Archive for January, 2017

                      We cannot remember an interview process by the City of Memphis like the one Friday for the three teams vying for a contract to implement the zoo parking plan in Overton Park. Six months ago, we wrote: “It could well be that we look […]

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                  The City of Memphis is in the throes of a budget process that will produce a proposed budget by the Strickland Administration in about 10 weeks, and just when officials thought it couldn’t get any harder, it now has the uncertainties connected to massive federal budget […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 24th, 2017 12:34am CDT | 9 Comments

                    Twenty years before Donald Trump became synonymous with the words, “You’re fired,” 2,500 Memphians lost their jobs because of him. For them, there was no reality television program. There was only reality itself, as Trump forced the sale of Holiday Inns in 1988 and the […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty, Trends and Issues | January 20th, 2017 12:42am CDT | 3 Comments

                  President Donald Trump.* Like a major league baseball player who used steroids to win, Mr. Trump will forever have an asterisk next to his name. He benefited from the bulked-up help that came from the Russians who weaponized their hacking through Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, and DC […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability | January 18th, 2017 12:49am CDT | No Comments

                  The UrbanArt Commission is the Jonas Salk of Memphis arts and culture. Remember him?  He’s the medical researcher who invented the first polio vaccine that transformed the futures of tens of thousands of children.  In his low key way, he simply went about his work unconcerned […]

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            Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is part of a growing coalition of mayors calling for more State of Tennessee funding support for public transportation. It is a promising sign that modern public transit may finally get the attention it deserves on Capitol Hill, albeit it is never easy to predict […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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We’ve been revisiting the 15 most read blog posts of 2016.  We’ve previously posted #6-10 and #11-15.  Thanks again for your support for the past 13 years. The following are the top 5 blog posts.  It’s worth noting that three of the top five most read blog posts, an indication of the broad-based public interest […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | January 11th, 2017 5:32pm CDT | No Comments

            Our friend, Pastor DeAndre Brown, executive director of Lifeline to Success, an exemplary reentry program, read the following statement at a rally today in response to the first murder in Frayser.  DeAndre is a powerful advocate for an end to violence in Memphis so we’re posting his call to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 11th, 2017 12:29am CDT | 1 Comment

We’ve been looking back at the 15 most read blog posts of the 153 we wrote last year.  We’ve previously posted #11-15 and today, we’re posting #6-10.  As we wrote previously, we appreciate you reading and commenting, and most of all, caring deeply about Memphis. Here are #6-10: #10: Low Park Rankings Bolster Overton Park […]

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In the next three days, we’re looking back to our 153 blog posts from last year to see which one you liked the most, based on readership.  To that end, we’re posting the 15 most read posts counting down from #15 to #1.  Based on the ranking, 2016 can be called the Year of the […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | January 6th, 2017 12:49am CDT | 9 Comments

                  Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all kinds of issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are also economic drags on our community. […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Poverty | January 4th, 2017 12:33am CDT | 5 Comments

                            For a moment, we thought we had entered a time warp.  Another new year, another Willie W. Herenton bombshell to kick it off. The former mayor’s comments are always geared to stir up controversy and he had to know that his […]

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