Archive for May, 2019

by (RSS) Arts and Culture | May 31st, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                  The title, White Boy¸ seems to leap off the cover of Memphis Tom Graves’ latest book, but the story inside is even more attention-grabbing than that. It begins: I am from a racist family.  I was educated in a racist school.  I was a parishioner in […]

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              Decades ago, Memphis acted often on the low expectations that translated into an “it’s good enough for Memphis” attitude. Today, many years later, the impact of this disregard, which seems to stem from being a majority African American city, can be seen in challenges inherited by today’s leaders: […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 27th, 2019 8:30am CDT | No Comments

                  We’ve been re-reading one of our favorite histories of Memphis – Memphis During the Progressive Era 1900-1917 by William D. Miller (1957) – and we’re always struck by how some character traits of Memphis were apparent so many years ago and how these currents run through […]

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              The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built on data.  Earlier this month, we posted one group of interesting facts taken from the report and followed it with a second.  Here’s the third and final group of […]

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                  There was a time when it burst on the scene 37 years ago that Mid-South Peace and Justice Center was considered radical in its advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised, but times have changed. Its progressive agenda has been mainstreamed. In giving a voice to those […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 20th, 2019 8:35am CDT | No Comments

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. and Pigeon Roost media will co-host a screening of Chapter Two from their upcoming documentary about blight in Memphis from 6 to 8 pm tonight,  Monday, May 20, at The Stax Museum of American Soul Music, 926 E McLemore Ave. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments being […]

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                    The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built is data.  Earlier this month, we posted some of the factoids in the report that we found interesting.  Here is part 2: * Nearly half […]

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                    Note: This graphic is not from City Observatory.   Joe Cortright is President and principal economist of Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Over the past two decades he has specialized in urban economies developing the City Vitals framework […]

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                After reviewing the 20 riverfront plans issued since 1987, prominent city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck said it best: “The potentially easiest win on the Memphis riverfront is the reconfiguration of Riverside Drive.  While a vast improvement over the interstate highway that was once planned […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 10th, 2019 8:40am CDT | 5 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 his articles also appear.   By […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Regionalism | May 8th, 2019 8:30am CDT | 4 Comments

                      Contrary to the perceptions held by many, the Memphis region has a simple government structure, and that is particularly true in Shelby County. While many cities, say, St. Louis and Louisville, for example, are surrounded by dozens and dozens of small incorporated towns, Memphis […]

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                        There is unprecedented broad support for the proposition that it is vital for Memphis to have higher quality public transit.  The challenge is now to convert that philosophical support into financial support for a better Memphis Area Transit Authority. The good news is […]

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                  The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built is data. The following are some data points from the plan that we found interesting: * Memphis’ population is projected to increase 10% by 2040, representing […]

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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, where this article is appearing in its May […]

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