Archive for the ‘Downtown Revitalization’ Category

                            Walker Percy said that the problem with culture is that we must wrest meaning from experiences that come to us prepackaged and disconnected from our own assumptions and expectations. Consumers today are being pulled in a multitude of directions by entertainment […]

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                                    Two years ago, when most attention was focused on the Nathan Bedford Forrest statue in a prominent city park in the center of the University of Tennessee Health Sciences campus, we raised an issue about all the […]

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                Years ago, after listening to the latest idea for revitalizing downtown, former Beale Street developer John Elkington facetiously said Memphis is always chasing the latest trend, but “usually, it’s 10 years after everyone else.” Back then, his comment was met with knowing laughter, but maybe, just maybe, […]

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                            Since 2005, when we began this blog, we have written just shy of 3,500 posts; 200 of them have included the riverfront. That’s why it should be no surprise that we are excited by the Studio Gang concepts unveiled last week […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 21st, 2017 5:51am CDT | 7 Comments

            Here are a few more comments from readers regarding downtown and the future of Downtown Memphis Commission 38103 says: It really does seem at this point it is a waiting game to see what happens with the downtown skyline. While much attention has gone to how frustrating it is to […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 20th, 2017 6:04am CDT | 8 Comments

            The following is the conversation by our very smart readers and sparked by our recent post, City Council Members Take Aim At DMC and RDC: Anonymous says: The truth is that downtown Memphis looks pretty much the same as it did in 1977. The skyline has hardly changed except […]

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                It seems a good time to remember what downtown looked like in 1977 when it was decided to create a downtown development agency.  It was in truth a desperation move.The Peabody Hotel was boarded up, the Memphis Chamber of Commerce closed its office and its “Believe in […]

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                    Back in 1976 when Shelby County Government was restructured, it got more than a mayor. It also got a culture of competition and rivalry between the newly modernized county government and its City of Memphis counterpart across Main Street. Memphis had voted in 1963 to […]

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                    The best thing going for Beale Street may also be its biggest obstacle – public ownership. It was key to protecting its historic character and single ownership theoretically makes it easier to manage development opportunities and to hire a management firm that can standardize policies […]

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                    Most people think of Memphis as beginning at the Mississippi River where the cobblestones are located and the first stirrings of a downtown taking place somewhere along Main Street between Jefferson Avenue and Beale Street. It’s sort of like those romantic images of Andrew Jackson, […]

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                When The Commercial Appeal can write an article riddled with mistakes about the Tourism Development Zone like it did last week, it seems a good time to separate fact from fiction. Formally called Convention and Tourism Development Financing Act of 1998 (Tennessee Code Annotated 7-88-101), the concept […]

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              We wrote 153 blog posts in 2016, and we always look back to see which subjects you had the most interest in.  Clearly, last year, that was parks, particularly the campaign to protect the greensward at Overton Park. The following are the 15 most-read blog posts of the […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Uncategorized | October 28th, 2016 12:58am CDT | 7 Comments

Harahan Bridge – considered the centerpiece for the Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project – opened to rave reviews last weekend, but we have always been as excited over the fact that the project would fix the deplorable conditions of Main Street. Unfortunately, almost as soon as those improvements were completed, the trolleys […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Downtown Revitalization | September 19th, 2016 12:20am CDT | 1 Comment

                        It was 1986 and the betting on a proposed civil rights museum in Memphis was that it would never be built. It was caught in the snare of racial politics in Memphis, and if it were not for Ned McWherter, the son of […]

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              Published as the City Journal column in July’s Memphis magazine: Years ago, after listening to the latest idea for revitalizing downtown, former Beale Street developer John Elkington facetiously said Memphis is always chasing the latest trend, but “usually, it’s 10 years after everyone else.” Back then, his comment […]

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                Memphis Art Park has posted designs from its latest master plan online, and once again, it’s plowing the way for smarter thinking about a higher and better use of prominent downtown real estate. We’ve made no secret of our support for this plan since it was first […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Livability | July 29th, 2016 12:31am CDT | 5 Comments

                The following is a post from July 16, 2006, about how to measure success in Memphis.  This is the latest in our regular feature flashing back to blog posts from 10 years ago: For too long, we’ve had the tendency here to measure success by comparing Memphis […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | July 20th, 2016 12:26am CDT | 2 Comments

                    Maybe, with a little luck, the Downtown Memphis Commission – through its affiliate organization, the Center City Revenue Finance Corporation – is ushering in a new era for PILOTs in Memphis and Shelby County. We can only hope. Long ago, tax freezes here moved from […]

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