Archive for December, 2019

by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | December 31st, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

              As Memphis works to transition from the workforce of the 1980s to one that can compete in a twenty-first-century economy of innovation and technology, it’s hard to think of an institution that will determine if we success more than the University of Memphis. Although the innovation that produced the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 24th, 2019 2:55pm CDT | No Comments

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 23rd, 2019 8:41am CDT | No Comments

              After Congress guaranteed a trillion dollar deficit every year as a result of the Trump tax cuts (economic growth by credit card), Republicans are saying that there may not be money for safety net programs and “entitlement” programs like Medicare.  It’s not bad enough that the massive tax […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture | December 20th, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                  If you’re looking for a gift for the holidays, here’s our shameless plug. Susan Adler Thorp and I have just published the history of a seminal Memphis institution – the Memphis Jewish Community Center.  It is the story of how a group of teenage boys looking […]

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                For a couple of decades, Memphis has languished at the bottom of the list of cities with outstanding park systems. It was not always so. There was a time in the latter half of the 20th century when the Memphis parks system was considered one of the […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Poverty | December 16th, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                In last Friday’s post, we published the yearly poverty rates since 2012 from reports by Dr. Elena Delavega at University of Memphis, the authoritative source of information for our community.  Her yearly reports are indispensable reading and research for anyone who seeks to understand Memphis. That same […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Uncategorized | December 13th, 2019 10:20am CDT | No Comments

                              From the Neighborhood Preservation Inc.: You are invited to a screening of the complete cut of In the Absence, a documentary that focuses on the housing foreclosure crisis in Memphis. In the Absence recently debuted at the Indie Memphis Film Festival and the creators at Pigeon Roost are looking forward to sharing it with the citizens of Memphis. Join us to learn about the long-term effects […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Poverty | December 13th, 2019 8:39am CDT | 1 Comment

                                Dr. Elena Delavega, University of Memphis Department of Social Work, publishes the must-read report each year on Memphis poverty.  The Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet is an important academic analysis for our community and a valuable contribution to our civic […]

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | December 11th, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                “Trust but verify” seems to be the essence of Shelby County Commissioner Tami Sawyer’s  resolution restricting gun shows on county-owned property, notably the Agricenter which has made these shows – often called gun and knife shows – a staple of its calendar for years. In the wake […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 9th, 2019 8:40am CDT | 1 Comment

              Five hundred miles from Memphis, the executive editor of The Indianapolis Star Ronnie Ramos announced last week that he is resigning to pursue new opportunities, effective December 20. That new opportunity is expected to take him to a similar position at the Daily Memphian. At a staff meeting […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | December 5th, 2019 8:40am CDT | 3 Comments

                    By Jimmie Covington, The Best Times The nine-county Memphis area ranks sixth among the country’s large metro areas in loss of residents to movement elsewhere in the country, according to an analysis of census estimates by a financial news and opinion firm. During 2010-2017, about […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | December 2nd, 2019 8:40am CDT | No Comments

                          It is a favorite political talking point: what makes our community special are its people. And yet, often, when this is said, the special people who have the greatest opportunity to improve the trajectory of Memphis and Shelby County are not being […]

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