Archive for March, 2017

by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | March 22nd, 2017 12:40am CDT | No Comments

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools, much less new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. After all, in Nashville, […]

Read More →

                  It’s hard for the timing to be worse for Memphis when it comes to the proposed Trump budget. With signs of an economic revival that would finally take us to Pre-Great Recession levels, the budget would be a serious drag on Memphis’ economic momentum. It’s really […]

Read More →

                With Alan Crone, chief adviser and confidant of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, now leading the riverfront process that includes upgrading Tom Lee Park, there’s new hope for transforming the park from a moonscape to an attractive, landscaped place that capitalizes on its incredible location on the Mississippi […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Politics and Government | March 15th, 2017 12:45am CDT | 3 Comments

              Why is it that there’s always more money for weapons and war but not for people and human need? It’s been hard for years to ignore that feeling with the Republican Congress. Anytime there is a proposal to spend more money to help people, there suddenly is an […]

Read More →

                EDGE pioneered in the transparency of corporate business incentives, and although it slipped very slightly in the latest ranking, it needs to give some pointers to the Downtown Memphis Commission. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest report from Good Jobs First about economic development […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 10th, 2017 11:53am CDT | 2 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 initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Tennessee’s population grew slightly faster than the national rate in the […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | March 10th, 2017 12:29am CDT | 11 Comments

                  Memphis has the greatest density of any city in our region, but it only barely leads Bartlett and Germantown. Meanwhile, it lags behind its peer cities in the number of people per square mile. Memphis Region Cities 2,053.3 – Memphis 2,049.2 – Bartlett 1,945.0 – Germantown […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Livability | March 8th, 2017 12:53am CDT | 2 Comments

                    We wrote last week about Memphis in May International Festival and this year’s honored country, Colombia.  We were lucky that our friend and talented photographer Mike Evans shared his perspectives about the country where he now lives.  We got emails asking for us to give […]

Read More →

                  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 initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Parks and Greening | March 6th, 2017 12:32am CDT | 12 Comments

                The Memphis Zoo regularly reminds us of someone involved in domestic abuse. Given opportunities to change behavior, they return without apology to their old patterns of conduct.  They regularly bulldoze (literally in the case of the zoo) over opportunities to repair relationships.  And confronted by someone who […]

Read More →

by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | March 2nd, 2017 12:49am CDT | 3 Comments

            Few people in Memphis get as much advice, suggestions, and critiques as politicians, but one of them has to be Jim Holt at Memphis in May International Festival. That’s always the case in the wake of the announcement of each year’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup, but there’s also […]

Read More →