Author Archive

                    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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                When The Commercial Appeal can write an article riddled with mistakes about the Tourism Development Zone like it did last week, it seems a good time to separate fact from fiction. Formally called Convention and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998 (Tennessee Code Annotated 7-88-101), the concept […]

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                      Well, it’s deja vu all over again. Once again, the Mid-South Coliseum’s future is back in the news, and because of it, we are reprising this August 15, 2016, blog post.  A regular accompaniment to all Fairgrounds and Coliseum discussions is the misinformation and […]

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              If it wasn’t bad enough that the U.S. Supreme Court put our political system up for sale when it inexplicably ruled that corporations are people, our local U.S. District Court has added insult to injury. It ruled this week that the Tennessee Billboard Regulation and Control Act is […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 3rd, 2017 12:24pm CDT | 13 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 the April issue.  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County […]

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                  What has Gannett wrought? The country’s largest newspaper chain has already accomplished the unfathomable in Memphis.  It’s made us look back to when E. W. Scripps Co. owned The Commercial Appeal as the newspaper’s glory days. It is impossible to think of another corporation that has […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Education | March 28th, 2017 12:50am CDT | 11 Comments

                We’ve written for several years about “opportunity youth,” 16-24 year-olds who are neither in school nor working, and how this is one of the two key measurements for whether Memphis is making progress. The other indicator is whether Memphis can improve its position as the city with […]

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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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