Archive for December, 2017

by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 28th, 2017 12:45pm CST | 9 Comments

            A few years ago, Zach Hoyt, local attorney, wrote a blog post here that expressed his concern about the slow growth of the Memphis MSA GDP (Gross Domestic Product), pointing out that Memphis ranking was dropping when compared to Birmingham, Little Rock, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and St. […]

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  It was June, 2005, when we started this blog, and one of our first posts was about the visual blight and racist history of Confederate statues in Memphis parks.  Over the years, in dozens of posts, we called attention to the need to remove Jefferson Davis from a downtown park along with the other […]

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                        “Sprawl is a rot that tends to consume the old city. We can hope that Memphis is just 20 years behind other cities, as people across the country have come to recognize that high-density living is actually easier living. Other old cities are […]

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                      Looking back, there’s no real argument that suburban sprawl was not a direct hit on the city at its center, draining Memphis of its people and its resources and crippling its fiscal health while new infrastructure in the suburbs demanded by developers was taking […]

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                      At a time when downtown’s future hinges on it being more livable, walkable, and bikable, we too often default to our car-centric view of public space. We abandoned the Riverside Drive road diet and bike lane experiment before there was a chance to improve […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Uncategorized | December 12th, 2017 7:51am CST | 7 Comments

                There are times when the truth hurts but the longer we obscure it, the longer it is before we get serious about finding solutions. That’s especially true when it comes to our economy. Strip away talking points, conversations about the beauty of business tax incentives to international […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Uncategorized | December 8th, 2017 7:30am CST | 10 Comments

                The average jobs growth for regions the size of the Memphis between 2007-2017 was 9.1%. Jobs growth for the Memphis region was 0.4% with jobs increasing from 642,500 to 645,300. Jobs Growth – Percentage of growth and number of jobs: 31.9% – Austin – 783,800 to 1,033,800 […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | December 6th, 2017 7:30am CST | 4 Comments

                    Continuing the theme from the last post, we cannot solve our region’s child poverty  rate – the highest of any MSA in the country – unless we are address the need for better paying jobs for parents. With its reliance on service class jobs, Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 4th, 2017 7:23am CST | 9 Comments

          It’s never possible to argue with African Americans that if white children were facing the same disturbing facts of life that confront too many African American kids, the entire community would be up in arms. That is surely the case. It’s hard to think of a community that has talked […]

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