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by (RSS) Education, Tennessee Legislature | March 22nd, 2017 12:40am CDT | No Comments

                We’re simply unable to join the growing push for school vouchers, chiefly because it’s simply impossible for us to imagine that the Tennessee Legislature is really motivated by an ultimate urge to support schools, much less new U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. After all, in Nashville, […]

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                  It’s hard for the timing to be worse for Memphis when it comes to the proposed Trump budget. With signs of an economic revival that would finally take us to Pre-Great Recession levels, the budget would be a serious drag on Memphis’ economic momentum. It’s really […]

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                With Alan Crone, chief adviser and confidant of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, now leading the riverfront process that includes upgrading Tom Lee Park, there’s new hope for transforming the park from a moonscape to an attractive, landscaped place that capitalizes on its incredible location on the Mississippi […]

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by (RSS) Politics and Government | March 15th, 2017 12:45am CDT | 3 Comments

              Why is it that there’s always more money for weapons and war but not for people and human need? It’s been hard for years to ignore that feeling with the Republican Congress. Anytime there is a proposal to spend more money to help people, there suddenly is an […]

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                EDGE pioneered in the transparency of corporate business incentives, and although it slipped very slightly in the latest ranking, it needs to give some pointers to the Downtown Memphis Commission. That’s the conclusion to be drawn from the latest report from Good Jobs First about economic development […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | March 10th, 2017 12:29am CDT | 11 Comments

                  Memphis has the greatest density of any city in our region, but it only barely leads Bartlett and Germantown. Meanwhile, it lags behind its peer cities in the number of people per square mile. Memphis Region Cities 2,053.3 – Memphis 2,049.2 – Bartlett 1,945.0 – Germantown […]

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by (RSS) Livability | March 8th, 2017 12:53am CDT | 2 Comments

                    We wrote last week about Memphis in May International Festival and this year’s honored country, Colombia.  We were lucky that our friend and talented photographer Mike Evans shared his perspectives about the country where he now lives.  We got emails asking for us to give […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | March 6th, 2017 12:32am CDT | 12 Comments

                The Memphis Zoo regularly reminds us of someone involved in domestic abuse. Given opportunities to change behavior, they return without apology to their old patterns of conduct.  They regularly bulldoze (literally in the case of the zoo) over opportunities to repair relationships.  And confronted by someone who […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | March 2nd, 2017 12:49am CDT | 3 Comments

            Few people in Memphis get as much advice, suggestions, and critiques as politicians, but one of them has to be Jim Holt at Memphis in May International Festival. That’s always the case in the wake of the announcement of each year’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup, but there’s also […]

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                  My grandmother often answered our latest whining request with the response: “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  The updated version for our community:  If talk was money, MATA would have light rail to Somerville. Either way, the message is the same.  Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, […]

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                    This article three days ago in the St. Thomas Source in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the latest reminder of why there is no defensible reason why Memphis should be forced by state government to keep Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave and statue in a city park. […]

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by (RSS) Leadership | February 21st, 2017 12:07am CDT | No Comments

                It’s been a couple of years since we’ve checked in on Volunteer Odyssey so we were pleased to get a news release indicating that the important program is not only alive and well but it is prospering. In a recent meeting with Sarah Petschonek, the founder and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2017 11:31am CDT | No Comments

We appreciate award-winning cartoonist Bill Day allowing us to post his cartoons to the Smart City Memphis blog.  Bill proves over and over that a picture is worth much more than a thousand words when it is created by a talented cartoonist as part of the proud American journalism tradition. He has  won first place […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | February 17th, 2017 12:36am CDT | No Comments

                  One of our favorite park advocates is Peter Harnik, who retired last year as director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.  We can think of no one who is more responsible for the revival of the urban parks movement and is […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | February 15th, 2017 12:54am CDT | 3 Comments

              Our community often seems to do the same things and expect different results. For decades, when it comes to economic development, we believe that waiving more and more taxes is the way to create jobs.  When it comes to transportation, we believe that building more and more roads […]

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              Maybe it’s time for the Memphis Police Association to put up or shut up.  Once again, they have spent union dues to put up billboards trafficking in fear and undermining the public support they so badly need for community policing. But more to the point, if the Police […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | February 10th, 2017 12:59am CDT | 5 Comments

                  About a year ago, Tim Bolding’s 91-year-old mother died, which put her 61-year-old son into a reflective mood about his priority for the next chapter of his life. After working more than three decades to provide affordable housing for Memphians frozen out of the traditional mortgage […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Parks and Greening | February 8th, 2017 12:12am CDT | 2 Comments

                    We were lucky enough to know Art Wolff and consider him a friend.  He dedicated his lifetime to fighting for causes he believed in, and Shelby Farms Park was at the head of that list.  He did it regardless of whose feathers he ruffled or […]

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