Archive for October, 2016

                      Here’s hoping Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell will insist on smart tax policy by turning down Germantown’s request for a county PILOT for a corporation moving about 2,100 feet eastward on Poplar Avenue from the eastern edge of Memphis to the suburban city. A […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Uncategorized | October 28th, 2016 12:58am CDT | 7 Comments

Harahan Bridge – considered the centerpiece for the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project – opened to rave reviews last weekend, but we have always been as excited over the fact that the project would fix the deplorable conditions of Main Street. Unfortunately, almost as soon as those improvements were completed, the trolleys […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | October 25th, 2016 12:25am CDT | 3 Comments

                The soon-to-be-ending (mercifully) presidential campaign has been marked with more bizarre events and comments than any in memory, but the strangest thing about it from our perspective is the way a significant percentage of white men consider themselves victims of discrimination and a system stacked against them. […]

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              For about 10 years, there has been debate about the optimal size of the Memphis Police Department and recommendations in various studies have suggested fewer police and more police, understanding that there is no clear correlation between the size of cities’ police forces and their crime rates. Today, […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | October 20th, 2016 12:58am CDT | No Comments

It seems part of our DNA to take a “good enough” attitude when it comes to Memphis and to talk at length in conversations that aren’t about the pivotal – sometimes, uncomfortable – issues that can change the region’s trajectory. That’s why we are excited by the presentation next week by Gabriel Metcalf, the president […]

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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 were in deep poverty, but by 2010, it had grown […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | October 13th, 2016 12:05am CDT | No Comments

              Demographic data can say a lot about who lives in a city. It can also be an indicator of that city’s finances. Generally speaking, if a city has a high number of residents who consume more public resources than they contribute to the tax base, there will more […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | October 11th, 2016 12:40am CDT | No Comments

            It is the 30th anniversary of the Shelby County Home Rule Charter, which, for three decades, has served county government well. The charter went into effect September 1, 1986, following its approval two years earlier by 64% of the voters after a charter commission, comprised of 11 citizens, carefully […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | October 6th, 2016 12:57am CDT | No Comments

                  If you care about the children of Memphis and Shelby County, you have to care about criminal justice reform. That’s because no one pays a heavier price for longer sentences and mass incarceration than the youngest people in this community. As we wrote in our post […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | October 3rd, 2016 12:08am CDT | 2 Comments

                  The Shelby County criminal justice system is calcified and stuck in time. It’s hard to draw any other conclusion when a common sense, no risk bail bond program goes down in flames. That conclusion was confirmed again by the increasing number of defendants with longer and […]

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