City Center Trivia & More strange developments downtown.

The recent news that the Center City Commission apparently has been steering business to companies owned by its members is another demonstration of the incestuous links between property developers and the City of Memphis. Memphis’ Center City Commission, a joint project of the Memphis and Shelby County governments, has been given the leading role in … Continue reading "City Center Trivia & More strange developments downtown."

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Round One or, The East Memphis Devils square off.

Several important races may be decided in the May 5 primary. MemphisWatch provides a voter’s guide. Yes, we here at MemphisWatch have decided to jump on the bandwagon and start endorsing candidates for political office. Since people have extremely busy schedules these days, we’re going to give our endorsements before the early voting period starts. … Continue reading "Round One or, The East Memphis Devils square off."

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Funding Fairness or, Let them pay!

Mayor Rout has made a partial response to Mayor Herenton’s “Formula for Fairness”. We examine the differences. Perhaps it is inevitable that the only sensible proposals come from politicians who have more to fear from “Prince Mongo” Hodges than from the candidate of the opposing party in an election. On the face of it, however, … Continue reading "Funding Fairness or, Let them pay!"

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Fisherville (and Memphis) or, Incorporation’s ironies.

Urban growth in East Shelby County may be jeopardizing the quality of Memphis’ water supply. Despite its flaws, the legislature’s urban growth strategy may be a useful tool in keeping Memphis’ water safe. The irony of the situation surrounding urban growth in East Shelby County is fairly mind-boggling. The Memphis city government’s decision to unilaterally … Continue reading "Fisherville (and Memphis) or, Incorporation’s ironies."

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Rotan: Leave or, Light, Gas and Hot Air

Rotan Lee’s $150,000 study of the MLGW privatization issue should be terminated, and Mayor Willie Herenton, not taxpayers, should foot the bill. The Memphis City Council looks set to bring an end to the MLGW study commissioned by Mayor Willie Herenton. Beyond denying Herenton’s request for an additional $150,000 for another six months of the … Continue reading "Rotan: Leave or, Light, Gas and Hot Air"

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