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Author: Robert Bain

Calling a Spade a Spade

Last week, I suggested that the important book of the year was Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow. As is noted on the book jacket, Michelle Alexander as a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator won a 2005 Soros Justice...

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What have we here, indeed!

An email from Robert Bain deserves posting here and our concern: “seeing the violence increasing within Shelby County; seeing the teachers in Shelby County who are unhappy with the new breed of children who are entering into the...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Hands Up, 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