Archive for November, 2012

by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 30th, 2012 1:20pm CDT | 2 Comments

National Geographic Traveler  just published its list of the 20 must-see places in the world, and guess who’s on it: one of the world’s great, authentic places – Memphis. Here’s what National Geographic wrote: Memphis Photograph by Bob Bronshoff, Hollandse Hoogte Tennessee’s fast track It’s easy to forget about Memphis, a mid-size American city wedged […]

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by (RSS) Education | November 30th, 2012 12:02am CDT | 1 Comment

Earlier this year, one of the municipal mayors, when asked about negotiations with the new unified school district, famously said “that train has left the station.” Well, this week, U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays brought that train to a halt with his ruling voiding the new school districts that the municipalities were so blindly […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 29th, 2012 3:50pm CDT | Comments Off on Gamers Can Save The World

From Sustainable Communities Collaborative: If the world could only harness the collaborative genius of gamers, many of our most intractable problems could be solved. This was the central argument of the amazing Jane McGonigal, director of game research and development, Institute for the Future, and best-selling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 28th, 2012 3:37pm CDT | Comments Off on What Republicans Are Really Up Against: Population Density

From Atlantic Cities: Numerous theories have been offered recently not just for Mitt Romney’s stunning defeat by Barack Obama, but for the apparent decline of the Republican electoral coalition. Many emphasize the diverse demographic coalition — of women, ethnic minorities, and gays — that came together behind the president, while others stress the well-executed ground […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Livability | November 28th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Green Lane Project blog: By Anthony Siracusa Memphis blogger November 09, 2012    Even Kyle Wagenschutz, Memphis’ Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, manages to crack a smile from the helm of a tandem where Memphis City Councilman Bill Morrison rides in tow. And don’t let his half smile fool you – City Engineer John […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | November 28th, 2012 12:15am CDT | 13 Comments

City of Memphis has a well-earned national reputation for reinventing public housing, and because of it, it’s perplexing to watch the campaign to preserve Foote Homes, the last public housing project in Memphis. It’s even amazing at times to listen to the Norman Rockwell rhetoric about public housing from defenders of the status quo for […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | November 27th, 2012 3:16pm CDT | Comments Off on Maybe It’s Better Not To Have Federal Transportation Bill

From Planetizen: Charles Marohn turns a critical eye toward the inertia of federal transportation policy and the shortsightedness of its most treasured investment. Since America seems to be stuck with a federal transportation bill, he suggests ways to make it work. Arguably the greatest feat of civil engineering of the 20th century, the Interstate Highway […]

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After years of lethargy and self-doubt, Memphis is getting its rhetoric right and activities taking place below the radar and away from the usual suspects are the best reasons for optimism.  The challenge now is to back up the words and the momentum with a major infusion of investment in Memphis and its neighborhoods. For […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 22nd, 2012 3:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Why Mayors Should Run Department of Transportation

From Atlantic Cities: The federal Department of Transportation has its roots in the post-World War II era of the American highway. It was formed, in 1966, just a decade after federal legislation created the Interstate Highway System that would change how Americans travel and where they live. “And highway building has been the primary focus […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 21st, 2012 12:42am CDT | 1 Comment

Parents often ask  what matters most in the raising of their young children. The answer: Everything. And the best child-rearing begins before the baby is even born. A lot of parents believe that their children are born hard-wired for life, but the truth is that it’s the parents themselves that largely hard-wire their children. Here’s […]

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Our friend, Jeff Speck, was interviewed on NPR’s Weekend Edition last Saturday: Listen to the Story Weekend Edition Saturday Playlist Download Transcript Enlarge image Jeff Speck is a city planner, architectural designer and coauthor of the best-selling Suburban Nation. Watching Mary Tyler Moore while he was growing up, city planner Jeff Speck saw a different […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 19th, 2012 3:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Measuring Happiness in Cities

From Hazel Borys, Better! Cities & Towns: In most physical and policy planning, triple bottom line benchmarks focus on environment and economy, and tend to skim over the subject of society. That’s probably because urban design impacts are much easier to measure with respect to profit and planet than they are with respect to people. Any good MBA professor […]

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Shelby County Government is coming face-to-face with the difficult realities of adequately funding a new countywide school district, and it’s likely that there are no painless solutions for the future. City of Memphis faces serious financial decisions for the future, ranging from how to fund post-employment benefits to how to do more than fund fire […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Shelby County government | November 16th, 2012 3:16pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Governing: We’ve grown weary of debates about privatization, especially those where commentators tell us that it is always good or that it is never good. This simplistic argument is troubling as it leaves out an alternative: managed competition. Instead of simply preselecting private- or public-sector employees, projects can be put out for bid with […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Uncategorized | November 15th, 2012 3:17pm CDT | Comments Off on Why U.S. Has High Child Poverty Rate

From The Atlantic: As I wrote in The Atlantic in 2003, the traditional family—one breadwinner and one homemaker—has been replaced by the “juggler family” with either two working parents or a single parent who works. Nine years later, the nation no longer clings quite so tightly to the ideal of the 1950s family, but policies […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Trends and Issues | November 15th, 2012 12:40am CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton recently talked to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam about toxic stress, brain development, and epigenetics. The mayor may not have used those actual words, but in asking for the state’s help to fight Memphis’ intractable poverty, he was discussing them nonetheless. In the meeting in the governor’s office in Nashville, Mayor […]

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by (RSS) Education | November 14th, 2012 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on State Merit Aid Does Little To Affect Residency Decisions of Graduates

From Inside Higher Ed: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2012/11/13/report-state-merit-aid-influences-residency-decisions-few-graduates One of the major justifications for state financial aid programs based on academic merit – grants that studies show go disproportionately to students from affluent families — is that they keep those students, who might otherwise go elsewhere for college, in the state during and after their undergraduate years. But […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | November 14th, 2012 12:05am CDT | 3 Comments

It would dispel suspicion if the public could see online the length of each tax freeze (Payment-in-lieu-of-taxes), how much in city and county taxes are being waived, the number of jobs being created and their average wages, and the beneficiaries as well as the application for the PILOT and the cost-benefit report. Surely, there’s no […]

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