Archive for August, 2014

by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 29th, 2014 6:17pm CDT | 5 Comments

From CityLab: Quick: Name the busiest airport in America. It’s not LAX, and it’s not O’Hare; it’s not Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson or Miami International, the jumping-off point to Latin America. It’s not any of the airports in metropolitan New York. No, it’s Memphis International. Memphis is the busiest airport in the United States in terms of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 27th, 2014 12:46am CDT | 10 Comments

Previously posted March 8, 2012: It seems like a good time to swear off the Memphis-Detroit comparisons once and for all. They are a staple of online comments and the ultimate self-loathing putdowns. Although Memphis has always had more in common with the gritty cities of the industrial Midwest than booming Sun Belt cities, it […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 25th, 2014 12:48am CDT | 1 Comment

        For almost three decades, Memphis was largely off the national radar and missing in action during important discussions about cities. For just over 25 years, the mayor’s office was occupied by men who had an aversion to travel.  Richard Hackett much preferred the daily nuts and bolts of managing a big […]

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by (RSS) Education | August 22nd, 2014 12:41am CDT | Comments Off on For-Profit Grads Have No Better Odds for Interview Than People Who Never Attended College

From ThinkProgress: In their television ads, for-profit colleges promise to deliver credentials that will jump-start students’ careers. The people lured in by that marketing end up deeper in debt than community college students but fare no better with hiring managers, according to a new study. In fact, for-profit graduates don’t even gain a job hunting […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | August 21st, 2014 12:02am CDT | Comments Off on The Living Wage Crisis: Too Many Making Too Little

            It’s not particularly hard to pinpoint an underlying issue that is an undertow on Memphis’s economy: Too few people aren’t making a living wage. Just think: the median household income in Memphis is $36,817.  That amounts to $17.70 an hour. The living wage for one parent with one child […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 20th, 2014 12:19am CDT | Comments Off on Wanted: Economic Gardeners

Our friend, Dorian Spears, at Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team, emailed with an update about our community’s Economic Gardening Program, and we thought you’d be interested, particularly if you know someone who would like to apply.  Here’s her update: Economic Gardening is a way for you and others in leadership roles to connect your business clients […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | August 19th, 2014 12:28am CDT | 6 Comments

            It’s unlikely that there is a state law more complex and confusing than the Convention Center and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998, aka Tourism Development Zone. As a result, the subject is rife with misinformation and mythology, and the pending application for a TDZ at the Fairgrounds is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 15th, 2014 12:59am CDT | Comments Off on Grit That Develops Stronger Children

From The Urban Child Institute’s Perceptions commentaries: By Eugene Cashman Grit is a word that is now synonymous with Memphis, thanks to the success of our Grizzlies, but it’s a word that should be associated with more than our NBA team. It should also indicate the kind of character we want to develop in our […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 14th, 2014 12:33am CDT | 3 Comments

                The debate about the PILOT program has taken on a rancorous tone that now defies constructive resolution and whose effects extend far beyond the issue itself. It is producing deep fault lines in our community that are never good: businesses vs. neighborhood leaders, unions vs. government, and […]

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by (RSS) Livability | August 13th, 2014 4:31pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Region is #70 in Happiness

From Wall Street Journal:     Cheer up, Big Apple residents — New York City is the most unhappy city in America. That’s according to data coming from a working paper by Harvard professor Edward Glaeser, Vancouver School of Economics professor Joshua Gottlieb and Harvard doctoral student Oren Ziv. They used data collected in a […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | August 13th, 2014 12:56am CDT | 3 Comments

              There is logic in resolving the City of Memphis crises involving employee benefits from within the expenditures for personnel, and that’s one of the reasons why using a sales tax increase to restore health care benefits for retirees is simply a bad idea. The resolution calling for the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Economic Development, Shelby County government | August 11th, 2014 12:54am CDT | Comments Off on Another Wake-Up Call for Smarter Thinking about the Economy

            A report released today by the U.S. Conference of Mayors indicates the price that the Memphis region is paying from its sputtering economy and the need for a more high-performing economic development plan. As much as anything, the report underscores why the measurement of success for our economy must […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Education | August 8th, 2014 12:10am CDT | Comments Off on Study: Family and Money, Not Education, Are Keys to Getting Ahead

From Morning Edition: Rich Kid, Poor Kid: For 30 Years, Baltimore Study Tracked Who Gets Ahead Listen to the Story Morning Edition Education is historically considered to be the thing that levels the playing field, capable of lifting up the less advantaged and improving their chances for success. “Play by the rules, work hard, apply […]

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              Memphis is public safety poor. As we pointed out in yesterday’s post, the budgets of the police and fire divisions are more than all of the City of Memphis property taxes and sales taxes combined.  In fact, the two major revenue sources for city government still come up […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 6th, 2014 12:38am CDT | 4 Comments

            Revenues: $247 million — Annual Property Taxes $100 million — Annual Sales Taxes ___________________________________________ $347 million – Total Annual Property Taxes and Sales Taxes   Expenditures: $238.4 million — Memphis Police Department Budget $160.8 million — Memphis Fire Department Budget ________________________________________ $399.2 million — Total Public Safety Budget   […]

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Since its earliest days, Memphis has been a city of dichotomies. It existed in the slave South, but made money in commerce with both sides in the Civil War.  It was capital of the segregated Delta but it was a place defined more by African-American culture than almost anywhere in the South.  It was decimated […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 1st, 2014 12:27am CDT | 1 Comment

England’s Sir Peter Hall, internationally known urban scholar, planner, and author of more than 30 books, died Wednesday at the age of 82. We mention it because he was author of a favorite book, the 1,168 page tome, Cities in Civilization.  While it is an instructive book for anyone interested in the story of Western […]

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