Archive for February, 2010

by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 27th, 2010 8:43pm CDT | 1 Comment

I recently had the opportunity to attend the Organization of American States (OAS) meeting in Puebla, Mexico on initial and basic education for indigenous and rural children. Puebla is a beautiful and thriving city; and I look forward to returning soon, with my family in tow. Additionally, the conference was an eye-opening experience in terms […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 27th, 2010 12:35am CDT | Comments Off on This Week on Smart City: White House Office of Urban Affairs

Adolfo Carrion leads President Barack Obama’s urban initiatives. Smart City talked to him to find out what urban leaders can expect after his first year of organizing the new office and coordinating cabinet officials to develop new urban strategies, and we hope you’ll listen. As Director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, his […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 26th, 2010 12:26am CDT | 8 Comments

It was one of those days when it seemed that nothing made sense to us. On one hand, there were reports that the Wharton Administration was softening on the completion of Beale Street Landing, and on the other, there was a City Councilman suggesting that residents of the smaller towns in Shelby County shouldn’t have […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 25th, 2010 12:35pm CDT | Comments Off on Enjoying the Wonders of the City

I positively detest the cold.  I’m simply not constituted for it.  Winter makes everything brown and grey and nothing blooms.  All those extra clothes and hats and mittens and scarves and coats make me look like that kid from A Christmas Story.  And did I mention . . . it’s cold! In summer time, I […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 25th, 2010 12:09am CDT | 5 Comments

Possibly the only thing more disconcerting than the self-loathing  that is such a regular feature of life in Memphis is the overly defensive attitude we exhibit when we finish on the wrong end of one of the meaningless city lists that populate publications and websites these days. So far, we’ve had the city mayor, the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2010 12:23am CDT | 4 Comments

We make no secret of our support for the creation of a new government that takes the place of Memphis and Shelby County Governments, but changing the rules in the middle of the game to accomplish is not just poor sportsmanship. It’s bad faith.  It’s bad form. It’s power over persuasion.  It’s cleverness over statesmanship. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 23rd, 2010 1:29pm CDT | 33 Comments

Finish Beale Street Landing, review the process and let the battle on the Mississippi begin. Over the last few months a debate has been brewing about the future of the Downtown cobblestones.  The problem of the area’s deterioration has been on full display.  Solutions have been presented.  Problems have been revealed and changes have been […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2010 12:01am CDT | 3 Comments

Where’s Judy when we need her? She was granddaughter to one of Charles Dickens’s most memorable villains, Smallweed in Bleak House. Her grandfather couldn’t walk and was carried in a chair from place to place, and regularly, to get better positioned, he would shout: “Shake me up, Judy.” We need her here.  No place needs […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 21st, 2010 12:49am CDT | 1 Comment

“If the local television stations start showing good news, then I know things are getting bad.” That’s what my old boss used to say and he should know.   Jim Redmond was the chair of the University of Memphis  Department of Journalism and a long-time anchor in the Denver market.  Like all teachers and practitioners of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2010 11:18am CDT | 1 Comment

Matt Cullen is leading Detroit’s latest transit initiative, the privately-funding M-1 line along Woodward Avenue.  Smart City talked to Matt about the impact he believes light rail can have on the city’s redevelopment ambitions and why investing in Detroit now makes sense. Matt is President and Chief Operating Officer of Rock Enterprises in Detroit, the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 19th, 2010 12:27am CDT | Comments Off on Bioworks: Building on our Economic Strengths

Memphis doesn’t have to look outside its own city limits to find one of the nation’s leading economic development strategies. It’s taking shape at Union and Dudley in the form of the UT-Baptist Research Park, according to Kip Bergstrom, executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council. Memphis Bioworks Foundation – which is building […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | February 18th, 2010 12:50am CDT | 6 Comments

At a time when cities were making investments to improve their downtowns, City of Memphis put our downtown up for adoption. More accurately, City Hall left downtown like a waif in a basket on the doorstep of the Center City Commission. There was no note and no money. There was only the directive for the […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism | February 18th, 2010 12:04am CDT | 14 Comments

Planning in the Memphis area is being done, in some cases at a high level and by everyone.  Chambers, governments and community groups.  Mayors, business leaders and developers.  Everyone has a plan for something.  But what is guiding these plans to ensure they are complementary?  Who is coordinating efforts to ensure they don’t conflict? Aerotropolis […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 17th, 2010 12:14am CDT | 19 Comments

Our small town mayors have more herrings than a Scandanavian fisherman. The only difference is that theirs are red. They switch from one talking point to another, playing “what if” in an effort to poison the well before their constituents have had a voice in the charter for a new government being written by the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 15th, 2010 11:15am CDT | 1 Comment

Being one of the most-churched cities in the country is a mixed bag. Certainly many of us are grateful for the comfort that faith communities can bring in times of personal distress, such as illness and death, and personal joys, such as weddings. There are times, however, when I wish that the faith communities could […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 15th, 2010 12:09am CDT | Comments Off on Leadership in Crisis

I think everyone would agree that the outpouring of financial and other support from Americans to the people of Haiti is inspiring.  Our citizens have proven time and time again that when people are in need, we are all ready to respond in whatever way we can.  From school children collecting pennies and dimes, to […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | February 15th, 2010 12:04am CDT | 13 Comments

The subject of police in city schools is fraught with emotion and opinions. It’s like arguing about the Bible.  There’s something to support whatever side you’re on. There’s research that indicates that “security resources” within the school district deliver the results needed to make sure students are safe and have an environment conducive to learning.  […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 12th, 2010 12:05am CDT | 5 Comments

Although well-intended when they were first introduced into city governments, zoning codes became an instrument for sprawl and unsustainable growth. They up-ended walkable neighborhoods, increased greenhouse gas emissions, contributed to unhealthy lifestyles and driven up government spending. Often, it seemed that our communities might have grown better if there had been no zoning codes at […]

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