Archive for the ‘City of Memphis Government’ Category

                            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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                      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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                    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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                  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) 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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                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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                  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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