Archive for November, 2013

by (RSS) Economic Development | November 27th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Time To End Corporate Bribery Posing as Economic Development

From Governing: For several decades we have been conducting an economic-policy experiment in state and local governments, and now it’s time to stop the testing because the results are clear: The dominant paradigm, incentive-fueled competition among these governments, does not create economic prosperity. Two big facts confirm this conclusion. First, as the New York Times […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 26th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on A Thanksgiving Message About Income Inequality

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Education | November 25th, 2013 12:30am CDT | 13 Comments

The sound defeat of a referendum to increase the local option sales tax rate to pay for much-needed Pre-K programs for Memphis children is a reminder of how easy it is to position almost any issue as a fight between the haves and the have-nots. It’s also a reminder of how some people seem willing […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 22nd, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 6 Comments

From Atlantic Cities: Gentrification is a highly charged issue, to say the least. Perhaps that’s why a new analysis by Daniel Hartley, a research economist at the Cleveland Federal Reserve, has generated so much attention. Hartley’s study used Census data to examine the extent of gentrification across America’s 55 largest cities over the past decade. (His data track […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 20th, 2013 3:30pm CDT | 2 Comments

From Atlantic Cities: Urbanists and planners like to imagine and design for a world of diversity. Diversity, we like to think, is both a social good and, as I’ve argued, a spur to innovation and economic growth. But to what degree is this goal of diverse, cohesive community attainable, even in theory? That’s the key […]

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by (RSS) Education | November 20th, 2013 12:54am CDT | 5 Comments

There is no longer any argument about the value of Pre-K in Memphis and Shelby County. The challenge now is to fund it adequately so that every child can benefit from it. A year ago this month, The Urban Child Institute wrote that Memphis and Shelby County had reached the tipping point on early child […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 19th, 2013 3:30pm CDT | Comments Off on Where Home Values Have Plummeted

From Atlantic Cities: Since the start of the recession, median home values have dropped across America’s largest cities: in New York (by about $40,400), in Los Angeles ($124,100), in Phoenix ($80,400) and Miami ($94,300). Thirty-five of the 50 largest cities in the country saw a significant decline, comparing the American Community Survey data from 2010-2012 […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 18th, 2013 3:04pm CDT | Comments Off on Net Migration Estimates Paint Troubling Portrait for Memphis and Shelby County

This is a particularly interesting site for all of us in Memphis who are tracking 25-34 year-olds.  For a frame of reference, compare migration for Shelby County and Davidson County. From Planetizen: I just discovered an interesting new website, Net Migration Patterns for US.  This site contains migration data by age group for every county […]

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by (RSS) Talent | November 18th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on 35 Best Cities for People Under 35

http://www.vocativ.com/11-2013/livability/# Our semi-exhaustive, mostly scientific guide to America’s most livable cities If you’re 24, buried in college loans and looking for a job in a city that’s affordable but not completely depressing, you’re probably wondering where to start (while spoon-feeding yourself ice cream in your high-school bedroom). On the other hand, if you’re in your […]

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by (RSS) Education | November 18th, 2013 12:45am CDT | 4 Comments

New research from a Vanderbilt study released a couple of months ago. supports national and local studies that preschool helps children succeed in school. The study, still in its interim stage, reflects many of the same behavioral gains that have been found in more complete national studies. * Vanderbilt found that children who attend PreK […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Politics and Government | November 15th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Toronto’s Problems Are Bigger Than Its Mayor – Governance and Growth

From the Globe and Mail – by Richard Florida: Bill de Blasio, the newly elected mayor of New York, rode to office on the phrase “a tale of two cities,” reflecting the stark divide between the ever-growing fortunes of the super-rich and the sagging conditions of everyone else. Rob Ford rose to power on the […]

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by (RSS) Education | November 15th, 2013 12:21am CDT | 12 Comments

When we look to cities that are moving in the right direction these days, it’s almost inevitable that there was a point in time when a strategic decision or investment was made that changed their trajectories for the better. The best investments – the ones that have the traction to change things – are rooted […]

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by (RSS) Talent | November 14th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Best Affordable Places for Millennials to Achieve Their Goals

From Atlantic Cities: My generation, the Millennials, are infamously the first Americans who are not necessarily expected to do better than their parents. Having come of age during the Great Recession and now a long-lived weak job market, the assumption is not only that we’ll be less wealthy, but that the traditional markers of adulthood […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 13th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 2 Comments

The Washington Post has published a map of the nation’s Super Zips – those ranking highest on income and college education. Click here to see the map for Memphis. A Zip ranking between 0 and 99 represents the average of a zip code’s percentile ranks in college education and income.  A ranking of 95 and […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | November 12th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Mercatus Center at George Mason University Blog: by Eileen Norcross  Earlier this month Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers went on their second strike of the year. With public transport dysfunctional for four days, area residents were not necessarily sympathetic to the workers’ complaints, according to The Economist. The incident only drew attention to […]

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There’s so much under way in Memphis that’s exciting in the way that they are creating new economic engines and adding new quality of life assets, but often, people in neighborhoods out of the mainstream – those under serious stress and in decline – feel like all of these projects are about someone else. This […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 11th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Ranks Low in Gentrification

From Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Gentrification and Financial Health Daniel Hartley Gentrification is a form of neighborhood change. While it does not have a precise definition, it is commonly associated with an increase in income, rising home prices or rents, and sometimes with changes in the occupational mix and educational level of neighborhood residents. […]

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by (RSS) Education, Talent | November 9th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on U of M Chosen as 1 of 6 Finalists for Economic Engagement Honor

From Association of Public and Land Grant Universities: Seeking to recognize public universities that have demonstrated exemplary work in economic engagement, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) today announced six finalists for its inaugural Economic Prosperity University Awards (IEPA).  The finalists, which were drawn from a pool of 16 institutions that APLU recently […]

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