Archive for April, 2009

by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 30th, 2009 10:40pm CDT | Comments Off on Refusing To Shrink From The Facts About Memphis

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 limits as the definition of the “core […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 28th, 2009 6:37pm CDT | Comments Off on No Reason To Shrink From The Facts

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 | April 27th, 2009 10:53pm CDT | Comments Off on Party Down: Pack Your Picnic And Your Pistol

We’re planning a big party to celebrate the victory in the Tennessee Legislature for all of us who hold our guns as close as our families. It will be held upon the close of the legislative session, and we hope you will bring your pistols with you as we are finally relieved of the unrighteous […]

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by (RSS) Taxation | April 26th, 2009 8:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis School Funding Flunks Tax Fairness Test

Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton sent a stern note last week to the Memphis City Council that said its members need to restore full funding for Memphis City Schools. It prompted memories here of the late Jesse Turner Sr., the civil rights leader and former long-time chairman of the budget committee for Shelby County’s legislative […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 26th, 2009 8:03pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Cities And Schools Look Ahead

This week on Smart City we’re looking ahead for a view of the city in the year 2050. Maureen McAvey of the Urban Land Institute joins us to talk about what the city will look like 40 years from now, and what changes we need to make the future greener, richer, and most importantly, fun. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 24th, 2009 10:53pm CDT | Comments Off on Remembering Our Friend Jack Tucker

Somehow, it seemed appropriate that the sadness that enveloped us when the historic First Methodist Church burned down returned and intensified when another downtown landmark, architect Jack Tucker, left us April 5. No one in downtown Memphis was more saddened than Jack by the loss of the church on the site of Memphis’ first meeting […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 22nd, 2009 11:11pm CDT | Comments Off on Mayor Herenton: Great For A News Cycle

There are those who are dismissive of Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton’s media skills.From where we’re sitting, he’s the master. On a day when FedEx founder Fred Smith ventured into the halls of city government, the mayor reminded him whose house it is. No one knows better how to upstage everyone else than Mayor Herenton […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 20th, 2009 10:19pm CDT | Comments Off on COGIC Exodus May Hint At Genesis Of Problem

Perhaps, the main lesson from the COGIC move of its convention to St. Louis isn’t that we took the saints for granted. It just might be that more to the point, we’re guilty of taking our tourism industry for granted. In recent years, our tourism and convention marketing – funded primarily by city and county […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 19th, 2009 10:54pm CDT | Comments Off on Thinking: Fuzzy, Provincial And Convenient

aIt was one of those weeks that just wears on our souls. That’s why we’re hoping that things will be better this week. It would almost have to be. There was the expected: approval by the gun nuts in the Tennessee Legislature responding to the burning need for people to carry firearms into restaurants. There […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 17th, 2009 9:23pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Greenways And Smart Ways

How do you create green space in one of the most industrial states in the U.S.? Tom Woiwode knows. As director of the Greenways Initiative, he’s raised more than $125 million to build and maintain trails, orchards and beautiful greenery throughout Southeastern Michigan. He’ll tell us how greening a city can help build community and […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | April 15th, 2009 11:25pm CDT | Comments Off on Getting Memphis On The Competitive Grid

Sometimes, it seems that Memphis simply runs the risk of falling off the grid in the future. We admit to these thoughts when we look at maps showing critical plans for the new economy infrastructure and the platform from which cities like ours will compete in the coming decades. There’s the map of the high […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 13th, 2009 8:58pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis: Looking Smart

Natural Resources Defense Council’s Kim Ranney notifies us about an interesting new website feature that uses Memphis as a spotlighted scenario demonstrating the impact of simple design changes. Picturing Smart Growth, the new feature, “visualizes how communities ripe for transformative change can grow and develop while saving open spaces, revitalizing neighborhoods and reducing greenhouse gas […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 13th, 2009 12:40am CDT | Comments Off on State Legislature Continues Worst Session

Who do the Memphis City Council members think they are? They continue to pass ridiculous ordinances without getting the blessings of Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature. We can only hope that the cowboy legislators who think that taking guns into restaurants and parks is acceptable will take immediate action to reverse the ordinance passed by […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2009 11:06pm CDT | Comments Off on Gates Of Memphis’ Greenline Tour

Gates of Memphis is always required reading for us, and you’ll be reminded why it should be for you (if it isn’t already). It offers our first chance to tour the Greenline. In keeping with the sentiment of the blog post, we congratulate every one responsible for this impressive project, including the grassroots folks that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2009 9:37pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Investing In The Future

The economic crisis has left many not-for-profit organizations in afinancial pinch. But a new funding mechanism run by our guest Robin Hacke is bringing investment into low-income areas of cities. We’ll speak with Robin about The Catalyst Fund, and why they provide loans to social organizations, instead of grants. And…what can high speed rail do […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 10th, 2009 12:16pm CDT | Comments Off on 10 Reasons I Love Memphis, Redux

As part of our continuing posts on “10 Things I Like About Memphis,” the following is a list we received from thirty-three rpm. If you have a list of your own, we’d love to post it. From thirty-three rpm: As a newcomer to Memphis, I can easily list the things that drew me here to […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools, Taxation | April 9th, 2009 7:58pm CDT | Comments Off on School Fight Could KO State Department of Education

Yeah, right. The Tennessee Department of Education will refuse to fund Memphis City Schools which could force the district to shut its doors which means that the state has to operate the Memphis school system. Yeah, that’s going to happen. The educational bureaucrats in Nashville already proven that they prefer to avoid Memphis City Schools […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 8th, 2009 11:13pm CDT | Comments Off on $1 Billion Economic Strategy And No Tax Freeze

Normally, for a billion dollar economic opportunity, Memphis will do just about anything. For a lot less, we gave The Pyramid to Sidney Shlenker on little more than a promise and a few architectural rendering. That house of cards collapsed in bankruptcy with $16 million in debts. A few years earlier, we believed that we […]

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