Archive for the ‘Downtown Revitalization’ Category

                    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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                  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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