Archive for May, 2015

by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | May 27th, 2015 12:53am CDT | 38 Comments

                        For about 15 years, Memphis forgot who it was. As a result, as the 20th century ended and as the first 10 years of the the 21st century began, it wandered without direction as tens of thousands of jobs vanished, tens of thousands […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2015 1:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Sierra Club “Speed Dating” Open Meeting

TITLE: “What is the Sierra Club? What do we do? How to get involved.” CONTACTS: Dennis Lynch, dmlynch@alum.mit.edu, 901-213-6088 WHAT: Sierra Club Open Meeting- Presentation and fun activities to inform and engage the public in the variety of environmental activities the Sierra Club is active in. The meeting will include brief presentations, and fun  Speed […]

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                  Standing at the center of Overton Park at the doughboy statue, it’s a perfect day in May. The smell of newly cut grass is in the air, a few dogs are running in the greensward (and blessedly, no cars from the zoo are parked there), children […]

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                      Hopefully, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will come through with another miracle. That seems to be what it would take in this community to fight the billboard lobby and to remove just one of the billboards that appear like mushrooms on our landscape. We […]

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                          We’ve known some of the core structural issues facing Memphis for some time, but few steps have been taken to address them in substantive ways.  Originally posted January 29, 2009: Here’s the hypothesis: Tennessee’s liberal annexation law means that Memphis – unlike […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | May 13th, 2015 3:01pm CDT | 2 Comments

As you know if you’ve read our past posts about the MPO, we consider its current structure unrepresentative because it is weighted to the suburbs and it is racially unbalanced.  As a result, the organization has poorly served the city at its core and its negative impact on Memphis will continue until it is reformed. […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | May 13th, 2015 12:45am CDT | Comments Off on Acting On Our Convictions For A Better Criminal Justice System

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in rare public comments by a justice to the U.S. Congress, sounded the alarm about the crisis in the American criminal justice system. It’s an alarm we should be hearing loudly here, because the Shelby County criminal justice system appears to be in disarray. At least six convictions in […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 11th, 2015 3:11pm CDT | 1 Comment

By Jimmie Covington Memphis lost about 21,000 residents to outward movement to other counties in the United States during 2010-2014, according to recently released U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The estimates reflect a strong continuation of net loss to outmigration that has been occurring for decades. Census and birth-death numbers reflected that about 80,000 more people […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Trends and Issues | May 11th, 2015 12:56am CDT | 1 Comment

Major Metrics for Memphis MSA Poverty Rate – Total Population 29.6%  — African American 33.3% — Hispanic 8.7%  — White Poverty Rate – Population under 18 41.6%  — African American 44.9%  — Hispanic 10.8%  — White Labor Participation Rate 64.0%  — African American 69.8%  — Hispanic 64.8%  — White Home Ownership Rate 48.3%  — African […]

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If you don’t read the comments from readers to our blog posts, you might just be missing the best part.  The following are some recent comments that seemed worthy of being posted here: Deciding What Memphis Should Be in Its Third Century: David Ciscel wrote: I have always liked this quote from Julia Vitullo-Martin’s book, […]

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Memphis, incorporated as a city in 1826, is about 10 years away from beginning its third century. Even sooner, in May 2019, Memphis will observe the 200th anniversary of its founding by land speculators John Overton, James Winchester, and Andrew Jackson. As it closes in on these milestones, the lack of conversations about what kind […]

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There becomes a time when the powerless rise up to demand power over decisions about their lives and when the voiceless speak with a volume that demands attention to the problems that confront them each day. For us, that is the lesson of Baltimore, and it is a cautionary tale for cities with similar problems, […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Trends and Issues | May 4th, 2015 12:03am CDT | 2 Comments

While data alone do not tell or illuminate the whole story, here are the statistical comparisons between Baltimore and Memphis: CITY DATA                                           Baltimore                    Memphis Population                                             622,104                       653,450 Black                                                         63.7%                          63.3% College degreed                                    26.8%                          23.7% Home Ownership                                  48.3%                          51.1% Median Household Value                  $41,385                       […]

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                We reprise this post from April 2, 2012, in light of an email we received that quoted state legislators as saying that Memphis is the biggest drag on Tennessee and that their opinions are validated by what they hear from suburban legislators and politicians.  For that reason, […]

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