Archive for June, 2009

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 29th, 2009 10:07pm CST | Comments Off on Denver Brewpub Advice For The Next Memphis Mayor

To continue the theme that we began yesterday on what it will take for Memphis to recruit the kind of candidate that can become a great mayor, here’s the abbreviated advice from one of our favorites, Denver’s John Hickenlooper: LESSONS FROM A BREWPUB:The John Hickenlooper Guide To Civic SuccessWe started our Profiles in Leadership: America’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 28th, 2009 2:35pm CST | Comments Off on A Time For Great Mayors

It seems a good time to reprise a slightly edited post from July 5, 2006, which was also the June, 2006, City Journal column in Memphis magazine: This is the golden age of great city mayors. In Chicago, Richard Daley transformed “Beirut on the Lake” into one of the world’s great cities – sophisticated, vibrant, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 28th, 2009 2:22pm CST | Comments Off on Remembering What’s Important

Kerry Hayes, always a wise observer of the Memphis scene, wrote some sound advice on his Facebook page about the post-Herenton era: Remember: Mayor Herenton’s departure is an opportunity, not a solution. Remember: the leadership that comes next is vastly more important than the leader who’s leaving. Remember: the Mayor should not blamed for every […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 27th, 2009 12:16pm CST | Comments Off on Memphians Show Why Our Destination Is King

There’re many reasons that we respect Cindy and Kevin Brewer. They are the kind of talented people that we need in this city – young, entreprenuerial, positive. In their work and in their civic activities, they are committed to creating a better city that builds on its unique authenticity. They are spreading the word about […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 26th, 2009 6:38pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis Neighborhoods Among Most Dangerous

Memphis made a top 25 list, but unfortunately, it wasn’t one we wanted to be on. We had two neighborhoods in the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the U.S. – #11 (Bellevue Boulevard/Lamar Avenue) and # 7 (Warford St/Mount Olive Road. The rankings were compiled by WalletPop based on the exclusive neighborhood crime information from […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 25th, 2009 10:27pm CST | Comments Off on Herenton Resignation Ushers In Political Junkie Heaven

It seems that a lot of people won’t believe Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton is really leaving City Hall until he turns in his keys July 10. Such is the mystique of unpredictability that surrounds him. Although reports of a resignation have circulated and sounded firm for weeks, there were still people at the City […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | June 24th, 2009 11:38pm CST | Comments Off on Spinning A Webb Of Misinformation

It was a match made in heaven. The worst Tennessee Legislature in memory advised on charter schools law by the specious superintendent of Shelby County Schools, Bobby Webb. Fortunately, in the midst of its gun fetish exhibitionism, the Legislature found time to reverse course on a proposed amendment to Tennessee’s restrictive charter schools laws. In […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 24th, 2009 2:31am CST | Comments Off on Electing To Disclose Public Records

Anybody who can take on Wal-Mart and win is special in our books, but Brian Stephens isn’t through yet. As a new member of the Shelby County Election Commission, he’s about to do something way too rare in local government. He’s about to make public records public. If we had a dollar for every time […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 22nd, 2009 1:04pm CST | Comments Off on Jeffrey Higgs Reminds Us Why We Care About Soulsville

We wrote today about someone we really admire, Charlie Santo, and someone who has an equal amount of our respect, Jeffrey Higgs, executive director of Lemoyne-Owen Community Development Corporation (CDC) replied with conviction, so we’re posting it here. Finally, we can’t think of a neighborhood that is more poised for this kind of revitalization. No […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 21st, 2009 8:08pm CST | Comments Off on Musicians Can Bring New Beat To Soulsville Neighborhood

The Memphis Music Magnet – a project spearheaded by the always creative Professor Charles Santo – is based on the premise that musicians can make equally beautiful music in revitalizing the Soulsville neighborhood. More to the point, it’s about building a culture of creativity that in the end can be more important in attracting young, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 20th, 2009 11:15pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City Radio: Mobility

This week, Smart City will talk about mobility – bikes and career.B-cycle is the latest bike sharing project to hit the U.S. Behind the project is Alex Bogusky, a principal with the creative firm Crispin Porter + Bogusky. We’ll find out how B-Cycle works and why easy access to a bike causes big drops in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 19th, 2009 11:35am CST | Comments Off on Unexpected Cities Creating First-Class Public Transit

Grist magazine has a timely article in light of our recent post about the need for a 21st century public transit system in Memphis. The article – The best U.S. transit systems you never knew existed – spotlights cities where we’d never expect to find first-class public transit. Must reading.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 18th, 2009 11:16pm CST | Comments Off on Pay Raises Raise Questions

The first reaction to the Memphis City Council’s vote in favor of a three per cent pay raise for its employees is disbelief. On the surface, it appears that a majority of the Council is more concerned about employees than taxpayers. Below the surface, it was yet another reminder of the special importance that government […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 16th, 2009 10:47pm CST | Comments Off on Moving Past Denial About Our Shrinking City

We can cure you but we may have to kill you first. That was a common reaction to an article in London’s Daily Telegraph that reported that the Obama Administration is considering plans for selective bulldozing in some “rust belt” cities including Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Memphis. We suspect that the story may be […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 15th, 2009 9:51pm CST | Comments Off on Turning Memphis Green

The burgeoning green ethos that’s bubbling up from grassroots Memphis is gaining ground, and it can’t come too soon. The downturn in gas prices may have lulled our city into a false sense of security, but we’re confident that the various forces for change – the evolution of cycling from a group of enthusiasts into […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 14th, 2009 9:48pm CST | Comments Off on Reward Good Employees Absolutely, Positively

As Memphis City Council gets ready for its budget wrap-up this week, we have only one request: no more Fred Smith analogies. Because of our broken tax structure, there are no easy answers for the Council, only a menu of poor options. That said, the tendency to justify pay cuts (which are crudely symbolic) and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 14th, 2009 9:32pm CST | Comments Off on As Usual, Everything Starts With Mayor Herenton

Reports about an imminent resignation by Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton are rumbling again, and this time around, they seem to have more credence than before. But with Mayor Herenton, we’ve learned to believe it when we see it, but if he steps aside, it will have far-reaching ramifications – for not just who follows […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 13th, 2009 10:57pm CST | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Sustainability And Race

This week on Smart City, we have two authors who are re-imagining some persistent but outdated ideas from the 20th century. Alex Steffan is a journalist and author who runs the organization and website WorldChanging.com. The site practices what he calls “Solutions based journalism” on the environment and has become the go-to source for forward […]

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