Archive for the ‘City of Memphis Government’ Category

                  My grandmother often answered our latest whining request with the response: “if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.”  The updated version for our community:  If talk was money, MATA would have light rail to Somerville. Either way, the message is the same.  Talk is cheap. Unfortunately, […]

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                    This article three days ago in the St. Thomas Source in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the latest reminder of why there is no defensible reason why Memphis should be forced by state government to keep Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave and statue in a city park. […]

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              Maybe it’s time for the Memphis Police Association to put up or shut up.  Once again, they have spent union dues to put up billboards trafficking in fear and undermining the public support they so badly need for community policing. But more to the point, if the Police […]

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              It’s really not a negotiation when one side has a gun pointed at its head. That’s the situation City of Memphis found itself in as it considered if it was willing to shrink the size of the city.  Considering that the state legislature made sure Memphis never had […]

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  In light of the announcement of another planning process for the riverfront, we are reposting this commentary from March, 2013, when Jeff Speck issued recommendations following his review and distillation of 19 previous riverfront reports and plans: Nationally-known planner, architectural designer, author, and New Urbanist co-creator Jeff Speck laid out six simple ideas for […]

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                      We cannot remember an interview process by the City of Memphis like the one Friday for the three teams vying for a contract to implement the zoo parking plan in Overton Park. Six months ago, we wrote: “It could well be that we look […]

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                  The City of Memphis is in the throes of a budget process that will produce a proposed budget by the Strickland Administration in about 10 weeks, and just when officials thought it couldn’t get any harder, it now has the uncertainties connected to massive federal budget […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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We’ve been revisiting the 15 most read blog posts of 2016.  We’ve previously posted #6-10 and #11-15.  Thanks again for your support for the past 13 years. The following are the top 5 blog posts.  It’s worth noting that three of the top five most read blog posts, an indication of the broad-based public interest […]

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In the next three days, we’re looking back to our 153 blog posts from last year to see which one you liked the most, based on readership.  To that end, we’re posting the 15 most read posts counting down from #15 to #1.  Based on the ranking, 2016 can be called the Year of the […]

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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. The State’s Long Arm: Sometimes, […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Transportation | December 22nd, 2016 12:40am CST | 2 Comments

                    In the ranking of public transit in 72 cities with populations of more than 250,000, Memphis ranks #55 and among the 32 cities with populations of more than 500,000, Memphis ranks #27, according to the highly respected Center for Neighborhood Technology. The ranking (0-10) of […]

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                      In a region where incomes are too low, it’s self-destructive for the lack of effective regional public transit to contribute to the Memphis region spending $6.9 billion every year on  personal transportation. In fact, the Memphis region ranks #1 among the 51 largest MSAs […]

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                    About 12 years ago when we began this blog, we lamented the fact that Memphis was not involved in national conversations or on the radar for philanthropic funding decisions to tackle urban issues. Memphis’ location may have been good for logistics but camped out in […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Civil Rights | November 21st, 2016 12:30am CST | No Comments

          We were wrong in our concern about the slippery slope of policies created by President-elect Donald Trump. It’s more of an avalanche. Already, there is talk about religious registries, use of torture in violation of the war crimes pacts, reversal of civil rights protections, stop and frisk in African American […]

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              For about 10 years, there has been debate about the optimal size of the Memphis Police Department and recommendations in various studies have suggested fewer police and more police, understanding that there is no clear correlation between the size of cities’ police forces and their crime rates. Today, […]

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by (RSS) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | October 13th, 2016 12:05am CST | No Comments

              Demographic data can say a lot about who lives in a city. It can also be an indicator of that city’s finances. Generally speaking, if a city has a high number of residents who consume more public resources than they contribute to the tax base, there will more […]

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                    There are many special places and experiences unique to Memphis, but at the top of our list is the National Civil Rights Museum. I was present at the creation, developing the plan for city and county political support and funding and negotiating the contract with […]

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