Archive for March, 2016

by (RSS) Economic Development | March 31st, 2016 12:42am CST | 10 Comments

From the April edition of Memphis magazine: When Donald Trump Took Down Holiday Inns by Tom Jones Almost 30 years before Donald Trump became a force in the 2016 Presidential campaign, 2,500 Memphians lost their jobs because of him. For them, this was no reality television program. There was only reality itself, as Donald Trump’s […]

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              Sometimes, the best revenge is to give people what they’re asking for. It’s tempting to do that with the deannexation advocates who so passionately want to get out of Memphis.  That’s because if they are successful, their lives get much, much more complicated, and they can thank the […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | March 25th, 2016 12:16am CST | 2 Comments

              There should have been no surprise that Shelby County Schools needs $476 million for deferred maintenance and improvements for its 182 schools. First, it should not be surprising since there are six of them that not only existed before television, they existed before radio broadcast its first program […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | March 23rd, 2016 12:09am CST | 6 Comments

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                The most difficult task in the deannexation controversy for the City of Memphis is to find someone in the Tennessee Legislature who is reasonable enough to listen. In the Tennessee General Assembly facts are merely distractions, doctrinaire drumbeating drowns out differing points of view, dog whistle politics […]

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                  There are a number of cities in the U.S. that are fighting big boxes. Most often, they are about retail boxes, but here, we need to declare war on the proliferation of the large, gray utility boxes that populate our public spaces and degrade our civic […]

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                A lot of Bible verses get quoted in the Tennessee Legislature to justify political positions and legislative actions. When it comes to deannexation, the verse that comes to our mind is: “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” It’s a verse from the Christian […]

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                  It doesn’t take a CSI unit to determine that the fingerprints on sprawl’s smoking gun belong to Shelby County Government. However, that doesn’t mean that City of Memphis didn’t put bullets in the gun, and two of them were policy decisions that allowed widespread development outside […]

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              Just when you think we have seen the ultimate example of hypocrisy and petulant pandering by the Tennessee Legislature, they can always go deeper. That’s what Tea Party legislators are doing with a bill to allow annexed areas to deannex in a singularly simple and simplistic way. But […]

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                    The appointment this week of 32-year-old Jen Andrews – described as “a 21st century leader for a 21st century park” – as the new executive director of Shelby Farms Park Conservancy is yet another reminder of how that organization has done so much right in […]

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                “We have to get more people to choose Memphis as home while also – at the same time – improve the circumstances for the people who live here.  This is important: It’s not enough to do one without the other.  We have to do both simultaneously.” This […]

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Overton Park Conservancy issued the following position statement this afternoon. The statement makes the salient point that the contracting authority for City of Memphis rests with the mayor, not Memphis City Council.  Regardless of our positions on the parking issue, the erosion of the mayor’s contracting authority is a slippery slope for a “strong mayor” […]

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                Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland must feel like somebody who gets married, and shortly after returning from the honeymoon, the statements for his spouse’s maxed-out credit cards start arriving in the mail. Then, the bank sends a foreclosure notice on her house, and his spouse said she forgot […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 3rd, 2016 12:02am CST | 9 Comments

Phyllis Betts comments about yesterday’s post about the looming housing crisis spotlighted by Brad Watkins of Peace and Justice Center: There is an immediate crisis that needs to be dealt with now. Perhaps through a public-private problem-solving summit that will marshal resources to find housing for these families NOW. Peace and Justice can continue to […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty | March 2nd, 2016 12:03am CST | 2 Comments

                It’s easy to think in Memphis – with some of the lowest home prices in the nation – that we don’t have a housing problem. After all, among the 48 largest MSAs in the U.S., the Memphis region has the third lowest median sales price for single-family […]

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