Archive for November, 2019

by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 26th, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                From National League of Cities: In a speech peppered with rap and inspirational quotes, Academy and Grammy-award winner Common admitted that he’s often asked why he doesn’t go into politics. Facing a room of more than 2,000 local elected officials, his answer: I’ll leave that to you […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education, Talent | November 22nd, 2019 8:40am CDT | 1 Comment

                    We’ve been writing for almost 15 years about the importance of college-educated workers to a city’s economic success.  Portland, Oregon, economist and urbanist Joe Cortright – along with Memphian Carol Coletta – pioneered this research and changed the national conversation about this issue.  Recently, Mr. […]

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by (RSS) Data Points | November 20th, 2019 8:47am CDT | 2 Comments

          By Jimmie Covington It is now less than six months before the once-a-decade federal census will be taken on April 1. The results of the population headcount will affect a lot of things and will answer a lot of questions. As far as Memphis and Shelby County, some of the […]

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                    On July 23, 2018, we wrote that in four years, if all goes well, we won’t even be able to recognize the CBD. Eight months ago, we wrote that “after more than a decade of hyperbole, downtown Memphis may be poised to deserve it.” Today, […]

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                  Shelby County Tax Breaks By Year All of these amounts are from the Shelby County Trustee and only reflect the Shelby County taxes given up through tax breaks by nine agencies with the authority to approve PILOTs.  To our knowledge, City of Memphis does not release […]

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                In light of Shelby County Mayor’s reservations about the way this community, with its high poverty rate, continues to participate in a massive transfer of wealth from local taxpayers to large corporations, we are reposting an excerpts from our commentary about changes in the program that could […]

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                Every dollar unnecessarily given away for a tax freeze to a corporation or developer is a dollar that can’t be spent to educate children, to protect neighborhoods, to improve the health of seniors, to rebuild urban communities, to fill potholes, and to provide backbone services like parks, […]

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

For about a decade and a half, Carol Coletta has interviewed the leading urban thinkers in the U.S. and she continues these incisive and provocative conversations at Memphis’ own Kudzukian network on her new podcast,  Cities Now With Carol Coletta. Her first interview explores a seminal question for Memphis: Why Black Cities Are Undervalued and […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | November 6th, 2019 8:39am CDT | 1 Comment

              The victimhood of older white men is apparently a fixture of our age – all the way from Sevier County, Tennessee, to the nation’s capital. years of dismissing white privilege and disputing concerns by women, African Americans, and LGBTQ Americans, the whining and complaining about “those people” suggest […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | November 4th, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                We were expecting better from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee. It seemed when he was running for office that he cast himself in the compassionate conservative mode, but his withholding of $732 million in federal funding for poor Tennesseans is neither compassionate nor conservative. About $150-180 million of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 1st, 2019 1:51pm CDT | No Comments

                      The  Daily Memphian wrote today:  “Under state law, county government could take half of the revenue generated for its own purposes in a process that would probably involve another referendum on the matter in unincorporated Shelby County. That’s according to one of several legal opinions […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | November 1st, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                      City of Memphis Election Turnout 1971 – 52.1% (General) 1971 – 55.6% (Runoff) 1975 – 50.4% (General) 1975 – 58.0% (Runoff) 1979 – 49.9% (General) 1979 – 66.6% (Runoff) 1983 – 57.2% (General) 1983 – 25.6% (Runoff) 1987 – 46.5% (General and Pari-mutuel Wagering […]

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