Archive for the ‘Poverty’ Category

by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | April 30th, 2017 12:48am CDT | No Comments

                    Twenty-five years ago this week, Los Angeles’ simmering police racism erupted into the open when the police officers who had viciously beaten Rodney King were acquitted. It led to what was called by officialdom as the “LA Riots,” but was known more often as the […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Regionalism | April 26th, 2017 12:20am CDT | 9 Comments

                Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all manner of challenging issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are devastating drags on our community. It’s […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | April 17th, 2017 12:10am CDT | 4 Comments

                So, the question now is what can the outrage over the racist rant by a Memphian that strafed a Caribbean service worker accomplish? Yes, it’s a potent reminder of how blatant racism slithers out from under its rock when we least expect it. Yes, it’s a reminder […]

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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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by (RSS) Leadership, Poverty, Trends and Issues | January 20th, 2017 12:42am CDT | 3 Comments

                  President Donald Trump.* Like a major league baseball player who used steroids to win, Mr. Trump will forever have an asterisk next to his name. He benefited from the bulked-up help that came from the Russians who weaponized their hacking through Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks, and DC […]

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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 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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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | January 6th, 2017 12:49am CDT | 9 Comments

                  Our media air waves and political squares are dominated by talk about all kinds of issues, but they are largely silent on the single issue that ultimately has the power to kill our region – the economic disparities that are also economic drags on our community. […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Poverty | January 4th, 2017 12:33am CDT | 5 Comments

                            For a moment, we thought we had entered a time warp.  Another new year, another Willie W. Herenton bombshell to kick it off. The former mayor’s comments are always geared to stir up controversy and he had to know that his […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation | December 28th, 2016 12:10am CDT | 5 Comments

                      In our last two posts, the first focused on public transit and the $7 billion, about 10% of the regional GDP, that largely flows out of our region as the cost of personal transportation and the second provided key metrics about MATA, including its ranking […]

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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) City of Memphis Government, Poverty | October 13th, 2016 12:05am CDT | 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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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Criminal Justice, Poverty | October 6th, 2016 12:57am CDT | No Comments

                  If you care about the children of Memphis and Shelby County, you have to care about criminal justice reform. That’s because no one pays a heavier price for longer sentences and mass incarceration than the youngest people in this community. As we wrote in our post […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | September 27th, 2016 12:52am CDT | 6 Comments

                      U.S. Census data showed decreases in the poverty rate for Memphis from 29.8% in 2013 to 26.2% in 2015, a decline of 12%. Meanwhile, the child poverty rate dropped from 46.9% to 43% for an 8% decline.  Among African Americans, the poverty rate fell […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | September 22nd, 2016 12:41am CDT | No Comments

                  The conclusion of the Blueprint for Poverty summary says: “It is possible to significantly reduce poverty in Memphis.  Much can be accomplished by incremental improvements in existing efforts and systems.  More can be accomplished by realistic, “out of the box,” changes in systems and approaches using […]

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by (RSS) Poverty | September 21st, 2016 12:15am CDT | No Comments

                With all the talk and proposals about growing the economy in the presidential campaign, they face the reality that the U.S. is in an era of slow growth, and what’s yet to be acknowledged – in the campaigns and in the local economic development agenda – is […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Poverty | September 15th, 2016 12:19am CDT | No Comments

              This is the mantra: there is no economic prosperity in Memphis without poverty reduction. That was the closing sentence in our last post, which was the first part of this two-part commentary. Poverty reduction, including income disparities, is also the Memphis region’s biggest economic opportunity.  If the racial […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation, Uncategorized | September 14th, 2016 10:40am CDT | No Comments

Thanks to Bennett Foster for sending: The  Memphis Bus Riders Union and Amalgamated Transit  Union Local 713 are  launching a new campaign with a petition to restore the​ ​31  Crosstown​, a  historic bus route eliminated by Memphis Area Transit Authority in  2013.  The two groups represent hundreds of  MATA drivers and riders who say  that […]

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