Archive for the ‘Parks and Greening’ Category

                    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 CST | No Comments

                  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 CST | 2 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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by (RSS) Livability, Parks and Greening | November 15th, 2016 12:18am CST | No Comments

Almost a century ago, Shelby County Government started buying up land “out in the country” for the working prison farm envisioned by Memphis political boss, E.H. Crump. That began a journey in 1918 that against all odds culminated in the opening of Shelby Farms Park. Ultimately, Boss Crump’s idea became a self-contained, self-sufficient prison, nationally […]

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                It was a night in early February in 2007 when our community’s pent-up energy behind a “green agenda” burst into the open. Inspired by the impact that was foreseen for Shelby Farms Park, organizers created a meeting to imagine even more boldly about how a network of […]

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                  The lingering controversy about Memphis Zoo parking on the greensward seems finally to have run its course.  Barring a last minute glitch in fine tuning a few details of the accord approved unanimously by Memphis City Council, the two and a half years’ dispute has been […]

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It could well be that we look back to today’s decision regarding zoo parking on Overton Park’s greensward as the seminal moment when we came face-to-face with the brand of leadership that Jim Strickland brought to the mayor’s office. All in all, his decision was a gutsy political call and flew in the face of […]

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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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With the movement by City of Memphis to move Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park to the cemetery brings to mind the Confederate detritus populating downtown’s Memphis Park.  It’s time to clear that park with the random remnants of Confederate pride.  If we indeed keep Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America […]

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It’s good news that the City of Memphis is in the process of seeking a waiver from the Tennessee Historical Commission that could lead to the relocation of the grave and statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest from a city park to a cemetery. We are hopeful that the Historical Commission is listening to […]

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                Today, we reprise a blog interview about Overton Park from February 18, 2016, with Peter Harnik: If you are looking to talk to the smartest person about city parks in the U.S., that person is Peter Harnik. He is director of The Trust for Public Land’s Center […]

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