Archive for February, 2020

by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 28th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

            Note: In light of the hand-wringing over upcoming local government budgets, I’m reposting a blog post from April 17, 2019.  This example of institutional racism ripples through the entire budget of city and county governments, reducing revenues and wealth: To understand the ugly face of institutional racism, we need […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 26th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

              By Jimmie Covington Do elected Memphis and Shelby County officials realize that that the only thing that provides new revenue from the real estate property tax is new construction unless there is an increase in the property tax rate? And since many, if not most, of the major […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Leadership | February 24th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

                            It’s a historic understatement to say that we live in weird times. Part of it comes from the inherent Christian nationalism of the Lost Cause, the collection of myths meant to project an imaginary culture of Southern gentility and graciousness while […]

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Neighborhood Preservation Inc. continues to lead the community’s important conversation about fighting blight, rebuilding neighborhoods, and working in partnership with grassroots leaders.  Even more, it is doing the work to make it happen. It continues its provocative series of speakers Wednesday of next week, February 26, 5-7 p.m., at Benjamin Hooks Central Library at 3030 […]

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by (RSS) Federal Policy | February 20th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

  President Donald Trump has submitted his $4.8 trillion budget proposal to Congress, and the good news is that it is likely DOA. That’s because it’s not only not about fighting a war on poverty, it wages war on poor people, and because of it, if his budget was approved, it would a torpedo aimed […]

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                There are times when it seems like government will keep hiring consultants until they get the results they want.  Studies about the optimal number of police officers in Memphis feels like one of them. After all, in the past seven years, there have been about half dozen […]

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by (RSS) Data Points, Economic Development, Poverty | February 13th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

                In December, I published the yearly poverty rates since 2012 from the poverty fact sheets 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’ most […]

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                As I blogged recently, there’s no research that is more useful than the Memphis Poverty Fact Sheet and other data from Dr. Elena Delavega, professor at social work at University of Memphis, who now issues the fact sheets with her husband, Dr. Gregory Blumenthal, principal at GMBS […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership, Talent | February 6th, 2020 9:29am CDT | 1 Comment

                    I was talking with another of Leadership Memphis’ outstanding Fasttrack classes last week about the most important opportunities in Memphis and the unique assets that we have to leverage for the future.  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of course was among them.  The hospital’s remarkable […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 4th, 2020 9:00am CDT | 1 Comment

              Our community has often been hypnotized by its own hyperbole and because of it, there is a tendency to act as if national trends affecting cities don’t apply here and that Memphis and Shelby County are immune to the forces dividing communities into winners and losers. In the […]

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