Wednesday, June 20, 2018

EDGE Awards Tax Break for South Memphis Grocery Store

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 4:36 PM

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A new grocery store could soon take the place of the former Kroger in South Memphis that closed in February.


The Economic Development Growth Engine (EDGE) for Memphis and Shelby County awarded Belz Enterprises a tax break to redevelop the shopping center where the vacant grocery store sits.


Belz is proposing to lease the 31,000-square-foot vacant grocery store to a new grocer and to attract five businesses to the smaller vacant retail spaces in the shopping center.


Belz plans to invest $6.8 million into the property to pay for exterior renovations, grocery store equipment, and other finishes. To revitalize the Southgate Center and open the grocery store, EDGE gave Belz a Community Builder pay-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) incentive.


The goals of the project are to provide the approximate 55,000 individuals living within a 3-mile radius of the shopping center with access to food, reduce blight, and attract new businesses to the area, the group’s application to EDGE reads.


During the 15-year term of the PILOT, it’s estimated that the shopping center will produce about $4.5 million in local tax revenues.


The new store would provide the equivalent to 92 full-time jobs with an average annual salary of just under $25,000.

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Corker Among Senators to Introduce Law to Keep Families Together

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 3:20 PM

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As President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday to stop the separation of families at the U.S.-Mexican border, Tennessee’s Bob Corker, along with 25 other U.S. senators, introduced legislation that promotes keeping immigrant children and their parents together.


Like the executive order, The Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act would require that families are kept together during legal proceedings, while “ensuring the integrity of our nation’s immigration laws.”


“While the issues surrounding our immigration system are complex, we can all agree that innocent children should be protected, and I am hopeful the administration will take executive action to halt the separation of families on our southern border,” Corker said. “Congress also must act and provide a longer term solution to the many challenges facing our nation’s immigration system. The Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act is an important step in the right direction.”


The law includes provisions to ensure fair treatment of migrant families by setting mandatory standards of care at residential centers. Under the law, families would be required to have access to proper living accommodations, food and water, medical assistance, and other necessary services.


The legislation also authorizes the hire of 225 new immigration judges to help resolve the cases of families housed in residential centers faster.

Memphis Pets of the Week (June 21-27)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 1:57 PM

Each week, the Flyer will feature adoptable dogs and cats from Memphis Animal Services. All photos are credited to Memphis Pets Alive. More pictures can be found on the Memphis Pets Alive Facebook page.
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Thousands Ride Explore Bike Share in First Month

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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In one month, 2,950 people have used Explore Bike Share (EBS), the citywide bike share system. They traveled 27,503 miles and burned more than 1 million calories.

EBS launched last month with the Big Roll Out, an event in which volunteers rode 600 bikes to 60 bike share stations across the city.

Here are some stats from EBS as of Wednesday, June 20th:

Total number of monthly and annual members: 544

Total number of users: 2,950

Total number of bike trips: 6,423

Total distance: 27,503 miles

Estimated total carbon offset: 26,078

Estimated total calories burned: 1,095,967

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  • A Downtown bike-share station

Top ridership by station:

· Overton Park

· Big River Crossing (East)

· Beale Street Landing

· Court Square

· Crosstown Concourse

· Memphis Park

· Loflin Yard

· Front & Beale

· Hudson Transit Center

· South Main & Talbot

In its first month, the system already has more than half of its annual membership projection. EBS officials hoped to have around 500 members in its first six months; more than 500 signed up in the program's first month.

”Of course we feel the numbers are important, but as a [nonprofit organization] with a mission of encouraging Memphians to engage with their communities and communities outside of their own, it’s about the people, first and foremost,” said EBS executive director Trey Moore. “Our community partnerships, a dedicated staff, and the amazingly patient and supportive bike share users from Memphis and beyond have exceeded our expectations. I feel a great optimism for Explore Bike Share’s future.”

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Tennessee's Senators Call for End to Separation of Families at Border

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 at 10:43 AM

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Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators, Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander, joined 11 other Republican Senators Tuesday in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for an end to the separation of immigrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border.


Although enforcing immigration laws is a key responsibility of the federal government, the letter reads, it should be done in a way that is “consistent with our values and ordinary human decency.”


The letter was spearheaded by Sen. Orin Hatch, of Utah, and supported by senators in Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Ohio.


The full letter is below:

“Like millions of Americans, we have read with increasing alarm reports of children being separated from their parents at the southern border. Although enforcing our immigration laws is an essential responsibility of the federal government, it must be done in a way that is consistent with our values and ordinary human decency.

The current family separation crisis has multiple contributing causes, including court decisions that require release rather than detention of children but not parents who enter our country illegally. But the immediate cause of the crisis is your Department’s recent institution of a “zero tolerance” policy under which all adults who enter the United States illegally are referred for prosecution, regardless of whether such individuals are claiming asylum and regardless of whether they are accompanied by minor children.

We support the administration’s efforts to enforce our immigration laws, but we cannot support implementation of a policy that results in the categorical forced separation of minor children from their parents. We therefore ask you to halt implementation of the Department’s zero tolerance policy while Congress works out a solution that enables faster processing of individuals who enter our country illegally without requiring the forced, inhumane separation of children from their parents. We believe a reasonable path forward can be found that accommodates the need to enforce our laws while holding true to other, equally essential values.”

In a statement Tuesday, Senator Alexander said Trump’s administration should end the policy immediately while Congress works on a bipartisan immigration solution that secures the border, provides a status for those already here, and “prevents a humanitarian crisis at the border.”

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Meanwhile, activists here with Indivisible Memphis are organizing a call-to-action meeting in response to the “horrific” separation of families. “We seek to take action in support of the asylum-seekers and help keep families together,” the event’s Facebook page reads.

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25th at Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. So far, 219 people have RSVPed via Facebook and 848 have showed interest.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

City Sets Rules for Bird

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 1:43 PM

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After a new dockless scooter system launched here on Friday, the city looks to set regulations for their operation.


A Memphis City Council committee recommended approval of an ordinance Tuesday that would regulate the Bird scooter system and other all shared-mobility systems here.


The ordinance requires bicycle and scooter sharing program operators to apply for a Scooter Sharing permit from the city and pay the corresponding fees.


The ordinance also states that the city is not responsible for educating the public about the laws and safety regulations for operating scooters or bikes.


If the ordinance is passed by the full council, the city will create operating regulations to govern the use of shared-mobility systems within 30 days.


In the meantime, Bird and Memphis have entered into an interim operating agreement, which include regulations for parking, operating, and riding the scooters.


The agreement states that the city will regulate Bird parking. Users here are required to snap a picture of the scooter within the Bird app after their ride to ensure the scooters are parked in acceptable spots. Acceptable spots are those near street furniture, like park benches and light poles. Unacceptable locations include transit zones, handicapped parking spots, and entryways.


Bird also has to pay the city a one-time $500 permit fee and then annual renewal fees of $250. The company is also giving Memphis $50 per scooter, capping at $20,000. Additionally, Bird will give the city $1 per scooter per day for shared infrastructure improvements and maintenance. The company has also agreed to invest in community outreach and promote the use of Birds in low-income neighborhoods.


For users, the city is asking that scooters are rode on the street or in bike lanes when possible. Helmets are encouraged, but are only required for minors. The city is requiring that Bird provide a 24-hour customer service line for riders.


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Flyer, CMI Win Big in Green Eyeshades Journalism Awards

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 12:37 PM

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The Green Eyeshade Awards (named for the visors worn by old-timey newspaper editors) salute the best journalism in an 11-state Southern region. The competition is administered by the Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

2018 GREEN EYESHADE AWARDS

PRINT / NON-DAILY DIVISION
First Place: Serious Commentary
Bruce VanWyngarden, “Waiting for the Test,” “Life Is a Beach,” and other serious examples of his “From the Editor” columns.

First Place: Politics Reporting
Jackson Baker, “Meatless Monday, “Up in Smoke,” "Nashville Gets Serious” and other examples of his political columns.

First Place: Travel Writing
Jackson Baker, “Russia: Riddles and Realities” and “A Trip to France Brings Greater Understanding.”

First Place: Criticism
Chris Davis: “Theatre Memphis Neuters Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “A Dark Tour of the American Trailer Park” and other examples of his theatre/drama criticism.

Second Place: Editorial Writing
Jackson Baker: “Monuments and Memories,” “Hear It Now,” and other examples of Flyer editorials.

Second Place: General News Reporting
Chris Davis, “Art of the Deal: What Happened at MCA?”

Second Place: Public Affairs Reporting
Toby Sells, “Down by the Riverside.”

Second Place: Humorous Commentary
Bruce VanWyngarden, “Staying the Course,” “Redbirds Trump Porn” and other humorous examples of his “From the Editor column.

PRINT / MAGAZINE DIVISION

First Place: General News Writing
Jon Sparks, Toby Sells, and Maya Smith: Inside Memphis Business “Downtown Rising” package.

First Place: Graphics
John Pickle and Vance Lauderdale, Memphis magazine, “Memphis: Then and Now” (The honor actually goes to Memphis art director Brian Groppe for his design.)

First Place: Feature Photography
Billy Morris, “On the Flip” (Memphis magazine story about Beale Street Flippers)

Second Place: Serious Commentary
Vance Lauderdale, various “Ask Vance” columns

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Event Hopes to Connect Shelby Residents with $109M in Unclaimed Property

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2018 at 11:34 AM

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The Memphis Redbirds want to help you find missing money this weekend.

Well, kinda.

The Tennessee Unclaimed Property Division of the Tennessee Department of Treasury will help 'Birds fans search for and possibly recover missing money during games on Friday and Saturday. The event is part of a traveling, statewide effort to help Tennesseans find unclaimed money.

How much money are we talking about here? Last year, the Unclaimed Property Division returned a record-breaking $48 million to 43,482 rightful-owning Tennesseans.

Any time a company owes a customer some money but can't find them, the company has to remit the funds to the state. The money come from many sources, including refunds, insurance payouts, unpaid payroll or salary, college fees, utilities, and more.

More than $109.2 million is owed to 227,460 Shelby County residents right now, according to Treasury officials. Across Tennessee, there is about $819.7 million in unclaimed property.

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You can find Unclaimed Property officials at their booth on AutoZone Park's main plaza starting at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday.

There, you can search the database for your name and those of your relatives. If officials do help you find some money, you can file a claim with them at at no charge.  
If you can't make the games this weekend, search for missing money on your own at ClaimItTN.gov.

According to the state Unclaimed Property office, there is never a fee to claim unclaimed money and there is no time limit in which to make a claim: "It is held for the rightful owner or their legal beneficiaries until it is claimed." 

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Flyer How To: Let's Ride the Bird

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 9:06 PM


You've probably seen folks riding those Bird scooters by now. I rode one over the weekend. They are a total blast. And they could be a good transportation option, depending on where you're headed.

I took a scooter out for a spin today at lunch to show you how they work. I got some side eye from motorists and pedestrians alike. But I definitely pumped up the eye-rolliness of the thing by shooting a GoPro on a selfie stick.

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U of M to Host First Women's Hackathon in Memphis

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2018 at 9:04 PM

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The first-ever women-only hackathon is coming to Memphis on Friday, July 20th.


The University of Memphis’ FedEx Institute of Technology, in partnership with Memphis Women in Technology and other local tech organizations, will host ATHENAtechne, a two-

day hackathon designed to “cultivate a positive environment for women in technology.”

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The event is free, and all females over the age of 10 who have an interest in technology are encouraged to attend. All skill levels are welcomed. In addition to programmers and web designers, graphic designers, artists, writers, and those in any other creative field are encouraged to attend.


Attendees will be immersed in tech culture and will create "interesting and innovative" hacks. Representatives from organizations like Black Girls Code, Tech901, and CodeCrew will be at the hackathon for education and networking.


“Part of the mission of the FedEx Institute of Technology is to build Memphis’ reputation as a national destination for emerging technologies innovators,” Cody Behles, assistant director of the FedEx Institute, said. “That mission necessitates a commitment to building the diversity of our technology community.


“Sometimes the best way to do that is to cultivate opportunities that encourage participation in unique ways. We look forward to seeing what the inaugural ATHENAtechne will produce.”


The hackathon is designed to encourage women to get more involved in the technology field, by “fostering spaces and places that create a strong community of empowered female technology professionals.”


Despite comprising 57 percent of university students nationally, studies show that only 20 percent of science, technology, math and engineering students are women. A recent survey found that about one in three employees at Google, Facebook and Apple is female.


“Over the last decade, we have seen growing opportunities for females to gain exposure to technology opportunities in school,” Sarah Holland, president and founder of Memphis Women in Technology, said. “Despite this, we see real challenges as these young women make the transition into professional environment. ATHENAtechne provides women in this region an opportunity to come together and show the amazing talent that this community has to offer.”


To register for the hackathon, visit the event’s website.


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Friday, June 15, 2018

Driver's License Suit Moves Ahead

Posted By on Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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  • Just City's executive director Josh Spickler calls the policy "failed" and "destructive."

Earlier this week, a federal judge moved ahead a lawsuit that seeks to stop the state's practice of allowing driver's licenses to be suspended for not paying fees and fines associated with traffic tickets.

The lawsuit was filed last September by Just City, the Memphis criminal reform advocacy group, the National Center for Law and Economic Justice, the law firm Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, and the Civil Rights Corps.

The class action suit wants state officials to immediately re-instate the drivers licenses of some 250,000 Tennessee drivers whose licenses are currently suspended because they couldn't pay traffic tickets.
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Josh Spickler, Just City's executive director, has said the practice criminalizes poverty and disproportionately affects African Americans. In Tennessee, African-American drivers are four times more likely to lose their licenses for not paying traffic tickets than white drivers, Just City said.

A recent investigation by Memphis Fox13, found that this year so far, "91% of people arrested for suspended licenses in Memphis are black."

In a ruling Monday, United States District Judge Aleta Trauger allowed the groups to
certify a statewide class of plaintiffs.

"This will allow us to get into the specific ways that this practice works and suggest ways to fix it," Spickler said Friday. "We will also be able to describe the very specific ways that it harms people. People who are affected in similar ways will have their cases considered together, even if we don't know all of their names.

"Class action litigation is very powerful because harm and unfairness are addressed for everyone who is impacted and not just a few brave people who file a lawsuit. This most recent ruling means that we will begin working on a solution for everyone in Tennessee!"

In her ruling, Trauger noted, among other things, that driving is, basically, a necessity in the U.S., especially in Tennessee.

Here are some of the hardest-hitting quotes in Trauger's ruling:

• "...suspending licenses without an effective, non-discretionary safety valve for the truly indigent violates both equal protection and due process principles."

• "When the state of Tennessee takes away a person’s right to drive, that person does not, suddenly and conveniently, stop having to transport oneself and family members to medical appointments, stop having to report to court dates, or stop having to venture into the world to obtain food and necessities."


• "...the court concludes that it is beyond dispute that, at least as a general proposition, the cities, towns, and communities of Tennessee are pervasively structured around the use of motor vehicles. Anyone who doubts that premise is welcome to attempt to run a day’s worth of errands in a rural Tennessee county with no car and very little money."

• "All of these facts, together, leave very little room for doubt regarding the plaintiffs’ assertion that an indigent person who loses her driver’s license is only going to be made less likely to be able to meet the ordinary expenses of life, let alone pay hundreds of dollars in traffic debt."

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• "While additional testimony might be helpful in understanding the precise contours of the hardship that a lack of a license inflicts, judicial notice is more than sufficient to establish that that hardship is real and substantial. Most obviously, being unable to drive in Tennessee limits the jobs available to a person and makes holding a job difficult, once the person has it."

• "The damage that the lack of a driver’s license does to one’s employment prospects is just the beginning. Being unable to drive is the equivalent of a recurring tax or penalty on engaging in the wholly lawful ordinary activities of life—a tax or penalty that someone who committed the same traffic violation, but was able to pay her initial traffic debt, would never be obligated to pay."

The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville.

It names David Purkey, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, as the primary defendant but also the court clerks in Rutherford and Wilson Counties and the clerks of Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

Read Trauger's ruling here:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Memphis Gets Bird

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 2:56 PM

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Bird, the tech start-up that famously foists its scooters on city streets usually without any permission, is coming to Memphis. But it seems the company did at least talk to folks here first.

An announcement is expected Thursday afternoon about the "future of dockless shared electric vehicles in Memphis."

"The announcement represents proactive planning by Mayor Jim Strickland's administration, the Memphis City Council, the Memphis Area Transit Authority, and the Downtown Memphis Commission," reads a brief announcement from city hall.

When Bird hit the streets of San Francisco earlier this year, they were widely used and widely hated.


Some San Franciscans REALLY hated them.


The company sprang their operations on Nashville last month. Last week, Nashville officials took their toys — impounded about 411 of the things — and gave the company a cease and desist letter until officials there can figure out how the scooters fit into the city.


People in Nashville (tourists, mostly, I'm guessing) rode the things in places they definitely should not be riding them, like big, busy streets. Nashville Scene reporter Stephen Elliott collected some them in a series called "Birds in Sticky Situations."


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...looks like Bird is going to do just fine in Memphis as long as it inspires as much as fun in others as it has in council chairman Berlin Boyd and council member Kemp Conrad.

Here's the official statement from city officials:

Bird, the leader in last-mile electric mobility, announced today that it will launch shared electric scooters in Memphis on Friday, June 15. Birds will be available around Downtown, Midtown, Uptown, South City, and Cooper Young, and as ridership grows the company will scale its fleet to serve all of the residents and communities of Memphis.

Bird officially announced its launch in cooperation with the City of Memphis at a press conference today in Court Square Park with Councilman Kemp Conrad and Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen. The company will celebrate its arrival with a free helmet giveaway event on Friday, June 15 at 3:30 p.m. in Court Square Park.

“Memphis is an innovative city that recognizes the importance of an equitable, affordable, and reliable transit system. That’s why we are excited to bring our environmentally friendly transportation solution to the people of Memphis,” said Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird. “We applaud the city’s leadership for its forward-looking efforts to introduce ways for people to get around their city that don’t lead to more traffic and carbon emissions.”

Bird’s launch in Memphis is the result of broad cooperation among city officials, including Mayor Jim Strickland, the Memphis City Council, the Memphis Area Transit Authority, and the Downtown Memphis Commission. Bird will provide its services under a temporary operating agreement modeled after a shared mobility ordinance, that Councilman Conrad and Mayor Strickland will introduce next week to the Council.

“As Bird launches this week, Memphis demonstrates its leadership in deploying innovative, new shared mobility solutions that will be an important part of the future of our transportation system,” said Councilman Conrad. “We are proud to bring this alternative mode of transportation to Memphis that doesn’t involve cars, lessens traffic, is better for the environment, and puts less wear and tear on Memphis streets.”

In Memphis, as in all markets where it operates, Bird will abide by its industry-leading Save Our Sidewalks Pledge in which Bird commits to: collecting all of its vehicles each night for charging and necessary maintenance; practicing responsible growth by only adding more vehicles when each Bird averages three or more rides per day; and remitting $1 per vehicle per day to the city to build more bike lanes, promote safe riding, and maintain shared infrastructure.

“Memphis is glad to introduce another shared mobility option. Working together with both public and private stakeholders we can offer Memphis residents additional transportation solutions that are accessible and affordable for all,” said McGowen, Memphis’ COO.

Safety is a top priority for Bird, which is why the company also provides helmets to all riders who request one within the app. To date, Bird has distributed more than 30,000 helmets.

Riders in Memphis interested in finding a Bird near them can download and sign up at www.birdapp.com.

Report: Half of Memphis Homes Not Connected to Broadband

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 12:24 PM

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Nearly half of Memphis households were not connected to broadband internet in 2016, according to the latest figures from the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA), ranking the city in the top five least-connected cities in the country.

Of the 256,973 households in Memphis in 2016, the NDIA said 126,428 of them had no broadband connection. The group used census data collected in 2016 and released in late 2017.

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Only 30 percent of Nashville homes are not connected to broadband services, according to the NDIA data. In Knoxville, only 35 percent aren’t connected. In Chattanooga, though, nearly 44 percent are not connected to broadband.

The NDIA said the data does not indicate the availability of home broadband service but the homes that are connected to it (or not). It looks at cable internet, DSL, and fiber lines to homes. But it does not include mobile service like 3G and 4G networks available on smart phones, tablets, and more.

Poverty likely drives much of the low adoption rates, according to NDIA. Memphis is the poorest metro in the country according to data from the University of Memphis. The city’s overall poverty rate was 26.8 percent in 2016; 44.6 percent of the city’s children live below the federal poverty line.

Income remains the most-influential wedge driving the digital divide, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

Lower-income Americans continue to lag behind in technology adoption
“Roughly three-in-ten adults with household incomes below $30,000 a year don’t own a smartphone,” according to Pew. “Nearly half don’t have home broadband services or a traditional computer. And a majority of lower-income Americans are not tablet owners.

”By comparison, many of these devices are nearly ubiquitous among adults from households earning $100,000 or more a year.”

Without broadband at home, many lower-income Americans turn to their smartphones. Pew Research says one-fifth of adults earning less than $30,000 a year were “smartphone-only” internet users. This means they also use phones — smaller screens — for tasks usually reserved for larger screens, like applying for jobs.

Growing share of low-income Americans are smartphone-online internet users

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New Coffee Shop Pitched for The Pinch

Posted By on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 10:24 AM

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A new coffee shop may be headed for The Pinch District.

Comeback Coffee may help a now-vacant space come back to life at 358 North Main, a spot next door to the now-vacant T.J. Mulligan’s location.

Comeback owners Hayes and Amy McPherson called the space an “empty canvas” in their application for grant funds from the Center City Development Corp. (CCDC).

“The owners aim to create a space that is inviting and fosters a sense of hominess and belonging,” reads the application. “With the help of the Exterior Improvement Grant (EIG), every inch of the property, both inside and out, can cultivate those feelings and atmosphere.”
The entire project is slated to cost $129,866.37, according to the application. The McPhersons are asking the CCDC for $58,832.

The project would renovate the interior of the space and brings new signs and gates to the exterior. The building’s northern alley would be transformed into a patio with furniture, a stamped concrete floor, plants growing along the walls, and globe lights stretched overhead.

CCDC staff recommended the project for approval.
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“Attracting new investment to the Pinch District is a high priority for the (Downtown Memphis Commission),” reads the staff report. “Approving an EIG for this project will enable the business owner to invest in creating high-quality exterior space in the underutilized alley.

“Additionally, adding new ground-floor commercial activity along North Main Street is a key strategy in the Pinch District Redevelopment Plan.”


The McPhersons live in the upper floor of the building, according to the CCDC. They hope to get the coffee-shop project moving next month and have it completed in October.

CCDC board members will review the plan on Wednesday, June 20th.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Memphis Pets of the Week (June 14-20)

Posted By on Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Each week, the Flyer will feature adoptable dogs and cats from Memphis Animal Services. All photos are credited to Memphis Pets Alive. More pictures can be found on the Memphis Pets Alive Facebook page.

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