Archive for January, 2016

We guess we spoke too soon. We were euphoric about last year’s improvements to Main Street after at least 15 years of dereliction by City of Memphis as shown by broken pavers, amateurish plywood repairs over broken grates, dead plantings, and more. The improvements were made as part of the “Main Street to Main Street […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Livability, Talent | January 28th, 2016 10:02am CDT | Comments Off on Getting On The Ramp To Memphis’ Third Century

“People who are committed to the future and what they do in their cities cannot be underestimated.” —Joe Cortright             Memphis, incorporated as a city in 1826, is about 10 years away from beginning its third century. Even sooner, in May 2019, Memphis will observe the 200th anniversary of its founding […]

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                  It seems to us that there’s a surge in investments and improvements in parks that hasn’t been seen since the 19th century, and as a result, this may well be seen by historians as the Era of Parks. It’s been fortuitous for numerous city mayors because […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Talent | January 21st, 2016 12:10am CDT | 1 Comment

                    We were recently reading two books by Memphis authors – well, they live on opposite sides of the country now but we still refuse to not consider them our own – that not only chronicle fascinating and important times in our national history, but they […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | January 19th, 2016 2:18pm CDT | 7 Comments

            The assertions in recent years by the Wharton Administration that City of Memphis could not afford a $5 million parking garage are cast into doubt by its own budgets, which show that zoo funding significantly increased during the Wharton Administration’s six years in office. Mayor A C Wharton said in […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | January 18th, 2016 12:35am CDT | 11 Comments

                The line between being a highly regarded, trusted organization, company, or government and one that isn’t can be thin and fragile. It’s surprising how often we see an organization cross that line, and that seems to be what the Memphis Zoological Society has done. But more than […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Taxation | January 15th, 2016 12:15am CDT | 3 Comments

              Here we go again.  A long-term tax freeze is expiring but the company wants more.  Next step: the threat to move. In retrospect, one of the great blunders by former mayor A C Wharton was his advocacy for loosening up the policies for tax abatements so that companies could […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | January 13th, 2016 12:27am CDT | 3 Comments

                  It’s about as easy for us to imagine Shelby Farms Park without its herd of buffaloes as it is to imagine it without Laura Wolff Morris. But sometime in the coming months, she will turn over her responsibilities as executive director to her successor after about […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | January 12th, 2016 12:27am CDT | Comments Off on Putting The Public In Public Safety

                Two of our favorite people in Memphis  are DeAndre Brown and his wife, Vinessa, who founded and operate Lifeline to Success, a model of an outreach ministry that is a significant player in the campaign to revitalize Frayser.  Its specific purpose is to help ex-offenders re-enter their […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | January 11th, 2016 12:17am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Commuters

Shelby County continues to be the engine for the regional economy with almost 83,000 people commuting into Shelby County to work, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2009-2013. That compares to about 17,700 people who are headed the other way, traveling out of Shelby County to get to their jobs. Number of […]

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The Right Trend Line on Enplanements                       Only eight months ago, Memphis International Airport inked a deal with the Memphis Grizzlies in an effort to elevate the airport’s brand and increase its impact in the marketplace.  And yet, these days, it’s the airport that’s got […]

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            This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This article is published in this month’s issue. By Jimmie Covington The beginning […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 5th, 2016 12:01am CDT | Comments Off on Top 10 Most Read Blog Posts of 2015

          We are officially closing the books to 2015, a year in which we’ve written 152 blog posts and more than 180,000 words about Memphis and the issues relevant to it.  We are grateful for the support from so many of you and we hope all of you have a great […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 4th, 2016 12:36am CDT | Comments Off on Top 20 Most Read Blog Posts of 2015: #11 – #20

            We are officially closing the books to 2015, a year in which we’ve written 152 blog posts and more than 180,000 words about Memphis and the issues relevant to it.  We are grateful for the support from so many of you and we hope all of you have a […]

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