Monthly Archives: April 2014

National spotlight: What smart cities can learn from Memphis

by Richard J. Alley The story of sprawl in Memphis begins as early as the 1950s and with one of the first suburban shopping centers in the country, Poplar Plaza, built at the edge of the city’s eastern limit. The sprawl continued in earnest throughout the ‘70s, cutting into the surrounding county with the deliberateness and tenacity of a Mississippi River current as developers gobbled up land further and further east. An interstate loop was built around the city, then another. It’s a familiar story. Yet while Memphis hasn’t actively worked to … Read More

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