Archive for the ‘City of Memphis Government’ Category

                            Walker Percy said that the problem with culture is that we must wrest meaning from experiences that come to us prepackaged and disconnected from our own assumptions and expectations. Consumers today are being pulled in a multitude of directions by entertainment […]

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                                    Two years ago, when most attention was focused on the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in a prominent city park in the center of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences campus, we raised an issue about all the […]

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                    We can identify with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Greater Memphis Chamber when it comes to Amazon’s $5 billion competition.  It’s the same way we felt when the Powerball got over $600 million – faced with the equivalent of getting hit by lightning, we […]

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                  Graceland officials say that their new proposed 6,000-seat arena will not pull events and concerts away from FedExForum, but that only hints at the biggest question of all: does the new arena threaten Memphis and Shelby County’s non-compete agreement with the Grizzlies-operated arena? It is in […]

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                    If only Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland had been in office 35 years ago. Perhaps, he would not have signed the agreement that supercharged the sprawl that took Shelby County Government to the verge of bankruptcy and in the end dealt a blow to City of […]

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                    This commentary was published August 18 by The Commercial Appeal: For two decades, the remarkable rebirth of Crosstown Concourse seemed about as plausible as reviving the lifeless Sterick Building. Now risen from the dead, the former Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog distribution center and retail store is generating […]

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                  The following is “The state’s long arm stops Memphis again,” from my 9:01 column published in The Commercial Appeal on October 26, 2016, followed by a June 24, 2015, blog post, “Can We Now Send Nathan Bedford Forest Back to the Cemetery. First, the 9:01 column: The State’s […]

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                    There is a lot of talk these days that we need a culture of planning, and that is true. Even more, we need a culture of following through. The truth is that for decades, planners have been producing shelf after shelf of reports and solid […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government | August 4th, 2017 12:12am CDT | No Comments

                    There are decisions that divide elected officials between politicians and statesmen and stateswomen. Instant Runoff Voting, or Ranked Choice Voting, is one of those decisions.  It was approved eight years ago by city voters but some people, mainly at the Election Commission, have been slow […]

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                    It is an article of faith by many that handing out tax freezes conclusively sends a message that Memphis is a pro-business community. We think it does just the opposite. It says to the rest of the country that Memphis is not worth investing in […]

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                            Since 2005, when we began this blog, we have written just shy of 3,500 posts; 200 of them have included the riverfront. That’s why it should be no surprise that we are excited by the Studio Gang concepts unveiled last week […]

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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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                        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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                  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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                  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County’s assessed value of property for tax purposes this year – which includes reappraisal figures – is up almost $2.1 billion from last year, certified tax roll figures released April 20 by the County Assessor’s Office show. Countywide, the increase is 12.4 […]

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                        While much of our attention is diverted by President Donald Trump’s controversy du jour, it’s easy to be distracted from the damage that would be done to cities by his Administration from its proposed budget. It was largely predictable. After all, the man […]

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                Some of us are children of the Sixties so our impulse when it comes to Confederate statues is to remove Jefferson Davis’ statue in a prominent downtown park – where he is surrounded by various detritus from the Lost Cause movement – and ignore a state law […]

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