Archive for July, 2015

by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 31st, 2015 12:55am CST | 7 Comments

Population Change within the 1970 City Limits of Memphis                     Population           % Change since 1970             % Change/Decennial Census  1970    —          619,757           — 1980    —          568,677           —          minus 8%                                 minus 8% 1990    —          528,064           —          minus 15%                               minus 7% 2000    —          500,370           —          minus 19%                               minus 5% 2010    —          445,841           —          minus 28%                               minus 11% 2012    […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 29th, 2015 12:46am CST | Comments Off on Joining Hands For The Trip To The Promised Land

Few phrases are as overused today as “defining event,” but it’s never as accurate as when Boomers look back at the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was as large an influence as our own families. His words and his courage inspired our values and our beliefs. His death endowed our […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | July 27th, 2015 12:21am CST | 3 Comments

                In the wake of our recent post, Memphis: All Things Are Possible, we were asked how we’d describe the city as we know it. The following is what we wrote, but that said, if you’ll take a few minutes to write your own version of Memphis as […]

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It’s difficult, taking into account the shapeshifting that now transforms the Memphis persona for about half of each year, to remember how improbable it looked in 2001 that the Grizzlies would ever come here. There was the push by Heidi Shafer, self-described stay-at-home mom and now Shelby County commissioner, to force a referendum on the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 21st, 2015 12:42am CST | Comments Off on Needed: Investments In Children In Their Earliest Years

Kevin Woods wears two hats, but regardless of which one he’s wearing, the importance of early childhood development is never lost on him. He’s executive director of the Workforce Investment Network (WIN) and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Education for Shelby County Schools. As the person responsible for training people to qualify for local jobs, […]

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                                    Now that we are intent on burying one racist artifact by sending Nathan Bedford Forrest back to the cemetery and shipping off his statue, can’t we also throw in the statue of Jefferson Davis in a downtown […]

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If the Tennessee Department of Transportation had set out to intentionally fumble the process for construction of the $60 million I-55/Crump Boulevard interchange project, it could not have done it any better. TDOT says that after considering all the options, the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge needs to be closed for nine months in 2017 to complete the […]

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Often, in the midst of the diatribes by opponents of the Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, it is difficult to remember that the (Protestant) Bible has 31,173 verses and 807,361 words. After all, opponents to equal marriage rights are obsessed with about six verses and a couple of hundred words whose interpretations are arguable […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 10th, 2015 12:30am CST | Comments Off on Comments – Memphis: All Things Are Possible

                    Our May 27 blog post, Memphis: All Things Are Possible was the most read post in the 10-year history of Smart City Memphis. It began this way: For about 15 years, Memphis forgot who it was. As a result, as the 20th century ended and […]

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                It seems like both sides in the controversy about possible appeals by City of Memphis of 200 commercial property tax assessments find themselves with less than winning hands. On one side, City of Memphis may (it sounds less and less likely) ask the Board of Equalization to […]

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It is hard to think of a better fulfillment of the “Heart of the Arts” vision for Overton Square than the addition of Ballet Memphis’ new headquarters on the site of the decrepit French Quarter Inn at 2144 Madison Avenue. No other use at that location promises to increase the vibrancy of the burgeoning neighborhood […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | July 2nd, 2015 12:24am CST | 2 Comments

  A large number of Americans do not have or use traditional mainstream financial products like checking or savings accounts. In many cities, such as Los Angeles, almost every family has a checking or savings account, but in places like East St. Louis, Illinois, more than half of the households or unbanked or underbanked. Unfortunately, […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 1st, 2015 3:00pm CST | Comments Off on Where Neighborhood Inequality is Most Severe and Home Ownership Going Down

The Urban Institute maps the growing income inequality and disparities across neighborhoods in Memphis, which ranks #18 among cities with more than 250,000 residents. Meanwhile, Memphis ranks #15 for MSAs with largest decrease in homeownership, dropping from 65.8% in 2006 to 60.1% in 2013.  To see rankings, click here. From Governing: It’s well known that […]

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