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Greenways and Crime

A very interesting snapshot on how crime fell near a greenway in Minneapolis.

http://tcstreetsforpeople.org/sites/tcstreetsforpeople.org/files/Crime_Stats_portrait.pdf

And another study showing the same results in other cities:

http://www.americantrails.org/resources/adjacent/sumadjacent.html

Interesting, given progress on the Memphis greenway, especially in the city limits.

(I have to credit someone who was commenting on a CA story about the greenway for the information above. The commenter posted links to a site that led me to the above. Not sure of the MLA format for crediting a commenter. I’m not even sure “commenter” is a word. Regardless, thanks.)

The banking crisis (and who avoided it)

Interesting analysis (and commentary — it is Krugman after all) — on why some banks have failed and others have not. He doesn’t mention Tennessee, but it makes me wonder if the predatory lending laws passed in 2005 or so helped mitigate the banking crisis here.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/opinion/12krugman.html

Memphis, Outside Memphis

It’s interesting to read Andy Meek’s story about the efforts of Mayor Wharton to sell and promote Memphis inside and outside of Memphis, especially in light of the recent story in The New York Times about great things happening in Memphis, and in Midtown particularly.

Yesterday, I had someone forward me a message from a friend who said about The New York Times article, It’s sad that people outside Memphis know the city better than those inside the city.

I don’t agree with that. It’s not true of me and lots of people I know. I haven’t been to half the places mentioned in the article, but I know they exist, just like so many other great places and people in Memphis.

But it does speak to an attitude you can’t help but hear — and that, tying this to our article on Wharton, an attitude you heard so often during the last half of the Herenton years. Wharton couldn’t be more different than Herenton. Tirelessly positive, working seemingly 24 hours a day, and believing unequivocally in the future and the present of the city.

Put another way, I don’t know if Wharton has ever frequented any of the places featured in The New York Times story, but, metaphorically at least, that’s the Memphis Wharton seems to know, live in, and believe in.

It’s a nice change.

http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=47542

http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/travel/31next.html

Memphis in The New York Times

A great article about Memphis — music, food, drink, people, Midtown — in The New York Times.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/travel/31next.html

The article also includes great photos from Lance Murphey, who’s been doing an increasing amount of work for us in the daily and weekly editions. Congratulations, Lance.

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/01/31/travel/20100131MEMPHIS_index.html

So Long To the Champ!

Ok, so this time, he’s absolutely gone and definitely, positively not going to run.

http://www.memphisdailynews.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=44393


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