Archive for December, 2015

by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | December 28th, 2015 12:18am CDT | 5 Comments

                It goes without saying that the front lines for Memphis’ battle for economic success, prosperity, talent, and progress are found in its neighborhoods. They are the backbones for the city itself, and so much of Memphis’ future will play out there.  Memphis must rebuild its neighborhoods but […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 23rd, 2015 12:26am CDT | Comments Off on Finding The Meaning Of The Season…And The City

          I’m not sure where I was expecting to stumble across the meaning of Christmas, but I’m certain that I didn’t expect it to be a gas station in the hardscrabble part of Memphis at Macon Road and Sycamore View Road. It’s an area that’s clearly seen better days.  It has […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Planning and Urban Design | December 21st, 2015 12:16am CDT | 7 Comments

                      It’s City Hall’s Greek chorus: We’ve got no money and financial times have never been tougher. And yet, in the midst of the mantra, there are approvals for millions of dollars in city funds for profit-making projects and millions more being waived in tax […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Leadership, Trends and Issues | December 17th, 2015 12:01am CDT | 2 Comments

              Matt Timberlake is a Memphis communications consultant and one of our favorite writers.  His contributions to the blog are always appreciated and are widely read, such as his last post, 98.4% Awesome: Stopping Racism, which went viral.  This post is a reminder about the impressive, inspirational work of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 15th, 2015 12:38am CDT | Comments Off on 10-Year Blog Flashback: New Orleans Fights For Its Life

We’ve begun a new feature that flashes back to our blog posts 10 years ago.  Here’s one from December 21, 2005, after a post-Katrina visit to New Orleans.  It’s hard to visit New Orleans today and not be impressed with how far it has come, but we should never forget the causes, dimensions, and poor […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 11th, 2015 9:41am CDT | 1 Comment

                  One of the many things on Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s desk when he takes the oath of office on New Year’s Day is the Blueprint for Prosperity.   As part of that process to develop ways to reduce poverty in Memphis 10 points in 10 years, 15 experts […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | December 9th, 2015 12:05am CDT | Comments Off on Neighborhoods Need TLC…And CRA

In light of recent questions regarding the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) being absorbed into EDGE, we are reposting a revised commentary from March 18, 2015:  While we have advocated for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) to become a key tool in our local  development toolkit, the recommendation to place the city-county Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) under […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 7th, 2015 7:19pm CDT | 7 Comments

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Six weeks ago, we wrote a blog post about the need to modernize the organizational structure of city government, and today we add an additional idea: creation of the City of Memphis Division of PLACE. It should be a given that quality of place is a major factor in whether cities today are succeeding or […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | December 4th, 2015 2:20pm CDT | 1 Comment

City Observatory’s weekly wrapup – which is indispensable reading – included an edited version of a speech by our dear friend and Memphian, Carol Coletta, Vice-President of Community and National Initiatives at the Knight Foundation.  As usual, she’s an astute observer – and actor – on issues defining cities today, and because of it, this […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 4th, 2015 12:30am CDT | Comments Off on God And The Answer To Mass Killings

Following yet another mass murder in the U.S., we were reminded of the old parable that seems particularly relevant to us right now. We can keep waiting for God to save us, or we can use the power, the abilities, and the good sense that he gave us to save ourselves. Put another way, you’d […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Politics and Government | December 3rd, 2015 12:24am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Homicides By Race

There is now a cottage industry dedicated to correcting president candidate Donald Trump’s overt misstatements of fact. There is such a pattern of fabrications and deceptions that we almost become desensitized to them, but the one he retweeted from the non-existent San Francisco Crime Statistics Bureau caught our eye.  It included a list of alleged […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 2nd, 2015 12:17am CDT | 3 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, in […]

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