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Revisited: Town Creek

Many see Jackson's multiple creeks as nothing more than drainage ditches. They are undevelopable space offering only the threat of flooding, bank caving and snakes. Other cities, however, are increasingly ...


Defined: People's Assemblies

Mayor Chokwe Lumumba has helped bring a grass-roots approach to idea generation and decision-making to Jackson, both in the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, which he co-founded, and later as a ...


New Idea: More Than Sports

When Jed Oppenheim of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mississippi Youth Justice Project ended up as a "quasi-member" of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba's Parks and Rec transition team, he decided to ...

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Bright Idea: Conserve Energy, Create Jobs

You want to reduce your energy bills, improve your in-home air quality, increase the value of your home and help create jobs in the local community? Then invest in energy-efficiency ...

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Filling the Emptiness

When family or friends say Jackson is a bad place, I always want to take them on a trip to the city I've grown to know over the last six ...

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Your JXN Idea

Highlighting good ideas is one GOOD Idea that I see Jackson benefiting from!


Best Practice: Mid-South Minority Business Council Continuum

"Established in 1973 as the Mid-South Minority Business Council (MMBC), a component of the Memphis Area Chamber of Commerce, the MMBC Continuum now serves as a minority business-development organization and ...

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What the Heck Is An IBA?

Sure, we have business organizations such as chambers of commerce, but they are not primarily and exclusively serving interests of small, locally owned businesses.

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Radical Idea: Vacancy Tax

So, just how do we unlock the empty buildings that are "warehoused" downtown by landlords, often absentee, who let their spaces rot waiting for the huge rent check of the ...

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Build a Bicycle- and Pedestrian-Friendly Jackson

The key to change is finding simple, affordable tools that are easily accessible for people of all ages, races, socio-economic levels and abilities.

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Everyone Needs a Roof

You've heard it before: For many Americans, homelessness is just a couple of paychecks away.

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Jackson Planning Map

Jackson is a unique city with great potential. What makes this city great are her people, their passions and their visions.

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Let's Talk About Race

First and foremost, there can't be any discussion about race and racism unless you're willing to entertain the notion that it still exists—that we're not living in a "post-racial" society—and ...

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Question It

One effective way to begin to understand our racial biases is to examine where they came from. When you're ready to engage in the race conversation, here are some questions ...

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Dialogue is Not Debate

It's easy to fall into a debate about race and racism, but debate usually hardens our positions, instead of opening us to the possibility of change.