Archive for March, 2013

by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development | March 29th, 2013 2:18pm CDT | 1 Comment

From CitiWire.net: Once again, the City of Atlanta is defying its relatively small population base and its own economic challenges to invest in Georgia’s future – a new, state-owned stadium for the Atlanta Falcons football team. The agreement between the City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Falcons holds great significance – far beyond the building […]

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by (RSS) Education | March 28th, 2013 3:28pm CDT | Comments Off on Parent Trigger Laws: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

From Cloaking Inequity: Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Matthew 7:15). The true nature of corporate-minded “reformers” (i.e. DFERs) will be revealed by their actions (by their fruits shall ye know them, verse 16). Parent trigger laws inspired by ALEC and others have been […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | March 28th, 2013 12:35am CDT | 2 Comments

From Memphis magazine: At a time when more than 60 percent of a city’s economic success is linked to its percentage of college-educated workers, Memphis has to step up its pace in the race for talent if it is to jump start a stronger economy. Few topics have been discussed as much in the past […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | March 27th, 2013 3:24pm CDT | Comments Off on Cities Struggle Toward the Future

From Next City: Last week, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter delivered his budget for the 2013 fiscal year in the form of a prepared speech. But the speech wasn’t given to City Council and the public, as usual; it was delivered to a press corps. And the story they took away wasn’t the minutiae of how […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | March 27th, 2013 12:01am CDT | 1 Comment

For the first time in the 25-year history of PILOTs in this community, the process has been doused with a healthy dose of transparency. For this, we can all thank the city-county economic development board EDGE, which is in the process of posting on its website all the records associated with every tax freeze, and […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | March 26th, 2013 3:20pm CDT | Comments Off on The Inequities of Playgrounds

From Atlantic Cities: Low-income, minority neighborhoods in cities are often heavily disinvested places, with less money spent there on road repair, civic infrastructure or cultural projects than in other parts of town. This pattern, it appears, may even extend to public parks, with the result that the children who need exercise the most may be […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | March 25th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The Tools Needed to Help Poor Neighborhoods

From Governing: Near the end of my first year as mayor of Kansas City, I approached Ajamu Webster to help me design a program to stimulate economic development in the city’s urban core. I had declared in my inauguration speech that the first tax-increment-financing deal I would sign would be for a project “east of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | March 25th, 2013 12:31am CDT | 1 Comment

EDGE has taken roughly a year and a quarter to get organized and bring coherency to the incentives doled out to businesses, but so far, it feels a lot like business as usual. More than anything, EDGE reliably churns out approvals of tax freezes under the PILOT (payment-in-lieu-of-taxes) program, and it has even managed to […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | March 22nd, 2013 3:18pm CDT | Comments Off on When Citizens Deliver Services to Themselves

From governing.com: Citizen engagement has traditionally been viewed as citizens participating in community activities such as testifying on policy proposals, budgets and strategic plans. But government does more than policy and budgets. And citizens want to do more than testify or volunteer at the local food bank. How can state and local governments engage their […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | March 22nd, 2013 12:01am CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Memphis City Councilman Jim Strickland have waded into the renaming of three Memphis parks who were stripped of their Confederate provenances.  Regardless of their good intentions, they should leave well enough alone. Rather than listening to a few Civil War-obsessed people, they should talk to young people and visitors […]

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by (RSS) Education | March 21st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on How to convince the public to abandon the wishy-washy notion of education for all in three easy steps

From EduShyster.com:   The Great Deception   It is an indisputably true fact that our public schools are *hopelessly* failing beyond any hope of excellence. Yet the public remains strangely attached to the idea that publicly-funded schools have an obligation to educate all kids. Alas, that old-fashioned notion of equity is like the Lindsay Lohan […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | March 20th, 2013 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on How Tallahassee Overhauled Public Transit Overnight

From Governing: Nearly two years ago, transit officials in Tallahassee did something that might be unprecedented: Overnight, they eliminated every existing bus route, created new ones, and they did it all without any gradual phase-in period whatsoever. Although officials with Tallahassee’s StarMetro said they were trying to fix a system that had become horribly inefficient, […]

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Nationally-known planner, architectural designer, author, and New Urbanist co-creator Jeff Speck laid out six simple ideas Monday night for the Memphis riverfront, but those simple ideas could transform it. He managed to weave a new fabric from the 25 years of studies that have been written about the riverfront – 19 were listed in his […]

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by (RSS) Talent, Trends and Issues | March 18th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The Countries Where Women Have the Best Lives

From The Atlantic: The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, 1909, a day designated by the Socialist Party of America to honor of the 1908 garment workers’ strike in New York. From there, the day expanded internationally to include women’s movements agitating for the right to vote, work, and hold public office. […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education, Talent | March 18th, 2013 12:20am CDT | Comments Off on Tuition Hikes Costly for Memphis’s Competitiveness

Memphis has to do a lot right at the same time if it is to succeed in an economy where winners and losers are often determined by talent and connectivity. It’s the obstacle to connectivity caused by high airfares that led us to create the Facebook group, Delta Does Memphis, as a way to give […]

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by (RSS) Taxation, Transportation | March 15th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Mass Transit Use Isn’t Up Everywhere – Think Memphis

From Atlantic Cities: The big news in U.S. public transit this week was that Americans took 10.5 billion trips in 2012 — the second-highest number since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association. Ridership rose more than a point over last year’s figures on buses and subway systems, nearly 4.5 percent on light rail […]

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by (RSS) Talent | March 14th, 2013 12:16am CDT | Comments Off on Volunteers Take Odyssey Into Memphis Meaning

Addendum:  We received the following email regarding Volunteer Odyssey so here’s your chance to sign up: As many of you know, I’ve started on a new adventure called Volunteer Odyssey and I’m recruiting bloggers! Maybe you know the perfect person!  Volunteer Odyssey is a 7-day volunteering/blogging tour of the Memphis nonprofit scene, specifically designed for […]

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by (RSS) Education | March 13th, 2013 3:05pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Shanker Blog: A recent Mathematica report on the performance of KIPP charter schools expands and elaborates on their prior analyses of these schools’ (estimated) effects on average test scores and other outcomes (also here). These findings are important and interesting, and were covered extensively elsewhere. As is usually the case with KIPP, the results […]

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