Archive for June, 2015

by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | June 30th, 2015 12:10am CDT | 3 Comments

              Janet Boscarino’s 20-year business development career was going well but something was nagging at her. It was the gnawing concern that her hometown wasn’t as clean as it could be and that she should do something about it. Like most Memphians, she was aware that there was a […]

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                The proposed moratorium on development in the Pinch Historic District may be 25 years too late, but it’s better late than never. That’s why we think that Memphis City Councilman Berlin Boyd’s call for a moratorium is the right call at the right time.  There’s no better […]

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Maybe the Sons of the Confederacy are right. We should not rewrite history.  But that requires us to write it right in the first place. Let’s put the names of real heroes on our parks and monuments, such as nationally prominent Memphian Ida B. Wells, fearless anti-lynching crusader, suffragist, women’s rights advocate, journalist, and speaker. […]

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                    Just when there is an encouraging new energy and a feeling of momentum here, we are reminded of the nagging lack of self-worth that surfaces too often in this community. This time it comes from the recent decision by EDGE to waive $1.16 million to […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Livability, Uncategorized | June 18th, 2015 1:34pm CDT | 4 Comments

We received the following post from Matthew Timberlake in the wake of the murderous evil that took place last night at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. : By Matt Timberlake You know what you can do to end racism? You can stop it. You can make a decision, staring at your unshaven, unwashed face […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | June 18th, 2015 12:54am CDT | 2 Comments

Discussions 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 income that stimulates spending, encourages savings, and provides […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Talent, Trends and Issues | June 17th, 2015 12:01am CDT | Comments Off on The Talent Potential of Opportunity Youth

As we have written here previously, Memphis has one of the largest percentage of youths between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither working nor in school.  It creates a sizable obstacle to our success as a cit,y but more to the point, it results in tens of thousands of young people who […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | June 15th, 2015 12:04am CDT | 10 Comments

Overton Park has been a special place in Memphis for more than a century, but it’s rapidly becoming the exemplar for the top priority set out seven years ago in Sustainable Shelby: creation of a great public realm. It was a conclusion that surprised many who worked on the project.  After months of discussion and […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 12th, 2015 12:32am CDT | 3 Comments

Brookings reports that many U.S. cities, despite conventional wisdom to the contrary, still retain a sizable middle class.  Memphis was near the top of the list of cities where the middle class hollowed out as the 20th century ended and 21st century began.  Today, among the 72 cities with more than 100,000 households, Memphis ranks […]

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by (RSS) Education, Talent | June 10th, 2015 12:41am CDT | Comments Off on Giving Every Child A Fair Start in Life Will Set Memphis’ Future

So much of the success – or the difficulties – of our students in the classroom is set in place by developmental experiences in the first years of their lives. And often, the factors that influence whether children succeed are things that many of us simply take for granted.  That is certainly the case when […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | June 8th, 2015 12:22am CDT | 11 Comments

There’s a lack of pretension, conceit, and guile that lies at the heart of what Memphis is. Perhaps it comes from the fact that the character of the city was fundamentally shaped by the people from the edge: rivermen and African Americans, outsiders who gave us our proudest export — legendary music — and entrepreneurs […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty | June 4th, 2015 12:34am CDT | Comments Off on It Takes A (Youth) Village

                  We often point proudly to Memphis’ history as a place where innovative, smart entrepreneurs have charted new paths and defied predictions. We know the names: from Smith to Hyde, from Plough to Saunders, from Dunavant to Rose.  But there’s another name that belongs on the list […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | June 1st, 2015 12:22am CDT | 5 Comments

                      Memphis matters. It’s a simple, emphatic sentence that sums up the city’s ethos these days.  Memphis matters not just because we live and work here, but because it has the opportunity to be a national laboratory on urban issues. That’s because we have some […]

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