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by (RSS) Uncategorized | August 10th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 16 Comments

                    Tribalism is so easy to recognize when we see it from a distance of several thousand miles. We recognize it in the conflicts between Sunni and Shia Muslims where their majorities in various countries repress and attack the other denomination of the same religion.  We […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 10th, 2017 9:30am CDT | 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, where this appears in the April […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 4th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 5 Comments

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | July 3rd, 2017 12:51am CDT | No Comments

When you are 6 feet 9 inches tall and earn $6 million a year as an NBA player, people listen to you when you speak. That was clear from the interest in Tarik Black’s recent news conference announcing his new foundation, which will sponsor a four-day summer basketball camp at Ridgeway High School for 50 […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | June 29th, 2017 12:39am CDT | 11 Comments

            It’s hard to believe that there was a time 35 years ago that there were pundits and columnists who predicted that with the rise of technology, places would come to matter less and less. And yet, just the opposite has happened, and today, place is a major driver of […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 23rd, 2017 11:05am CDT | 1 Comment

                Former Memphian Bill Day has done it again. He has won his seventh Green Eyeshade Award for excellence in cartoons. The award recognizes the “very best journalism in the southeastern United States” and it is presented by the Southern members of the Society of Professional Journalists.  He […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 18th, 2017 9:28am CDT | 16 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, where this appears in its latest issue.   By Jimmie Covington Primarily […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 11th, 2017 12:52am CDT | 7 Comments

The idea that the Memphis Zoo and the Overton Park Conservancy should equally split the costs of parking on the greensward isn’t logical or fair.  After all, it’s the zoo that has the much larger budget, and as a result, we’ve written previously that the organizations should pay proportionally based on the sizes of their […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 3rd, 2017 12:24pm CDT | 13 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, where this appears in the April issue.  By Jimmie Covington Shelby County […]

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                  What has Gannett wrought? The country’s largest newspaper chain has already accomplished the unfathomable in Memphis.  It’s made us look back to when E. W. Scripps Co. owned The Commercial Appeal as the newspaper’s glory days. It is impossible to think of another corporation that has […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | March 10th, 2017 11:53am CDT | 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, where this initially appeared.   By Jimmie Covington Tennessee’s population grew slightly faster than the national rate in the […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 20th, 2017 11:31am CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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 CDT | 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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