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A Duty to Beauty

A recent article in UK’s The Independent makes the compelling argument that beauty–and not just extraordinary instances of natural beauty, but also normal, everyday instances of ordinary beauty–qualifies as a...

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What Drives Civic Change?

Our colleague, Carol Coletta, talked with The Real Story with Colleen Edwards about the problems inherent in regional planning. According to Carol, regional planning works better at a conceptual level than in practice. Why? Even...

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Getting On With Our Future

Carol Coletta stopped by to talk with The Real Story during the Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco in early June. During the interview, Carol suggests that the image of the American Dream has to be reworked...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Enough, A Cartoon by Award-Winning Bill Day

by Bill Day. Memphian Bill Day is two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning. His cartoons are syndicated internationally by Cagle Cartoons. Cartoons Archive →

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This is Smart City Consulting's blog and its purpose is to connect the dots and provide perspective on events, issues, and policies shaping Memphis and its future. Smart City Memphis was named one of the most intriguing blogs in the U.S. by the Pew Partnership for Civic Change; The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal wrote that "Smart City Memphis provides some of the most well-thought-out thinking about Memphis' past, present, and future you'll find anywhere," and the Memphis Flyer said: "This incredibly well-written blog sets out to solves the city's ills - from the mayor to MATA - with out-of-the-box thinking, fresh approaches to old problems, and new ideas. If you have questions, submissions, or ideas for posts, please email the blog's editor, Tom Jones, at