Archive for the ‘Parks and Greening’ Category

by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | August 30th, 2017 7:25am CDT | 25 Comments

The following post was submitted by our friend, Aaron Shafer, who was a leader for Memphis first skate park adjacent to Tobey Park:                     By Aaron Shafer The City Memphis is moving forward in redeveloping the Fairgrounds within the next couple of years. If all goes […]

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                  The following is “The state’s long arm stops Memphis again,” from my 9:01 column published in The Commercial Appeal on October 26, 2016, followed by a June 24, 2015, blog post, “Can We Now Send Nathan Bedford Forest Back to the Cemetery. First, the 9:01 column: The State’s […]

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by (RSS) Civil Rights, Parks and Greening | August 14th, 2017 7:30am CDT | 25 Comments

It was not just that President Donald Trump did not defend this country’s most cherish values and the diversity that lies as a central strength.  It was that when he did speak, he said that we should “cherish our history,” and there’s no way to interpret this except as a an intentional message aimed at […]

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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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                Some of us are children of the Sixties so our impulse when it comes to Confederate statues is to remove Jefferson Davis’ statue in a prominent downtown park – where he is surrounded by various detritus from the Lost Cause movement – and ignore a state law […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | April 28th, 2017 12:40am CDT | 4 Comments

                The Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence has issued the 2017 edition of its City Park Facts, and once again, Memphis brings up the rear in the various rankings and ratings. For context, remember that Memphis has a total of 9,145 acres of parks […]

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                With Alan Crone, chief adviser and confidant of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, now leading the riverfront process that includes upgrading Tom Lee Park, there’s new hope for transforming the park from a moonscape to an attractive, landscaped place that capitalizes on its incredible location on the Mississippi […]

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by (RSS) Parks and Greening | March 6th, 2017 12:32am CDT | 12 Comments

                The Memphis Zoo regularly reminds us of someone involved in domestic abuse. Given opportunities to change behavior, they return without apology to their old patterns of conduct.  They regularly bulldoze (literally in the case of the zoo) over opportunities to repair relationships.  And confronted by someone who […]

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                    This article three days ago in the St. Thomas Source in the U.S. Virgin Islands is the latest reminder of why there is no defensible reason why Memphis should be forced by state government to keep Nathan Bedford Forrest’s grave and statue in a city park. […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | February 17th, 2017 12:36am CDT | 1 Comment

                  One of our favorite park advocates is Peter Harnik, who retired last year as director of the Trust for Public Land’s Center for City Park Excellence.  We can think of no one who is more responsible for the revival of the urban parks movement and is […]

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by (RSS) Leadership, Parks and Greening | February 8th, 2017 12:12am CDT | 3 Comments

                    We were lucky enough to know Art Wolff and consider him a friend.  He dedicated his lifetime to fighting for causes he believed in, and Shelby Farms Park was at the head of that list.  He did it regardless of whose feathers he ruffled or […]

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  In light of the announcement of another planning process for the riverfront, we are reposting this commentary from March, 2013, when Jeff Speck issued recommendations following his review and distillation of 19 previous riverfront reports and plans: Nationally-known planner, architectural designer, author, and New Urbanist co-creator Jeff Speck laid out six simple ideas for […]

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                      We cannot remember an interview process by the City of Memphis like the one Friday for the three teams vying for a contract to implement the zoo parking plan in Overton Park. Six months ago, we wrote: “It could well be that we look […]

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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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We’ve been revisiting the 15 most read blog posts of 2016.  We’ve previously posted #6-10 and #11-15.  Thanks again for your support for the past 13 years. The following are the top 5 blog posts.  It’s worth noting that three of the top five most read blog posts, an indication of the broad-based public interest […]

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In the next three days, we’re looking back to our 153 blog posts from last year to see which one you liked the most, based on readership.  To that end, we’re posting the 15 most read posts counting down from #15 to #1.  Based on the ranking, 2016 can be called the Year of the […]

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                  The following is “The state’s long arm stops Memphis again,” from my 9:01 column published in The Commercial Appeal on October 26, 2016, followed by a June 24, 2015, blog post, “Can We Now Send Nathan Bedford Forest Back to the Cemetery. The State’s Long Arm: Sometimes, […]

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                    About 12 years ago when we began this blog, we lamented the fact that Memphis was not involved in national conversations or on the radar for philanthropic funding decisions to tackle urban issues. Memphis’ location may have been good for logistics but camped out in […]

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