Archive for September, 2009

by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 30th, 2009 11:56pm CDT | 6 Comments

We come today to praise great men – three, to be precise. Two of them, Tiffany Bingham and Vasco Smith, died earlier this week. The third, Jeff Nesin, announced last week that he would step down as president of Memphis College of Art at the end of the year. Mr. Nesin – like many of […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | September 28th, 2009 4:24pm CDT | 17 Comments

With the Mud Island Land Use Study – Phase Three Public Meetings wrapping up this week, there may be questions about the final recommendations, but there can be no questions any longer about the potential of a skate park on the Mississippi River isthmus. There have been a lot of suggested activities for Mud Island, […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | September 27th, 2009 11:36pm CDT | 14 Comments

Every once in awhile something makes its way to the agenda of Memphis City Council or Shelby County Board of Commissioners that simply defies imagination. The resolution on Monday’s board of commissioners’ agenda to give 140 county-owned lots to Beuhler Homes for rental housing is one of them. There are so many reasons that county […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 23rd, 2009 11:23pm CDT | Comments Off on Walking In Memphis (The North Riverside Version)

In response to our post earlier this week about the uninviting welcome that greets visitors to Memphis from the Riverside exit off I-40, a reader sent his photographic take on that stretch of grim landscape. He emailed: “Check out the walk that tourists have from the welcome center to Mud Island, where many of them […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 21st, 2009 8:30pm CDT | 6 Comments

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 21st, 2009 12:40am CDT | 10 Comments

My morning commute delivers me many days to downtown Memphis from the Riverside Drive exit of I-40. It’s the antithesis of the experience that greets me two miles away south when I enter downtown from the other end of Riverside Drive off I-55. There, the spectacular view of the river and downtown unfailingly lifts my […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 18th, 2009 4:32pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Brick City And Blog Cities

Smart City is talking to the executive producers of the Sundance channel series Brick City. Brick City is a five-part documentary series that fans out in Newark, New Jersey, to capture the daily drama of a community striving to become a better, safer and stronger place to live. The show follows the lives of the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 17th, 2009 10:12pm CDT | 13 Comments

On a day when some of us are remembering the life of Mary Travers, it’s certainly not a time to condemn protesters and demonstrations, since she was inspiration for so many of them. But we wouldn’t any way. What the city and the country need are more people willing to take to the streets to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 16th, 2009 10:29pm CDT | 13 Comments

In the coming months, there were doubtlessly be lots of numbers batted back and forth as our community decides what it’s going to do about merging city and county governments. Memphis regularly competes against Jacksonville, Nashville, Indianapolis and Louisville for business investments and new jobs, and they all are outperforming our city. They also just […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 15th, 2009 8:21pm CDT | Comments Off on City Council Acts On Urge To Merge

And we’re off. Today, Memphis City Council, which gets regularly beaten up by so many people, showed uncommon leadership in unanimously approving the creation of a charter commission. Hopefully, that commission will blow up all preconceived notions of what government is supposed to look like and will start all over to build a totally new […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 14th, 2009 2:46pm CDT | Comments Off on Music Video Pays Tribute To #37

Here’s a video recommendation from our good friend, Ken Neill, publisher of Memphis Flyer and Memphis magazine. It’s a musical perspective about the health care debate.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 14th, 2009 2:42pm CDT | Comments Off on Top Urban Thinkers

Planetizen has announced results of its crowdsourcing experiment to rank the most influential urban thinkers of all time. Congratulations to our colleague Carol Coletta for making the list at #49. Here’s what Planetizen said: The poll was active for one month, from August 7th to September 7th, 2009. We would never claim that this is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 13th, 2009 11:09pm CDT | Comments Off on Broken Government Calls For Change Agents

The listening tour on merging governments was based on a central premise: the business models for Memphis and Shelby County Governments are broken. There may be disagreements about seemingly everything related to merging city and county governments, but surely there is no dispute about this. After all, county government traces its roots back to the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 10th, 2009 3:51pm CDT | 2 Comments

Here’s the winner The Congress for New Urbanism contest. This short film explores the connection between New Urbanism and environmental issues, all of which is especially pertinent to Memphis and our region. Click here for film.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 9th, 2009 11:27pm CDT | 1 Comment

Reform. It’s one of those words used so often by politicians that it’s almost lost all meaning. It’s right up there with world-class, state-of-the-art, public-private partnership, new paradigm, and summit. For once, reform is precisely the right word to describe the new development code now being written for Memphis and Shelby County. That’s because the […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | September 7th, 2009 9:51pm CDT | Comments Off on Taking The Best Road To The Future, Figuratively And Literally

It doesn’t take much reading of this blog to know that we are deeply concerned by the pursuit of highways at the expense of our urban core’s health, priorities influenced too much by the usual suspects and the tendency for the asphalt lobby to determine the quality life of our community. That may very well […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 6th, 2009 3:30pm CDT | Comments Off on Labor Day Musing

Fair Enough We’re willing to support the Delta Fair and Music Festival – it’s a few minutes drive from most of us – but only when its organizers either put up or shut up about how unsafe the midtown Mid-South Fair was. It’s time to produce the statistics to prove the point. And we’re assuming […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 6th, 2009 3:26pm CDT | Comments Off on This Week On Smart City: Love And Goodness

As that old Captain and Tenille song says “Love Will Keep Us Together” but Smart City is finding out how love can also be a primary economic driver for cities. My guest Larry Beasley is the founder of Beasley and Associates, an international planning consultancy. Larry will tell us about planning cities based around an […]

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