Tag: Memphis Flyer

Sprawling and Stretching Thin

Mary Cashiola with the Memphis Flyer writes about the impact of sprawl on city budgets. Noting that the city budget now appropriates nearly 65% of all it’s revenue for police and fire services, the question becomes, just how big should…

Covering Consolidation

The Memphis Flyer has a feature story on consolidation. After 10 years of informal talks, consolidation is back on the table. Last fall, the Memphis City Council and the Shelby County Commission voted to create the Memphis and Shelby County…

What does MPO do again?

Former Memphis City Councilor and recently appointed MATA Board member John Vergos, gives us some background into the Metropolitan Planning Organization. First, the introduction: If you ever want to see $40 million of taxpayers’ money spent in a month, with…

Math is Hard

John Branston at the Memphis Flyer give us a primer on budgeting. Blame someone, such as your roommate, spouse, or former mayor Willie Herenton. Momentarily satisfying but ineffective and ignores certain facts. In his first mayoral term, way back in…

AC’s “Antithesis”

Jackson Baker caught up with Memphis Mayor AC Wharton after a panel discussion and this is what he found. Following the panel discussion, Wharton was asked directly what his reaction had been to Herenton’s rhetoric, with its essential appeal to…