Protesters with signs in Atlanta after Tyre Nichols murder

Memphis: Crime-fighting Camera Sheds Light on Police Abuse

The irony is unmistakable. Public surveillance cameras, long controversial in the criminal justice community, provided pivotal video footage of the beating of motorist Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers at a traffic stop on January 7.

February 2, 2023 - The New York Times

A snow covered statue looks out over a blanket of snow at the White House, which is also covered in snow.

Winter Storm Knocks Out Drinking Water Systems in the South, Including in Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi made headlines and incurred a civil rights investigation earlier this year when flooding knocked out the city’s drinking water supply. This week’s winter storm had the same effect on Jackson as well as other Southern cities.

December 29, 2022 - Mississippi Free Press

A pair of vintage Siemens–Duewag U2 trolleys roll out of a garage in Memphis.

Memphis Testing Vintage Siemens U2 Trolley Cars—With Service Expected to Open Later This Year

Originally designed for use in Frankfurt, Germany, the Siemens–Duewag U2 was used in Canada and San Diego before now coming to Memphis.

March 29, 2022 - ABC24

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Bringing the Case for Exclusionary Zoning Reform to Tennessee

The past, present, and future of zoning in Tennessee.

November 2, 2021 - Tennessee Lookout

The backboar of a basketball hoop is painted orange with the words "orange Mound"--the name of a historically black neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee.

Memphis Targets Adaptive Reuse of Historic School for Neighborhood Benefits

A plan to rehabilitate the vacant former location of Melrose High School in Memphis' Orange Mound neighborhood "recalls many other recent initiatives aimed at elevating and investing in Black urban history."

September 1, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Memphis, Tennessee

Crack in Bridge Connecting Arkansas to Tennessee Comes With Consequences, Debate

Goods movement on the Mississippi River, as well as truck traffic on a key interstate, has ground to a halt after a crack was discovered last week in a bridge on Interstate 40 connecting to Memphis.

May 19, 2021 - Associated Press via NBC News

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Memphis Vehicle Fee Would Help Fund Transit

The proposed fee on households with multiple vehicles would generate $9 million to improve the region’s transit system.

October 5, 2019 - WKNO

Memphis Yellow Line

Multi-Car Owners May Pay Sustainability Fee to Fund Memphis Area Transit

Called a 'sustainability fee' by Mayor Lee Harris of Shelby County, the proposed fee would apply only to households that have three or more registered vehicles, about 17 percent of county residents. The first two vehicles would be exempt.

September 9, 2019 - Smart Cities Dive

Memphis Riverfront

Ensuring Equity in Memphis Riverfront Development

One of the city’s biggest assets is its riverfront, but equity and inclusion need to be an important part of what development brings to residents and communities.

September 1, 2019 - The Avenue (Brookings)

Manassas Street Memphis

Memphis Street Goes on a Road Diet

Separated bike lanes and new pedestrian infrastructure have replaced traffic lanes on a mile of Manassas Street in Memphis.

June 4, 2019 - The Field (ASLA)

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Memphis Downtown Boom Highlights the Potential of Adaptive Reuse

The city of Memphis, Tennessee is in the middle of an understated boom focused on downtown development and adaptive reuse.

October 5, 2018 - Curbed

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis Finds a Loophole to Rid Two Parks of Confederate Monuments

A victory for local control: Memphis city leaders found a way to rid their city of two racist monuments, over the objection of the State Legislature.

December 25, 2017 - The Commercial Appeal

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A 'Memphis 3.0' Vision for Transit Taking Shape

In 2019, the city of Memphis will enter its third century with, hopefully, an ambitious new vision for public transit in place.

October 4, 2017 - The Commercial Appeal

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Memphis Planning for a Big Expansion of Transit Service

The city of Memphis is ready to expand its transit system, spending $30 million a year in annual operating cost to add 200,000 service hours to the Memphis Area Transit Authority system.

August 31, 2017 - The Commercial Appeal

Memphis's Four-Point Plan to Eliminate Blight

Memphis hopes its coordinated action plan on blight can be a model for cities nationwide.

April 9, 2017 - How Housing Matters

Atlanta BeltLine

The Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge Awards $90 Million

Six regions have been selected for funding as part of the Strong, Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge, or SPARCC. A local news outlet reports on the potential benefits of the program for Atlanta.

February 15, 2017 - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Memphis Wants To Shrink

After decades of sprawl, Memphis begins to reconsider its growth pattern and chart a new course towards fiscal sustainability.

February 13, 2017 - Modern Cities

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Memphis Bus Riders Union Scoring Victories

Streetsblog USA has been keeping close tabs on the bus system in Memphis, recently noticing signs of progress from the local transit agency, MATA.

September 24, 2016 - Streetsblog USA

Empty Park

Rebuilding Civic Spaces: Going Small To Get Big Results

A $40 million investment is being split between four cities—Memphis, Chicago, Akron, and Detroit—with the hopes of making big impacts for the community by revitalizing and/or repurposing exiting civic spaces.

September 15, 2016 - CityLab


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July 1, 2016 - Planetizen

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