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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2017 11:05am CDT | 1 Comment

                Former Memphian Bill Day has done it again. He has won his seventh Green Eyeshade Award for excellence in cartoons. The award recognizes the “very best journalism in the southeastern United States” and it is presented by the Southern members of the Society of Professional Journalists.  He […]

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                      Build it and they will come. That seemed to be the prevailing attitude at the EDGE meeting where apartment developers were added to the list of beneficiaries for city and county tax waivers. As happens at so many similar meetings in our community, millennials […]

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                    Back in 1976 when Shelby County Government was restructured, it got more than a mayor. It also got a culture of competition and rivalry between the newly modernized county government and its City of Memphis counterpart across Main Street. Memphis had voted in 1963 to […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Tourism | May 12th, 2017 12:24am CDT | 12 Comments

                    The news media have recently been reporting about the economic engine that is tourism, spotlighting a report by a national tourism organization that it produces $3.2 billion in direct visitor spending. It is good news for the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau which has weathered […]

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by (RSS) Education, Taxation | May 10th, 2017 12:01am CDT | 9 Comments

              We don’t want to say we told you so, but… Germantown city officials yesterday admitted that they will be asking for a 23 cent property tax with the bulk of it required to fund schools.  Meanwhile, Bartlett is proposing a 35 cent increase with 14 cents needed to […]

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                    The best thing going for Beale Street may also be its biggest obstacle – public ownership. It was key to protecting its historic character and single ownership theoretically makes it easier to manage development opportunities and to hire a management firm that can standardize policies […]

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                  City of Memphis Government Expenditures – Operating Budget 2018 – $668,680,951 (proposed) 2017 – $674,457,724 (forecast) 2016 – $639,340,543 2015 – $616,556, 191 2014 – $616,419,108 2013 – $641,421,832 2012 – $643,640,097 2011 – $656,784,561 2010 – $627,895,199   Shelby County Government Expenditures 2018 – $1,249,509,805 […]

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                It is curious how exorcised we can get when Mississippi picks off a Memphis business for its economic benefit but how mute we remain when a Shelby County town like Collierville or Germantown does it. The difference between the companies being picked off is stark: the companies […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | April 30th, 2017 12:48am CDT | No Comments

                    Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles’ simmering police racism erupted into the open when the police officers who had viciously beaten Rodney King were acquitted. It led to what was called by officialdom as the “LA Riots,” but was known more often as the […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | April 28th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 4 Comments

                The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence has issued the 2017 edition of its City Park Facts, and once again, Memphis brings up the rear in the various rankings and ratings. For context, remember that Memphis has a total of 9,145 acres of parks […]

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                  In light of our regional theme this week, we are reposting this commentary from December 20, 2016.   Note: Ron Garrison is no longer CEO at MATA.  The Interim CEO is Gary Rosenfeld. In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism | April 26th, 2017 12:20am CDT | 9 Comments

                Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all manner of challenging issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are devastating drags on our community. It’s […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Regionalism | April 25th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 6 Comments

                    This may surprise you but we’ve got to say it: we’re tired of hearing about the paramount importance of regions and how regionalism is the road to a successful future for Memphis. And we admit that we were some of the earliest people who talked […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | April 24th, 2017 12:27am CDT | 2 Comments

                    This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older, where this appears in its April issue.   By […]

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                    Most people think of Memphis as beginning at the Mississippi River where the cobblestones are located and the first stirrings of a downtown taking place somewhere along Main Street between Jefferson Avenue and Beale Street. It’s sort of like those romantic images of Andrew Jackson, […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | April 17th, 2017 12:10am CDT | 4 Comments

                So, the question now is what can the outrage over the racist rant by a Memphian that strafed a Caribbean service worker accomplish? Yes, it’s a potent reminder of how blatant racism slithers out from under its rock when we least expect it. Yes, it’s a reminder […]

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                Abe Fortas – the forgotten Memphian – has been back in the news lately. Or more precisely, he has been in the background of the news lately. First, there was his relevance in the controversy about U.S. District Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2017 12:52am CDT | 7 Comments

The idea that the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy should equally split the costs of parking on the greensward isn’t logical or fair.  After all, it’s the zoo that has the much larger budget, and as a result, we’ve written previously that the organizations should pay proportionally based on the sizes of their […]

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