Archive for November, 2014

by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism, Uncategorized | November 28th, 2014 12:30pm CDT | 4 Comments

We’ve written before about how it’s suburban poverty that produces headlines like “Memphis is #1 in Poverty.” These are rankings for the MSA, and it is the anomalous high ranking of poverty outside of Memphis that puts the region in that top spot.  The area outside Memphis is #8 in poverty, and among large cities, […]

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            In our first post, we began our list of 10 things that made us who we are today. In that post, we listed: * Shelby County Encourages Middle Income Families to Leave Memphis * No Commitment to Planning * Ignoring the Need for Equity In the second post, we […]

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              In our last post, we began our list of 10 things that made us who we are today. In that post, we listed three factors (these 10 are in no particular order): * Shelby County Encourages Middle Income Families to Leave Memphis * No Commitment to Planning * […]

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            We have repeated one of our favorite quotations often: every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it does. So, what exactly were the decisions made here that produced the results that we now face us? Our “system” is characterized by sprawl, declining densities, higher poverty, neighborhood […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 14th, 2014 2:52pm CDT | Comments Off on Frontier of Innovation: City Innovation Labs

From Planetizen: The federal government began pushing for innovations within the public sector in May 2009, when President Obama founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Office). Since then, innovation labs have created a lot of buzz, with “Offices of Civic Innovation” (or some variety) popping up in municipalities all over […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | November 14th, 2014 9:52am CDT | 3 Comments

From Governing: Despite the Internet’s ever-growing social and economic relevance, a sizable number of Americans in select cities still aren’t connected. For the first time, the Census Bureau collected data measuring Internet adoption in its most recent annual American Community Survey. The results depict disparities in connectivity and the current state of Internet connectivity at […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Livability | November 13th, 2014 12:01am CDT | 23 Comments

  Standing at the foot of Union Avenue, two couples from Indiana are surveying the Mississippi River when one of the men said: “I’ve been here four times for Elvis Week.  I absolutely love this city, but it doesn’t look much like it loves itself.  Memphis could use lots of TLC.” Their conversation then covered […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | November 10th, 2014 12:21am CDT | 7 Comments

This may surprise you but we’ve got to say it: we’re tired of hearing about the paramount importance of regions and how regionalism is the road to a successful future for Memphis. And we admit that we were some of the earliest people who talked about regionalism and the need for every one in the […]

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              A couple of decades ago, we flew into the People’s Republic of China, and as we circled the Beijing airport, everything below us was pitch black. Suddenly, someone on the ground threw a switch.  The lights along the runway came on and we turned for landing.  But we […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | November 4th, 2014 12:38am CDT | Comments Off on Voting Yes for a Better Civil Service System

          We’ve talked about ballot initiatives that deserve no votes, but there is the opportunity to vote yes on one amendment – the City of Memphis Proposed Ordinance No. 5512 – which would improve the Memphis Civil Service Merit system. For longer than we can remember, the civil service system has […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Taxation | November 3rd, 2014 12:53am CDT | 7 Comments

            We’re urging anyone who understands that constitutions are not amended for political opportunism and the political whims of the day to vote against Amendment 1 and 3. Amendment 1 is an intrusion of big government into the private lives of Tennesseans, specifically women’s health issues.  It’s the political extremism […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 2nd, 2014 12:54am CDT | Comments Off on Domestic Violence Is An Attack on the Whole Family

From Perceptions by The Urban Child Institute: Trick or treat means little to Memphis children being raised in families with domestic violence. A cruel trick of birth has placed them in home environments where they must face the effects of anger, violence, and toxic stress. Every child has the right to grow up in a […]

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