Archive for the ‘Downtown Revitalization’ Category

              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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                  Some things just baffle us. First, there was the decision in 2014 by City of Memphis to close the western two lanes of Riverside Drive to traffic and designate them for bicyclists.  For the cynical among us, there was the suspicion that the change in 2014 […]

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We can’t really say we’re surprised, because on January 29, 2016, we wrote about the hazards posed to downtown walkers by the deplorable state of pavers on some parts of Main Street. Last week, a worker in what has been dubbed downtown’s creative district centered at Union and Main walked out of Aldo’s, tripped over […]

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                  There are a number of cities in the U.S. that are fighting big boxes. Most often, they are about retail boxes, but here, we need to declare war on the proliferation of the large, gray utility boxes that populate our public spaces and degrade our civic […]

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  On Monday, our post was about Archer>Malmo CEO Russ Williams’ idea to create a dense district of creative millennials in the downtown core.  That post led to an interesting conversation that we are posting here today: Jada says: For what it’s worth, I’m a millennial trying to make it in Memphis for 3 years. […]

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Russ Williams, CEO of Archer>Malmo, made a presentation to the Downtown Memphis Commission about 10 days ago that should be a call to arms about the forces that will define in large measure whether Memphis will be economically competitive in the future – downtown vibrancy, a focus on the downtown core, and creative millennials. It […]

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The highest honor of the American Institute of Architects bestows – the AIA Gold Medal – was presented in December to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, who have been partners in life since 1967 and partners in their profession since 1969. Working together at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, they have been the most […]

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              In politics, as in homicide investigations, it’s reasonable to be wary of things that are supposed to be coincidences. That’s why it was strange to some that in the space of a few days and in the wake of Bass Pro Shops indicating an interest in a reimagined […]

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We guess we spoke too soon. We were euphoric about last year’s improvements to Main Street after at least 15 years of dereliction by City of Memphis as shown by broken pavers, amateurish plywood repairs over broken grates, dead plantings, and more. The improvements were made as part of the “Main Street to Main Street […]

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It seems like a good time – in the midst of all the overheated rhetoric and political grandstanding – for all of us in this community to be thankful for our debt to Arab Americans who formed in 1957 the American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities (ALSAC). ALSAC’s only purpose is to act as the exclusive […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | October 16th, 2015 12:45am CDT | 8 Comments

It may be that after more than a decade of hyperbole, downtown Memphis may be poised to deserve it. There are a number of initiatives and projects under way that will fundamentally reshape downtown.  While they are largely bi-coastal – on the south and north ends of downtown – they are significant and major investments […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Economic Development, Trends and Issues | September 16th, 2015 12:46am CDT | Comments Off on Data Points: Jobs Sprawl

                    As policymakers and regional leaders work to grow jobs and connect residents to economic opportunity following the Great Recession, where jobs locate matters. The location of employment within a metro area intersects with a range of policy issues—from transportation to workforce development to regional innovation—that […]

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