Archive for June, 2013

by (RSS) Livability | June 28th, 2013 3:10pm CST | Comments Off on Loving My City Enough to Fight For It

From Next City: Ten years ago, I was living in Oberlin, a college town 30 miles from Cleveland. I was newly divorced, and ready to start dating, but not anyone in my small, company town. So I met Cleveland men. And by meeting them, I got to know the city: the swanky cocktail bar on […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | June 28th, 2013 12:01am CST | 15 Comments

UPDATE: We have been notified by Gale Carson, communications director par excellence at MLGW, that the utility company’s president Jerry Collins has emailed her that the pole, contrary to the opinion of the neighbors, is not an MLGW project and instead, it belongs (and is to be installed) by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  The […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | June 27th, 2013 3:08pm CST | 2 Comments

From Urbanophile: Nashville has been on a roll in recent years, with a rapidly growing population (including a rapidly expanding immigrant base), robust job growth (#1 among large cities in 2012 on a percentage basis), and lots of positive national press. I’ve been visiting about once a year in recent years and have always had […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening, Planning and Urban Design | June 26th, 2013 3:00pm CST | 1 Comment

From The Dirt: A bit more than 10 years ago, Ryan Gravel, a Georgia Tech architecture and urban planning master’s student, delivered a whopper of a thesis. His vision was to transform the mostly abandoned railroad lines that circle Atlanta into a new network of transit, parks, and pedestrian and bike trails. While that vision […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 26th, 2013 12:13am CST | Comments Off on Auto-PILOT Driving Budgets Into The Ditch

As budget deliberations wind down to a close, it seems that every facet of local government has been examined and almost every option has been considered for cost savings or new revenues.  That’s what makes it even strange how little serious discussion there was about changes to the PILOT programs that waive almost $100 million […]

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by (RSS) Education, Livability, Poverty | June 25th, 2013 3:22pm CST | Comments Off on Do Bookless Libraries Improve Access for the Poor?

From Atlantic Cities: For a long time, you could divide the library patrons of San Antonio, Texas, into two categories — the haves and the have nots. Inside the city limits, there was a robust library system with 26 locations and a bookmobile. Outside, in the unincorporated suburbs of Bexar County, there was no public […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Livability, Planning and Urban Design | June 24th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Tactical Urbanism Builds Better Blocks and Streets

From Citiwire.net: By Sam Newberg Tactical urbanism is blossoming in the United States, bringing the opportunity to change how we look at our neighborhoods and cities, and most important, how we improve them. In early June, on a high-traffic street in St. Paul, Minn., Andrew Howard and Team Better Block tried some tactical urbanism to […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | June 24th, 2013 12:05am CST | Comments Off on Fighting Crime Is About More Than Police

After the yearly chaos that seems now to be a regular accompaniment of City of Memphis budget hearings, it appears that there is hope that the budget proposal with the best odds of passage has the potential of being an outcome much better than one expected only a few days ago. As last week’s City […]

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by (RSS) Education | June 21st, 2013 3:00pm CST | 2 Comments

Teachers are optimistic that new evaluation tools are improving teaching and learning A new report from Teach Plus reveals Memphis teachers’ views on the impact of evaluation reform and suggests positive trend to come     Washington, DC – A report released today by Teach Plus examines Memphis teachers’ opinions on the early years of […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government | June 21st, 2013 12:11am CST | 1 Comment

State of Tennessee unlawfully arrested members of the Occupy Nashville group two years ago during a protest encampment on War Memorial Plaza and violated their First Amendment rights to free speech, according to a ruling a week ago by federal Judge Aleta Trauger. In the ruling, federal judge Aleta Trauger declared that state and local […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | June 19th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on City Transformation Isn’t About Heroes

From Next City: The following is an edited excerpt from the upcoming book The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley. Brookings Institution Press will release the book on June 17. When economic sociologist Sean Safford first began comparing midcentury board lineups of local Boy Scout chapters and garden clubs in the cities of […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | June 19th, 2013 12:31am CST | 5 Comments

Denise Scott Brown deserved better. In the end, the board of the Pritzker Prize in architecture denied her the fair share that she deserved in the Prize awarded in 1991 to her design partner and husband, Robert Venturi.  Unfortunately, the board treated rules as inviolate and passed up the opportunity to address longstanding feelings that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 18th, 2013 3:00pm CST | 1 Comment

From The Atlantic: By Ta-Nehisi Coates I’ve spent the last couple of months looking at the roots of white supremacists’ policy, and the limits of color-blind policy in addressing its damage. A few weeks back, while debating Andrew over IQ differentials, I cautioned againstcomparisons between blacks and whites which claim to control for income and even […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 17th, 2013 3:37pm CST | Comments Off on The “Best Editor in America” Award

From The BIG Slice: It is time to blow the whistle on newspaper editors who claim that they rid themselves of their editorial cartoonist for ‘budgetary’ reasons. It is a dishonest, disingenuous, and duplicitous assault on the truth. That is not to say that there are not budgetary problems facing newspapers across America, just that […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 17th, 2013 12:36am CST | Comments Off on Teaming Up For Our Youngest Children

Don’t put away those Grizzlies’ yellow growl towels just yet. We need to bring that same level of energy, determination, and civic pride to improve the lives of the youngest children in Memphis. Imagine what we could get done with everyone cheering on early childhood programs. Imagine the responses from children who have a city […]

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by (RSS) Talent | June 14th, 2013 3:07pm CST | Comments Off on The Value of Building Your Own Talent

From Sustainable Cities Collective by Jim Russell: Attract talent or die. That’s the one imperative of the zero-sum Creative Class game. Another run at Cool Cities in Michigan: David Egner, president of the Hudson-Webber Foundation and executive director of the of the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, said the suburbs will benefit from a […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 14th, 2013 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis MSA: #89 in Share of Blue Collar STEM Jobs, #51 in Number of Jobs

From Governing: Jobs emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills have long conjured up images of research universities and corporate offices. Many such STEM-heavy jobs require a bachelor’s or advanced degree. But what’s often not talked about is the roughly equal number of STEM jobs found on factory floor shops, construction sites and other […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | June 14th, 2013 12:28am CST | 9 Comments

Have you ever gotten a letter or an email when you know that the person who sent it to you is really writing to the person receiving a copy – or you can tell he’s likely writing to someone who’s getting a blind copy? That’s the feeling that we get when we read the second […]

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