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Downtown's families at home in urban life

Downtown may be an unconventional choice for life with children, but these families are attracted to the home-without-boundaries that is Memphis' urban core. 

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Socially minded entrepreneurs help students excel

Memphis has been noted for its above-average charity; we are a city willing to give. That generosity is bleeding over into local start-ups, where entrepreneurs increasingly want to make money and do good at the same time.  


Building a village: The growing trend of mixed-use developments

With an eye on flexibility and livability, Memphis real estate professionals continue to turn toward mixed-use developments. Successful local projects are proving the city's mindset on mixed use is shifting, and more could be on the way.

“A car will trap you,” says Henry Turley. “It will trap you alone. And this whole experiment, which we call New Urbanism, has been about learning how to live without cars: how to let them serve us and not dominate.”

The long view: A look back at Harbor Town's first 25 years

As recently as 1988, Harbor Town was a scrubby sandbar in the Mississippi River. Today, it’s a thriving community of over 3,000 people, a haven for cyclists and pedestrians, and a test tube for city planners. What can Memphis learn from this neo-traditional neighborhood in the shadow of downtown?  
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