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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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Memphis Poverty Is Endemic And City Is In Distress, REPORT SAYS

Thumbnail: Memphis’ neighborhood poverty continues to be the leading problem facing the city.  The Economic Innovation Group summed it up in graphic terms in its May, 2020 report, The Persistence of Neighborhood Poverty – Examining the power of inertia and the rarity of neighborhood turnaround across U.S. cities. Memphis is one of six cities spotlighted in the report. 

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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