Archive for September, 2014

by (RSS) Trends and Issues | September 30th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Shelby County Loses 15,000-20,000 In Population In Last Five Years

Editor’s Note: The Best Times recently published an article by Jimmie Covington, our resident expert on Census data, and we’re publishing it here as well because it speaks to the outmigration from Shelby County.  We found it particularly timely since a recent story in The Commercial Appeal said that Shelby County had a net loss […]

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by (RSS) Education | September 29th, 2014 12:09pm CDT | Comments Off on Governing Magazine Cover Story: Memphis’s School Reform – “Nation’s Most Ambitious Effort to Fix Failed Schools”

From Governing Magazine: Memphis Makes the Nation’s Most Ambitious Effort to Fix Failed Schools What happens in Memphis reveals the power — and limits — of education reform. by John Buntin | October 2014 The tension around the conference table was palpable. Principals and educators from half a dozen schools in the north Memphis neighborhood […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability, Talent | September 29th, 2014 12:08am CDT | Comments Off on Turning Hope Into A Better Economic Reality: Part 1

                There are hopeful signs that the Memphis region’s economic decline has bottomed out, but there’s still little doubt that it will be a slog to get back to pre-Recession levels. Then again, the goal of Memphis MSA needs to be more than get to pre-Recession levels, because […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | September 26th, 2014 12:58am CDT | 2 Comments

To read the budget for Shelby County budget, there is the requirement to accept the following disclaimer, which seems the height of bureaucratic thinking.  Thankfully, the City of Memphis budget is easily available and without having to take an oath: Adopted Budget Disclaimer Shelby County provides a full range of services, including law enforcement, judicial […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | September 25th, 2014 12:11am CDT | Comments Off on Support for Young Children Can Prevent Risks from Becoming Reality

From The Urban Child Institute‘s Perceptions Commentaries: It’s now simply known as the Kroger incident, and it unleashed a torrent of anguish and anxiety about the state of Memphis youth. In the aftermath, many have pivoted to a constructive discussion about how to improve youth outcomes. Memphis is no stranger to public debate about youth […]

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by (RSS) Education | September 24th, 2014 2:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Foundations – Pyramid Peak and Hyde Foundation – Recognized for School Reform Leadership

From The Bridgespan Group: Local Philanthropists Work Together to Transform Public Education Download PDF  Download the full article, “Local Philanthropists Work Together to Transform Public Education” >>Author(s): Andrew Belton, Murrayl Berner, Betsy Doyle, and Mike Per Executive Summary Philanthropists across the country have long supported local schools and even funded new ones—primarily charters. These investments […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | September 24th, 2014 12:16am CDT | 1 Comment

We’ve never met Jim Duncan but we’re indebted to him. He retired earlier this month as executive director of the Memphis Botanic Garden after a decade of leadership. The transformation of Memphis Botanic Garden’s 96 acres during these 10 years is one of the most impressive – if not one of the most underappreciated – […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | September 22nd, 2014 1:05pm CDT | 1 Comment

From Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erincarlyle/2014/09/18/forbes-opportunity-cities-19-places-where-it-may-be-easier-to-make-your-mark/?utm_source=Urbanful+Master+List&utm_campaign=15729e03f6-Daily_Subscribers_09/22/14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fdf64fbc84-15729e03f6-197306877 Columbus, Ohio, was supposed to be just a temporary stop in 2006 on the way East for Josh and Niki Quinn, a place to save money and plan their new business. After years of living in Los Angeles, where they launched the wholesale wallets and accessories brand Maxine Dear, the couple had […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Criminal Justice | September 22nd, 2014 12:46am CDT | 3 Comments

            When it comes to crime prevention, we behave an awful lot like we do when it comes to economic development. It’s largely one trick pony with too little attention to solving the underlying problems. As a result, the recent uptick in Shelby County violent crime – property crimes continue […]

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by (RSS) Livability | September 19th, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on 5 Themes For Memphis: Proximity, Green, Connectivity, Context of Place, and Public Realm

From CityLab: In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at cutting-edge hubs of urban theory like the University College London and the Santa Fe Institute have been homing in on some key properties […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | September 19th, 2014 12:12am CDT | Comments Off on Looking for Balance with a Facebook Page

For a couple of years, we were posting articles, columns, and studies in addition to our own posts. After getting several emails about information overload, we changed things three months ago.  We began to primarily post the commentaries written by us and only an infrequent article from another website or blog that we felt was […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | September 17th, 2014 12:18am CDT | 11 Comments

            The young man – African American, 23 years old – sat at a picnic table behind a Germantown assisted living facility with his head in his hands. He was exhausted and lost.  He is working two jobs to support his new baby, and his schedule and the pressures of […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | September 15th, 2014 12:22am CDT | 6 Comments

            There’s the regularly heard comment that nobody wants to move here and the only movement is from people moving out. Like most things these days, it’s not that simple.  The truth is much more nuanced. While the Memphis region unfortunately isn’t a high-growth region, and there’s nothing to suggest […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Talent | September 12th, 2014 12:00am CDT | 2 Comments

This was previously posted as this week’s Perceptions article by The Urban Child Institute: In the wake of 20 teenagers’ attack on three people outside an East Memphis grocery store, we heard the questions we hear often from the news media, elected officials, school leaders, and citizens: Why do so many parents seem to be […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods, Talent, Trends and Issues | September 10th, 2014 12:47am CDT | Comments Off on The Youth Movement to Build DIY Memphis

Some of the best-known chapters in Memphis’ history are about creative young people and their seemingly improbable dreams. They include the 16-year-old who borrowed $125 from his father to buy a horse and wagon to sell homemade remedies and gave birth to St. Joseph’s Aspirin, Dr. Scholl’s foot powder, and Maybelline cosmetics; the 18-year-old who […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | September 8th, 2014 12:17am CDT | 13 Comments

                  Photo by Carol Coletta It’s hard to improve on Memphis’s most singular photo op and the lure of its first great place: the riverfront. But Beale Street Landing does just that. Its six acres provide a sense of arrival for the riverfront, it offers new views […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | September 4th, 2014 12:07am CDT | 1 Comment

              Discussions here about the living wage sometimes are treated like a dry, abstract subject debated by economists without it being connected to real people and real economic growth. In Memphis, the living wage is in truth a strategy for expanding the Memphis economy with a significant injection of […]

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by (RSS) Education | September 2nd, 2014 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Who’s Happy With Their Schools?

From CityLab: This week marks back-to-school for many U.S. students, and for the first year ever, minorities—Hispanics, Asians, African-Americans, Native Americans, and multiracial individuals—will outnumber whites in the classroom. But that demographic shift hasn’t necessarily translated into a new balance of opportunity. The Department of Education’s recent look at civil rights issues in American public schools revealed harsh racial divides in terms […]

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