Archive for January, 2013

by (RSS) Livability | January 31st, 2013 3:00pm CST | 1 Comment

From Sustainable Cities Collective: Lean. Guerilla. Incremental. Vernacular. Tactical. These are all words Andrés Duany used to describe the “new, new urbanism” at the CNU-FL Statewide meeting this past week at the University of Miami. A founder, and arguably the most influential member of the Congress of the New Urbanism, the room fell silent as […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | January 30th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Where College Degrees Are Found (Memphis #81) and Why They Matter

From Brookings Institution:As another college graduation season draws to a close, New York Times reports the results of a small analysis we conducted on college degree attainment rates in metropolitan areas. We examined the share of adults age 25 and over in the 100 largest U.S. metro areas who held at least a bachelor’s degree […]

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by (RSS) Talent | January 30th, 2013 12:21am CST | 5 Comments

Note: The comments on this blog following our post last week about Memphis losing the race for talent have been important and enlightening.  We have received emails from people connected with several prominent local organizations who have asked what we should do regarding talent.  We have sent all of them the link to these comments […]

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by (RSS) Talent | January 29th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Report Calls for Renewed Focus on Raising College-Completion Rates

From Chronicle of Higher Education: Improving college-completion rates is “an economic and moral imperative,” a national higher-education commission said on Wednesday in an open letter to college and university leaders. The letter, which takes the form of a report subtitled “College Completion Must Be Our Priority,” summarizes a yearlong effort by the National Commission on […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | January 28th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Everybody Loves Parks: Why Won’t Cities Fund Them?

From Next City: Last November, the Philadelphia City Council approved a $2.67 million increase to funding for the Department of Parks and Recreation. The decision was roundly cheered by residents and the advocacy groups that had long pushed for the cash infusion. “This has been unprecedented for many years, it’s a excellent start. This will […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Trends and Issues | January 28th, 2013 12:27am CST | 3 Comments

If Memphis’s lack of self-worth and the tendency by too many people here to see nothing good in their own hometown, the decision by The Commercial Appeal to cover a story in the New York Times that covered Nashville as a new “it city” pioneered new territory. Why Memphians get all emotional, either negatively or […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | January 25th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on The Brain Gain: The Rise of San Antonio’s Talent Economy

From Texas CEO magazine: Jim Russell is an economic geographer. The job description of an economic geographer is not exactly part of the mainstream lexicon – economic geographers study the relationship between the economy and the movement of people. In San Antonio, economic geography means the relationship between economic growth and the recent in-migration of […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 24th, 2013 2:55pm CST | 1 Comment

The Commercial Appeal has editorialized on a topic of which it knows nothing.  In the call for passage of a voucher bill for public education, our local paper has once again ventured down the ideological path promoted by an elite group of “ed-reformers” which have privatization of public schools on the agenda rather than better […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 24th, 2013 12:12am CST | Comments Off on So, Who Can Really Vouch for the Latest Magic Answer?

No public service attracts more magic answers, more instant experts, and more doctrinaire debate than urban public education. Sadly, much of the discussion about public education is always anchored in two ideas: 1) public schools are bad, and 2) any program that takes students out of them is good.  As a result, there are more […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 23rd, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on What Do International Tests Really Show About U.S. Students?

From Economic Policy Institute: Education policymakers and analysts express great concern about the performance of U.S. students on international tests. Education reformers frequently invoke the relatively poor performance of U.S. students to justify school policy changes. In December 2012, the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) released national average results from the […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Transportation | January 22nd, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Top Reasons People Stop Using Public Transit

From Governing: Nothing ruins a public transportation rider’s day quite like waiting around for a train or bus that never shows up. Turns out that if it happens enough, riders will start giving up on transit, according to a new report. University of California, Berkeley researchers examined exactly what effect a transit system’s unreliability has on […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Transportation | January 21st, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on The Hard Truth about Transportation Spending

From Better! Cities & Towns blog: While on an individual level it is clear that today’s transportation agencies are filled with people who are professional and want to do the right thing, the institutional inertia is carrying them in wayward directions. We’re Pennsylvania bound this weekend with Curbside Chats beginning on Monday morning. I’m very […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | January 21st, 2013 12:40am CST | 31 Comments

The Memphis metro continues to lose the battle for the talented workers that drive the knowledge economy. Sometimes, in our region, we think that being busy is the same as being effective.  Data show how our region is paying the price for talking a lot about talent without following up with the hard work of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 18th, 2013 3:02pm CST | Comments Off on The Great Convention Center Bailout

From Governing: Chicago’s McCormick Place, the nation’s largest convention facility, opened its new addition, the $882 million West Building, to great fanfare in 2007. Unfortunately, the expansion did little to boost attendance, which tumbled to 812,337 that year, a far cry from its 2003 peak of 1.5 million attendees. The convention business is not what […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Trends and Issues | January 17th, 2013 3:18pm CST | Comments Off on Detroit’s Last Stand

From Urbanophile: Last week the Detroit Works Project released their long awaited strategic plan for the city. This is the one led by Toni Griffin that produced a lot of public controversy because of suggestions it would result in the planned shrinkage or decommissioning (or even forced residential relocations) in sparsely populated neighborhoods. Called “Detroit […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Transportation | January 17th, 2013 12:28pm CST | Comments Off on Airport Authority Takes Flight Toward New Era

As Memphis Mayor A C Wharton has said, nothing is harder than changing the culture of government.  The Memphis and Shelby County Airport Authority gets its chance, starting today. With the election of local businessman and former four-term Memphis City Councilman and Chief Administrative Officer Jack Sammons, the oft-criticized Airport Authority has the opportunity to […]

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by (RSS) Transportation, Trends and Issues | January 16th, 2013 3:12pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis: #1 in Fatal Crashes per Capita

From Atlantic Cities: It makes intuitive sense that cities with high-density populations, low car ownership, and good mass transit systems have fewer fatal car crashes, and fewer fatalities involving intoxication, than cities where transportation almost always means driving. Cities with extensive subway systems — New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Washington — are all near […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Uncategorized | January 16th, 2013 12:23am CST | 19 Comments

We guess when you have drifted as far away as Agricenter International has from its founding vision, it’s takes little effort to justify the almost monthly gun shows taking place there. But the decision by Agricenter to defend the gun shows because they are revenue-producing was instructive.  More than anything, it summoned up the old […]

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