Archive for January, 2009

by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 31st, 2009 5:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Preserving New York And Accelerating Capetown

New York City and Cape Town South Africa are two cities with two very different histories. This week on the show we’re talking about the history of New York and the future of Cape Town. Guy Lundy is the CEO of Accelerate Cape Town, a business-led initiative that brings together all the stakeholders in the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 29th, 2009 7:51pm CDT | Comments Off on Refusing To Shrink From Memphis’ Problems

Here’s the hypothesis: Tennessee’s liberal annexation law means that Memphis – unlike many similarly-sized cities across the U.S. – is not landlocked by small towns, and because of it, its population has been growing or relatively stable for several decades. However, if we use the 1970 Memphis city limitsas the definition of the “core city,” […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 27th, 2009 12:18am CDT | Comments Off on Getting Memphis Into The Shrinking City Movement

Memphis is a shrinking city. We’re not talking about the slight decrease in the raw population numbers since 2000. Rather, we’re talking about the practical impact of significant population losses in the traditional city – represented by the 1970 Memphis boundaries. It’s these areas whose neighborhoods need to be healthy and whose success is crucial […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 25th, 2009 11:43pm CDT | Comments Off on Bail Constitutional Amendment Guilty Of Over-reaching

You can count us among those civil liberties advocates who were expected to oppose the Tennessee Constitutional amendment being pushed by a cadre of elected officials that include Shelby County Mayor AC Wharton, Attorney General Bill Gibbons, Sheriff Mark Luttrell, Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy and Shelby County Commissioners Chair Deidre Malone. Apparently, the political […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 23rd, 2009 9:50pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: City Dividends

Change is in the air and we’ve got the numbers to prove it on today’s show. At a time when tax revenues are declining and city budgets are strained, our first guest has a modest proposal that could produce big dividends for cities.  Joe Cortright is an economist for Impresa Consulting in Portland, Oregon, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 23rd, 2009 12:53am CDT | Comments Off on Tweetering On The Brink

In a previous life as a journalist, one of us had an editor fond of yelling at offending reporters who failed to bring back a story: “There are no bad cities. Only bad reporters.” Clearly, it’s an adage that applies just as aptly to public relations professionals. Or at least that’s what came to mind […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 20th, 2009 7:06pm CDT | Comments Off on Nancy Coffee: My Wish For 2009

Nancy Coffee is president and CEO of Leadership Academy: “The state of the economy calls for action bold and swift.” The remark by Barack Obama in his inaugural address is one that resonates with the mission and the work of the Academy Masters and Fellows. As we look at the year ahead, there will no […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2009 7:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Beverly Robertson: My Hope For 2009

Beverly Robertson is executive director of National Civil Rights Museum: It is my hope that we can galvanize a substantial base of young people to assume leadership roles in this community and become engaged in the political process. As we usher in a new era of leadership in this country, we should embrace new thinking, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 19th, 2009 1:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Anthony Siracusa: A Dream For 2009

Anthony Siracusa is the guiding force behind Revolutions Community Bicycle Shop: My dream is a city with flocks of bicycle commuters riding to work each morning. I dream of schoolchildren riding with their parents in to school, bundling up against the chilly winter temperatures and enjoying the pleasant breeze across their noses in the fall […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2009 1:46pm CDT | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions And Observations

As we enter a new year, we asked a number of Memphians for their resolutions, observations, and insights for 2009. We continue to post them today.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2009 12:52pm CDT | Comments Off on AC Wharton: Reflections On 2009

AC Wharton is Mayor of Shelby County: To use an old phrase, the end of the year 2008 and the beginning of the year of 2009 represent the worst of times and the best of times. It is the worst of times in terms of our country’s overall economic and financial meltdown. Unemployment bordering on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2009 12:45pm CDT | Comments Off on Shea Flinn: Looking Ahead To 2009

Shea Flinn is a Memphis City Councilman: The word change was beaten into the ground, dug up, and beaten into the ground again in 2008. But we as a city and a country did go through a transformation. For me this was beautifully illustrated by the Police Residency vote and subsequent firestorm. Back in February, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 18th, 2009 12:42pm CDT | Comments Off on Greg Thompson: Reflections For 2009

Greg Thompson is director of education for Hyde Family Foundations: “To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.” – Franklin Roosevelt (1936) Seventy three years later – with hard economic times befalling us, with racial harmony eluding us, and with the promise […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 16th, 2009 1:31pm CDT | Comments Off on New Year’s Resolutions And Observations

As we enter a new year, we asked a number of Memphians for their resolutions, observations, and insights for 2009. We continue to post them today.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 16th, 2009 1:28pm CDT | Comments Off on David Williams: Hopes For Memphis In 2009

David Williams is president of Leadership Memphis: I think the problem most people have with developing a list of hopes for Memphis is feeling overwhelmed with the potential length of such a list. For those that see the Memphis glass as half full, there is a long list of opportunities to pursue, such as the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 16th, 2009 1:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Linn Sitler: A 2009 Resolution

Linn Sitler is the president of the Memphis and Shelby County Film Commission: A resolution? One of my new year’s resolutions is to — as Knox Phillips, bearer of Memphis’ biggest heart — told me years ago, “…get on The High Road.” From Knox, my Mother, my religion, and the teachings of Norman Vincent Peale, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 15th, 2009 11:24pm CDT | Comments Off on Aaron Shafer: 2009 – The Year Of Our Hearts

Aaron Shafer is a researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the driving force behind Skatelife Memphis: My hope is that this is the year that we stop pointing fingers at each other and rid ourselves of a toxic welfare mentality. There is this pervading attitude that someone else needs to take care of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 15th, 2009 11:00pm CDT | Comments Off on John Kirkscey: A Wish For Memphis In 2009

John Kirkscey is the creative force behind Memphis Art Park: I wish that Memphis would take greater pride in its historic role in greatly influencing the uniqueness and trajectory of the American culture. Such pride would lead to a high level of confidence that this city sorely lacks. We still have the capacity to inspire […]

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