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On April 12, 2012, after three months of deliberation, the Memphis and Shelby County Land Use Control Board (the “LUCB”) approved a series of amendments to the Unified Development Code (the “UDC”).  This was the first step in a rather complicated approval process that requires action by both the Memphis City Council and the Shelby […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 8th, 2010 4:43pm CST | 2 Comments

This past decade witnessed one of the biggest urban building booms in the nation’s history.  Memphis enjoyed its share of higher-density multifamily construction, renovation and conversion within its borders, particularly in its downtown. As we find footing in the wake of the housing market meltdown and ponder what market share multifamily should represent in this […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 7th, 2010 4:46pm CST | Comments Off on Rightsizing a Legislative Body for a New Metro Government

The Memphis and Shelby County Metropolitan Government Charter Commission has a formidable task in determining the right size of the legislative body of the proposed metropolitan government. They must balance the lure of small districts that will enable grassroots, neighborhood representation with the accompanying risk of an oversized, unwieldy body that could potentially rival the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 4th, 2010 10:36am CST | 2 Comments

In my last post, we looked at city council size of the core cities of the nation’s 50 largest metropolitan regions. In this post, we will focus on those cities’ county legislative bodies.  Perhaps more so than in the case of the cities, the function and complexion of county legislative bodies vary widely from state […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 3rd, 2010 5:05pm CST | 10 Comments

As the Memphis & Shelby County Metropolitan Government Charter Commission discusses the ideal number of members that should sit on the legislative body of the proposed metropolitan government, I thought it would be interesting to study the size of city councils and county commissions around the country. In this post, I’ll focus on city councils […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 5th, 2010 3:38pm CST | 3 Comments

This post represents the third (Part 1 and Part 2) and final tour of the Memphis parkway system. By this time, you have toured South Parkway from MLK-Riverside Park to East Parkway, twisting and turning several times around its famous “jogs.”  Once on East Parkway, you experienced an equally stimulating drive negotiating around the ever […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 9th, 2010 4:39pm CST | 4 Comments

In my last post, I helped guide you on a tour (real or virtual) of South Parkway from the southwest corner of the Memphis parkway system at Martin Luther King-Riverside Park to its southeast corner at Airways.  Now, buckle up your seatbelts because we’re ready to turn left onto what is undoubtedly the most traveled […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 1st, 2010 12:16am CST | 9 Comments

Memphis’ parkways, the great emerald necklace that encircles the historic heart of the city, is perhaps one of the best large planning projects this city has ever undertaken.  Designed by George Kessler more than a century ago to connect the city’s two great parks he had also been commissioned to design (Overton and Riverside), the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 11th, 2010 10:09pm CST | 7 Comments

In my last post, I discussed the fallacy of a city – any city – approving new developments at its periphery when all available evidence shows that said developments, be they residential or retail, are simply cannibalizing existing neighborhoods and businesses elsewhere in that city.  This is precisely what is occurring in Fisherville, the large […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 1st, 2009 9:31pm CST | 5 Comments

It is little news to anyone familiar with the Memphis market that property along the Poplar corridor is  by far the most reliable real estate investment in the region.  Generally speaking, the closer a particular property is to Poplar Avenue, the higher its valuation and the greater its annual appreciation. This is not only true […]

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