Public Spaces and Local Democracy

COMMENTARY | The ongoing political battle over Civil War monuments—and the public spaces they reside in—reflects a disconnect over civic expression and our public spaces.

Memphis's Novel Strategy for Tearing Down Confederate Statues

In a surprise move Wednesday evening, the city sold two parks to a nonprofit corporation that promptly tore down monuments to Nathan Bedford Forrest and Jefferson Davis.

Too Many People Are Calling 911. Here's a Better Way.

Memphis is working on an alternative for the expensive “you-call, we-haul” approach.

A New Kind of Park Along Memphis’ Waterfront

RiverPlay highlights the city’s effort to connect its civic assets to promote integration.

Memphis Is Doing Greenspace Right Again

Shelby Farms Park and the Shelby Farms Greenline demonstrate a civic interest in landscape design not seen in years.

Mississippi River Winter Floods to Test Government Response, Army Corps Defenses

Levees are being checked for sand boils as water levels rise. And in Louisiana, there’s no word yet whether the Bonnet Carré and Morganza spillways will be opened.

Another City Turns to Mow-to-Own Program

Plagued by vacant land maintenance costs, municipalities can reduce blight while putting property back on the tax rolls.

Detroit, Memphis Win Big in Smarter Cities Challenge

Both municipalities will receive access to Twitter analytics and maybe an expert analyst.