Archive for February, 2009

by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 28th, 2009 12:14am CDT | Comments Off on What I Love About Memphis…More

From Steve Steffens: Well, I might as well get in on this, I’ve only lived here 36 years.1. Memphis Music & Heritage Festival2. Center for Southern Folklore (full disclosure – I’m on the board, but I would say it anyway3. The gazebo in back of the Ornamental Metal Museum – there’s not a better place […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 27th, 2009 1:19am CDT | Comments Off on 10 Things I Like About Memphis…Continued

This post continues the discussion that began with our last one. To recap, following a recent post about thoughts for the new year, someone challenged Charlie Santo to name 10 things he liked about Memphis. He replied with more than three times that many, and he said he was just getting started. We said that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2009 8:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Name 10 Things You Like About Memphis

There is a clear line between self-analysis and self-loathing. Often, in Memphis, we don’t just step over it, but we run past it. We were reminded of this a few ago when a guest post of this blog urged us to think about what we like most about Memphis and to build a community on […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2009 12:31am CDT | Comments Off on Hard Ball Vote Makes It Tough To Play Ball

Matt Kuhn deserves better. He’s smart, attractive and has an impeccable pedigree, his mother a long-time Democratic activist and his father the Shelby County attorney on and off for a couple of decades. However, the decision by the Democratic majority of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners to name Mr. Kuhn to a vacant set […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 23rd, 2009 12:35am CDT | Comments Off on The Grand Old Party Can’t Find A Grand New Party

The national Republican Party seems loathe to learn the lessons of the past election. Because of it, they are caught up in rhetoric that only makes it look either tone-deaf to the last election’s message or simply ridiculous. After all, it doesn’t seem to have dawned that the same old play book won’t create the […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | February 22nd, 2009 1:52pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Getting Resilient And Getting Real In Our Cities

This week, we’ll speak with two people with grand ideas for the future of city living. First,there will be Tim Beatley, co-author of the book Resilient Cities: Responding to Peak Oil and Climate Change. He says it will take intelligent planning and visionary leadership for cities to respond to environmental and economic crises now and […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools, Taxation | February 19th, 2009 7:07pm CDT | Comments Off on City Council Still Right On School Funding

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner cash says: “Arguing over who should fund schools is not good for children.” Wrong. Editorial writers say Memphis City Council acted rashly and as a result, it left the city schools in a precarious financial position. Wrong again. To the superintendent, we can only say that debating who should fund […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 17th, 2009 11:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Bredesen Administration Reminds Us Of Our Place

Even paranoiacs have enemies. And while we fight the birthright to regard Nashville as the evil empire, we can’t summon the same attitude toward State of Tennessee government. As witnesses for the prosecution, we call on the heads of three state departments – Economic and Community Development, Department of Human Services and Department of Education. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 16th, 2009 11:22pm CDT | Comments Off on Creating A Check List For The Future

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

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by (RSS) Regionalism | February 15th, 2009 10:42pm CDT | Comments Off on Another Way Memphis Is Different

It’s a tale of two cities, and only a short drive is needed to come face-to-face with the telling. In Nashville, the drive takes you to Williamson County, the 11th wealthiest county in the U.S., with a median family income that’s a staggering $95,470. Four nearby counties shatter the $55,000 mark. Outside of Fulton County, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 15th, 2009 12:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Connectors Score Big Points For Cities

The New York Times sent a Valentine’s card to Michael Heisley today with a cover story in the Sunday magazine based on this premise: “The N.B.A. (learning from baseball) is discovering the power of new statistics and weird analytics. By these measures, the unsung and undervalued Shane Battier is a true all-star.” The article points […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | February 13th, 2009 4:36pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Learning About A Carless Downtown And Teaching America

Is it possible to design a downtown that boosts the economy and helps people get around without their cars? Urban designers George Crandall and Don Arambula of the firm Crandall Arambula think so. They join us this week to talk about 21st century retail, re-concentrating a city’s downtown and why parking is still important, even […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 12th, 2009 6:57pm CDT | Comments Off on Gritty Cities Like Ours Demand Strong Action

While Memphis has never been categorized as an old industrial city, it’s always had similarities – deep urban challenges, grittiness and demographics – that give us more in common with these cities than Sunbelt cities. We thought this again as we were re-reading a report by The Brookings Institution about the revitalization of older industrial […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 11th, 2009 1:25pm CDT | Comments Off on New Year’s Observations Wrap Up

We apologize to Lori Spicer and Steve Bares for the delay in posting their New Year’s thoughts as part of our series of commentaries by notable Memphians last month. We misplaced their submissions and so we post them here today.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 11th, 2009 1:24pm CDT | Comments Off on Steve Bares: A Wish For The New Year

Steve Bares is President and Executive Director of the Memphis Bioworks Foundation: For the first several weeks of 2009, a lot of attention has rightfullybeen placed on the challenges of creating jobs and reenergizing the economy – locally and nationally. Much of the immediate attention has been on the stimulus packages that will be coming […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 11th, 2009 1:22pm CDT | Comments Off on Lori Spicer: Thoughts For A New Year

Lori Spicer is board members of MPACT Memphis: Memphis is the place I have always called home, even though I left in 2000 to attend undergrad at UTK, to complete graduate school at UF, and work at a nonprofit in DC – and return home in August of 2007 for my current position at the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 10th, 2009 11:29pm CDT | Comments Off on Beltway Blues Reprises Familiar Melody

There’s always the day when the government reformer comes face-to-face with the government reality. That’s happened in short order to President Barack Obama, and unfortunately, part of it seems to be of his own making. There’s a reason that Sears couldn’t reinvent itself to become Wal-Mart. There’s a reason that Washington insiders can’t be expected […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 9th, 2009 7:18pm CDT | Comments Off on Visit Us At Live Where You Live

We’re blogging today over at the Live Where You Live blog . We’re talking about what makes Memphis special and the value, economic and otherwise, of being proud of our city.

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