Archive for March, 2015

by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Livability, Transportation | March 30th, 2015 3:32pm CDT | Comments Off on Thoughtful Street Design Helps Communities and the Economy

To follow up this morning’s post about Riverside Drive, here’s an article by Kaid Benefield at Sustainable Cities Collective about the power of good street design to improve cities like Memphis:     Streets re-designed with all users in mind – pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles – generally […]

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                  The debate about the future alignment of Riverside Drive is about much more than a road.  In truth, it is another indication of how tenuous the movement for a more livable Memphis is. That’s why bike lanes are about more than bikes and Riverside Drive is […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | March 27th, 2015 3:10pm CDT | 2 Comments

Only a few years old and the Overton Park Conservancy is already attracting well-deserved national attention. The highly respected Trust for Public Land has published its first report on urban park conservancies and the Overton Park Conservancy is one of the case studies held up as nationally significant and one to watch.  The report, Public […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | March 27th, 2015 12:42am CDT | 8 Comments

                                The map above is to indicate zip code boundaries and is not connected to the data points below.  38103 is not shown but it is downtown Memphis. Here’s the sobering challenge facing Memphis and Shelby County (and the reason […]

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                              “The rules of economic development have fundamentally changed.  It’s all about place and talent.  Talent is the critical variable, and it is increasingly drawn to great urban places.”   – Joe Cortright, City Observatory “(Memphis) needs to recognize that the most […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2015 2:45pm CDT | 1 Comment

Sarah Petschonek, the brains behind Volunteer Odyssey, has come up with an innovative idea for Memphis:  the country’s first virtual volunteer fair.  Here’s the press release about it: It’s the first of its kind virtual volunteer fair and it’s officially available to Memphians. Volunteer Odyssey announced Tuesday their online volunteer fair, Volio. It started as […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | March 20th, 2015 12:55am CDT | 9 Comments

In a broadcast of 60 Minutes a few weeks ago, during a segment on Detroit and its problems, the reporter commented that one of its problems was that it was so big, and it’s just too difficult to provide services over such a large area.  It was a comment that hit home with us.  After […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | March 18th, 2015 12:37am CDT | 7 Comments

                While we have advocated for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to become a key tool in our local economic development toolkit, the recommendation to place the city-county Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) under EDGE (Memphis and Shelby County Economic Development Growth Engine) has a lot of hurdles to clear, […]

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Photograph by Phillip Van Zandt Photography If the Riverfront Development Corporation is ever going to have its chance to say, “I told you so,” this is it. After 15 years of blistering criticism and dogged resistance, its track record appears to be on an upswing. Its predictions for Beale Street Landing are coming to pass […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | March 13th, 2015 12:39pm CDT | 5 Comments

              Revenue-starved governments are setting sights on ways to get taxes from hospitals and private universities. That why a lot of people are watching closely a bill proposed in Maine that would tax a variety of nonprofits, and as expected, it’s created a huge political firefight as the organizations […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | March 12th, 2015 12:53am CDT | 5 Comments

              There are several organizations that thankfully are working on talent attraction and retention in Memphis, but none of the work is more important than the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and National Black MBA Association of Memphis. One of the Young Professionals’ leaders described the group (and it’s […]

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We are grateful to Steve Lockwood, executive director of the 15-year-old Frayser Community Development Corporation, for this post. He has led the CDC’s work in this historic neighborhood annexed by Memphis in 1958 for about a dozen years and is recognized as a leader in his industry. By Steve Lockwood Cleveland Ohio recently announced they […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Talent | March 9th, 2015 12:09am CDT | 8 Comments

The presence of college graduates in a region is responsible for 58 percent  of a region’s economic success.  Here’s where the Memphis MSA stands: ·        Atlanta – 1,929,599 ·        St. Louis – 862,687 ·        Charlotte – 790,010 ·        Austin – 762,636 ·        Kansas City – 688,349 ·        Columbus, OH – 668,724 ·        Cincinnati – 632,672 […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | March 6th, 2015 12:20am CDT | 8 Comments

              This post was written by Steve Lockwood, executive director of the 15-year-old Frayser Community Development Corporation.  He has led the CDC’s work in this historic neighborhood annexed by Memphis in 1958 for about a dozen years.  The work of the CDC is inspirational, it informs work in other […]

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                          Memphis should be so lucky as to have a gentrification problem. If it did, it would indicate that people are moving back into Memphis core neighborhoods and that confidence in the city’s future is rising. But while the “g word” gets more […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | March 3rd, 2015 12:02am CDT | 2 Comments

The life of the poor in Memphis is so often about navigating through choices that are too often self-defeating, regardless of which one is chosen. There’s the penalty that is paid if you are a resident of public housing and get a job.  There’s the challenge of finding services for your child in neighborhoods where […]

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