Archive for October, 2013

by (RSS) Talent | October 31st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Aye Memphis: My Thoughts on Memphis Blog by Larry Jensen: Last weekend more than 400 Teach for America Memphis area teachers gathered at the Memphis Academy in Frayser for an in-service training day. This was an impressive gathering of young people serving our city.  I spoke to a breakout group of about 35 TFA […]

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by (RSS) Talent, Trends and Issues | October 30th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on The Golden Age of American Cities—and What’s Really Behind It

From The Atlantic: The New York City mayoral race is entering its final days, and it seems all but certain that Bill de Blasio will be the new master of City Hall. That’s prompted anxiety among some in New York, best encapsulated by an ad run by Republican challenger Joseph Lhota warning that the city would revert […]

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Some members of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners are incensed because City of Memphis has not ponied up its $7.5 million for the budget of Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE), but then again, the more pertinent question is why should Memphians be expected to pay twice – one time as […]

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by (RSS) Livability | October 29th, 2013 12:18am CDT | Comments Off on Making Sure Bike Lanes Are Not White Lanes

From People for Bikes: Rev. Kenneth Gunn’s ministry at Chicago’s Bread of Life Church encompasses both the Bible and bicycles. He organized a bike club that regularly rides from the South Side church to Lake Michigan and along the Lakefront Trail. In his spare time, Gunn repairs donated bikes that he gives to kids in […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 28th, 2013 12:48am CDT | Comments Off on Can 2013 Be Year of the Memphis Child?

This may turn out to be the Year of the Child in Memphis. In 2013, we saw the merger of the old city and county school districts into the new Shelby County Schools. Despite rhetoric by some critics — especially suburban ones — that Memphians gave up educating their children when they voted to surrender […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 25th, 2013 12:16am CDT | 3 Comments

This is what we wrote January 20, 2012: This week, the mayors got a consultants’ report that said, surprise, they were right all along.  But considering that they hired the former Shelby County Schools superintendent, it really isn’t too much of a surprise.  This is one of those cases that has the feeling that the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 24th, 2013 3:56pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Movoto: very year, hundreds of thousands of home buyers are moving to the country’s most booming metropolitan areas. For those that don’t want to deal with the traffic and other hassles of big city living, there are the suburbs. These smaller cities and towns offer proximity to everything their larger neighbors have to offer, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 24th, 2013 12:14am CDT | 3 Comments

These montages are popular for cities around the U.S. these days.  It’s about time for someone to do one for Memphis like the one recently posted for Louisville. By Eric Stemen This is a montage of time lapses taken around Louisville, Kentucky over the course of roughly a year and a half. I started this […]

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  Standing at the foot of Union Avenue, two couples from Indiana are surveying the Mississippi River when one of the men said: “I’ve been here four times for Elvis Week. I absolutely love this city, but it doesn’t look much like it loves itself. Memphis could use lots of TLC.” While the kneejerk reaction […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 22nd, 2013 12:15am CDT | 2 Comments

Bluff City Education is a relatively new, valuable Memphis blog offering an important perspective of Shelby County Schools and educational issues – the perspective of teachers.  It’s impossible to disagree with the blog’s stated purpose: “to ensuring that the teacher voice is heard in the Memphis educational discourse.  We care about our city and believe […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 21st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on There’s No Such Thing as Improving Education Without Attacking Poverty Too

From The Atlantic: In America, what you earn depends largely on your success in school. Unfortunately, your success in school depends largely on what your parents earn. It’s an intergenerational Catch 22 that’s at the heart of modern poverty.   Keep that in mind while looking at the monstrously depressing map up above, which comes courtesy of a new report […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Economic Development, Planning and Urban Design | October 21st, 2013 12:56am CDT | Comments Off on Searching for TDZ Headlines Rather Than TDZ Facts

There is an unfortunate narrative that emerges every now and again in Shelby County Government whenever a project whose benefits accrue to Memphis comes up. The latest example was Shelby County Commissioner Steve Basar’s search for headlines before searching for the facts about the Tourism Development Zone proposed for the redevelopment of the Fairgrounds into […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 18th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 2 Comments

Tennessee Tea Party Republican Representative Bill Dunn, Knoxville, saw fit today to inject his extremist anti-public education views into the Memphis Pre-K sales tax referendum today with a column in The Commercial Appeal.  Such is the behavior of politicians who these days can only see as far as their hysterical delusional affirmation. It’s an indication […]

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by (RSS) Taxation | October 18th, 2013 12:02am CDT | 2 Comments

If Memphis city officials are successful in getting a half-cent local sales tax increase approved by city voters on Nov. 21, the projected $47 million in new revenue from the tax could be cut in half for the next fiscal year that starts on July 1, 2014. Backers of the tax increase have said that […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | October 17th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Turning Public Workers Into Government Advocates

From Governing: On a bright day last spring as I was heading into City Hall in Bloomington, Ind., I overheard one person ask another, “Have you heard they plan to install parking meters downtown?” Bloomington was indeed about to install meters, so the comment wasn’t a surprising one, except for one thing: The two people […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | October 16th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Jeff Speck’s TED Talk: The Walkable City

Our friend Jeff Speck recently gave a TED talk about the “Walkable City,”  which was based on his book of the same name.  He speaks of principles and priorities that undergirded his review of 20 years of riverfront reports in Memphis.  Hired by Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. to provide him with an actionable […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | October 16th, 2013 12:31am CDT | 9 Comments

For past few weeks, John Lawrence, manager of economic development planning for EDGE, has been writing a series about the Memphis and Shelby County Regional Economic Development Plan.  We are deeply grateful to him for taking the time to author nine posts that illuminate the ambitions and attitudes of the planning process.  Here’s his final […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | October 15th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Does Tennessee’s Business Friendly Ranking Really Matter?

From governing: The Tax Foundation published its annual State Business Tax Climate Index study on Wednesday, ranking the most and least friendly states for companies to do business. As in years past, the release generated no shortage of media attention. The index serves as a benchmark for comparison and is often cited by elected officials, […]

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