Archive for December, 2013

by (RSS) Parks and Greening, Planning and Urban Design | December 31st, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Private Ownership with Public Good in Seattle

From Sustainable Cities Collective: Louis Sullivan famously stated “Form follows function.” One of the main functions of a downtown building should be to be usable to the public. In Seattle, this is done through privately-owned public spaces and architectural nuances. Sometimes this is obvious; but often the best public spaces are in hidden places. The […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Trends and Issues, Uncategorized | December 30th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Atlantic Cities: Cities change so fast that it can be hard take stock of the changes that really mattered. So we’ve asked a collection of professional city observers to do just that. Writers, urban planners, and local governmentistas in 20 U.S. cities shared with us the best thing their city did this year. The […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | December 30th, 2013 12:49am CDT | 4 Comments

It has been said that national politics is like a pendulum, swinging regularly from right to left.  The same pendulum metaphor is equally adept for the philosophy of the Greater Memphis Chamber, where the pendulum regularly swings between consultants’ reports calling for greater emphasis on membership services and others calling for more involvement in public […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Tennessee Legislature | December 23rd, 2013 3:16pm CDT | Comments Off on Why Cities Can’t Win in State Governments

From Atlantic Cities: In 1969, Norman Mailer entered New York’s Democratic mayoral primary with a simple, if fanciful, campaign platform: “New York City: the 51st State.” Mailer’s New York, he promised, would be free from the control of those “upstate legislators who don’t care about the city.” Mailer’s frustrated platform reflects an age-old urbanist complaint: […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | December 20th, 2013 3:07pm CDT | Comments Off on 13 Most Important Charts of 2013

From Economic Policy Institute: As we say goodbye to 2013, the economy is still failing ordinary workers. What is being done to make it better? Not enough. Public spending and public investment are too low, wages for increasingly productive workers are flat or falling, and the minimum wage is inadequate. However, there is hope for […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | December 20th, 2013 12:38am CDT | 6 Comments

It’s easy to understand why Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. thinks about the Mississippi River so much. As he answers a neverending list of telephone calls and emails at his desk in his seventh floor City Hall office, he has a panoramic view of the river that drives his determination to make the most […]

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by (RSS) Talent | December 18th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Seeing Memphis Through New Eyes

We met Billy Bicket recently and we were impressed by the experience and skills he brings to Memphis – a city he chose after considering several others as well.  Prior to moving to Memphis, he has been leading the design and development of capacity-building and community-based programs around the globe for over 20 years. Over […]

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by (RSS) Livability | December 17th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Most Walkable Cities: 1.9% of Memphians Walk to Work

From Governing: Densely populated neighborhoods, commercial district city squares and multiple public transit lines all span the city of Cambridge, Mass., creating an environment ideal for walking. The most recent Census counts estimate nearly a quarter of the city’s residents walk to work, far more than any other larger U.S. city. Many localities across the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | December 17th, 2013 12:38am CDT | 7 Comments

The economic impact report on the Memphis Redbirds by University of Memphis’ Sparks Center for Business and Economic contained some persuasive information about the importance of Triple-A baseball in Memphis – $24 million a year in economic impact – but what caught our eye were a couple of charts that illustrated the case that we’ve […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Planning and Urban Design | December 16th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Corporations Moving Back from the ‘Burbs

From Wall Street Journal: When Motorola Mobility lined up a Silicon Valley candidate a few months ago for a VP-level role, the phone maker was hopeful he’d accept. After all, the company offered the chance to develop products at a subsidiary of Google Inc. The engineer declined. His reason: the prospect of relocating to Libertyville, […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Trends and Issues | December 13th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Researchers Suggest Rules Can Help Predict Cities’ Futures

From Next City: It’s no shocker that the world is rapidly urbanizing. The World Health Organization estimates that 70 percent of the global population will live in cities and towns by 2050, up from just 50 percent today. Predicting exactly where and when those urban migrations will occur, however, has proven difficult in the past, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | December 12th, 2013 12:43am CDT | 3 Comments

When it comes to the Tourism Development Zone, it seems that the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is on the verge of gagging on a gnat while swallowing a camel. But when you mix in the opportunity to make political hay with some anti-Memphis rhetoric, it’s just too tempting for some commissioners to pass up. […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | December 11th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Atlantic Cities: Though they may run counter to conventional wisdom, these 10 research-backed policy ideas could reduce crime in the United States. Here’s how—and why. 1. Divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system. Talk of super-predators and the Knock-Out Game reinforce stereotypes of marauding teenagers that need to be locked away for the good of society. But there’s […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Shelby County government | December 10th, 2013 3:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Understanding Government Budgets

From Governing: Many state and local officials have significant financial responsibilities but are themselves not finance people. Often they are elected officials with fiduciary responsibility for the governments they lead. In other cases, they’ve been appointed to an important leadership position. Frequently they find themselves having to deal with the audited financial statements of the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education, Poverty | December 9th, 2013 3:33pm CDT | 1 Comment

From The Urban Child Institute:  

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | December 9th, 2013 12:29am CDT | 6 Comments

Nothing is quite as confusing as government financing, and that’s never been truer than now. There seems to be big numbers everywhere, and judging from public debate and comments on The Commercial Appeal articles, there is big, big confusion. There are times when even insiders in government get confused by the blizzard of numbers, funding […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | December 5th, 2013 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Lags in List of Cities With Declines in Driving

From Atlantic Cities: One of the simplest ways to measure our dependence on cars is to look at the share of commuters in a given city who get to work in a private vehicle. These are the people who rely on automobiles as part of their everyday travel patterns. They’re people who live too far […]

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by (RSS) Education | December 5th, 2013 12:32am CDT | Comments Off on Germantown School Official Flunks Merger Facts

David Pickler is like the firebug who sets a fire and then returns while it is fully ablaze to criticize how the fire department is handling it. These days, he has begun a campaign to rewrite the history of the school merger to fit his political needs in Germantown. Lost in the op-ed column in […]

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