Archive for April, 2017

by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | April 30th, 2017 12:48am CDT | No Comments

                    Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles’ simmering police racism erupted into the open when the police officers who had viciously beaten Rodney King were acquitted. It led to what was called by officialdom as the “LA Riots,” but was known more often as the […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | April 28th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 4 Comments

                The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence has issued the 2017 edition of its City Park Facts, and once again, Memphis brings up the rear in the various rankings and ratings. For context, remember that Memphis has a total of 9,145 acres of parks […]

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                  In light of our regional theme this week, we are reposting this commentary from December 20, 2016.   Note: Ron Garrison is no longer CEO at MATA.  The Interim CEO is Gary Rosenfeld. In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism | April 26th, 2017 12:20am CDT | 9 Comments

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

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | April 25th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 6 Comments

                    This may surprise you but we’ve got to say it: we’re tired of hearing about the paramount importance of regions and how regionalism is the road to a successful future for Memphis. And we admit that we were some of the earliest people who talked […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | April 24th, 2017 12:27am 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 appears in its April issue.   By […]

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                    Most people think of Memphis as beginning at the Mississippi River where the cobblestones are located and the first stirrings of a downtown taking place somewhere along Main Street between Jefferson Avenue and Beale Street. It’s sort of like those romantic images of Andrew Jackson, […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | April 17th, 2017 12:10am CDT | 4 Comments

                So, the question now is what can the outrage over the racist rant by a Memphian that strafed a Caribbean service worker accomplish? Yes, it’s a potent reminder of how blatant racism slithers out from under its rock when we least expect it. Yes, it’s a reminder […]

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                Abe Fortas – the forgotten Memphian – has been back in the news lately. Or more precisely, he has been in the background of the news lately. First, there was his relevance in the controversy about U.S. District Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2017 12:52am CDT | 7 Comments

The idea that the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy should equally split the costs of parking on the greensward isn’t logical or fair.  After all, it’s the zoo that has the much larger budget, and as a result, we’ve written previously that the organizations should pay proportionally based on the sizes of their […]

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                When The Commercial Appeal can write an article riddled with mistakes about the Tourism Development Zone like it did last week, it seems a good time to separate fact from fiction. Formally called Convention and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998 (Tennessee Code Annotated 7-88-101), the concept […]

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                      Well, it’s deja vu all over again. Once again, the Mid-South Coliseum’s future is back in the news, and because of it, we are reprising this August 15, 2016, blog post.  A regular accompaniment to all Fairgrounds and Coliseum discussions is the misinformation and […]

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              If it wasn’t bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court put our political system up for sale when it inexplicably ruled that corporations are people, our local U.S. District Court has added insult to injury. It ruled this week that the Tennessee Billboard Regulation and Control Act is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 3rd, 2017 12:24pm CDT | 13 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 appears in the April issue.  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County […]

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