Archive for the ‘Trends and Issues’ Category

            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 | 16 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 | No Comments

                  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 | No Comments

                    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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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | September 2nd, 2016 12:56am CDT | 5 Comments

                  It’s hard to imagine that other cities get as worked up as Memphis does when it ends up on one of the endless stream of cities’ lists that include words like “worst” or “most miserable.” Then again, maybe that’s a sign of progress. It wasn’t too […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Trends and Issues | July 18th, 2016 12:55am CDT | 6 Comments

                    By TOM JONES Memphis has been surprising people for more than a century, and it happened again in the wake of the Great Recession. With Memphis hit harder than almost any city in the country, many commentators predicted that it could not recover from the […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | July 5th, 2016 12:37am CDT | 2 Comments

In the past decade, Memphis has ended up on several lists with the adjectives, “worst” or “miserable,” attached to it, and it happened again last week. This time, it was a list of the “50 worst cities to live” compiled by 24/7 Wall Street, which bills itself as a news site but repeatedly posts provocative […]

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            The Memphis metro economy continues to languish in its recovery from the Great Recession.  The U.S. Conference of Mayors predicts that it will be the first quarter of 2018 before it returns to the pre-Recession peak. Jobs growth and the Gross Domestic Product seriously lag, suggesting that it would […]

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by (RSS) Trends and Issues | May 6th, 2016 12:33am CDT | 11 Comments

Shelby County continues a trend line of losing population and income.  The following are data from the IRS. Shelby County Net Migration Trends 2011-12: -3,162 2012-13: -7,099 2013-14: -5,668 Shelby County Gross Income Migration 2013-14: $742,133,000 in-migration total $965,955,000 out-migration total $49,544 in-migration average per tax return $54,416 out-migration average per tax return 2012-13: $730,726,000 […]

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by (RSS) Regionalism, Trends and Issues | April 26th, 2016 12:51am CDT | 18 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.  This article was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Recently released U.S. Census […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Trends and Issues | February 24th, 2016 12:31am CDT | 2 Comments

              There are times when it feels like there’s a nonprofit on every corner in Memphis. There’s a reason for that.   The Memphis MSA, among the 50 largest metros, is #1 in the number of nonprofit organizations per 10,000 population. Here’s the top 10 and some peer cities rankings: […]

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