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Author: Doug Imig

The Cost of Food Insecurity

This month Research and Policy focuses on the relationship between nutrition and early childhood brain development. This is a painful issue in Memphis, which was recently singled out as the most food insecure city in America....

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Memphis’ Metric of Success

A metric of success for Memphis: the number of at-risk children who grow up to become the neighbors we trust, the parents we admire, the workers we employ, and the men and women in whose successes we take great pride This is a...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Thumbs Down, 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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About Smart City Memphis

Since 2005, this has been Smart City Consulting’s blog with the aim of connecting the dots and providing perspective on issues and policies shaping Memphis.  Editor and primary author is Tom Jones, columnist, author of two books, and consultant on public policy.  Smart City Memphis was called 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 Tom Jones, at