Archive for January, 2014

by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Planning and Urban Design | January 31st, 2014 3:01pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Detroit Free Press: At a recent conference on blight removal at Marygrove College, longtime Detroit activist Maggie DeSantis pressed businessman Dan Gilbert for the economic model that he and others assumed would fill up the city’s vacant land once the Gilbert-led blight removal effort has finished its work. Gilbert told DeSantis and the other […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 31st, 2014 12:37am CDT | 5 Comments

Everyone these days has their own list of moonshots – inspired by the description by the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle of its own priorities – and we’re no different. In truth, what we call moonshots might be called business as usual or priorities for 1995 in many cities.  For that reason, we apologize in […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 30th, 2014 3:29pm CDT | 5 Comments

From Chalkbeat Tennessee: The Shelby County school district is planning to close as many as 13 schools in Memphis next year. The district is holding hearings at each of the affected schools over the next few weeks. After a public hearing at Alcy Elementary School, Reginald Porter, Jr., the district’s chief of staff and a former […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | January 29th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Governing: A new report out of the Rockefeller Institute of Government paints the darkest picture of issues surrounding public-employee pensions I have ever read. But unlike so many reports brimming with dire warnings about pensions, Strengthening the Security of Public Sector Defined Benefit Plans isn’t anti-government-employee or anti-union and, as its title suggests, it […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 28th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

By Atlantic Cities, by Richard Florida: During his State of the Union address tonight, President Obama will offer “concrete, practical proposals” on economic recovery and the growth of the middle class – top issues for nearly 90 percent of Americans, according to a recent Gallup poll. Political rhetoric aside, economists debate the extent of the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 27th, 2014 12:15am CDT | 7 Comments

There is more talk about moonshots here these days than at the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral. Once the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Chairman’s Circle used the term, moonshots, to describe its ambitions, it has become a common feature of conversations all over Memphis. It defines a priority that has the ability to change the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | January 23rd, 2014 3:10pm CDT | Comments Off on Music and Cultural Festivals Are Big Bucks for Cities

From Governing: In 1871 the Great Chicago Fire killed more than 300 people, leveled the city’s central business district and left more than 100,000 people—a third of its population—homeless. A massive rebuilding effort followed, re-establishing the city’s status as a center of transportation and trade. By 1893, the Chicago World’s Fair drew 27 million visitors […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 23rd, 2014 12:59am CDT | Comments Off on Head Start Prepares to Enter a New Era

Shelby County Government appears to be on the verge of finding the best possible result for the local Head Start program – a designation that seems likely to lead to a collaboration between Porter-Leath and Shelby County Schools. There were plenty of questions and concern when the administration of Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell decided […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | January 22nd, 2014 3:09pm CDT | Comments Off on Difficult Job Market for College Grads

From Atlantic Cities: These post-recession years have not been gentle on young college grads, and by now, you’ve heard plenty of stories about students matriculating from campus to life as a barista. But how many B.A.’s are really out there toiling in dead-end jobs? A new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York […]

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by (RSS) Livability | January 21st, 2014 3:01pm CDT | 27 Comments

If, as the well-known aphorism says, patriotism if the last refuge of the scoundrel, more and more, the Memphis and Shelby County Board of Adjustment is becoming the last refuge of zoning scoundrels. It’s become the go to public board for anyone who wants to protect billboards and to make a mockery of the intent […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 20th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Sam Berns: 1996 – 2014 — The Secret to a Happy Life

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature | January 19th, 2014 12:34am CDT | 1 Comment

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. Surely, that is the feeling that Mark Norris has as leader of the Tennessee Legislature. He has a reputation as a clever and opportunistic politician, but the Senate Majority Leader has to shake his head at some of the machinations of his fellow legislators […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 17th, 2014 3:13pm CDT | Comments Off on Ravitch, Rhee and School Reform

From Governing: When President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in early 2002, he described the sweeping education overhaul as a landmark piece of civil rights legislation. Closing the achievement gap between white students and non-Asian minority students was, the former president liked to say, “the civil rights struggle of our […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 16th, 2014 3:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Common Core Fight Far From Over

From Governing: The future of Common Core is in doubt. In the reddest states—places like Alabama and Oklahoma—legislators are vowing to dismantle it entirely. In less staunchly conservative states (Indiana, Wisconsin), legislators have “pressed pause.” In New York state, hardly a Republican stronghold, parents and educators are angry over preliminary results. The Common Core State […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development | January 15th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Triumph of the Entrepreneurial City

From Pacific Standard – The Science of Society: Before the Great Recession, all cities hailed the financial district. Post-crisis, Bruce Katz and Brookings hail the innovation district as the driving logic of urban economic geography. The innovation district is defined in opposition to the suburban tech park. More on that bit of geographic myth-making later […]

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by (RSS) Education | January 15th, 2014 12:45am CDT | Comments Off on Talk Is Never Cheap For Our Youngest Children

During the Pre-K campaign, our friend and long-time Memphis blogger Steve Steffens (LeftWingCracker) often said that although Pre-K is important, in truth, interventions with our children should begin even earlier in their lives. There is no question that he is right. He commented on one of our posts about Pre-K: “Pre-K is a good start, […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government, Poverty | January 14th, 2014 3:15pm CDT | Comments Off on One Reason the Poor Have Less Political Clout

From Atlantic Cities: The U.S. electorate isn’t entirely represented by the people in the U.S. who vote. Women are more likely to vote than men. Until the 2012 presidential election, whites were significantly more likely to vote than all minority groups. On the whole, Americans are more likely to vote the more education they have, […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | January 14th, 2014 12:37am CDT | 8 Comments

  There’s been an interesting conversation taking place in connection with our post: The Tennessee Brewery Deserves a Creative Future. We’re bringing it here in hopes that you’ll join in.   Carla Peacher-Ryan says: January 6, 2014 at 6:45 am The problem is not lack of creativity at this point – the problem is money. […]

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