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                  Chalk up Memphis as the least surprised place in the country when the racial disparities for the Covid-19 were announced. After all, all of us were told that people with risk factors were vulnerable to the disease, and there is no risk factor greater in America […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 9th, 2020 4:51pm CDT | No Comments

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                Note: This is the first of two blog posts about the impact of the coronavirus on our region. If in fact the past is the best predictor of the future, the coming years will not just be difficult, they will be painful. That’s a central lesson for […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Leadership | April 3rd, 2020 9:30am CDT | 1 Comment

When the economy sneezes, black people catch pneumonia, a truism stated by former Urban League president Vernon Jordan. When the economy in turn catches pneumonia, the prognosis is even more dire for African Americans and an African American city. These days when the economy sneezes, it comes with COVID-19. Because Mr. Jordan’s words remain as […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 1st, 2020 1:43pm CDT | No Comments

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by (RSS) Leadership | April 1st, 2020 9:30am CDT | 1 Comment

                      We asked 20 people to tell us what grade they would give to some key players in the COVID-19 pandemic.  We averaged them and here are their grades. We welcome your grades and we’ll average them in: Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland: A- Memphians: C […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 31st, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

            Memphis Food Workers Emergency Assistance: https://www.gofundme.com/f/memphisfoodworkers Relief Fund for Memphis Musicians: http://musicexportmemphis.org/news/covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0HiHPqB_USeJ2R8G0KQ_omM9TO1iy_eUuvbXwmkuy6mRg3DHbUN6PoTto Memphis Chamber Business Resources: https://join.memphischamber.com/coronavirus-business-resources Small Business Administration Resources: https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources Butler Snow Law Firm Business and Legal Considerations for the Global Pandemic: https://www.butlersnow.com/coronavirus-hub/?utm_source=Concep%20Send&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Butler+Snow+COVID-19+Updates_03%2f20%2f2020 Unemployment Insurance Benefits: https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/5257719/Guide%20to%20File%20for%20Unemployment%20-%20COVID-19.pdf City of Memphis COVID-19 Updates: https://covid19.memphistn.gov/ World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Centers […]

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                      The term “leader” is automatically applied to anyone who wins an election or appointed to a key civic position. And yet, real leadership is not defined by elections or appointments.  Rather they are shaped and proven in times of stress. It is said that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 24th, 2020 3:22pm CDT | No Comments

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              COVID-19 has turned Memphis and Shelby County into a place we barely recognize. All of us will deal with its aftermath and how long that will take is as difficult to predict as how long the disease will disrupt our lives. It will also produce a major disruption […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 20th, 2020 12:53pm CDT | No Comments

Thanks, Bill Day, for allowing us to continue posting your cartoons to this blog. That said, I wish a local newspaper understood the value of a professional cartoonist.

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 18th, 2020 1:13pm CDT | No Comments

            Shelby County Health Department: http://shelbytnhealth.com/ World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Tennessee Department of Health Tracks Cases: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital: https://www.methodisthealth.org/ Commercial Appeal Live Updates: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/health/2020/03/09/coronavirus-memphis-shelby-county-latest-updates-covid-19/4999845002/ Daily Memphian Coronavirus Live Blog: https://dailymemphian.com/ Tips from Governing.com about working from home: Remote work does take some adjustment. Here are some habits and strategies […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Poverty | March 16th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

File this under the high cost of being poor. Just when you think low-income families have dealt with enough predators, there’s always more. It wasn’t enough that they were exploited by sub-prime loans, lost homes in the foreclosure epidemic, forced to buy a car because of inadequate public transit, see companies given tax breaks to […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 12th, 2020 9:40am CDT | No Comments

              Shelby County Health Department: http://shelbytnhealth.com/ World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html Tennessee Department of Health Tracks Cases: https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/ncov.html Methodist Le Bonheur Hospital: https://www.methodisthealth.org/ Commercial Appeal Live Updates: https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/health/2020/03/09/coronavirus-memphis-shelby-county-latest-updates-covid-19/4999845002/ Daily Memphian Coronavirus Live Blog: https://dailymemphian.com/

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by (RSS) Shelby County government | March 9th, 2020 9:00am CDT | No Comments

                By Jimmie Covington In action recently before approving an ordinance on third and final reading to allow recruitment of sheriff’s deputies and some other county public safety employees from outside Shelby County, the County Commission voted to suspend a rule that would have blocked them from voting […]

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by (RSS) Transportation | March 6th, 2020 10:27am CDT | No Comments

                    From City Observatory: You can spell congestion without “con.” Transportation for America has a new report that comprehensively skewers the highway engineer’s conventional wisdom about roads and traffic. Entitled “The Congestion Con:  How more lanes and more money equals more traffic,” the report shows that contrary […]

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                          It’s been a long, strange trip, but after 16 years, the future of the Fairgrounds has ended up at the same place twice. Now that the Strickland Administration’s proposal for the 175 acres mirrors the one developed by the Wharton Administration, it’s […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 28th, 2020 9:30am CDT | No Comments

            Note: In light of the hand-wringing over upcoming local government budgets, I’m reposting a blog post from April 17, 2019.  This example of institutional racism ripples through the entire budget of city and county governments, reducing revenues and wealth: To understand the ugly face of institutional racism, we need […]

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