Archive for October, 2014

by (RSS) Talent | October 31st, 2014 2:32pm CST | 1 Comment

We’ve written many times about how Memphis must increase the number of its college graduates from 2010 to 2013  if it is to be competitive in today’s economy, so we won’t repeat it here. But the Memphis MSA was one of 57 regions that entered a national contest to vie for $1 million as the […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | October 31st, 2014 12:06am CST | 1 Comment

Profile of Memphis’s Children Memphis Child Poverty Rate, 2013 – 45.7% Child Poverty Rate by Race – 2013 52.8% – African-American 62.5%  – Hispanic 14.0%  – Caucasian (not Hispanic) Female Head of Household Child Poverty Rate – 2012 – 53.1% 54.5% – African-American 67.5% – Hispanic 29.8% – Caucasian (not Hispanic) Married Couple With Children […]

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by (RSS) Talent | October 30th, 2014 10:28am CST | 1 Comment

From New Geography: Desperate times call for desperate measures. The Rust Belt, a region familiar to the air of anxiety, knows this all too well, particularly the “desperate measures” part. A case in point: During the 1990’s, Pittsburgh, like many of its Rust Belt peers, was in the midst of a fit of brain drain […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | October 29th, 2014 12:57am CST | Comments Off on Growing A Garden of Neighborhood Activism

              The most exciting things in Memphis are regularly happening below the radar, without waiting for officialdom’s approval, away from the limelight, and with no interest in headlines. Much of it is being done by people younger than 40 who have decided that the path to a better Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 27th, 2014 12:01am CST | Comments Off on The Perfect Marriage: PILOTs and Community Benefits Agreements

                Note: Community Benefits Agreements are being used in cities across the United States to set out what companies and developers will do for the community in return for generous public incentives.  Here, it could be a useful addition to our tax freeze program and restore public confidence […]

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              One of our favorite things about this community is its lack of pretension and snobbiness. Perhaps, it comes from the fact that the character of the city was shaped fundamentally by the people from the edge, the rivermen and the African-Americans, the outsiders who gave us our most […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | October 23rd, 2014 12:11am CST | 3 Comments

              Memphis is struggling, our challenges are daunting, and maybe, just maybe, we should acknowledge those facts in making a pitch for the 25-34 year-old college-educated talent that we need to compete in today’s economy. It’s a compelling offer that we have to make.  A sizable number of this […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Talent | October 21st, 2014 12:34am CST | 1 Comment

Somehow, we missed this speech by our friend Carol Coletta few months ago but it seems timely for Memphis with its emphasis on talent, opportunity, and quality of place.  (Bolded passages are ours.) Carol Coletta, vice president of community and national initiatives, delivered a keynote address at the Strong Cities, Strong Communities symposium in Gary, […]

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by (RSS) Taxation, Tennessee Legislature | October 20th, 2014 12:10am CST | 4 Comments

            We all know people who are egotistical to the point of arrogance. They think they are always right and only their opinion matters.  They always volunteer their advice and opinions to everyone else about how they should live their lives.  Conversations inevitably are all about them. But add politics […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Shelby County government | October 17th, 2014 12:16am CST | 6 Comments

Previously posted February 5, 2010, but becoming more true everyday:   The primary reason we are so exorcised about I-269 and other sprawl-inducing highway projects are because they deepen the economic segregation that holds back Memphis’ progress. Memphis is #1 in economic segregation among the largest 50 metros in the U.S. Here’s the kicker: sprawl […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | October 15th, 2014 12:07am CST | 9 Comments

                The Downtown Memphis Commission’s recently released “State of Downtown” report underscored the message that downtown is crucial to Memphis and its future and how the CBD today rests on its transformation into a residential center. The report said downtown’s population grew at a higher rate than any other section […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | October 13th, 2014 12:01am CST | 1 Comment

              Except for the most hidebound partisans, it’s hard to deny that all the dire predictions about the impact of partisan elections in Shelby County mayor and commissioners’ races have come to pass. For more than two weeks, the work of the Shelby County Board of Commissioners was shut […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 8th, 2014 3:01pm CST | Comments Off on

We write often here about some troubling rankings for Memphis, but here’s one that we can be proud of.  Memphis is listed in the top 10 of most charitable cities, and it’s a distinction we’ve had for years. From Huffington Post: Turns out, you don’t need deep pockets to lead the way in charitable giving […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 8th, 2014 2:00pm CST | Comments Off on Memphis #2 Most Charitable City

We write often here about some troubling rankings for Memphis, but here’s one that we can be proud of.  Memphis is listed in the top 10 of most charitable cities, and it’s a distinction we’ve had for years. From Huffington Post: Turns out, you don’t need deep pockets to lead the way in charitable giving […]

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                Christian doctrine says that God gave us free will. The backers of Amendment 1 would take that away. They want to take away the options of women in Tennessee to make their own health decisions and they have gone to the extreme of trying to amend the […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | October 7th, 2014 12:35am CST | Comments Off on City Government Just Can’t Get Any Respect

              Previously published in the September issue of  Memphis Magazine as its City Journal column: City of Memphis is the Rodney Dangerfield of government. Speakers at Memphis City Council and commenters on The Commercial Appeal website rail about City Hall corruption although no one has been charged with a […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Transportation | October 6th, 2014 2:18pm CST | Comments Off on Why 12-Foot Traffic Lanes Are Disastrous for Our Cities.

From CityLab: Here’s a post by Jeff Speck, who, with Nelson Nygaard, recommended changing Riverside Drive to two lanes  (although his recommendation was different that what was implemented): Let’s make “10 not 12!” a new mantra for saving our cities and towns. When state DOTs bring streets through cities, they apply highway standards (above, Okeechobee […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | October 3rd, 2014 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on African-American Out-Migration, Hispanics Fuel Memphis Growth

Note:  Earlier this week, we posted a story about the out-migration of people from Memphis and Shelby County previously published in The Best Times  byJimmie Covington, our resident expert on Census data.  We’re following it up with this post from The Best Times about the out-migration of African-Americans from Memphis. Numbers from the last four decennial […]

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