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Author: John Lawrence

Haslam on Right Track

Business retention and expansion are priorities Governor Haslam announced this week that the Department of Economic and Community Development will pour most of its energy and resources into retaining and expanding existing...

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Not Another Arts District, Please

It is time for a new gimmick Can we please give artists a rest?  They are asked to save everything.  Please paint a mural here.  Please put a sculpture there.  Please play my benefit for free.  And my favorite of all… “Wouldn’t...

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

Jim Crow Returns, 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