Archive for February, 2011

by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 28th, 2011 12:52am CDT | Comments Off on Cities as Global Stars

Harvard economist and New York times columnist Ed Glaeser speaks at noon Thursday at Leadership Memphis’s Community luncheon at University of Memphis Holiday Inn.  Syndicated columnist Neal Peirce this week gives a preview of Mr. Glaeser’s new book, Triumph of the City: Mahatma Gandhi once wrote that “the true India is to be found not […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 28th, 2011 12:43am CDT | 5 Comments

Nobody has been more critical than we have about our local addiction to tax freezes for economic development. Nobody has been more frustrated about the $50 million in taxes that have been waived routinely for decades to businesses asking for tax freezes. Nobody has been more cynical about the interest by some employers in keeping […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 25th, 2011 12:37am CDT | 26 Comments

Previously posted April 3, 2009: 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 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2011 5:23pm CDT | 3 Comments

By Robert Reich Wisconsin is in a showdown. Washington is headed for a government shutdown. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker won’t budge. He insists on delivering a knockout blow to public unions in his state (except for those, like the police, who supported his election). In DC, House Republicans won’t budge on the $61 billion cut […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 24th, 2011 12:37am CDT | 11 Comments

There is often interesting discussion taking place between commenters on our posts and that was certainly the case in the last couple of days in response to the post about I-269 creating even more economic segregation for the metro area that is #1 among the top 51 metros. We’re posting the discussion here since it’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 23rd, 2011 12:30am CDT | 1 Comment

In 1968, 1,300 sanitation workers in Memphis went on strike. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually Memphis heard the grievances of its sanitation workers. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation have benefited from the job protections they’ve earned. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 23rd, 2011 12:07am CDT | 3 Comments

It’s a tale of two cities, and only a short drive is needed to come face-to-face with the telling. In Nashville, the drive takes you to Williamson County, the 11th wealthiest county in the U.S., with a median family income that’s about $100,000. Four nearby counties shatter the $55,000 mark. Outside of Fulton County, Atlanta […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2011 10:15am CDT | 10 Comments

Cleveland Skateboard Park NEXT STEPS Budget Approval and Development City council will vote on the entire budget that includes the skateboard park. Read more about the city’s view of the park. Project Information Skate Surface Area:  Approx 14,000 sq ft Construction Budget:  $550,000 Ground Breaking: Proposed Summer 2011 Possible Opening: Mid 2012 Designer: Grindline Project […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2011 12:54am CDT | Comments Off on Treating Budget Crisis as Opportunity

We re-post this from April of last year: Sweep the streets when it’s dark! Several years ago cities thought they were in crisis.  Revenues were falling, expenses were growing and emergency funds were depleted.  Some aggressively changed tact, or challenged people or cut costs.  Most waited it out hoping the storm would pass. Memphis has […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism | February 22nd, 2011 12:41am CDT | 38 Comments

The reason we are so exorcised about I-269 and other sprawl-inducing highway projects are because they deepen the economic segregation that holds back Memphis’ progress. Memphis is #1 in economic segregation among the largest 50 metros in the U.S. Here’s the kicker: sprawl is a major cause of economic isolation, and economic isolation in turn […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 21st, 2011 12:41am CDT | 1 Comment

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture: Many people don’t understand our country’s problem of concentration of income and wealth because they don’t see it. People just don’t understand how much wealth there is at the top now. The wealth at the top is so extreme that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2011 12:10am CDT | 7 Comments

Marie Sell of Memphis City Schools and Doug Imig of University of Memphis have written a brief that all of us should read, especially in light of the ongoing discussion about public education in Memphis: In Memphis, Children Arrive at School with Meaningful Differences in School Readiness Across the country, children from more affluent families […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 18th, 2011 4:34pm CDT | Comments Off on Bill Moyers: Facts Still Matter

Excerpts from a speech by one of our favorite journalists Bill Moyers to the History Makers series in New York: …As Joe Keohane reported last year in The Boston Globe, political scientists have begun to discover a human tendency “deeply discouraging to anyone with faith in the power of information.” He was reporting on research […]

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by (RSS) Taxation | February 18th, 2011 12:24am CDT | 22 Comments

We’re reprising this 2007 post in light of predictions about an uptick in migration to North Mississippi: While we always consider Business Perspectives – a publication of University of Memphis’ Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) – required reading, we’re not sure why local economic development organizations aren’t papering the area with copies. The […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 17th, 2011 12:23am CDT | 2 Comments

It’s that time of the year.  The budget process begins for government, and with it, the yearly ritual of beating up public employees to gain political points. It’s the way to score an easy point for politicians, because no one in the public steps up to defend the job performance of their public servants.  To […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 16th, 2011 2:57pm CDT | 4 Comments

Once upon a time, in a far away land, there was a couple that had four children, 3 girls and a boy. The couple had a combined income of $100,000.  The husband earned $40,000 annually and the wife earned $60,000 annually. One day the husband comes home and says he wants a divorce and he […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 16th, 2011 11:56am CDT | 32 Comments

From U.S. News: President Obama is calling for $8 billion to go towards high-speed rail, as part of a six-year, $53-billion plan. The administration is hoping that the program will create jobs and boost American competitiveness in the long run. But on a smaller scale, an effective public transportation system can simply increase the quality […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 16th, 2011 12:41am CDT | Comments Off on Memphis: Gritty and Grits

We reprise this post from 2009 to explain why we’ve added News from the Rust Belt to our home page. Here it is: While Memphis has never been categorized as an old industrial city, it’s always had similarities – deep urban challenges, grittiness and demographics – that give us more in common with these cities […]

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