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Author: Margot McNeeley

The Wrong Side of the Tracks

I’m so proud of Memphis and all we’re doing to become a more sustainable city.  But an event last week had me wondering if we’re  really ready to become that city. A friend of mine was recently pulled over and given a ticket for...

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The Convenience Factor

A friend of mine recently posted on her facebook page that she wished wine were sold in grocery stores in Memphis. She had no idea the can of worms she opened. She received a gambit of responses from her facebook friends, some...

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I Am So Damn Annoyed!

It’s Friday, trash pick-up day on my street and I’m watching. I’m trying to be optimistic. I’m thinking that maybe today is the day. Will they? Will this be the week that our across the street neighbors (family of five), changes...

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This Blog Makes Me Hungry

Memphis …  one hot city. And I don’t just mean the heat. Memphis has long been known for it’s incredible restaurants and talented chefs. If you live here, you know these local jewels and will likely agree how...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Gannett Reporters Strike, 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