Archive for May, 2017

                Some of us are children of the Sixties so our impulse when it comes to Confederate statues is to remove Jefferson Davis’ statue in a prominent downtown park – where he is surrounded by various detritus from the Lost Cause movement – and ignore a state law […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | May 25th, 2017 11:43am CDT | 4 Comments

                I first met Gene Pearson and Tim Bolding about 35 years ago. I met Gene through his wife (at the time, his significant other), Louise Mercuro, and together, they made a formidable team of smart, passionate planners and urban thinkers.  He was a regular commenter on this […]

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                Only a few metros in the U.S. are seeing real wages grow at a notable rate and the Memphis MSA is not one of them. That said, metros seem to be dividing into the “haves” and the “have-nots” and only a few dozen record the 2-3% wage […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2017 11:05am CDT | 1 Comment

                Former Memphian Bill Day has done it again. He has won his seventh Green Eyeshade Award for excellence in cartoons. The award recognizes the “very best journalism in the southeastern United States” and it is presented by the Southern members of the Society of Professional Journalists.  He […]

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                      Build it and they will come. That seemed to be the prevailing attitude at the EDGE meeting where apartment developers were added to the list of beneficiaries for city and county tax waivers. As happens at so many similar meetings in our community, millennials […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2017 9:28am CDT | 16 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 latest issue.   By Jimmie Covington Primarily […]

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                    Back in 1976 when Shelby County Government was restructured, it got more than a mayor. It also got a culture of competition and rivalry between the newly modernized county government and its City of Memphis counterpart across Main Street. Memphis had voted in 1963 to […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Tourism | May 12th, 2017 12:24am CDT | 12 Comments

                    The news media have recently been reporting about the economic engine that is tourism, spotlighting a report by a national tourism organization that it produces $3.2 billion in direct visitor spending. It is good news for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau which has weathered […]

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by (RSS) Education, Taxation | May 10th, 2017 12:01am CDT | 9 Comments

              We don’t want to say we told you so, but… Germantown city officials yesterday admitted that they will be asking for a 23 cent property tax with the bulk of it required to fund schools.  Meanwhile, Bartlett is proposing a 35 cent increase with 14 cents needed to […]

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                    The best thing going for Beale Street may also be its biggest obstacle – public ownership. It was key to protecting its historic character and single ownership theoretically makes it easier to manage development opportunities and to hire a management firm that can standardize policies […]

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                  City of Memphis Government Expenditures – Operating Budget 2018 – $668,680,951 (proposed) 2017 – $674,457,724 (forecast) 2016 – $639,340,543 2015 – $616,556, 191 2014 – $616,419,108 2013 – $641,421,832 2012 – $643,640,097 2011 – $656,784,561 2010 – $627,895,199   Shelby County Government Expenditures 2018 – $1,249,509,805 […]

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                It is curious how exorcised we can get when Mississippi picks off a Memphis business for its economic benefit but how mute we remain when a Shelby County town like Collierville or Germantown does it. The difference between the companies being picked off is stark: the companies […]

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