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Sustainable Transport Inspiration

Our friend, Laura Adams, who heads up Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, sent us this interesting video from EMBARQ: the WRI Center for Sustainable Transport, so we’re sharing it here: Watch our latest video documentary about...

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MPO Bicycle/Pedestrian Survey

The Memphis MPO is gathering feedback on local bicycle and pedestrian issues, concerns, and habits from local residents to use in the update of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan.  Please click on the link below to complete the...

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Jimmy Ogle Walks the Walk, Historically

If you are on our end of Front Street much, you have undoubtedly seen our friend Jimmy Ogle leading a rapt group of visitors on a walking tour of some part of downtown.  The Daily News has an article about our resident history...

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10 Things I Hate About Suburban Sprawl

It was two years ago when we helped bring to Memphis Jeff Speck, former director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts.   His seminal book, Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream,...

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Recently, someone asked on a comment if we could name something that Memphis is the best in.  We named several but we neglected to mention two that came to mind later: Church Health Center and Youth Villages.  We were reminded...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Hate Crimes, 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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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