Archive for August, 2017

by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | August 30th, 2017 7:25am CDT | 25 Comments

The following post was submitted by our friend, Aaron Shafer, who was a leader for Memphis first skate park adjacent to Tobey Park:                     By Aaron Shafer The City Memphis is moving forward in redeveloping the Fairgrounds within the next couple of years. If all goes […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability | August 28th, 2017 7:34am CDT | No Comments

                  It’s good to see so much building going on in Memphis these days, but nothing excites us more than the new studio and offices for Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. It’s not just that the blighted, vacant French Quarter Inn is finally gone.  It’s much more […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 25th, 2017 7:38am CDT | 18 Comments

          The IRS Tax Statistics Migration Data have been released for 2013-14. Shelby County added 614 people from Nashville with salaries of $13.5 million but we lost 985 people to that city with salaries of $30.7 million; the net loss to Dallas was about $10 million, $3 million to Chicago, $1.5 […]

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                    This commentary was published August 18 by The Commercial Appeal: For two decades, the remarkable rebirth of Crosstown Concourse seemed about as plausible as reviving the lifeless Sterick Building. Now risen from the dead, the former Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog distribution center and retail store is generating […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | August 21st, 2017 7:31am CDT | 16 Comments

                1. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my life was when Eric Robertson was incubating Community LIFT in our office, and the meaningful conversations became a daily activity for about a year and a half. Often, our day ended with our watching the local television news, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 18th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 25 Comments

              It seems an appropriate time to repost this commentary from March 12, 2015, because Memphis should be in the list above: There are several organizations that thankfully are working on talent attraction and retention in Memphis, but none of the work is more important than the Memphis Urban League […]

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                  The following is “The state’s long arm stops Memphis again,” from my 9:01 column published in The Commercial Appeal on October 26, 2016, followed by a June 24, 2015, blog post, “Can We Now Send Nathan Bedford Forest Back to the Cemetery. First, the 9:01 column: The State’s […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Parks and Greening | August 14th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 25 Comments

It was not just that President Donald Trump did not defend this country’s most cherish values and the diversity that lies as a central strength.  It was that when he did speak, he said that we should “cherish our history,” and there’s no way to interpret this except as a an intentional message aimed at […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 10th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 16 Comments

                    Tribalism is so easy to recognize when we see it from a distance of several thousand miles. We recognize it in the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims where their majorities in various countries repress and attack the other denomination of the same religion.  We […]

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                    There is a lot of talk these days that we need a culture of planning, and that is true. Even more, we need a culture of following through. The truth is that for decades, planners have been producing shelf after shelf of reports and solid […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 4th, 2017 12:12am CDT | No Comments

                    There are decisions that divide elected officials between politicians and statesmen and stateswomen. Instant Runoff Voting, or Ranked Choice Voting, is one of those decisions.  It was approved eight years ago by city voters but some people, mainly at the Election Commission, have been slow […]

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                    It is not possible to think of a place in Memphis that more deserves a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district than Binghamton. In fact, it’s been 11 years in the making.  That’s how long ago it was that a charrette – the Broad Avenue Planning […]

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