Archive for the ‘Neighborhoods’ Category

Austin Harrison with Neighborhood Preservation Inc. publishes a monthly policy brief, highlighting issues that are important to Memphis neighborhoods and his organization’s fight against blight.  We are proud to post them here.            

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                      For many years, we have had the penchant in this community for chasing best practices, thinking that urban solutions are as simple as transplanting them from one city to Memphis. We don’t seem to hear it as much these days, because the thinking seems […]

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                                    There’s a lot of interest in the new digital media outlet being put together here – likely to be called dailymemphian.com and with photographer Jim Weber and reporter Clay Bailey now joining Geoff Calkins, Jennifer Biggs, and […]

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                  There has not been a project in recent history that has produced more momentum in a shorter period of time than the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. For us, it is the fruition of everything that Tommy Pacello, its president, has been moving toward in the past […]

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                  There are suspicions that games may be afoot at Memphis City Council to thwart the obvious logic and fairness of approving the Cooper-Young neighborhood as a “historic overlay district.” At its meeting this week, the Council voted 7-3 – a bare majority – to approve the […]

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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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                    Back in 1976 when Shelby County Government was restructured, it got more than a mayor. It also got a culture of competition and rivalry between the newly modernized county government and its City of Memphis counterpart across Main Street. Memphis had voted in 1963 to […]

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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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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | February 10th, 2017 12:59am CDT | 7 Comments

                  About a year ago, Tim Bolding’s 91-year-old mother died, which put her 61-year-old son into a reflective mood about his priority for the next chapter of his life. After working more than three decades to provide affordable housing for Memphians frozen out of the traditional mortgage […]

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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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In Memphis, geography is too often destiny. Where a person is born largely sets the choices and opportunities for one in four Memphians. There is a distinct geography where a large percentage of the 176,000 Memphians in concentrated poverty live. In 1970, 42 census tracts were in deep poverty, but by 2010, it had grown […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Neighborhoods, Poverty | September 12th, 2016 12:53am CDT | 8 Comments

                    In recent years, we seem to have had a record number of really smart people making speeches and presentations and speaking to clusters of involved, dedicated Memphians concerned about the future of Memphis. We’ve heard lessons from other cities, we’ve heard about livability, we’ve heard […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | July 14th, 2016 12:36am CDT | 4 Comments

                      In Memphis, geography is too often destiny. Where a person is born largely sets the choices and opportunities for one in four Memphians. There is a distinct geography where a large percentage of the 176,000 Memphians in concentrated poverty live.  In 1970, 42 census tracts […]

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It could well be that we look back to today’s decision regarding zoo parking on Overton Park’s greensward as the seminal moment when we came face-to-face with the brand of leadership that Jim Strickland brought to the mayor’s office. All in all, his decision was a gutsy political call and flew in the face of […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Neighborhoods | June 27th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 2 Comments

The “breaking news” headlines go to the demolition of a long-abandoned motel near the eastern end of the Memphis & Arkansas Bridge that’s been a high visibility eyesore for decades, but the work to fight blight with the most impact on the city at large is under way at the neighborhood level. There’s never been […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Poverty | April 25th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 13 Comments

                  Memphis should be so lucky as to have a gentrification problem. If it did, it would indicate that people are moving back into Memphis core neighborhoods and that confidence in the city’s future is rising. But while the “g word” gets more attention and attracts more […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods | April 15th, 2016 12:12am CDT | 4 Comments

                          It’s a mantra heard for years by Memphis neighborhoods: We’d love to help but we don’t have any money and times are tough. And yet, millions of dollars are given to profit-making projects and millions more are waived in tax freezes for […]

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