Archive for August, 2011

by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 31st, 2011 2:37pm CST | Comments Off on Words to Inspire Every Teacher – And A New School Board

From Education Week blogs by Marilyn Rhames: Back in the days when I had no idea of what was actually required to be a good teacher, back when I was in grad school studying education theory and making foolish assumptions about how to manage students, I walked in on a conversation in a teacher’s lounge […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 31st, 2011 12:50am CST | 1 Comment

MPACT Memphis should be getting ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the spotlight that it has shined for a decade on the importance of young professionals for our city’s success. Instead, it may have to plan for a wake. With MPACT now staring directly into the face of its potential demise, it seems a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 30th, 2011 2:00pm CST | 13 Comments

In keeping with our I-269 theme of the day, we’re reprising a post written by Gene Pearson: Many political leaders and grass roots organizations in Memphis today are advocating “smart growt,” “sustainable development,” and something called “new urbanism” as an answer to the ills of “urban sprawl,” which robs the core city of its vitality […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 30th, 2011 12:57am CST | 22 Comments

I-269 will unquestionably take a toll on Shelby County. That’s why it’s high time for Shelby County to place a toll on I-269. For too long, there’s been a dismissive attitude about anything that could change the interstate highway’s determined march around the outskirts of Shelby County, including a dip into Fayette County at one […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 29th, 2011 2:00pm CST | Comments Off on Keeping Public Infrastructure in Shape

By Neal Peirce, citiwire.net: Maybe you’ve seen the headlines — “Engineers Warn Infrastructure Crumbling” — accompanied by stories saying it’s imperative we spend billions, sometimes trillions to fix America’s deteriorating roadways, bridges, water and sewer systems. I’ve written some of those stories myself. And there’s no doubt — keeping public infrastructure in shape, like fixing […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 26th, 2011 2:30pm CST | Comments Off on Support Madison Avenue Bike Lanes

We received the following email from Les Edwards, who has done a masterful job of proving the support that exists for the “right” kind of bike lanes on Madison Avenue.  The “compromise” he describes is not only unwarranted based on public support for the lanes nor based on the  facts.  In Memphis and some other […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 26th, 2011 12:54am CST | 6 Comments

Great news.  Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris is interested in the suggestion made on this blog earlier this week that City of Memphis should seek compensation for blocked sidewalks – a la the fence at the Hickman Building – or blocked streets – a la Madison Avenue. Mr. Morris said he is following up […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 25th, 2011 2:00pm CST | Comments Off on Women Value Higher Education More Highly Than Men Do, Survey Finds

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: By Rachel Wiseman At a time when women are consistently outperforming men in college enrollment and completion, women tend to value higher education more highly than men do and believe it has had a more positive impact on their lives, according to the results of a survey that was […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | August 25th, 2011 12:32am CST | 15 Comments

  The Bass Pro deal for The Pyramid is disturbing. And our concern has nothing to do with the terms of the agreement. It’s about the dependable Greek chorus of people who complain anytime Memphis pursues anything that requires city government to act like a modern, big city government.  They sometimes are the same people […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 24th, 2011 2:13pm CST | Comments Off on Transforming Blight Through Landscaping

Transportation infrastructure accounts for 20% to 40% of all urban land. These systems grossly enable global warming, with transit now representing an outsize 30% of all U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. But for as little as $20,000, cities can convert streets, highway underpasses, parking lots, and more into urban oases that encourage people to get the […]

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We were writing again Friday about examples of urban indifference, and it sparked a conversation about the derelict Hickman Building, a prominent eyesore for the YMCA/downtown school neighborhood, and its “temporary” fence. First, here’s some information on the building: From Memphis Daily News, 2005: The Hickman Building is located at 240 Madison Ave. Built as […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 23rd, 2011 2:09pm CST | Comments Off on Economic Mobility: Getting the Context Right

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 23rd, 2011 12:15am CST | 2 Comments

It’s an aphorism repeated by local government employees that technology is always several generations behind the private sector. Despite all the public rhetoric in support of government “acting like a business,” the priority to fund direct services to the public always gobbles up money that could be used to bring technology up to standard expected […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2011 2:05pm CST | 1 Comment

From The Black Urbanist: Floating through airports over the summer, I have noticed how remarkably similar they are. I would think  an international building with the ability to showcase the local culture would in fact be that showcase. Instead, I’m seeing  the same generic architecture. I feel that the airport, as the million (and lately […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 22nd, 2011 1:59pm CST | Comments Off on Needed in Memphis: Venture Fund for Social Innovation

From Harvard Business Review Blogs: If you care about social innovation and haven’t already heard about social impact bonds, let us be the ones to tell you about them. In fact, we’ve written about them before, and they’ve been well described by others, so we’ll keep this description brief: The social impact bond is a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 21st, 2011 1:59pm CST | 1 Comment

Has this ever happened to you? It’s a gorgeous morning and you want to spend the day outside at a park, but with so many great public places to choose from, where do you go? Ever wondered which type of outdoor park best suits your personality? The Trust for Public Land has created a fun […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 19th, 2011 12:20am CST | 14 Comments

A couple of good- and hopeful – things to report this week: The ever-conscientious Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter ordered the partial reopening of Madison Avenue between Main and Second.  Memphis Mayor A C Wharton said that the opening will be “soon.”  He tweeted: “It should be soon. A barrier must be constructed around the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 18th, 2011 1:52pm CST | Comments Off on A Smart Green Strategy is an Effective Economic Strategy

You can’t pick up a publication these days without seeing some reference to “green jobs” – who has them, what they do, what regions are taking a leadership role, etc.   That kind of attention on the green economy is certainly good, but so many of the studies and articles seem to miss the point […]

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