Archive for the ‘Trends and Issues’ Category

                  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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            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 is published in this month’s issue. By Jimmie Covington The beginning […]

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by (RSS) Criminal Justice, Leadership, Trends and Issues | December 17th, 2015 12:01am CDT | 2 Comments

              Matt Timberlake is a Memphis communications consultant and one of our favorite writers.  His contributions to the blog are always appreciated and are widely read, such as his last post, 98.4% Awesome: Stopping Racism, which went viral.  This post is a reminder about the impressive, inspirational work of […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Trends and Issues | October 8th, 2015 12:18am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Gross Domestic Product

Although the Memphis MSA is lagging in its rate of growth (#246), it’s worth remembering that it still has the 47th largest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of all MSAs at $69.9 million. Meanwhile, our GDP is larger than 11 states: New Hampshire, Delaware, Idaho, North Dakota, Alaska, Maine, Rhodes Island, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, and […]

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                  We’ve been re-reading one of our favorite histories of Memphis – Memphis During the Progressive Era 1900-1917 by William D. Miller (1957) – and we’re always struck by how some character traits of our city were apparent so many years ago and how their currents run […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development, Trends and Issues | September 16th, 2015 12:46am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Jobs Sprawl

                    As policymakers and regional leaders work to grow jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity following the Great Recession, where jobs locate matters. The location of employment within a metro area intersects with a range of policy issues—from transportation to workforce development to regional innovation—that […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Trends and Issues | August 10th, 2015 12:47am CDT | 6 Comments

            One of our favorite 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 shows Memphis as […]

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