Archive for August, 2015

by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | August 28th, 2015 12:03am CST | 1 Comment

The following was posted not too long after Paul Morris took the helm of the downtown development agency.  The post indicates progress that has been made and is a reminder of some things requiring attention. Originally posted February 10, 2011: The Center City Commission recently had its all-boards retreat and took inventory of its priorities […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Tennessee Legislature | August 26th, 2015 12:55am CST | 2 Comments

          Despite conventional wisdom, Shelby County does not have the highest poverty rate of Tennessee’s 95 counties. In fact, Shelby County is #32. Because poverty is pervasive in so many Tennessee counties, it would seem logical that the Tennessee Legislature would do much more to fight the causes of poverty in […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 24th, 2015 12:29am CST | Comments Off on Memphis: I Love The Way That Rolls Off My Lips

          In the wake of our recent post, Memphis: All Things Are Possible, we asked readers to submit how they’d describe the city as we know it.  Following are two we received, but if you’d like to contribute, please email your commentary to tjones@smartcityconsulting.com or post it as a comment here. […]

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by (RSS) Tennessee Legislature, Transportation | August 20th, 2015 12:54am CST | 3 Comments

Once again, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has another good idea that’s being shot down by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and the governor’s own political party. This time, it’s his proposal to raise the gas tax to pay for highway repairs, and miracle of miracles, the governor – former mayor of Knoxville – even dared […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | August 17th, 2015 12:32am CST | 5 Comments

If, as most of us agree, the purpose of life is to leave things better than we found them, Paul Morris should be justifiably proud of his five years at the helm of the Downtown Memphis Commission. When he became president of the development agency, arguably the biggest problem facing downtown was that it was […]

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It feels like we’ve been here before, but this time, downtown Memphis has to make the most of it. Despite decades of concerted attention and hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and waived taxes for downtown, vibrancy too often remains event-driven or isolated to Beale Street while much of Main Street is moribund and […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 12th, 2015 3:00pm CST | 4 Comments

By Gene Pearson, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, The University of Memphis Warning: This post may damage some brain cells, but it’s for your own good. The following statement is from AC Wharton’s 2015 campaign web site: “The concept of a City of Memphis Planning Office will be evaluated to ensure that City issues, […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Trends and Issues | August 10th, 2015 12:47am CST | 6 Comments

            One of our favorite aphorisms is “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it gets.” Memphis is just such a system, and that’s why it’s surprising when the news media and others are stunned when a new study or ranking is released that shows Memphis as […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | August 6th, 2015 4:15pm CST | 3 Comments

            This post was submitted by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is now a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.   By Jimmie Covington The way the funding and taxes break down, property […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | August 6th, 2015 12:13am CST | Comments Off on Memphis’ Budget Challenge Is Structural

              In our last post, we wrote about the way that public safety costs dominate the City of Memphis budget to the detriment of services like parks, libraries, and community centers which are underfunded when compared to peer cities. It’s been said that Memphis doesn’t have a fire department.  […]

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                  The new fiscal year for the City of Memphis began last month and Memphis continues to be public-safety poor. Budget deliberations by the Memphis City Council regularly are politics stripped to its basics: It’s about who can put together seven votes for a budget proposal rather […]

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