Archive for December, 2016

                  The following is “The state’s long arm stops Memphis again,” from my 9:01 column published in The Commercial Appeal on October 26, 2016, followed by a June 24, 2015, blog post, “Can We Now Send Nathan Bedford Forest Back to the Cemetery. The State’s Long Arm: Sometimes, […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation | December 28th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 5 Comments

                      In our last two posts, the first focused on public transit and the $7 billion, about 10% of the regional GDP, that largely flows out of our region as the cost of personal transportation and the second provided key metrics about MATA, including its ranking […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Transportation | December 22nd, 2016 12:40am CDT | 2 Comments

                    In the ranking of public transit in 72 cities with populations of more than 250,000, Memphis ranks #55 and among the 32 cities with populations of more than 500,000, Memphis ranks #27, according to the highly respected Center for Neighborhood Technology. The ranking (0-10) of […]

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                      In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack of effective regional public transit to contribute to the Memphis region spending $6.9 billion every year on  personal transportation. In fact, the Memphis region ranks #1 among the 51 largest MSAs […]

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              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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                      The fix was in from the beginning. At least that’s the conclusion that could be easily drawn from the way that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s use of 1.3 billion gallons of our drinking water every year as cooling water in the Allen Combined Cycle […]

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                    About 12 years ago when we began this blog, we lamented the fact that Memphis was not involved in national conversations or on the radar for philanthropic funding decisions to tackle urban issues. Memphis’ location may have been good for logistics but camped out in […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | December 2nd, 2016 12:06am CDT | No Comments

                  MEMPHIS, TN — Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods, today announced that Memphis has officially received the designation of being a “Maker City,” a network of “strong municipalities that value entrepreneurship, sustainability, […]

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by (RSS) Taxation, Trends and Issues | December 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 1 Comment

                It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  The one created by Google is worth $2 billion, which is the amount of debt that Shelby County Government issued to fuel sprawl outside Memphis.  That number does not include the increase in annual operating and maintenance […]

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