-- One of my favorite Memorial Day posts is this one from Jim Manzi, who tells the story about a small town in New Jersey, a Memorial Day speech, and one of the reasons that strong communities matter.

-- Other Memorial Day reading here. And Slate features BBQ photos.

-- The New York Times reports from Memphis, where economic gains made by black residents are eroding in the prolonged recession.

-- Next American City names the young leaders it is convening to discuss urban affairs.

-- Ryan Avent on congestion pricing.