Archive for March, 2009

by (RSS) Taxation | March 31st, 2009 11:23pm CST | Comments Off on Willingham Campaigns On With Passionate Causes

Former Shelby County Commissioner John Willingham is a gadfly, a nag, a maverick, a loose cannon and a pain in the neck. We need more people like him. Last week, he was back in the news again, talking about the federal investigation into the misapplication of $20 million in federal funds in the construction of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 30th, 2009 12:36am CST | Comments Off on TEA Well-Schooled In Rhetorical Excess

We can only hope that the president of Tennessee Education Association (TEA) is more concerned about the facts in the classroom than in the halls of the state capitol. After all, he regularly skewers them in his quest to become the educational version of the N.R.A., working to block any proposed legislation in the Tennessee […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 27th, 2009 10:20pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Making The Most Of The Century Of The City

A century ago, only one in 10 people lived in an urban environment.  Now, a majority of us calls a city home.  Darren Walker brings us a fascinating global perspective on the Century of the City, the title of the new book from the Rockefeller Foundation that details strategies for creating livable cities in developing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 25th, 2009 11:39pm CST | Comments Off on I-269: Road To Hell Without The Good Intentions

Here’s something we don’t get to say too much: city and county governments were absolutely, completely right. We thought this as we listened to the Saturday morning discussion at the “Inbound for Memphis: Speeding Toward I-269” forum organized and hosted by the Coalition for Livable Communities with support from Community Development Council, Urban Land Institute, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2009 1:02am CST | Comments Off on Putting People First In Overton Park’s Greensward

What we need up here might be an engineer from down under. Or at least that’s what we thought when we read about Sydney, Australia’s impressive water harvesting system. Its efforts to create water retention facilities for water are actually under the heading of “environment” rather than “engineering” on the Sydney city government website. That […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | March 24th, 2009 12:21am CST | Comments Off on Cops In School Are Risky Unless They Help At-Risk Kids

While the jury is still out on whether school districts’ police forces are worth the investments, Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash is moving on with his foregone verdict that his district needs one. It’s hard to point to any definitive research that suggests that districts creating their own police departments are magically better, but […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 22nd, 2009 11:18pm CST | Comments Off on The Memphis Mandate: Just Do It

It’s easy to understand the general frustration that exists about one more plan being undertaken downtown, this one about the future of Mud Island. We often seem so obsessed in Memphis with studying and planning and less committed to implementing and executing. And an idea like the skate park on the south tip of Mud […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 20th, 2009 12:01am CST | Comments Off on Random Thoughts On Black Wednesday At The CA

For seven years, I walked out to my driveway each morning with a knot in the pit of my stomach. The morning bout of angst may have been bad for me, but it was good for Memphis. I was a reporter for the Memphis Press-Scimitar and the competition between the afternoon newspaper and The Commercial […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 18th, 2009 3:14pm CST | Comments Off on Skating Toward A Better Mud Island

Skateboarding Memphians Kris Gurley wrote this guest post: I would like to talk to you today about part of our city that I (and many others) think has tremendous potential for our city: Mud Island. How many times do you go to Mud Island? 3-4 times a year? No? Once a year maybe? If you […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 16th, 2009 10:40pm CST | Comments Off on State Legislators Look To Suffocate Living Wage

One operative in the Tennessee Capitol frequently refers to the Legislature as the Land of Oz, and if that is so, Germantown Senator Paul Stanley is the tin man. He needs to find a heart. More to the point, he needs to go on a quest for his core Republican beliefs, because at this point, […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | March 15th, 2009 11:52pm CST | Comments Off on Single Source Funding May Follow Single-Minded Dedication

After 20 years of talking about it, it’s likely that there will soon be a single source funding plan for public education. It’s a landmark moment for two reasons. It is the first substantive action to inject fairness into a tax structure that punishes Memphians. Equally important, it is a testament to the benefits of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 14th, 2009 5:45pm CST | Comments Off on Majoring In Minors At Shelby County Schools

From the “we’re supposed to believe this is a coincidence” department: Faced with the pressing business of hiring a new superintendent, with addressing the concerns of a federal judge that it’s engaged in separate but equal decisions and with the glaring priority to improve a very average school district, Shelby County School board is spending […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 14th, 2009 4:23pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Designing Conversations And Cities

The Urban Omnibus is a multi-media collection of insights from journalists, scholars, architects, artists and citizens on the built environment of New York City. We’ll speak with Cassim Shepard, who is the project director, about creating an online conversation that reveals the choices that shape the city. We’ll also speak with Dr. Richard Farson. His […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | March 12th, 2009 11:17pm CST | Comments Off on City Schools: County’s Second-Class Citizen

Old myths just won’t die. There’s the one that says that suburban sprawl is growth. The one that says that the state ADA (Average Daily Attendance) results in windfalls to Memphis City Schools. That the smaller towns have more efficient governments than Memphis and Shelby County Governments. Or that annexation is the wisest strategy for […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 12th, 2009 11:33am CST | Comments Off on And 10 More Reasons

From Chris Johnston: 1. Greater Memphis Greenline, 13 miles of Rails to trails project work in progress!!!! Can’t wait. 2. The fact that Memphis is NOT on everyones got to Live there List. WE have lots of room for improvement, but the original soul and decaying original edginess are nice, like a fine ole patina […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 11th, 2009 5:15pm CST | Comments Off on Another 10 Reasons Why I Love Memphis

Here’s the latest in our continuing conversation about the things we love most about Memphis. Send in any lists that you have and we’ll post them here. Eventually, we’ll post a master list of everyone’s favorites. Here’s Jeff Cozzens’ list: 1. Approaching Memphis from the Arkansas side late at night and seeing the beautifully lit […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 11th, 2009 12:15pm CST | Comments Off on Tonight: A Chance To Speak Out About Overton Park

Here’s part of a message from Park Friends regarding City Engineering’s plan to scar Overton Park: The city plans to destroy the Greensward in Overton Park, and we need your voices to speak up to defend it. The city engineers want to improve drainage in the nearby creek by digging out the entire field by […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | March 10th, 2009 3:34pm CST | Comments Off on No Greenprint Bruises Our Image Black And Blue

This commentary was posted in October, 2005, and we post it again in light of the controversy of the mistreatment of Overton Park’s Greensward. In a time of economic crisis and fiscal stresses in local government, it would seem that it would be the perfect time to protect what we have: There is an aphorism […]

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