Archive for the ‘Downtown Revitalization’ Category

                  There has not been a project in recent history that has produced more momentum in a shorter period of time than the Memphis Medical District Collaborative. For us, it is the fruition of everything that Tommy Pacello, its president, has been moving toward in the past […]

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                        In an exciting development for Memphis, several hundred of its riverfront cobblestones are going on a road trip. They will be the stars of an exhibition that will shine a matchless spotlight on Memphis at the world’s most celebrated exposition of art and […]

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by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization | March 26th, 2018 8:30am CDT | 16 Comments

                        Update: General Sessions Court Judge Lonnie Anderson today sided with the Chicago hotel company and evicted Christopher Reyes and Sarah Fleming from their home of 25 years.  The boycott of all things Madison Hotel that has been simmering seems about to flare into […]

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                      One of the most encouraging changes that has come with the renewed momentum of Memphis has been the emphasis on urban design. This has not always been Memphis’ strong suit. However, beginning with FedExForum and Autozone Park and continuing more recently with Shelby Farms […]

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                    It is said that a city’s monuments reflect its core values, which was a primary reason that Memphis’ Confederate statues had to go.  In the coming 15 months, three statues will powerfully underscore this point by focusing on the values of equal rights, social activism, […]

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                      At a time when downtown’s future hinges on it being more livable, walkable, and bikable, we too often default to our car-centric view of public space. We abandoned the Riverside Drive road diet and bike lane experiment before there was a chance to improve […]

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                            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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