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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 21st, 2017 5:51am CDT | 7 Comments

            Here are a few more comments from readers regarding downtown and the future of Downtown Memphis Commission 38103 says: It really does seem at this point it is a waiting game to see what happens with the downtown skyline. While much attention has gone to how frustrating it is to […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 20th, 2017 6:04am CDT | 7 Comments

            The following is the conversation by our very smart readers and sparked by our recent post, City Council Members Take Aim At DMC and RDC: Anonymous says: The truth is that downtown Memphis looks pretty much the same as it did in 1977. The skyline has hardly changed except […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | July 17th, 2017 5:00am CDT | 1 Comment

                    The main problem with siege mentality is that you don’t even recognize that you have it. Because of it, you lose the ability to accurately size up a problem.  You think pat talking points make things better and you think your own survival and that […]

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                It seems a good time to remember what downtown looked like in 1977 when it was decided to create a downtown development agency.  It was in truth a desperation move.The Peabody Hotel was boarded up, the Memphis Chamber of Commerce closed its office and its “Believe in […]

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                  Ten years ago, the budget hearings in Shelby County Government had become heated with both superintendents of the two school districts of the day complaining that a change in the decades-old way that education was funded would result in less money for operations and plunge the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 10th, 2017 9:30am 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 the April […]

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by (RSS) Livability | July 7th, 2017 9:00am CDT | 2 Comments

                        The number of housing units in Shelby County has increased 1.9% between 2010 and 2016, and as of July 2016, there are 406,022 units.  The change between 2015 and 2016 was 0.4%. Increases since 2010 in other major Tennessee counties are 7.8% in […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | July 6th, 2017 9:45am CDT | 5 Comments

            Fortune magazine is out with its list of the 500 biggest U.S. companies. Wal-Mart Stores remains at the head of the list although its profits are #11.  ExxonMobile falls from #2 to #4, and its profits dipped to #27.  Apple remained #3 and profits were #1. Berkshire Hathaway moved […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 4th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 5 Comments

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 3rd, 2017 12:51am CDT | No Comments

When you are 6 feet 9 inches tall and earn $6 million a year as an NBA player, people listen to you when you speak. That was clear from the interest in Tarik Black’s recent news conference announcing his new foundation, which will sponsor a four-day summer basketball camp at Ridgeway High School for 50 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 29th, 2017 12:39am CDT | 11 Comments

            It’s hard to believe that there was a time 35 years ago that there were pundits and columnists who predicted that with the rise of technology, places would come to matter less and less. And yet, just the opposite has happened, and today, place is a major driver of […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice | June 26th, 2017 12:49am CDT | 11 Comments

              Hopefully, Memphis Police Department’s partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice to fight crime in Memphis won’t be one of those federal programs we live to regret. Memphis was one of the 12 cities where Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ DOJ will “combat violent crime,” according to the department’s […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development | June 23rd, 2017 12:02am CDT | 1 Comment

                      In the National Urban League’s definitive report, State of Black America, it ranks the largest U.S. metros for its Equality Index. Metro Area Income Equality – ranked from most to least equal – black and white income – 71 metros 1 – Riverside-SanBernardino-Ontario, CA […]

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                        There is a lottery in Shelby County every day for an average of 37 people. The winners get a head start to more education, higher income, better health, and less lifetime stress. The others get the odds stacked against them and face obstacles […]

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            Memphis and Liverpool continue their connections this summer with a “songwriters exchange” called From Memphis to the Mersey.  Two people from each city will be selected to engage in an intensive experience in the historic music cities. Memphis’ connections to Liverpool began several years ago with an outreach by […]

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                    In a post last week, I wrote that although there is the widespread attitude that Memphis and Shelby County are the victims of forces beyond their control, current conditions instead result from choices that were made here, some of them many decades ago.  I expanded […]

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                  The following is the closing post in our two-parter about the work by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin that led to the launch of the Memphis comprehensive plan, Memphis 3.0.   You can read the first post here. Ms. Griffin was hired to write a report […]

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                      Four years ago, the groundwork for a comprehensive plan for Memphis was laid by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin. It’s the back story of Memphis 3.0. Impressed by the massive plan unveiled for Detroit, she was asked to share the lessons of her […]

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