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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 12th, 2015 3:00pm CDT | 4 Comments

By Gene Pearson, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, The University of Memphis Warning: This post may damage some brain cells, but it’s for your own good. The following statement is from AC Wharton’s 2015 campaign web site: “The concept of a City of Memphis Planning Office will be evaluated to ensure that City issues, […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Planning and Urban Design | April 21st, 2015 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Legislature Prepares To Take Another Smart Growth Power From Memphis

The following was emailed to us by Gene Pearson, former director, Graduate Program for City and Regional Planning, University of Memphis, and he allows us to post it here: The Tennessee General Assembly could soon eliminate an important power Memphis has to control its destiny. Currently Memphis has the power to control zoning up to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 30th, 2011 2:00pm CDT | 13 Comments

In keeping with our I-269 theme of the day, we’re reprising a post written by Gene Pearson: Many political leaders and grass roots organizations in Memphis today are advocating “smart growt,” “sustainable development,” and something called “new urbanism” as an answer to the ills of “urban sprawl,” which robs the core city of its vitality […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 21st, 2010 6:50pm CDT | Comments Off on Special School District Is Special Interest of County Schools

For the second year in a row we dodged a big bullet fired by our suburban friends in Shelby county. In the words of a famous Republican… “Well, there you go again”. The bullet is none other than the Special School District authorization for the Shelby County School System, which had been introduced last year […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 17th, 2010 4:39pm CDT | 7 Comments

In light of our recent discussions, we’re reprising a post written by Gene Pearson: Many political leaders and grass roots organizations in Memphis today are advocating “smart growt,” “sustainable development,” and something called “new urbanism” as an answer to the ills of “urban sprawl,” which robs the core city of its vitality and extends costly […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 1st, 2010 12:03am CDT | 5 Comments

Many political leaders and grass roots organizations in Memphis today are advocating “smart growt,” “sustainable development,” and something called “new urbanism” as an answer to the ills of “urban sprawl,” which robs the core city of its vitality and extends costly urban services over low density settlements (can you say unfair tax?). Some people say […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 3rd, 2010 12:11am CDT | 3 Comments

At some point in the history of Memphis and Shelby County, local and state legislative leaders decided that “boards”, “commissions”, or “authorities” should take over some of the duties necessary to run our City and County. Some of these entities became advisory to our governments like the former Memphis & Shelby County Planning Commission (now […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 11th, 2010 5:35pm CDT | 3 Comments

Memphis has been called “the city of good abode” although some of its citizens would be hard pressed to agree. Recently Mayor A C Wharton announced an end to homelessness in 10 years. A very difficult quest indeed. But Memphis also has some major problems in providing safe, decent and affordable housing to citizens who […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 27th, 2010 12:15pm CDT | 4 Comments

For the second year in a row we dodged a big bullet fired by our suburban friends in Shelby county. In the words of a famous Republican… “Well, there you go again”. The bullet is none other than the Special School District authorization for the Shelby County School System, which had been introduced last year […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 10th, 2010 6:45am CDT | Comments Off on What We Need Is Some Planning, Right Here in River City

Whenever I tell someone that I’m a city planner, the response is either “what do you plant in the city?” or “This city sure needs some planning!” The first response owes to my north Mississippi accent, the second to the chaos of streets and land development that don’t appear to have any order other than […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | December 13th, 2009 10:35pm CDT | 4 Comments

Many political leaders and grass roots organizations in Memphis today are advocating “smart growt,” “sustainable development,” and something called “new urbanism” as an answer to the ills of “urban sprawl,” which robs the core city of its vitality and extends costly urban services over low density settlements (can you say unfair tax?). Some people say […]

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