Archive for August, 2016

          Some years ago, before the current city and county mayors were in office, the separation of powers within local government blurred and it’s been difficult to put the genie back in the bottle ever since. The Shelby County Board of Commissioners are looking to muddy it even more with its […]

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                It was a night in early February in 2007 when our community’s pent-up energy behind a “green agenda” burst into the open. Inspired by the impact that was foreseen for Shelby Farms Park, organizers created a meeting to imagine even more boldly about how a network of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | August 26th, 2016 12:17am CDT | No Comments

Large Metros Where the Poor Are Most Segregated: 1.  Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA 2.  Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford MSA 3.  Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA 4.  Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor MSA 5.  Detroit-Warren-Livonia MSA 6.  New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island MSA 7.  Buffalo-Niagara Falls MSA 8.  Denver-Aurora-Broomfield MSA 9.  Baltimore-Towson MSA 10.  Memphis MSA   Large Metros Where the Wealthy Are Most Segregated: […]

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            Memphis moved a step closer to marijuana enforcement sanity with the vote by Memphis City Council for an ordinance that would mean that Memphis Police Department would not arrest people with less than one-half of an ounce of a drug that is no more serious than alcohol and less […]

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              The following is a proposal we received from a concerned Memphian: Payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) is a program which reduces or eliminates property taxes for a period of time as an incentive for investment in a new development or expansion of an existing business within the […]

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              (University of Michigan chart.)   In the wake of recent events in Milwaukee, income and economic segregation there have garnered national headlines.  This is a deep structural issue in the Memphis MSA with serious implications to our economy, our quality of life, and our commitment to the American […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | August 19th, 2016 12:27am CDT | 4 Comments

          In the wake of our Wednesday post about the Blueprint for Prosperity, we were asked to follow up with a post of the recommendations by the Center for Neighborhood Technology.  Here it is: A Bold Commitment Mayor A C Wharton made a bold commitment to reduce poverty in Memphis by […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | August 17th, 2016 12:14am CDT | 11 Comments

                    There has never been a time in the past 30 years when more organizations have set poverty reduction as a priority for their work. There are grassroots groups, philanthropies, local government, Greater Memphis Chamber, and United Way of the Mid-South, all joined by their determination […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 15th, 2016 12:30am CDT | 7 Comments

                      There has never been an arena built in Memphis with the same quality, acoustics, care, and comfort as the Mid-South Coliseum. It was the culmination of a dream that had begun in the late 1950s for a new, all-purpose, “blue chip” public arena, and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 12th, 2016 3:00pm CDT | No Comments

Thanks to Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi for sending this infographic. 

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 12th, 2016 12:30am CDT | No Comments

“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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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 10th, 2016 12:08am CDT | 8 Comments

                A city official once said that the purpose of Beale Street Landing “was to fix Tom Lee Park,” but regardless of how much we have supported the construction of the riverfront’s new landmark, we remain a long way from fixing Tom Lee Park, which on its best […]

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              Published as the City Journal column in July’s Memphis magazine: Years ago, after listening to the latest idea for revitalizing downtown, former Beale Street developer John Elkington facetiously said Memphis is always chasing the latest trend, but “usually, it’s 10 years after everyone else.” Back then, his comment […]

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                Memphis Art Park has posted designs from its latest master plan online, and once again, it’s plowing the way for smarter thinking about a higher and better use of prominent downtown real estate. We’ve made no secret of our support for this plan since it was first […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government, Taxation | August 3rd, 2016 12:35am CDT | 3 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, where this article was published this month.   By Jimmie Covington […]

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                Twenty years ago, public art in Memphis consisted primarily of statues connected to various wars, Hebe in Court Square, W. C. Handy on Beale Street, and a half dozen or so downtown sculptures from the 1970s like John McIntire’s Muse, Richard Hunt’s I’ve Been to the Mountaintop, […]

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