Archive for June, 2016

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 30th, 2016 12:02am CDT | 7 Comments

As we prepare for New Year’s – city and county governments’ new fiscal year begins Friday – we updated our list of proposed resolutions for Memphis for the next 12 months. Here they are: 1)  Resist the temptation to treat anecdotes as data. Often, in Memphis, we hypnotize ourselves with our own hyperboles.  We regularly […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | June 27th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 2 Comments

The “breaking news” headlines go to the demolition of a long-abandoned motel near the eastern end of the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge that’s been a high visibility eyesore for decades, but the work to fight blight with the most impact on the city at large is under way at the neighborhood level. There’s never been […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | June 24th, 2016 12:02am CDT | 6 Comments

Between July, 2011, and July, 2015, Memphis International Airport (MEM) led the nation in the reduction in flights – 66%.  At one point, Delta Air Lines flew 300 daily flights out of MEM.  By time that it was announced that there would no longer be a Delta Air Lines hub, there were 96 daily flights. […]

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                  Some things just baffle us. First, there was the decision in 2014 by City of Memphis to close the western two lanes of Riverside Drive to traffic and designate them for bicyclists.  For the cynical among us, there was the suspicion that the change in 2014 […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Taxation | June 20th, 2016 12:14am CDT | 1 Comment

                Relationships run a lot smoother when money worries are lessened. That’s one of the takeaways from the most uneventful City of Memphis budget hearings in more than 10 years. More than anything, the budget hearing were a victory for Mayor Jim Strickland and a significant example of […]

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With the movement by City of Memphis to move Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park to the cemetery brings to mind the Confederate detritus populating downtown’s Memphis Park.  It’s time to clear that park with the random remnants of Confederate pride.  If we indeed keep Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America […]

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It’s good news that the City of Memphis is in the process of seeking a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission that could lead to the relocation of the grave and statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park to a cemetery. We are hopeful that the Historical Commission is listening to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 15th, 2016 2:02pm CDT | 2 Comments

  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 was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Surprising that the city population of Nashville has surpassed that […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Poverty | June 14th, 2016 12:03am CDT | 3 Comments

It seems that we’ve been talking about attacking poverty in this community since the Johnson Administration. We’ve been talking about the “C” – and sea, for that matter – for 10 years. That’s what we’ve gotten good at – talking.  While we talked, the poverty rate climbed by more than 33% since 2000 and the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 13th, 2016 12:36am CDT | 27 Comments

We ask ourselves the same thing every time: What will it take? This time, it’s 50 people in Orlando taken in a burst of hate, homophobia, and gunfire.   Before them, there have been school children, moviegoers, churchgoers, partygoers, law enforcement officers, and the list goes on and on. The ultimate victims of the gun […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Leadership | June 10th, 2016 12:59am CDT | Comments Off on In Memory of Officer Verdell Smith

                The funeral of Verdell Smith will be held today, and so many people who knew and worked with him on breaking down the barriers between police and people and neighborhoods who had traditionally had mistrust and tense relationships with police grieve with his family and friends today.  […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 9th, 2016 12:33pm CDT | Comments Off on Online Shopping Platform Launches to Support Mid-South Education

Project: Porch Swing, a Clinton, Mississippi-based startup, today launched its online shopping platform at projectporchswingmemphis.com. The site, which features select retailers among more than 300 national, regional and local partners in a variety of categories, will donate 60 percent of its revenue to fund public education in the Mid-South. “Education funding is a hot-button issue […]

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                Today, we reprise a blog interview about Overton Park from February 18, 2016, with Peter Harnik: If you are looking to talk to the smartest person about city parks in the U.S., that person is Peter Harnik. He is director of The Trust for Public Land’s Center […]

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                  In a city with one of the lowest ParkScore ratings in the U.S., it’s no wonder that so many Memphians are passionate about the loss of precious parkland to zoo parking in Overton Park. Essentially, the casual disregard shown to the greensward over many years is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 4th, 2016 1:51pm CDT | 2 Comments

              Muhammad Ali always said he was the greatest, and as far as I was concerned, he was. He was one of my earliest heroes – brash, larger-than-life, courageous. He exemplified a new generation, he gave voice to those of us who opposed the war in Vietnam and he […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Shelby County government, Taxation | June 2nd, 2016 12:26am CDT | Comments Off on Property Assessments Slightly Up (Except For Millington) But Wait Until Next Year

This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, educational, 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 assessed value of property for tax purposes is up this year for all areas […]

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