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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 9th, 2016 12:33pm CDT | No Comments

Project: Porch Swing, a Clinton, Mississippi-based startup, today launched its online shopping platform at projectporchswingmemphis.com. The site, which features select retailers among more than 300 national, regional and local partners in a variety of categories, will donate 60 percent of its revenue to fund public education in the Mid-South. “Education funding is a hot-button issue […]

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by (RSS) Education | October 8th, 2015 3:48pm CDT | 1 Comment

Memphis’ own Amy Howell, CEO of Howell Marketing Strategies, has co-written a valuable book that’s required reading for high school seniors looking to go to college, parents wanting to guide the wisest decision, a graduate confronting the interview process, and or a professor wanting to teach employable skills: The Future Belongs to Students in High […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | September 16th, 2015 3:26pm CDT | Comments Off on Sign Up: How Technology Can Connect People and Transit

CONNECTING PEOPLE & TRANSIT USING TECHNOLOGY   Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Lost Pizza Company, 2855 Poplar Avenue An informal evening with TransLoc transit appmakers, MATA, and the Mayor’s Institute for Excellence in Government Innovation Team. ***  TransLoc will introduce its Memphis real-time bus arrival app, then lead a lively panel discussion […]

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by (RSS) Talent, Uncategorized | September 4th, 2015 2:00pm CDT | 3 Comments

Memphis MSA gains 62,796 people between 2000-13 who have bachelor’s degrees or higher and 5,445 people with degrees between ages of 25-34. Respective percentage increases are 4.4% and 2.4% (which are among the lower growth rates), but at least the region is in the positive. “It appears, the Rustbelt’s tide may well be turning. A […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 1st, 2015 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Where Neighborhood Inequality is Most Severe and Home Ownership Going Down

The Urban Institute maps the growing income inequality and disparities across neighborhoods in Memphis, which ranks #18 among cities with more than 250,000 residents. Meanwhile, Memphis ranks #15 for MSAs with largest decrease in homeownership, dropping from 65.8% in 2006 to 60.1% in 2013.  To see rankings, click here. From Governing: It’s well known that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 25th, 2015 1:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Sierra Club “Speed Dating” Open Meeting

TITLE: “What is the Sierra Club? What do we do? How to get involved.” CONTACTS: Dennis Lynch, dmlynch@alum.mit.edu, 901-213-6088 WHAT: Sierra Club Open Meeting- Presentation and fun activities to inform and engage the public in the variety of environmental activities the Sierra Club is active in. The meeting will include brief presentations, and fun  Speed […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design, Transportation | May 13th, 2015 3:01pm CDT | 2 Comments

As you know if you’ve read our past posts about the MPO, we consider its current structure unrepresentative because it is weighted to the suburbs and it is racially unbalanced.  As a result, the organization has poorly served the city at its core and its negative impact on Memphis will continue until it is reformed. […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights | April 3rd, 2015 3:00pm CDT | Comments Off on Dr. King’s Crafts of Freedom

Our friend, Rhodes College associate professor of English Scott Newstok, has written the following article posted at Chapter 16 about Dr. Martin Luther King’s rhetorical gifts and the roots that run deep into his readings of the great philosophers, theologians, and thinkers.  As we approach the anniversary of Dr. King’s death, it’s a reminder of […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Livability, Transportation | March 30th, 2015 3:32pm CDT | Comments Off on Thoughtful Street Design Helps Communities and the Economy

To follow up this morning’s post about Riverside Drive, here’s an article by Kaid Benefield at Sustainable Cities Collective about the power of good street design to improve cities like Memphis:     Streets re-designed with all users in mind – pedestrians, transit users and bicyclists as well as drivers of motor vehicles – generally […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2015 2:45pm CDT | 1 Comment

Sarah Petschonek, the brains behind Volunteer Odyssey, has come up with an innovative idea for Memphis:  the country’s first virtual volunteer fair.  Here’s the press release about it: It’s the first of its kind virtual volunteer fair and it’s officially available to Memphians. Volunteer Odyssey announced Tuesday their online volunteer fair, Volio. It started as […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | February 16th, 2015 3:08pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis MSA Ranks Low In Advanced Industries’ Jobs and Output

The Brookings Institution issued research last week about “advanced industries,” which essentially was a broad definition of technology (technology R & D and STEM workers in 50 industries).   The Memphis MSA finished in the bottom 20%. “These industries—which range from automotive and aerospace manufacturing to energy activities to digital services like computer system design and […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Economic Development | December 17th, 2014 12:06am CDT | 2 Comments

The following are two articles from the Chicago Policy Review (Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago).  The first article disrupts the myth that tax breaks result in businesses growing the economy, concluding that tax breaks do not increase economic development, lower unemployment, and income equality.  The second interviews City of Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | December 4th, 2014 11:02am CDT | Comments Off on High Poverty Census Tracts in Memphis Almost Double: Worry About That, Not Gentrification, Report Says

It’s concentrated poverty, not gentrification, that cities like Memphis should be worrying about, according to Joe Cortright in another of his groundbreaking reports. High Poverty Census Tracts in Memphis almost doubled from 1970 to 2010 – from 42 to 78. These are census tracts with poverty rates of more than 30%.  And yet, the population […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism, Uncategorized | November 28th, 2014 12:30pm CDT | 4 Comments

We’ve written before about how it’s suburban poverty that produces headlines like “Memphis is #1 in Poverty.” These are rankings for the MSA, and it is the anomalous high ranking of poverty outside of Memphis that puts the region in that top spot.  The area outside Memphis is #8 in poverty, and among large cities, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 14th, 2014 2:52pm CDT | Comments Off on Frontier of Innovation: City Innovation Labs

From Planetizen: The federal government began pushing for innovations within the public sector in May 2009, when President Obama founded the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation (Office). Since then, innovation labs have created a lot of buzz, with “Offices of Civic Innovation” (or some variety) popping up in municipalities all over […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | November 14th, 2014 9:52am CDT | 3 Comments

From Governing: Despite the Internet’s ever-growing social and economic relevance, a sizable number of Americans in select cities still aren’t connected. For the first time, the Census Bureau collected data measuring Internet adoption in its most recent annual American Community Survey. The results depict disparities in connectivity and the current state of Internet connectivity at […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 2nd, 2014 12:54am CDT | Comments Off on Domestic Violence Is An Attack on the Whole Family

From Perceptions by The Urban Child Institute: Trick or treat means little to Memphis children being raised in families with domestic violence. A cruel trick of birth has placed them in home environments where they must face the effects of anger, violence, and toxic stress. Every child has the right to grow up in a […]

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by (RSS) Talent | October 31st, 2014 2:32pm CDT | 1 Comment

We’ve written many times about how Memphis must increase the number of its college graduates from 2010 to 2013  if it is to be competitive in today’s economy, so we won’t repeat it here. But the Memphis MSA was one of 57 regions that entered a national contest to vie for $1 million as the […]

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