Yes, the schools being empty are a result of Memphis losing population in the form of not gaining population at the rate everyone around them has.
The US is about 35% larger than it was in 1980 in terms of population. The greater Memphis area experienced similar growth to the US average. Memphis city's population, however, is stagnant over that same period. As Memphis city grew from within, people left the city at a fast enough rate that Memphis city never saw the growth.
As Memphis annexed new area, the number of people that Memphis would annex would leave the area, creating an opportunity for population shift within the new Memphis borders. There are blighted neighborhoods now in parts of Memphis, and it's those blighted neighborhoods with no population density that drive the school closures.
So yes, you can claim the population is the same as it was in 1980, or maybe 1% larger, but that is the result of the city growing from within at a faster rate and losing population at the same rate as its experienced growth.
I love how Donovan in the post game interview, just like Ford from OSU, was quick to discuss how badly Florida played, but gave no credit to Memphis at all. Although the stats and the game showed how hard fought and evenly matched the game was, the coach speak when you play Memphis close or lose is to talk about how bad you played. It couldn't possibly have been because you just played a good team.
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School board members and other elected officials of government are not applying for a private job. They are applying for a public position to represent the people that live within their district. For some positions, there are minimum state qualifications that a candidate must have, AG, Judges, etc. This is because these positions require specific knowledge in the areas of law. School board members have, at their fingertips, experts in any field that is needed. The members themselves do no have to be experts. The same for city councilmen, Mayors, County Commissioners, etc. Hell, even candidate for federal offices, House of Representitives, Senator and even President don't have to have a specified educational or managerial expertise to hold that office.
So, when you say that if we had highly qualified individuals in these positions, maybe a pay raise would be in order. If that was the case, then their would be no need to be a democratic republic. In public office, one is doing the bidding of the people that elected them, they are not elected to actually perform the nuts and bolts, but, they can and should hire competent people to actually do the research and to carry out policy.
The school board members oversee the school district, so, they go out and hire a director of schools who should have the technical expertise in running the day to day operation of the school district. The school board members set policy according to the dictates of state law and the wishes of those that elected them, it is the job of the director of schools to correctly and legally implement that policy.
Let us not lose good people because they have to worry about how to feed and take care of their family first. There are some good people that want to serve, have excellent ideas, etc, but, they can't afford to serve. That is why our school board members deserve to be adequately compensated.
The closure of schools is not the result of the city losing population, it is more the fault of less children per family and the movement of blacks from certain areas to the eastern and southeaster corridors. According to the U. S. Census, Memphis has not lost population, it has actually gained. The annexations had nothing to do with the school population because those areas that were annexed already had schools then and they are still at capacity today.
As the need grows for closing schools in southwest and other parts of south and inner city Memphis, the schools in Fox Meadows, Hickory Hills are overcrowded. It is not an overall loss of population but the shifting of population. You must remember that some or most of the schools slated for closure have been around for over 50 years. Back then, the average size of a family was also larger.
It is really disgusting when people that live outside of Memphis write about things they have no direct knowledge about or people that live in some of the munis are no better off than the middle class neighborhoods of Memphis. Compare the median home price for Bartlett, Millington to Memphis. These munis are not that exclusive. Germantown and Lakeland and a large part of Collierville, one can say is exclusive. It is also funny that these exclusive muni's don't dwell on knocking Memphis. We, the citizens of Memphis don't try to mix into the affairs of Bartlett, Cordova, etc, why would they want to mix into the affairs of Memphis?
The school closures are the fruit of the labor of running people out of the city over the years. A city is no different than a business in that it has to market itself to its customers (residents/potential residents). When you fail at marketing yourself, you lose customers to competitors (suburbs/other metro areas).
Yes, in a democracy, the majority rules, but in a local government, the majority would always be wise to consider heeding at least some of the minority's concerns, to avoid losing that population and tax base.
In each of the neighborhoods that will lose a school, it's happening because past residents wanted out of that neighborhood. Those residents were afforded a way out of that neighborhood because other residents in other parts of the city chose to leave the city, opening up the opportunity for a trickle down of movement.
Ultimately, the annexation strategy is to blame, because the city continually chose to chase after those that decided to leave the city with annexations rather than trying to chase after them by improving the product offering within the city. With those annexations, those that didn't want to be a part of the city left, which meant that you now had the same population in a larger area, and the trickle down movement left the least desirable neighborhoods empty.
It's unfortunate, but the school closings are the result of 30 years of bad government decisions.
That's why I still believe the best move for Memphis would be to retrench, deannex, and try to rebuild the core of the city. Keep most of North Memphis, South Memphis, along with Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis, so you can utilize the wealthier tax base to rejuvenate the other areas starting with downtown and them moving into North and South Memphis.
Then, you may start attracting population growth within a smaller cost base. If done successfully, you may have nearby areas proposing Memphis annex them, so they can be a part of the area. It's probably too late for that, and it'll never happen, but the urban sprawl is killing the city financially.
You've got the wrong caption for picture #12. (Or the wrong picture for the caption.) #12 is a picture of Nut Remix by NBE.
I do believe it's called "black flight".
Joe Jackson had two stringers free to pass to, that last play. He is first and foremost all about Joe Jackson. Always has been, always will be.
Hey Flyer staff
Let me give you a little clue. That new tag line you are hearing from the SCS super, "district wide rezoning" is a BIG DEAL.
And pay attention to the fact that SCS will no longer share space with the ASDs or charters. That's going to hurt dear Willie. You want to bet there is some activity in Nashville since the charters plan on suing the state over paying for space in buildings already designated for public schools.
look it up, what the heck, I was buying TOYS FOR TOTS. Them fellers, naw it was me. gots more dolls than ya can shake a stick at, some kind of train (1-4) with brightly colored ping pong balls. Why? cause they like 'em I guess, who am i to tell 'em different.
this is what you tried to post:
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If the day ever arrives when the president of the United States tells the NRCSL (Red), NYCSL (Yellow) and NWCSL (White) caucuses, et cetera..., "If you want to keep your color of choice caucus, you can keep your color of choice caucus. Period", the NBCSL (Black) would be wise to either take cover and regroup, or unite with their ill-perceived hated counterparts.
Come on, man. Hahaha! This can't be real...
If it were me, I'd be inclined to same something like, "It would be a shame if the city had to condemn these facilities, but I'm sure we can avoid any unfriendly outcomes by agreeing to a more reasonable purchase price."
They definitely don't have the wrong Johnson. He will do well for this team! He has a lot to offer, and knows the game well!!
Raising salaries seems to have little or no effect on discouraging corruption and incompetence. It would be nice if it did, that there was a tool or method to ensure decent performance and behaviors. So why throw good money after bad.
Totally agree with the last post.
Julius has a point. While I do not have an issue with raising the salaries for a board of qualified individuals, the fact that any Tom, Dick or Harriett can become a member makes me queasy seeing as some have been elected despite a lack of qualifications, experience or a decent grasp of legitimate grammar and sentence structure.
Anyway the Flyer might look outside the vacuum of our own little, local universe and note what the salary of board members for other school districts of comparable enrollment size might be? Noting how many positions there are on those other boards would also be handy.
The Grizzlies got better by dumping Rudy.
I'm curious what this ownership group has done that's "cheap". If you're talking about the Gay trade, other than not getting much back in return, the Raptors now understand exactly why we were so willing to part with Gay. Other than that, they're right up against the luxury tax line. I don't know what else you want them to do.
With Rudy, last year's team may not win 50 games. They won 56 largely because of the Rudy dump and the subsequent offensive renaissance they experienced due to the elimination of a black hole from the floor. That team last year certainly doesn't get past the Clippers in the first round with Rudy on the floor for 38 minutes a night.
As far as your assertion about last year's team being "average" players. Conley is a Top 10 point guard in the league, just one step below the elite PG level. Tony Allen has been the league's best perimeter defender and was last year. Marc Gasol was DPOY last year, and he's one of the best offensive scoring centers in the league. Basically, it's he, Brook Lopez, and Dwight Howard when you're discussing the best NBA centers. (I consider Duncan a PF still.) Z-Bo, though he's been up and down at times, has played at an All-Star level and did for much of last year. The WORST player in the starting line up when we had Rudy last year was Rudy himself. If you were to rank value to the team out of those 5, it went this way, 1. Marc, 2. Mike, 3. Z-Bo, 4. Tony, 5. Rudy
Last year's team was not devoid of talent. They were a very talented team. Gasol has been this team's best player for a few years now. They had hit their stride and went on a 4 game road winning streak right before he went down. The team was 7-5 at the time, even after a slow start. Since Gasol went down, they have gone 3-8. This is not coincidence.
We can argue about what Hollins WOULD do with his best player out with injury, but Hollins never dealt with an injury to someone as important on both ends as Gasol, so it's all conjecture.
As I've said before, let's measure this team's results with and without Gasol. When he comes back in January, we will see what they do, but I'm not expecting a big turn around until that point. Even then, a lot will depend on how rusty Gasol is. If he comes back at full strength, this team will play .600 or .650 ball after he returns. Will that be enough to get back into the playoffs? I don't know, but we will see.
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