Archive for the ‘Livability’ Category

                  This post is written by Emily Ballew Neff, executive director of Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, a singular cultural amenity for this community. By Emily Ballew Neff When we celebrated our 100th birthday in May 2016, a day-long event that included singer Joyce Cobb, a New Ballet […]

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                There are so many reasons to advocate, support, and celebrate a high-quality urban park system. Parks are in truth part of our health care system.  They can be a crimefighting strategy.  They can be about better childhood development.  They can be anchors for a neighborhood.  They can […]

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                        In an exciting development for Memphis, several hundred of its riverfront cobblestones are going on a road trip. They will be the stars of an exhibition that will shine a matchless spotlight on Memphis at the world’s most celebrated exposition of art and […]

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                      One of the most encouraging changes that has come with the renewed momentum of Memphis has been the emphasis on urban design. This has not always been Memphis’ strong suit. However, beginning with FedExForum and Autozone Park and continuing more recently with Shelby Farms […]

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                    It is said that a city’s monuments reflect its core values, which was a primary reason that Memphis’ Confederate statues had to go.  In the coming 15 months, three statues will powerfully underscore this point by focusing on the values of equal rights, social activism, […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | November 22nd, 2017 7:27am CDT | 15 Comments

In spring, 2015, I got a call from Shelby Farms Conservancy Executive Director Laura Morris asking if I would be interested in working on a project with her.  The answer to that question is always yes, because over the past 13 years, every chance I have had to work with her was about something important […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | November 13th, 2017 7:25am CDT | 12 Comments

Memphis in May International Festival has entered its fifth decade, and while its economic impact hits record levels, some important decisions loom in its future. We’ve made no secret of our admiration for the way the festival’s president and CEO Jim Holt brought it back from the edge of bankruptcy when he was hired 19 […]

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                    Memphis takes a strong step Saturday away from its grit and grind image and toward its growing green and grand reputation. That’s when the grand opening will take place for the 1.2 mile looping downtown section of the Wolf River Greenway at the northern end […]

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by (RSS) Livability | October 13th, 2017 10:17am CDT | 2 Comments

This blog post about Indie Memphis is part of our occasional posts from 10 years ago.  This one was published October 14, 2007: We’re as guilty as everyone else in taking for granted some special Memphis experiences that deserve more support and attention. This week ushers in one of them for its 10th anniversary – Indie […]

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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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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | August 30th, 2017 7:25am CDT | 25 Comments

The following post was submitted by our friend, Aaron Shafer, who was a leader for Memphis first skate park adjacent to Tobey Park:                     By Aaron Shafer The City Memphis is moving forward in redeveloping the Fairgrounds within the next couple of years. If all goes […]

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by (RSS) Arts and Culture, Livability | August 28th, 2017 7:34am CDT | Comments Off on Ballet Memphis In Overton Square Expands Studio And Impact

                  It’s good to see so much building going on in Memphis these days, but nothing excites us more than the new studio and offices for Ballet Memphis in Overton Square. It’s not just that the blighted, vacant French Quarter Inn is finally gone.  It’s much more […]

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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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                      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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by (RSS) Livability | March 8th, 2017 12:53am CDT | 2 Comments

                    We wrote last week about Memphis in May International Festival and this year’s honored country, Colombia.  We were lucky that our friend and talented photographer Mike Evans shared his perspectives about the country where he now lives.  We got emails asking for us to give […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Livability | March 2nd, 2017 12:49am CDT | 3 Comments

            Few people in Memphis get as much advice, suggestions, and critiques as politicians, but one of them has to be Jim Holt at Memphis in May International Festival. That’s always the case in the wake of the announcement of each year’s Beale Street Music Festival lineup, but there’s also […]

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