Archive for November, 2015

by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | November 30th, 2015 12:58am CDT | 3 Comments

It never mattered who would win the election for mayor when it came to one thing: the next four years will be a time of Biblical proportions. Somewhere between the plagues of Exodus and the suffering of Job. That’s because the mayor’s term starting January 1 will be the toughest in the modern history of […]

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Local government here always seems to be about three generations behind in technology, and the state of city and county’s external digital faces in the form of their websites are a strong suggestion about how poorly technology is being applied internally.  Here’s hoping that City of Memphis at least, after years of a mediocre website […]

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It seems like a good time – in the midst of all the overheated rhetoric and political grandstanding – for all of us in this community to be thankful for our debt to Arab Americans who formed in 1957 the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). ALSAC’s only purpose is to act as the exclusive […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 19th, 2015 12:25am CDT | 3 Comments

The Shelby County Board of Commissioners continues blindly on a path to hire its own lawyer and undermine the intention of the charter of Shelby County Government, which set out to ensure a strong mayor form of government and clear lines of responsibility between administrative and legislative branches. Mayor Mark Luttrell rightly vetoed this aberration […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Leadership | November 18th, 2015 12:06am CDT | Comments Off on Leadership Themes From Great Mayors

Updated from an October, 2009, post: We’ve been writing about great mayors because Memphis arguably has never had one. With Jim Strickland preparing to enter the city mayor’s office with a mandate for action, he has the same opportunity as his predecessors – to become a great mayor. That said, there is no job harder in any city […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Leadership | November 16th, 2015 12:33am CDT | 1 Comment

In 2009, we published a series of blog posts about great city mayors, and we began with Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, now governor of Colorado.  He was the ultimate outsider candidate with little name recognition who not only got elected but developed such broad regional appeal that voters –  inside and outside of Denver itself […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 13th, 2015 12:33am CDT | 10 Comments

We’re beginning a new feature that’s our version of the CA’s News From Bygone Days.  From time to time, we’ll be reprising blog posts from 10 years ago.  Some will demonstrate how much progress we’ve made and others will point up how far we have to go.  As the quotation says, those who cannot remember the past […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Neighborhoods, Poverty | November 11th, 2015 12:51am CDT | 9 Comments

                            In Memphis, geography is too often destiny. Where a person is born largely sets the choices and opportunities for one in four Memphians. There is a distinct geography where a large percentage of the 176,000 Memphians in concentrated poverty live.  In 1970, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Neighborhoods, Poverty | November 9th, 2015 12:59am CDT | Comments Off on Finally Getting To The Conversation That Matters About Black Lives

For as long as we can remember, our community has been having a conversation about the need to have the conversation about race. And yet, we always seem to find reasons to put it off. But finally, it seems like we’ve run out of excuses – and time – and if all the positive talk […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | November 5th, 2015 12:13am CDT | 47 Comments

                So, let’s think this through. IKEA bought property at the southeast corner of I-40 and Germantown Parkway for $5.6 million four months ago.  We assume that the international retailer would not have paid that price unless the company had determined that it was worth it and that […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | November 4th, 2015 12:05am CDT | Comments Off on We Rise For A Point Of Privilege About Minutes and Attorneys

Recently, we posted a commentary about how the Shelby County Board of Commissioners is trying to fundamentally change the form of government approved by voters and that subject sparked a discussion about the hiring of attorneys for local legislative bodies and the way that approval of the minutes have been used in inappropriate ways.  To […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 2nd, 2015 12:34am CDT | 3 Comments

It’s time for Memphis to get deadly serious about planning and give the Office of Planning and Development the structure, the tools, the staffing, and the money to do it right. That’s why it is encouraging that one of the key subcommittees for Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s transition team is focused on planning. We’re not […]

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