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Flashback from 2005: Studies Offer Reality Check on Memphis’ Urban Core

Thumbnail:  It’s not like we haven’t been warned about the racial disparity in income, thje poverty, the economic segregation, etc.  This blog post from 15 years ago also suggests that we shouldn’t allow our enthusiasm about downtown’s progress to obscure the sluggish economic growth that continues to be a drag on our trajectory.  It also suggests that our rhetoric regularly outstrips our actions to improve things, or we wouldn’t still be talking about the need to address some of these issues today.

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Systemic Racism and Car Insurance

Thumbnail:  The always perceptive Joe Cortright of the City Observatory think tank pointed out that the car insurance rate paid by bad or aggressive drivers is less that what is paid by people living in an African American neighborhood.  It’s why states should ban insurance rates being based on things like zip codes rather than on individual driving records. 

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Elephants Forget, 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

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 tjones@smartcityconsulting.com.

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