Archive for February, 2017

                  My grandmother often answered our latest whining request with the response: “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  The updated version for our community:  If talk was money, MATA would have light rail to Somerville. Either way, the message is the same.  Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, […]

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                    This article three days ago in the St. Thomas Source in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the latest reminder of why there is no defensible reason why Memphis should be forced by state government to keep Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave and statue in a city park. […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | February 21st, 2017 12:07am CDT | No Comments

                It’s been a couple of years since we’ve checked in on Volunteer Odyssey so we were pleased to get a news release indicating that the important program is not only alive and well but it is prospering. In a recent meeting with Sarah Petschonek, the founder and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2017 11:31am CDT | No Comments

We appreciate award-winning cartoonist Bill Day allowing us to post his cartoons to the Smart City Memphis blog.  Bill proves over and over that a picture is worth much more than a thousand words when it is created by a talented cartoonist as part of the proud American journalism tradition. He has  won first place […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | February 17th, 2017 12:36am CDT | 1 Comment

                  One of our favorite park advocates is Peter Harnik, who retired last year as director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.  We can think of no one who is more responsible for the revival of the urban parks movement and is […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | February 15th, 2017 12:54am CDT | 3 Comments

              Our community often seems to do the same things and expect different results. For decades, when it comes to economic development, we believe that waiving more and more taxes is the way to create jobs.  When it comes to transportation, we believe that building more and more roads […]

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              Maybe it’s time for the Memphis Police Association to put up or shut up.  Once again, they have spent union dues to put up billboards trafficking in fear and undermining the public support they so badly need for community policing. But more to the point, if the Police […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | February 10th, 2017 12:59am CDT | 7 Comments

                  About a year ago, Tim Bolding’s 91-year-old mother died, which put her 61-year-old son into a reflective mood about his priority for the next chapter of his life. After working more than three decades to provide affordable housing for Memphians frozen out of the traditional mortgage […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Parks and Greening | February 8th, 2017 12:12am CDT | 3 Comments

                    We were lucky enough to know Art Wolff and consider him a friend.  He dedicated his lifetime to fighting for causes he believed in, and Shelby Farms Park was at the head of that list.  He did it regardless of whose feathers he ruffled or […]

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by (RSS) Livability | February 7th, 2017 12:28am CDT | 23 Comments

              A few weeks ago, we got a telephone call from a reporter based in New York who was asking for an update about Memphis.  Here’s what we sent him: Memphis is the kind of city that can make you cry.  Just ask Justin Timberlake. Being inducted in the […]

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              It’s really not a negotiation when one side has a gun pointed at its head. That’s the situation City of Memphis found itself in as it considered if it was willing to shrink the size of the city.  Considering that the state legislature made sure Memphis never had […]

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  In light of the announcement of another planning process for the riverfront, we are reposting this commentary from March, 2013, when Jeff Speck issued recommendations following his review and distillation of 19 previous riverfront reports and plans: Nationally-known planner, architectural designer, author, and New Urbanist co-creator Jeff Speck laid out six simple ideas for […]

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