Archive for May, 2014

by (RSS) Education | May 30th, 2014 12:14am CDT | 7 Comments

Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is like the proverbial guy trying to change a tire on a car going 100 miles per hour. There’s just so much that can go wrong. Despite generally favorable reviews – and already talk of a contract extension (which seems premature) – and his adroit handling of the most […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | May 29th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

When Mayor Wharton first announced his Clean and Green Initiative, I was excited that our community was taking a common sense approach to economic development through environmental projects, something the Sierra Club wholeheartedly supports. At a January press conference at the Central Library announcing the initiative, the Mayor spoke about one such project where the […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 29th, 2014 12:01am CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Exodus Continues; Hispanics Produce County Gain

By Jimmie Covington A new census estimate that shows a Memphis population loss of 1,106 in the 12 months that ended last July 1 is probably more positive than the actual situation, the pattern of the city’s population change in recent decades indicates. According to historical data, people have been steadily moving out of  the […]

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It is hard to think of a public agency that has had a more devastatingly negative impact on our community that the MPO. That’s the Memphis Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the wonks among us; however, the vast majority of our citizens have never even heard of it despite the incredible damage that […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Talent, Trends and Issues | May 23rd, 2014 3:00pm CDT | 1 Comment

From The Atlantic: A new survey shows the youngest bloc of voters is decidedly progressive, nervous about money—and not especially energized about voting. Two months ago, Derek Thompson walked readers through the results of a huge new survey by the Pew Research Center on Millennials and their attitudes and opinions. As he noted, this generation, […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | May 22nd, 2014 12:38am CDT | 14 Comments

Note: The Citizens to Preserve Overton Park and Get Off Our Lawn (GOOL) are raising $4,000 in support of the upcoming shuttle trial from the Overton Square parking garage to Overton Park.  The amount includes the $2,000 that the Memphis Zoo had promised but has since revoked.  Please contribute at https://www.ioby.org/project/overton-park-shuttle It’s always uncomfortable – if […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Uncategorized | May 19th, 2014 5:10pm CDT | 8 Comments

I met Frank McRae 49 years ago. He was 34 years old and I was in high school.  I introduced him to Bob Dylan and he introduced me to the social gospel, and it was a convergence that transfigured my whole life. Frank was minister of the Methodist Church on the town square in Collierville, […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Transportation | May 16th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on This Should Sound Familiar: When DOT Plans Your City

This is an outstanding post, and it should sound familiar.  Here, it’s just as easy to substitute MPO (Metropolitan Planning Organization) for DOT: “Your city’s gaining population? Build more roads. People are driving more? Build more roads. Your city is losing population? Build more roads. And this in a city with 25% of its population […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | May 16th, 2014 12:04am CDT | 4 Comments

“Here’s the secret for talking with Henri Brooks,” our friend advised.  “Just pretend like it’s 1968 and everything will be fine.” It was years ago and we had asked him about Ms. Brooks because he was a long-time friend of the former state legislator, current county commissioner, and aspiring Juvenile Court Clerk.  These days, like […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | May 15th, 2014 12:56am CDT | Comments Off on Economic Indicators Call for a New Course of Action

We recently realized that we often treat news about the Memphis economy the same way we treated news about the War in Vietnam decades ago. We tend to ignore much of it. In the late 1960s and 1970s, news about the war was so often the play stories in the upper right corner of the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | May 14th, 2014 3:23pm CDT | Comments Off on The Difference Between a Balanced Budget and a Sustainable One

From Governing: This is part of an ongoing series called Finance 101 that explains the basics of public finance for public officials. All states and many municipalities are legally required to pass balanced budgets each year. But a budget that is balanced isn’t always one representing a healthy spending plan. At the most basic level […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Transportation | May 13th, 2014 12:56am CDT | Comments Off on Houston: Amazing New Bus System for No New Money

From Atlantic Cities: One of the biggest challenges facing cash-strapped mass transit agencies is how to improve service without raising costs to the public. Many reach the conclusion it can’t be done and opt for an either-or approach: either increase fares or decrease service. Which makes the massive expansion that Houston has planned for its […]

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by (RSS) Taxation | May 12th, 2014 12:55am CDT | 1 Comment

There’s yet another study – this one by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities – that concludes that differences in state taxes “have little to no effect on whether and where people move.” The primary conclusions from the research is that 1) relatively few Americans relocate from state to state and when they do, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | May 9th, 2014 12:43am CDT | 2 Comments

From Huffington Post: By Greg Leroy Somebody forgot to send Toyota the memo — and it’s messing with Rick Perry’s script. When a politician gives your company a large sum of taxpayer money in the name of jobs, you’re supposed to give him lots of credit — even if, as is almost always the case, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | May 8th, 2014 3:24pm CDT | Comments Off on Why the Memphis Labor Market Should be More Flexible

Flexibility can enable a city, or country, to respond to changing social and economic pressures. It can be difficult to build this sort of resilience into a community, but doing so could enable Memphis to provide its growing numbers of millennials with a more flexible workstyle and a better range of opportunities. What is a […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 7th, 2014 12:50am CDT | 1 Comment

In this part of the country, we often wrestle with the idea of teenage and college age sexuality, even as Southern states are among the U.S. leaders in teenage pregnancy. Sex Week at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was a case in point.  It recently sent some of the state’s Tea Party legislators into a rage because […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Parks and Greening | May 6th, 2014 5:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Community-Led Park Partnerships: It’s Not Just About Money

From City Parks Blog: By Kathy Blaha The Cully neighborhood is considered the most “parks-deficient” neighborhood in Portland. Citywide, 40 percent of residents live within a quarter-mile of a park. In Cully, only 24 percent do, with almost 23 percent of neighborhood children living in poverty. For over twenty years, Cully residents set their sights […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 5th, 2014 12:54am CDT | Comments Off on Memphis/County Towns Sweep Most Affordable Places in Tennessee

These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Tennessee From the Smoky Mountains to Graceland, Tennessee has a lot to offer, but which places provide the most affordable life? We’ve written about Tennessee before on the Movoto Real Estate Blog, but one thing we know house hunters are concerned about is an area’s overall affordability. […]

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