportunity

Nobody was hoping more for a successful launch of the Kriner Cash era at Memphis City Schools than we were; however, it’s hard to avoid the conclusion that he’s stumbled out of the gate. The greatest evidence of this is that at a time when the message should be about philosophy and priorities, it is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 29th, 2008 6:17pm CST | Comments Off on Memphians Pay Too Much In Taxes And The Wrong People Pay The Most

Here’s the conclusion from a state think tank’s report that will be no surprise to anyone here: Memphians’ taxes are high and inequitable. It’s the unequivocable conclusion from the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations’ report, “Who Pays More: Local Tax Burdens on Tennessee Households by County.” The report analyzed the tax burden of people […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 28th, 2008 11:18pm CST | Comments Off on Phobias About Memphis And About Answers To Real Problems Play Out In 7th District Race

We’re getting more and more suspicious that Marsha Blackburn qualifies as our first Stepford Congresswoman. These days, she sounds like a mindlessly robotic candidate programmed to spew more wedge issues per second than Karl Rove. She can rattle off a litany about the enemies of her district – people supporting a woman’s right to choose, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 28th, 2008 12:11am CST | Comments Off on Education Officials Schooled In Controversy

Some things never change. At Memphis City Schools, the games began again, and at Shelby County Schools, they never seem to stop. First, the city district. It appears that despite 1,100 students in the Countrywood and Berryhill annexation areas needing a new K-8 school, the facility support and facility construction offices let the bids expire […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 25th, 2008 6:24pm CST | Comments Off on The Rebuttal To Atlantic Magazine

Our friend, Richard Thompson, at Mediaverse has an interesting post about a rebuttal from some well-known urban housing experts to the Atlantic magazine article linking Hope VI and Section 8 housing to Memphis’ crime problem. In a sentence, they said it’s not about housing, but about too many poor young people. As a result, the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 24th, 2008 8:47pm CST | Comments Off on Question Of The Week: What Advice Would You Give Supt. Cash?

New Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash has hit the ground running, and one of his primary purposes these days is getting as much advice and hearing as many opinions as he can about our city school district. If his new organization chart is any indication, he could be the much-needed agent for change that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 23rd, 2008 10:21pm CST | Comments Off on Finding The Vision For The Cash Era

No one in elected or appointed office in Memphis has ever had as many people pulling for his success as new Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash. That’s why we know that he’s giving serious thought to how he’s introducing himself to the community. After all, you only have one chance to introduce yourself and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 22nd, 2008 9:18pm CST | Comments Off on Losing Our Corner Of The Crystal Skull Market

Maybe we need to be putting in a call to Isaac Tigrett to see if he’ll put his crystal skull back in The Pyramid. The crystal skull that was discovered in the apex of The Pyramid and removed in the early days of the iconic building. We’ve written tongue-in-cheek about the cosmic risk of removing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 21st, 2008 6:13pm CST | Comments Off on Trafficking In A New Old Idea For Main Street

Sometimes, it’s awfully hard to tell that there isn’t supposed to be traffic on Main Street Mall, but tomorrow night, the first steps might be taken to making it official. At 5 p.m. tomorrow (July 22), the Memphis Center City Commission is holding a meeting to receive questions and opinions from the public about returning […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2008 10:24pm CST | Comments Off on Issues School Memphis On Its Priorities

The disagreement about school funding between Memphis City Council and Memphis City Schools is a crucial policy question that deserves the kind of careful judicial review that is taking place in Chancery Court. Even if there had been a compromise to resolve the political dispute, there would still be the need for a definitive legal […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2008 6:41pm CST | Comments Off on Postcard From Tampa

We’ve written often about the value of seeing ourselves as others see us. Here’s a recent email we got from Brian DuLong, a visitor from Tampa: I read your post with great interest having just returned from Memphis as a “tourist” from Tampa. I’m writing to you of my experience only to help you in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2008 11:34am CST | Comments Off on From A Colleague Of Cap’n Pete

From Chuck Porter: As part of the WEVL family, I can’t begin to express the sadness and pain from the loss of our dear friend, Dee “Cap’n Pete” Henderson. Cap’n Pete and I had a common love for the genre of music we call blues; however, there was more to our friendship than that. We […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 19th, 2008 10:37am CST | Comments Off on Free Legal Help In Memphis

A guest post by Kevin D. Balkwill, Chair of Memphis Bar Association Access to Justice Committee: “Free? “Nothing’s for free!” It’s the only line of William Mastrosimone’s The Wool Gatherer that I remember from a lengthy monologue I was required to perform for an acting class I took some years back at The University of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 18th, 2008 8:24pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: The Critcal Connection – Schools And Community

Brian Schultz was a teacher in Chicago’s public school system. His unconventional approach to teaching gave his students a new way to learn, and an opportunity to change their school for the better. He’s written a book about his experience called “Spectacular Things Happen Along The Way.” And we’ll speak with Steve Barlow. He’s the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 18th, 2008 10:38am CST | Comments Off on Memphis Flounders In Monthly Rankings

This month’s Metro Grade in Men’s Health seems an appropriate bookend to our post yesterday about Memphis’ meager score as a walkable city. This month’s ranking in Men’s Health of America’s largest 100 cities addressed the question: “Where our cars are killing us.” The subtitle asks: “green drivers or fossil fuels?” Memphis ranked #80. This […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 17th, 2008 5:31pm CST | Comments Off on The Pyramid As A Vertical Farm

The New York Times this week highlighted Dickson Despommier’s idea for “vertical farms” and one of the images looked awfully familiar. The professor of public health at Columbia University, working with his students, coined the concept about a decade ago, but it’s being taken up recently by several imaginative architects. It’s been estimated that a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 17th, 2008 5:22pm CST | Comments Off on Walkable Memphis, A Contradiction In Terms

Well, it looks like Midtown deserves its bragging rights. It’s the most walkable neighborhood in Memphis , according to Walk Score, winning the designation over the expected winner, downtown. However, at this point, we’re putting an asterick by the winner, but we’ll get back to that shortly. We’ve written previously about Walk Score and the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 16th, 2008 11:14pm CST | Comments Off on Will Supt. Cash’s Memphis Honeymoon Begin Long Romance?

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash is about to make the most important decision in his new job – how to best invest the capital that he has during his honeymoon period. The reality of public life in these high-profile jobs is that you are never as popular as the first weeks after your election […]

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