Archive for December, 2011

by (RSS) Economic Development | December 29th, 2011 12:55am CDT | 1 Comment

The guest post today is by Steve Bares in observance of the 10 year anniversary of Memphis Bioworks.  Dr. Bares is one of Memphis’ really smart thinkers, and Bioworks has been smart thinking from its inception. It leverages existing strengths, it’s the rare economic development project here that isn’t built on cheapness but quality, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 28th, 2011 8:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Celebrating 10 Years of Bioworks

  Ten years ago, as I looked forward to the new year, I was just beginning what has been the most rewarding, challenging and engaging phase of my career.  Just a few months before, I was an executive with International Paper and Pitt Hyde asked a very direct question. He simply asked if I wanted […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 28th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Filbuster Prevents Much-Needed Justice System Study

By Neal Peirce, Citiwire: WASHINGTON — There’s no sane way to say that America’s criminal justice system is “OK.” It costs over $100 billion a year; it imprisons hundreds of thousands for minor drug possession or sale; overall it’s incarcerating 2.3 million men and woman — the most of any nation on earth. But that […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 28th, 2011 12:11am CDT | 1 Comment

              What Memphis needs now is a balance of realism and optimism. We should all feel upbeat about developments that have positioned Memphis positively in the last couple of years: the convergence of important national initiatives in Memphis, the fact that our MSA in 2010 had a larger increase […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 27th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

From Governing: Back in February, an architecture conference focused on “concrete modernism” met in Houston. Included on the agenda: a tour of the famed Astrodome. The 65,000-seat domed stadium, the first of its kind when it opened in 1965, was the perfect destination for the group. But the visitors’ path through the venue had to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 23rd, 2011 1:52pm CDT | Comments Off on Tea Party Politics Attacks Urban Planning

From Atlantic Cities: In the spring of 1968, Jane Jacobs walked into a high school auditorium in the Lower East Side and addressed a rowdy crowd opposed to the Lower Manhattan Expressway, a 10-lane highway proposed by Robert Moses that would have blasted through what we now know as SoHo. The public hearing was a […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 23rd, 2011 9:02am CDT | Comments Off on Some Memphis Myths Hinder Progress

Memphis is a mythic city. There are of course the mythic musicians and entrepreneurs who created our greatest exports to the world – from B.B. to Elvis to Chilton and from Kemmons Wilson to Pitt Hyde to Fred Smith. And yet, there are mythologies of a different kind. They limit Memphis’ options for progress, trap […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 21st, 2011 12:22am CDT | Comments Off on Schools as Architectural Centers of Community

Josh Whitehead is the author of three of our favorite blogs that deal with urban design, architecture, Memphis history, and livability.  The following one is taken from his most recent post to Creme de Memph  about the city tradition of building architecturally impressive schools.  He illustrates well what we’ve written several times: While the notion […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 20th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on City Government’s 18-Cent Tax Hike Not Levied

It might be called the case of the Phantom Tax Increase: The City Council voted to add 18 cents to the city property tax rate on June 21. Then council members failed to add the 18 cents to the rate when they approved the tax ordinance. The city’s news media didn’t understand what happened and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 19th, 2011 2:01pm CDT | Comments Off on Unified transit will lift region

From Atlanta Journal-Constitution: By Tad Leithead When metropolitan regions across the country — and even around the world — look at metro Atlanta, they have reason to take note. We are home to the world’s busiest airport, one of the nation’s most extensive interstate systems, a large freight and logistics network, and have proximity to […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | December 19th, 2011 12:10am CDT | 10 Comments

Aerotropolis needs more lift if it is to really take off. We have had our questions about it, but it’s hard to have any questions about the facts: Memphis International Airport is our largest economic engine, FedEx is our largest employer, and logistics-related companies are the industry sector that sets us apart when compared to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 16th, 2011 1:55pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Atlantic Cities: Christmas came early this year for retail giant Sears, which is weighing offers on whether to move from its suburban-Chicago headquarters. Ohio officials have put together a package of incentives worth a reported $400 million to convince Sears to move to Columbus, while Illinois lawmakers are offering at least $371 million for […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 15th, 2011 6:37pm CDT | Comments Off on A City That Cares For Its Children

              There are frequent conversations in Memphis about what our city brand should be. Some people suggest that it should be about transportation, other say logistics, and some say our river heritage. Those are important assets of Memphis, but they are things. They don’t really speak directly to our […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 15th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on We Need More Zoning

From New York Observer: Michael Kimmelman returned to the public realm for this week’s column, where he all but declared what appears to be his raison d’etre going forward: “We’ve been so fixated on fancy new buildings that we’ve lost sight of the spaces they occupy and we share,” he wrote in the Sunday Times. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 14th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | 7 Comments

A study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has found that green spaces are linked to reduced crime rates A research team has found that distressed neighborhoods where vacant lots have been converted into small parks and community green spaces are associated with reduced crime when compared to neighborhoods with […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 13th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | 9 Comments

From Brookings Institution: Drive through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you’ll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back to life, even when the economy recovers. And that’s because the demand for […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 13th, 2011 12:42am CDT | 2 Comments

So, what is the greater problem: the “war on Christmas” or the war on the Christmas spirit? It’s the time of the year when Fox News’ war on Christmas coverage is as evergreen as Christmas trees themselves. It’s so extreme that Fox News now treats “holiday” best wishes from a corporation as tantamount to an […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 12th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The Problem With City Crime Ratings

From Atlantic Cities: This week, CQ Press released its annual City Crime Rankings, which purports to identify the most dangerous cities in America. Though the rankings received plenty of attention, especially in the cities that top the list—Flint, Michigan; Camden, New Jersey; and Detroit this year—they’re misleading, unfairly damaging and unworthy of any attention at […]

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