Archive for May, 2010

by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 30th, 2010 4:44pm CDT | 3 Comments

A metric of success for Memphis: the number of at-risk children who grow up to become the neighbors we trust, the parents we admire, the workers we employ, and the men and women in whose successes we take great pride This is a story about a small experiment … with potentially large implications for the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 26th, 2010 5:13pm CDT | 5 Comments

In the not-too-distant future, government in Memphis and Shelby County will look nothing like it does today. And it will happen with or without consolidation. Voters outside Memphis who reflexively oppose the merger of Memphis and Shelby County governments haven’t grasped the realities of this brave new world. If they had, they might decide they […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 26th, 2010 2:49pm CDT | Comments Off on Standing for Children

Stand for Children, Memphis held its inaugural event on May 15th at the National Civil Rights Museum.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 24th, 2010 12:25am CDT | 6 Comments

More and more, regionalism is a distraction from the things that really matter for cities.  That’s certainly the case in Memphis, and it’s why we’re swearing off any regional plans and programs until it’s proven clearly that there’s something in them for Memphis. It’s evident that too many whites in our region feel no moral […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 24th, 2010 12:06am CDT | 2 Comments

Suddenly, it seems, Americans have become concerned about the mounting national debt.  Why now?  I’d like to think there is something terrifying about $12.5 trillion or $41,000 per person.  I’d like to think that the debt-driven financial meltdown magically produced revelations of new found responsibility.  I’d like to think that people suddenly realized the technological […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 21st, 2010 12:24am CDT | Comments Off on The Art of Downtown Vibrancy

Memphis Art Park – one of our favorite projects proposed for the riverfront – has a new website. It features an updated business plan that reflects refinement of the park’s vision and plans, and if you were impressed before, the project now seems to us to be absolutely essential.  We were pleased that Memphis Mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 19th, 2010 7:04pm CDT | 1 Comment

Sometimes it’s easy to take Chicago Mayor Richard Daley for granted. He sometimes seems gruff, it’s tempting to slot him into the genre of political bosses and it’s hard to separate his successes from the controversies that come from such a close tie between politics, patronage and city government in Chicago. All of this often […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2010 12:41pm CDT | 10 Comments

The Center City Commission has picked its next executive director and Memphis proves once again that we use the term, “national search,” as loosely as we do “downtown renaissance.” Both are more rhetoric than reality, as yet another national search for the leader for a public or quasi-public agency ended up picking someone who just […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2010 9:00am CDT | 1 Comment

On Saturday night, Memphis was stupid with music made through meaningful partnerships. At 7 p.m., musicians from around the world gathered at the Levitt Shell in Overton Park to celebrate the music of Big Star’s guitar-playing singer Alex Chilton, who died earlier this year. I didn’t go, but have heard that through the light-to-terrible weather, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2010 4:23pm CDT | 7 Comments

Who thought driving cheap eco-cars would really happen? If you have been following the construction of the I-269 loop surrounding the outskirts of the Memphis region, you know that one of the primary tools of disinvestment causing, tax revenue depleting, character sucking suburbanization is well on its way.  This highway will make Sam Cooper look […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2010 12:49am CDT | 9 Comments

We wonder which Joe Ford is running to become county mayor – the one wrestling with the English language in debates or the writer of statements after the fact trying to explain what he really was saying. In his recent debate with Sheriff Mark Luttrell, the interim mayor continued to say how he’s always been […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 14th, 2010 3:10pm CDT | 1 Comment

An email from Robert Bain deserves posting here and our concern: “seeing the violence increasing within Shelby County; seeing the teachers in Shelby County who are unhappy with the new breed of children who are entering into the schools; and just seeing the parents in Shelby County who are fearful of the new breed of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 14th, 2010 12:39am CDT | 2 Comments

It’s time to resurrect tax increment financing (TIF) as a possible incentive for economic growth in Memphis and Shelby County and as an alternative to our overreliance on tax freezes. The TIF is the favored business incentive in Nashville, and it is a major reason that our capital city issued only five tax freezes in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 13th, 2010 5:38pm CDT | Comments Off on Jazz Scene a Treasure in Memphis

Memphis jazz is thriving. Dennis Adams is at the helm. Here’s a bit of background as well as current events for the jazz scene in Memphis.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 13th, 2010 10:57am CDT | Comments Off on Losing Talent on the Court and in our Cartoons

We talk often here about the talent drain and the negative impact on Memphis.  We thought today about Pau Gasol and Bill Day. It seems that basketball legend Bill Walton is now largely recovered from his debilitating back problems and is back to normal – which means that he is sharing his highly opinionated opinions […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 11th, 2010 5:35pm CDT | 3 Comments

Memphis has been called “the city of good abode” although some of its citizens would be hard pressed to agree. Recently Mayor A C Wharton announced an end to homelessness in 10 years. A very difficult quest indeed. But Memphis also has some major problems in providing safe, decent and affordable housing to citizens who […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | May 11th, 2010 4:11pm CDT | 20 Comments

Remember the old political adage: Whenever someone tells you it’s not about sex, it always is. When they tell you that you shouldn’t take it personally, you should. When they tell you it’s not about money, you can bet it is. And when a Republican State Senator tells you that a bill isn’t about ethnic […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 10th, 2010 4:59pm CDT | 5 Comments

This isn’t posted by Rev. Steve Montgomery, a regular contributor, but by someone moved by his sermon two weeks ago about social justice.  If you have read us much, you know that we draw on faith to explain our concerns about cities and urban issues and to demonstrate that religion does not have to be […]

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