Archive for June, 2017

by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 29th, 2017 12:39am CDT | 11 Comments

            It’s hard to believe that there was a time 35 years ago that there were pundits and columnists who predicted that with the rise of technology, places would come to matter less and less. And yet, just the opposite has happened, and today, place is a major driver of […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | June 26th, 2017 12:49am CDT | 11 Comments

              Hopefully, Memphis Police Department’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to fight crime in Memphis won’t be one of those federal programs we live to regret. Memphis was one of the 12 cities where Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ DOJ will “combat violent crime,” according to the department’s […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 23rd, 2017 12:02am CDT | 1 Comment

                      In the National Urban League’s definitive report, State of Black America, it ranks the largest U.S. metros for its Equality Index. Metro Area Income Equality – ranked from most to least equal – black and white income – 71 metros 1 – Riverside-SanBernardino-Ontario, CA […]

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                        There is a lottery in Shelby County every day for an average of 37 people. The winners get a head start to more education, higher income, better health, and less lifetime stress. The others get the odds stacked against them and face obstacles […]

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            Memphis and Liverpool continue their connections this summer with a “songwriters exchange” called From Memphis to the Mersey.  Two people from each city will be selected to engage in an intensive experience in the historic music cities. Memphis’ connections to Liverpool began several years ago with an outreach by […]

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                    In a post last week, I wrote that although there is the widespread attitude that Memphis and Shelby County are the victims of forces beyond their control, current conditions instead result from choices that were made here, some of them many decades ago.  I expanded […]

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                  The following is the closing post in our two-parter about the work by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin that led to the launch of the Memphis comprehensive plan, Memphis 3.0.   You can read the first post here. Ms. Griffin was hired to write a report […]

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                      Four years ago, the groundwork for a comprehensive plan for Memphis was laid by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin. It’s the back story of Memphis 3.0. Impressed by the massive plan unveiled for Detroit, she was asked to share the lessons of her […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 9th, 2017 12:11am CDT | 7 Comments

            We’ve written recently that Memphis needs a disruption strategy to expand the economy and to create more jobs.  It seems clear that doing the same and expecting different results is not working. More evidence came this week with the jobs growth for the first quarter of this year compared […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | June 7th, 2017 12:24am CDT | 22 Comments

                  One of our oft-used aphorisms is “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it gets.” Memphis is just such a system, and that’s why it’s surprising when the news media and others are stunned when a new study or ranking is released that […]

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                  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s assessed value of property for tax purposes this year – which includes reappraisal figures – is up almost $2.1 billion from last year, certified tax roll figures released April 20 by the County Assessor’s Office show. Countywide, the increase is 12.4 […]

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                        While much of our attention is diverted by President Donald Trump’s controversy du jour, it’s easy to be distracted from the damage that would be done to cities by his Administration from its proposed budget. It was largely predictable. After all, the man […]

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