Archive for the ‘Trends and Issues’ Category

by (RSS) Trends and Issues | July 13th, 2018 9:30am CDT | 18 Comments

            Print journalism in Memphis these days resembles the free agent chaos that follows the NBA season, but in this case, every journalist is a free agent. At the eye of the storm – and the cause of it – is the new digital newspaper – likely to be called […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 27th, 2018 9:00am CDT | 15 Comments

                  There have been so many defections from The Commercial Appeal in recent weeks that the resignation of longtime award-winning investigative reporter Marc Perrusquia last week seemed barely noticed. Of all the departures so far – and several more are expected – the loss of sports columnist […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | June 11th, 2018 11:25am CDT | 6 Comments

            By the time I was a college sophomore, with six years growing up in Northeast Arkansas and 14 years in small town Collierville, I had never known anyone who had committed suicide. Then, my father killed himself. He was 45 years old and the manager of a business office […]

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                The Strickland Administration takes firm and important steps today in moving Memphis up in the rankings of “data-smart cities” with the additions of a new data website featuring a performance dashboard – data.memphistn.gov – and a new City of Memphis open data policy. These milestones may not […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 12th, 2018 7:43am CDT | 4 Comments

                    Point2 Homes recently looked at the 50 most populous cities in North America to determine the affordability ratio for each. Based on the numbers, Memphis is the 7th most affordable housing market in the U.S. To show the affordability levels across North America, Point2 Homes compared the home price to income […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | January 5th, 2018 7:30am CDT | 4 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.   By Jimmie Covington The latest census estimates, for the states, do not look good for Mississippi. More […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Trends and Issues | November 28th, 2017 7:38am CDT | 3 Comments

        Trying to absorb the latest mindless presidential attack on the First Amendment and the media outlets that don’t genuflect to him, it seemed a good day yesterday for a little therapy. So, we watched Spotlight, the film about the Boston Globe’s expose of the scandal of child molestation by Catholic priests […]

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            Milken Institute’s 2016 Best-Performing Large Cities: In a ranking of the 200 largest MSAs, the Memphis metro ranks #149.   That was a significant move up the list from 2015 when the  region ranked #182, a change of 33 spots, which places Memphis in the top 20 cities with highest […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | August 21st, 2017 7:31am CDT | 17 Comments

                1. One of the most enjoyable experiences in my life was when Eric Robertson was incubating Community LIFT in our office, and the meaningful conversations became a daily activity for about a year and a half. Often, our day ended with our watching the local television news, […]

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              The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in Memphis are not just an attack on our Latino friends and neighbors.  They are an attack on all of us. They are a betrayal of the phrase carved on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building – “equal […]

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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 (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | June 7th, 2017 12:24am CDT | 22 Comments

                  One of our oft-used aphorisms is “every system is perfectly designed to produce the results that it gets.” Memphis is just such a system, and that’s why it’s surprising when the news media and others are stunned when a new study or ranking is released that […]

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                Only a few metros in the U.S. are seeing real wages grow at a notable rate and the Memphis MSA is not one of them. That said, metros seem to be dividing into the “haves” and the “have-nots” and only a few dozen record the 2-3% wage […]

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                  What has Gannett wrought? The country’s largest newspaper chain has already accomplished the unfathomable in Memphis.  It’s made us look back to when E. W. Scripps Co. owned The Commercial Appeal as the newspaper’s glory days. It is impossible to think of another corporation that has […]

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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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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | December 2nd, 2016 12:06am CDT | Comments Off on Etsy Announces Memphis Is “Maker City”

                  MEMPHIS, TN — Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods, today announced that Memphis has officially received the designation of being a “Maker City,” a network of “strong municipalities that value entrepreneurship, sustainability, […]

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by (RSS) Taxation, Trends and Issues | December 1st, 2016 12:05am CDT | 1 Comment

                It’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  The one created by Google is worth $2 billion, which is the amount of debt that Shelby County Government issued to fuel sprawl outside Memphis.  That number does not include the increase in annual operating and maintenance […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | November 17th, 2016 12:22am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Memphis Children

                    8,000 – Children Under 6 years with no parents in labor force – 13% 82,000 – Children in low-income households with High Housing Cost Burden – 72% 3,000 – Teenagers 16 to 19 years old not attending school or working – 10% 28,000 – Children […]

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