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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2017 11:31am CST | No Comments

We appreciate award-winning cartoonist Bill Day allowing us to post his cartoons to the Smart City Memphis blog.  Bill proves over and over that a picture is worth much more than a thousand words when it is created by a talented cartoonist as part of the proud American journalism tradition. He has  won first place […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 24th, 2017 12:34am CST | 9 Comments

                    Twenty years before Donald Trump became synonymous with the words, “You’re fired,” 2,500 Memphians lost their jobs because of him. For them, there was no reality television program. There was only reality itself, as Trump forced the sale of Holiday Inns in 1988 and the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 11th, 2017 12:29am CST | 1 Comment

We’ve been looking back at the 15 most read blog posts of the 153 we wrote last year.  We’ve previously posted #11-15 and today, we’re posting #6-10.  As we wrote previously, we appreciate you reading and commenting, and most of all, caring deeply about Memphis. Here are #6-10: #10: Low Park Rankings Bolster Overton Park […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 28th, 2016 12:07am CST | 1 Comment

                The presidential campaign damaged a number of American institutions and chief among them was the traditional news media. We’re not talking about the media’s unpopularity because that’s nothing new.  News reporters have been in the bottom rungs of most respected jobs for decades. It’s been obvious for […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Uncategorized | October 28th, 2016 12:58am CST | 7 Comments

Harahan Bridge – considered the centerpiece for the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project – opened to rave reviews last weekend, but we have always been as excited over the fact that the project would fix the deplorable conditions of Main Street. Unfortunately, almost as soon as those improvements were completed, the trolleys […]

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by (RSS) Poverty, Transportation, Uncategorized | September 14th, 2016 10:40am CST | No Comments

Thanks to Bennett Foster for sending: The  Memphis Bus Riders Union and Amalgamated Transit  Union Local 713 are  launching a new campaign with a petition to restore the​ ​31  Crosstown​, a  historic bus route eliminated by Memphis Area Transit Authority in  2013.  The two groups represent hundreds of  MATA drivers and riders who say  that […]

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                            The following article was written by a favorite Memphis economist of ours, David Ciscel, former Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Dean of Fogelman School of Business, Dean of the Graduate School, and Senior Consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 12th, 2016 3:00pm CST | No Comments

Thanks to Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi for sending this infographic. 

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 10th, 2016 12:08am CST | 7 Comments

                A city official once said that the purpose of Beale Street Landing “was to fix Tom Lee Park,” but regardless of how much we have supported the construction of the riverfront’s new landmark, we remain a long way from fixing Tom Lee Park, which on its best […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 12th, 2016 12:38am CST | 7 Comments

Originally posted November 9, 2015: For as long as we can remember, our community has been having a conversation about the need to have the conversation about race. And yet, we always seem to find reasons to put it off. But finally, it seems like we’ve run out of excuses – and time – and […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 30th, 2016 12:02am CST | 7 Comments

As we prepare for New Year’s – city and county governments’ new fiscal year begins Friday – we updated our list of proposed resolutions for Memphis for the next 12 months. Here they are: 1)  Resist the temptation to treat anecdotes as data. Often, in Memphis, we hypnotize ourselves with our own hyperboles.  We regularly […]

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With the movement by City of Memphis to move Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park to the cemetery brings to mind the Confederate detritus populating downtown’s Memphis Park.  It’s time to clear that park with the random remnants of Confederate pride.  If we indeed keep Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 15th, 2016 2:02pm CST | 2 Comments

  This post is written by Jimmie Covington, veteran Memphis reporter with lengthy experience covering governmental, school, and demographic issues. He is a contributing writer with The Best Times, a monthly news magazine for active people 50 and older.  This was previously published there. By Jimmie Covington Surprising that the city population of Nashville has surpassed that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 13th, 2016 12:36am CST | 27 Comments

We ask ourselves the same thing every time: What will it take? This time, it’s 50 people in Orlando taken in a burst of hate, homophobia, and gunfire.   Before them, there have been school children, moviegoers, churchgoers, partygoers, law enforcement officers, and the list goes on and on. The ultimate victims of the gun […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 9th, 2016 12:33pm CST | No Comments

Project: Porch Swing, a Clinton, Mississippi-based startup, today launched its online shopping platform at projectporchswingmemphis.com. The site, which features select retailers among more than 300 national, regional and local partners in a variety of categories, will donate 60 percent of its revenue to fund public education in the Mid-South. “Education funding is a hot-button issue […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 4th, 2016 1:51pm CST | 2 Comments

              Muhammad Ali always said he was the greatest, and as far as I was concerned, he was. He was one of my earliest heroes – brash, larger-than-life, courageous. He exemplified a new generation, he gave voice to those of us who opposed the war in Vietnam and he […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 3rd, 2016 12:02am CST | 9 Comments

Phyllis Betts comments about yesterday’s post about the looming housing crisis spotlighted by Brad Watkins of Peace and Justice Center: There is an immediate crisis that needs to be dealt with now. Perhaps through a public-private problem-solving summit that will marshal resources to find housing for these families NOW. Peace and Justice can continue to […]

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For as long as we can remember, the Memphis City Council has had the lowest approval rating in polling about local elected officials and governmental bodies. Those ratings have been aggravated in recent years by declining public confidence in government generally, and we had hoped that the infusion of new faces and energy on the […]

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