Archive for April, 2012

by (RSS) Talent, Trends and Issues | April 30th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Which Cities are Musical Trend Setters?

From Atlantic Cities: Which cities shape musical trends, exerting the biggest influence on the geographic flow of music across the United States and the world?  A new study by researchers at University College Dublin uses online data to quantify which cities have the biggest impact on our musical tastes. The researchers gathered data from the social media […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation | April 30th, 2012 12:05am CDT | 3 Comments

                    Memphis International Airport is the poster child for deregulation gone amok. When the airline industry was deregulated in 1979, the promise was more airlines, more competition, lower airfares, and better service.  It was not to be, and today, where there was once a couple of […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | April 27th, 2012 12:08pm CDT | 1 Comment

I recently was privileged to be one of the Memphis attendees at a meeting for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative (SC2) at the White House.  The meeting featured representatives from all six of the cities engaged in the initiative, with a panel of mayors from those communities.  The meeting was positioned as an opportunity […]

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              The Memphis Police Union cheapens the value and importance of our law officers these days by positioning itself largely as a special interest group rather than an organization representing dedicated public servants. New Council member Lee Harris, like many novice members before him, defaulted to political rhetoric about […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | April 26th, 2012 2:59pm CDT | Comments Off on The Distinctive City

From UrbanLand: Around the world, cities are seeking the recipe for economic success in a rapidly changing global marketplace. Indispensable assets in a post–industrial economy include: well–educated people, the ability to generate new ideas and to turn those ideas into commercial realities, connectivity to global markets, and multi-modal transportation infrastructure. Another critical—but often forgotten—asset is […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation, Uncategorized | April 25th, 2012 12:01am CDT | 1 Comment

From Commercial Appeal and Washington Post: Memphis cited as example of deregulation leading to poor passenger air service By Bartholomew Sullivan, Commercial Appeal Tuesday, April 24, 2012 WASHINGTON — The American airline industry is failing shareholders, employees and passengers while regional hubs such as Memphis and Cincinnati are being starved of service and priced out […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation | April 25th, 2012 12:01am CDT | 6 Comments

Yesterday, I participated in a panel discussion sponsored by New America Foundation in conjunction with Washington Monthly to follow up the article in the magazine’s recent issue, Terminal Sickness, which addressed the adverse price that Memphis, St. Louis, and Cincinnati are paying in high fares.  The panel was called: Is It Time to Re-Regulate America’s […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | April 24th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Harvard Business Review: One of the best-kept secrets in economics is that there is no case for the invisible hand. After more than a century trying to prove the opposite, economic theorists investigating the matter finally concluded in the 1970s that there is no reason to believe markets are led, as if by an […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | April 24th, 2012 12:04am CDT | 11 Comments

              Local government budget hearings haven’t even begun yet and it’s already spawned mythic conversations. There are the myths about the myths cited by Memphis City Councilman Joe Brown, the myth about the need for joint city-county funding for joint city-county boards by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, and […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Planning and Urban Design | April 23rd, 2012 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

[ Tory Gattis is a former McKinsey consultant who writes about urbanism for the Houston Chronicle, in his blog Houston Strategies, and elsewhere. He’s an unabashed and articulate proponent of the “Houston model” of urbanism. In this post, he applies Jane Jacobs’ views of the virtues of density to a car-based city like Houston. While […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | April 20th, 2012 3:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Sexual Humiliation, a Tool to Control the Masses

By Naomi Wolf, Guardian UK n a five-four ruling this week, the supreme court decided that anyone can be strip-searched upon arrest for any offense, however minor, at any time. This horror show ruling joins two recent horror show laws: the NDAA, which lets anyone be arrested forever at any time, and HR 347, the […]

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                Note — This post is based on a central premise: that the changes to the UDC ultimately reflect the low priority that local government puts on planning and urban design.  The decimation of public planners and planning itself may result in balanced budgets for city and county […]

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by (RSS) Livability | April 19th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on A Data-Driven Case for Walkability

From NRDC Switchboard: About a year ago, NRDC Executive Director Peter Lehner asked me what one word, if I had to choose, would most closely describe a smart, sustainable community. Peter thought that the word might be density. But I chose walkability instead. It is important to have a certain (though not necessarily high) level of density […]

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On April 12, 2012, after three months of deliberation, the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board (the “LUCB”) approved a series of amendments to the Unified Development Code (the “UDC”).  This was the first step in a rather complicated approval process that requires action by both the Memphis City Council and the Shelby […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | April 17th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Saving Newspaper Editorial Boards

From The Big Fix: Until fairly recently, local editorial pages held something close to a monopoly on publicly stated opinion in metropolitan areas. “There weren’t a lot of other places where people were saying this is a good candidate, this is a bad candidate; this is good policy, this is bad policy,” says Joshua Benton, […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation, Trends and Issues | April 16th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Prescription for City of Memphis Government: IT Innovation

From citiwire.net: By Neal Peirce In our age of acronyms, you’ll be excused if you can’t define SFPark, SFStartup, SmartSF, EngageSF. They’re all part of SFGov — or to be more precise, San Francisco city government’s leap into a world of far-ranging innovations. Jay Nath, appointed in January by Mayor Edwin Lee to serve as […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | April 16th, 2012 12:22am CDT | 18 Comments

                  Legendary Bellevue Baptist Church preacher R.G. Lee had a legendary sermon called “Pay Day Someday.”  It was an emotional sermon made even more dramatic by his penchant for wearing white suits in the pulpit. “Payday Someday” is a potential theme for Memphis Mayor A C Wharton’s […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Education | April 13th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap

From Miller-McCune: A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.                             (Richard Thornton/Shutterstock) Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these […]

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