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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 17th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 17 Comments

              There are tremors shaking part of Memphis but they’re not coming from the New Madrid Fault. Rather, they originate at 495 Union where The Commercial Appeal, at least for now, is located, and it is the sound of a deeply neglected daily newspaper facing the results of an […]

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                  The ultimate test for the growing sense of urgency about the 15-year lethargy of the Memphis economy is whether it can now be translated into the kinds of disruptive strategies that can shake up the “business as usual” and “go along to get along” attitudes that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 18th, 2018 11:10am CDT | 10 Comments

                  The neo-Confederates in the Tennessee Legislature clinging to the myth of the Lost Cause have cut $250,000 in funding for the Memphis bicentennial as punishment for the city’s gall in deciding for itself who should be honored in its public square. The legislators who voted 56-31 […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Uncategorized | March 28th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 2 Comments

              As we approach the commemoration ceremonies for the 50th anniversary of the murder of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there’s never been a better time to redouble our commitment to ending second class citizenship for any American, and that particularly applies to our LGBT friends, families, and fellow […]

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  The Strickland Administration today launches a new City of Memphis website, which is, in truth, the first “real” website for city government. While the website has received a redesign, even more to the point, it has received a reimagination and a rethinking of what it can and should be. Now, for the first time, […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 13th, 2018 8:54am CDT | Comments Off on Not Cupid, A Cartoon by Award-Winning Bill Day

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 10th, 2018 7:32am CDT | 4 Comments

                            Memphis magazine managing editor Frank Murtaugh suggested a few days ago that while our attention is focused on statues, we should consider one for Larry Finch. Some people said that Mr. Murtaugh was being kind to remind us about the man […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 6th, 2018 1:12pm CDT | Comments Off on Tale of a Whale, A Bill Day Cartoon

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | December 28th, 2017 12:45pm CDT | 9 Comments

            A few years ago, Zach Hoyt, local attorney, wrote a blog post here that expressed his concern about the slow growth of the Memphis MSA GDP (Gross Domestic Product), pointing out that Memphis ranking was dropping when compared to Birmingham, Little Rock, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, and St. […]

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  It was June, 2005, when we started this blog, and one of our first posts was about the visual blight and racist history of Confederate statues in Memphis parks.  Over the years, in dozens of posts, we called attention to the need to remove Jefferson Davis from a downtown park along with the other […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Uncategorized | December 12th, 2017 7:51am CDT | 7 Comments

                There are times when the truth hurts but the longer we obscure it, the longer it is before we get serious about finding solutions. That’s especially true when it comes to our economy. Strip away talking points, conversations about the beauty of business tax incentives to international […]

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by (RSS) Economic Development, Uncategorized | December 8th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 10 Comments

                The average jobs growth for regions the size of the Memphis between 2007-2017 was 9.1%. Jobs growth for the Memphis region was 0.4% with jobs increasing from 642,500 to 645,300. Jobs Growth – Percentage of growth and number of jobs: 31.9% – Austin – 783,800 to 1,033,800 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 30th, 2017 7:40am CDT | Comments Off on Flashback: Green Is The Color Of A Quality Community

                  We regularly revisit blog posts from 10 years ago.  The following one comes from November 28, 2007: The first stirrings of a green ethos in Memphis are taking place in the unlikeliest of places – Shelby County Government. It would have been unimaginable only a few […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 17th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 7 Comments

        Per Capita Personal Income, BEA, released yesterday: Fulton County (Atlanta): $74,095 St. Louis County (St. Louis): $62,777 Henrico County (Richmond): $58,876 Travis County (Austin): $58,700 Wake County (Raleigh): $54,063 Cuyahoga County (Cleveland): $50,023 Jefferson County (Birmingham):$49,386 Davidson County (Nashville): $48,283 Marion County (Indianapolis): $48,253 Hamilton County (Chattanooga): $48,053 Pulaski County (Little […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 15th, 2017 7:34am CDT | 20 Comments

                      If you are dismayed by the way that Gannett has dismantled the proud traditions of The Commercial Appeal and butchered its staff and if you believe the Nashville mother ship displays an appalling lack of knowledge about our state, you haven’t seen anything yet. […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 10th, 2017 7:58am CDT | 1 Comment

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 3rd, 2017 10:00pm CDT | 2 Comments

The following post was written by long-time contributor Aaron Shafer, “father of the Memphis skatepark” and researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. By Aaron Shafer Is the City of Memphis headed in the right direction with the Mid-South Fairgrounds redevelopment? This question probably sounds familiar, if you have taken the most recent survey  posted […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 30th, 2017 7:41am CDT | 2 Comments

                    It is said that death comes in threes. First, there was widely admired news executive Eric Janssen, and his death was followed by deeply respected news executive Bernal Smith II. Those two deaths created a palpable sense of grief in our community and left a […]

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