But whether America's cargo capital can support a real urban center remains to be seen.
Using "lean" concepts, urban mobility can evolve as rapidly as iPhone apps.
Are they primarily about economic development or getting people around a city?
Tennessee's new Achievement District gives control of some public schools over to charter networks, with mixed results.
Many of the highest percentages of gay couples raising children are found in states that ban gay marriage.
Public transportation ridership is up across the U.S., but the opposite is true in many cities that voted down funding measures last year.
Many white Southerns have cherished the memory of Nathan Bedford Forrest -- a Confederate general and founding Klansman. But a new controversy reveals how much Civil War remembrance has changed.
More and more city planners are seeing bike lanes as "a rational part of the mobility picture."
We've got a couple of theories.
A look at which major U.S. cities have the most fatal car crashes per capita.
The percentage of accidents involving alcohol varies widely by city.
Freakonomics revives a tried, and tired, debate.
Unions may be dying off in the workplace. But could they make a difference on the bus?
The worst culprits aren't necessarily the ones you'd expect.
A look at some of America's most (and least) successful designs.
A sampling of some of the most vibrant, colorful signs.
Lots of cities have tried to build thriving arts and entertainment districts, but few have anything like Beale Street. As he gets ready to retire, the developer who made it happen looks back.
In an era of fewer resources, police could solve more crimes faster if they could leverage the Big Data long buried within their own departments.
The city went broke in the 1870s. A look at how the Memphis of today compares with this low point