Archive for July, 2010

by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 31st, 2010 12:55pm CDT | 1 Comment

Have you ever considered biking to work instead of driving, or taking the stairs instead of the elevator? A partnership, called “Go Vibrant Cincinnati” is encouraging residents to do just that. “Go Vibrant Cincinnati,” a coalition of more than 25 Cincinnati-based organizations, is the first-of-its-kind civic partnership to make Cincinnati one of the top 10 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 30th, 2010 12:13am CDT | 6 Comments

So this is the 9-1-1 “system” that the town mayors defend so vigorously every time it’s suggested that there’s a better way to handle emergency service calls in our community. Anytime the Memphis and Shelby County Metro Charter Commission has suggested that a centralized system would be preferable and could be accomplished with a new […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 29th, 2010 12:44am CDT | 11 Comments

The Memphis region is being whipsawed by unrelenting, and potentially debilitating, trends – economic segregation and income out-migration – that are pulling apart the fabric and threatening the future of our community. That’s why we have no time for politicos with political power bases in the urban core or in the suburban fringes who are […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 28th, 2010 9:13pm CDT | 2 Comments

Our colleague, Carol Coletta, talked with The Real Story with Colleen Edwards about the problems inherent in regional planning. According to Carol, regional planning works better at a conceptual level than in practice. Why? Even though big issues—those involving labor, transportation, the environment, air quality, water—all deserve discussion beyond the local level, there is actually […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 27th, 2010 12:41am CDT | 18 Comments

Maybe David Picker is indeed a politician for our times.  Cynical.  Self-aggrandizing.  Patronizing.  Petulant.  Sadly, these are adjectives that too often describe the state of politics today and Mr. Pickler’s uncanny ability to give meaning to them is an even sadder commentary on the sorry state of affairs in “county” politics.  It’s also the reason […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 27th, 2010 12:06am CDT | 4 Comments

  Being an Informed Voter.  August 5th, our next election day is rapidly approaching, with half of all voters beginning to vote as early as July 16th when early voting sites open.   As I started to think about the ballot and who I would like to hire for these positions, it dawned on me how difficult […]

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by (RSS) Memphis City Schools | July 26th, 2010 12:07am CDT | 2 Comments

Teach For America’s Tennessee Executive Director Brad Leon can cite the impressive tangible indicators of success for students taught by his “corps members,” but it’s the intangibles that have even greater impact on him. “The most gratifying thing has nothing to do with the data,” he said.  “It has to do with the pronouns that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 24th, 2010 12:02am CDT | 2 Comments

Clean Memphis has tapped into two local traditions to become widely respected in its 18- month history. One, there is the residual pride from being named one of America’s cleanest cities decades ago, a pride that drives Clean Memphis to attain that designation once again. Two, there is the tradition of entrepreneurism in Memphis that […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Uncategorized | July 23rd, 2010 12:53am CDT | Comments Off on The Drama of a Better Memphis

If Tennessee Williams was right and playwrights portray on stage their own emotions, Ekundayo Bandele’s characters would all be self-possessed, cerebral, eloquent, and ebullient. Those are precisely the qualities that he brings to work each day as founder and creative director of Hattiloo Theatre, the black repertory theater at 656 Marshall that in three years […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 21st, 2010 12:15am CDT | 10 Comments

We admire city government for put up $5 million in capital funds to fight for jobs and business investment, but we’re worried that we’re still fighting the wrong battles in Memphis. Quality workers and companies today are looking for cities that sell themselves on their quality, not for their cheapness, or how big their corporate […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 20th, 2010 3:51pm CDT | 17 Comments

Right-wingers who wrap themselves in Christianity and patriotism are on display in full bloom again. Tea Party leaders are as accurate as usual when they warped what the NAACP said about the group and brutalized quotations by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  in what they surely thought was a clever ruse to keep from saying […]

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It seems possible that a trend is starting in Memphis. Despite the oppressive heat, the weeks seem to bring more to make us feel upbeat than the old familiar sense of despair.  And for the first time in almost a decade, the good news is coming from City Hall. Some questioned if Memphis Mayor A […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 16th, 2010 11:12am CDT | Comments Off on More than Elvis in Memphis

The Chicago Tribune reminds us what a special place we live in: Yes, the King is there, but explore the rest of historic Memphis. It begins this way: MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For a lot of people, getting a dose of history while on vacation can rank right up (or down) there with getting a dose […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 16th, 2010 10:47am CDT | 7 Comments

I’ve just returned from the opening day of the new farmers’ market in South Memphis.   And other than the fact that I’m in need of a shower from standing in the heat (it just feels hotter than 95°), seeing the great turnout at a first day event has really made my week. If you don’t […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 15th, 2010 6:43pm CDT | 1 Comment

This was published last week as an op-ed Louisville’s daily newspaper, and because of the similarities between our city and that one, we are posting here as well. This is an edited version of the keynote address delivered by Carol Coletta in conjunction with the release of The Greater Louisville Project’s 2010 Competitive City Report […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 14th, 2010 12:22am CDT | 7 Comments

Putting Eric Gales in jail again for drugs makes about as much sense as asking Glenn Beck to teach a class in logic. It’s simply time for us to act smarter, and it begins by decriminalizing addiction for people like Mr. Gales.  It is clear that he is an exceptional  guitarist and clearer still that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 13th, 2010 12:04am CDT | 1 Comment

It looked like just an ordinary Tuesday during the summer on the campus of The University of Memphis a couple of weeks ago.  A few students, faculty and people in business attire wandered among the groundskeepers, and a constant flow of cars went in and out of the parking garage on Innovation Drive.  But, if […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 12th, 2010 12:28am CDT | 8 Comments

Memphis City Schools Commissioner Kenneth Whalum has been asking the same questions about consolidation for weeks, and since no one seems to have answered him, we’ll see if we can. We know that he relishes his role as an unrepentant maverick and provocateur (and we need more, not less), and he may not really be […]

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