Archive for August, 2018

              We weren’t expecting Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to deliver the county equivalent of Washington’s Farewell Address warning about the potential disunity caused by political parties and sectionalism or even Eisenhower’s Farewell Address warning about the military-industrial complex, but we admit to being disappointed that his last official […]

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                    Maurice Cox is arguably the most-respected planner in the U.S., and in his Monday presentation in Memphis, he proved why. It had been 10 years since he was last in Memphis – speaking to the Center City Commission annual meeting on July 9, 2008 – […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 27th, 2018 8:56am CDT | 15 Comments

              After 35 years, Memphis is on the brink of becoming a city with two daily newspapers again, and while this unexpected newspaper war captures most of the attention, there is much more that is about to happen that is going to shake up the local media landscape. Specifically, […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | August 24th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 2 Comments

                    Memphis Flyer managing editor Frank Murtaugh has been leading a campaign to erect a statue to honor University of Memphis legend Larry Finch, and it’s long overdue. Mr. Finch was a man whose life played out on more than a basketball court.  Most of all, […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 22nd, 2018 9:00am CDT | 3 Comments

      For the past 12 years, I have been proud to write the City Journal column for Memphis magazine, where I was given the opportunity to write about politics, race, economic development, talent, and more. Beginning with its the recent issue, I am now a contributor to Inside Memphis Business, a sister publication […]

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                      The turnout for the recent Shelby County general election attracted a meager 27.5% of registered voters to the polls, a low rate that seems stubbornly consistent. It means that Lee Harris was elected county mayor with about 15% of the total number of voters […]

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                  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.   By Jimmie Covington The election of a new county mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 16th, 2018 9:40am CDT | 2 Comments

In support of the 350 newspapers who today are editorializing about the importance of the First Amendment at a time that freedom of the press is under withering attack from the White House.

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by (RSS) Economic Development | August 15th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 8 Comments

                This post is wrtten by Joe B. Kent, local researcher, who has a BBA with a Major in Finance from the University of Memphis and Masters of Science in Instructional Technology. By Joe B. Kent The data is conclusive: a locally focused tax incentive-heavy approach to economic development […]

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                It is Memphis’ catch-22. We are told that Memphis tax rates are too high so it has to give away taxes to attract new companies and stimulate growth, but if those companies paid their taxes, the tax rates in Memphis would be about 75 cents lower. The […]

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In our last post, we began our list of 10 decisions that made us into who we are today. In that post, we listed three factors (these 10 are in no particular order): * Shelby County Encourages Middle Income Families to Leave Memphis * No Commitment to Planning * Ignoring the Need for Equity Today, […]

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                We have repeated one of our favorite quotations often: every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it does. So, what exactly were the decisions made here that produced the results that have come to define us? Our “system” is characterized by sprawl, declining densities, higher […]

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                It took about three county elections longer than expected, but when it came last Thursday, it was no blue wave. Rather, it was a tsunami. It swept over every Republican elected official in Shelby County Government, ushering in a new era for a government that for too […]

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              This post is written by David Ciscel, economist emeritus at University of Memphis Fogelman School of Business. By David Ciscel Let’s play a thought game. We spend a lot of time wishing Memphis were more vibrant, faster growing, and more cosmopolitan. But what if economic development is bunk? […]

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