Archive for July, 2016

by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Livability | July 29th, 2016 12:31am CDT | 5 Comments

                The following is a post from July 16, 2006, about how to measure success in Memphis.  This is the latest in our regular feature flashing back to blog posts from 10 years ago: For too long, we’ve had the tendency here to measure success by comparing Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Politics and Government | July 27th, 2016 12:29am CDT | 4 Comments

                About the time that I entered high school, I met a Republican. Growing up in Collierville in the era of the solidly Democratic South, it created quite a stir when word rippled out that the new family in the town of 2,000 was Republican.  Most of us […]

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                  The lingering controversy about Memphis Zoo parking on the greensward seems finally to have run its course.  Barring a last minute glitch in fine tuning a few details of the accord approved unanimously by Memphis City Council, the two and a half years’ dispute has been […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | July 22nd, 2016 1:02am CDT | Comments Off on Tracking Memphis DNA To The Progressive Era

                  We’ve been re-reading one of our favorite histories of Memphis – Memphis During the Progressive Era 1900-1917 by William D. Miller (1957) – and we’re always struck by how some character traits of our city were apparent so many years ago and how their currents run […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 20th, 2016 12:26am CDT | 2 Comments

                    Maybe, with a little luck, the Downtown Memphis Commission – through its affiliate organization, the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation – is ushering in a new era for PILOTs in Memphis and Shelby County. We can only hope. Long ago, tax freezes here moved from […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Trends and Issues | July 18th, 2016 12:55am CDT | 6 Comments

                    By TOM JONES Memphis has been surprising people for more than a century, and it happened again in the wake of the Great Recession. With Memphis hit harder than almost any city in the country, many commentators predicted that it could not recover from the […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 14th, 2016 12:36am CDT | 4 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, 42 census tracts […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | July 13th, 2016 12:53am CDT | 1 Comment

The following is the condensed sermon from last Sunday by Rev. Dr. Stephen Montgomery of Idlewild Presbyterian Church.  As usual, he puts the events of recent days into a faith-based context that inspires and enlightens: One day a man asked Jesus, “What must I do to inherit eternal life?”  He didn’t ask “What is going […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 12th, 2016 12:38am CDT | 7 Comments

Originally posted November 9, 2015: 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 […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | July 8th, 2016 4:24pm CDT | 3 Comments

                And the cycle begins anew.  Or, maybe, in truth, it never stopped. The toxic stew of guns, racism, injustice, and anger continues to poison America, and we appear to lack the resolve, the political will, and the honesty to confront it directly and courageously. Maybe this time […]

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by (RSS) Education | July 7th, 2016 12:13am CDT | Comments Off on Germantown’s Amnesia: Why County Schools Are In The Town

In light of Germantown’s offer to buy the schools inside its town limits that are now operated by Shelby County Schools, it seems a good time to remember the racially-based gerrymandering of school attendance zones that was integral to the district’s needs for these schools. It was the old Shelby County Schools district that, in […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | July 5th, 2016 12:37am CDT | 2 Comments

In the past decade, Memphis has ended up on several lists with the adjectives, “worst” or “miserable,” attached to it, and it happened again last week. This time, it was a list of the “50 worst cities to live” compiled by 24/7 Wall Street, which bills itself as a news site but repeatedly posts provocative […]

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It could well be that we look back to today’s decision regarding zoo parking on Overton Park’s greensward as the seminal moment when we came face-to-face with the brand of leadership that Jim Strickland brought to the mayor’s office. All in all, his decision was a gutsy political call and flew in the face of […]

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by (RSS) Education, Shelby County government | July 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 1 Comment

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.   By Jimmie Covington The average daily attendance ratio declined just over one-half of a percent in Shelby County […]

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