Archive for June, 2014

by (RSS) Economic Development | June 30th, 2014 12:23am CST | 2 Comments

Back in September, 2005, we wrote about economic gardening and urged the Greater Memphis Chamber to adopt it as a priority.  Economic gardening is an alternative to the traditional economic development recruiting aimed at landing a big fish every decade or so and instead concentrates on entrepreneurs.  In 2012, the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team advocated […]

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The opening this week of Beale Street Landing gives Memphis an opportunity to test its civic maturity. The challenge is whether we can set aside our gripes and grievances and give this much-needed addition to the riverfront a chance to be a success.  And make no mistake about it, whether it is perceived to be […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | June 25th, 2014 12:02am CST | Comments Off on Public Transit Around the World

We received this infographic from Hoogleit Transport. It provides an interesting  international context about public transit.  

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | June 23rd, 2014 12:06am CST | 5 Comments

              There is no drama in local government that rivals the drama of a tough budget year, but this year is the Towering Inferno of city budgeting. City of Memphis budget hearings have been emotional and combative for a number of years, which is no surprise as city departments […]

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The World Wide Web turned 25 years old three months ago, and any organization that is serious about communicating, persuading, and informing is on it. Of all those organizations, no sector does as poorly as government in creating efficient, effective websites.  In other words, websites that respond to what users want to know rather than […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | June 16th, 2014 12:05am CST | Comments Off on It’s Time to End Downtown’s One-Way Streets

Here’s another Jeff Speck recommendation whose time has come: ending the one-way streets in downtown Memphis. His suggestion for making Riverside Drive a complete street was implemented as a pilot project recently, and in his May 1, 2008, report – “12 Modest Suggestions for Making Memphis Great” — he recommended that Second and Third Streets […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability, Neighborhoods | June 13th, 2014 12:04am CST | Comments Off on New Hattiloo Theatre Testifies To A Better Memphis

The new Hattiloo Theatre in Overton Square will open in a few weeks, and it will be a testament to one of Memphis’s most talented citizens: Ekundayo Bandele. And yet, he would be the first to tell you that it is also a testament to how Memphis is coming to grips with the diversity that […]

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by (RSS) Education | June 12th, 2014 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on TFA’s Hardy Farrow Named 1 of 5 National Innovative Teachers

Symantec, the a global technology company, has named Hardy Farrow, 11th grade teacher at Power Center High School, as one of the five winners in its 12th annual Symantec Innovation in Teaching Awards, which recognize outstanding Teach For America teachers who demonstrate original thinking and teamwork while increasing student achievement. Symantec said that “Hardy created the Let’s […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 12th, 2014 12:39am CST | Comments Off on A Checklist for a Good Economic Development Deal

From Naked Capitalism: By Kenneth Thomas, political scientist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Originally published at Middle Class EconomistIt’s a familiar situation: business and government officials are promoting a new economic development deal which naturally includes subsidies for the investor. They may be touting a consultant’s study touting massive ripple effects and fantastic taxpayer […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | June 10th, 2014 12:53am CST | Comments Off on Moving Past Business as Usual to Place-Based Economic Development

Economic indicators of the Memphis MSA make a persuasive case that what we’re doing to expand the economy and create jobs isn’t working.  Maybe it’s time to try something different: place-based economic development. Here are the warning signs for business as usual: * Memphis is #16 among the 50 largest metros in income inequality – […]

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Lots of asphalt and hard surfaces welcome people to our riverfront. We are pleased to see that the City of Memphis has begun a pilot project for Riverside Drive to become a “complete street.” The test area on Riverside Drive is one mile long from Beale to Georgia.  The two lanes on the east side […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Neighborhoods | June 5th, 2014 12:02am CST | 2 Comments

Three of our favorite Memphians – Cardell Orrin, Charles Santo, and Eric Robertson – have made substantial progress on their Memphis Music Magnet project with the opening of the former house of Memphis Slim as the Memphis Slim Collaboratory. In only six years, the project moved from concepts with the students in Professor’s Santo’s regional […]

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The United States has always had difficulty discussing race, not just the way that a new white democracy was founded on black oppression in the 18th century but the federal policies in the 20th century that limited opportunity and prevented African-Americans from obtaining wealth in ways available to Caucasians. While the recent Atlantic magazine article […]

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