Archive for the ‘Planning and Urban Design’ Category

DeSoto County’s last segment of I-269 opens in nine days and the predictions are now fulfilled:  it is a more than $1 billion gift for sprawl and developers that does nothing so much for Memphis except hardening economic segregation. Although Memphis Mayor Willie W. Herenton and Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout opposed the outer loop, […]

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by (RSS) Livability, Planning and Urban Design | October 12th, 2018 10:40am CDT | 3 Comments

This is the text of a speech delivered in Detroit to the Congress for New Urbanism conference by Carol Coletta, a senior fellow at the Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Practice.  It is reprinted from City Observatory. Could there be a more apt place to observe “The Transforming City” than Detroit? On behalf of Rip Rapson […]

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                    Maurice Cox is arguably the most-respected planner in the U.S., and in his Monday presentation in Memphis, he proved why. It had been 10 years since he was last in Memphis – speaking to the Center City Commission annual meeting on July 9, 2008 – […]

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                        After decades of politicians and development officials engaging in hyperbole in their claims that downtown was in the midst of renaissance, it is on the verge of deserving that description. That’s because if all goes well, in the next four years, we will […]

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                                    There’s a lot of interest in the new digital media outlet being put together here – likely to be called dailymemphian.com and with photographer Jim Weber and reporter Clay Bailey now joining Geoff Calkins, Jennifer Biggs, and […]

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                        The latest prestigious architectural award for Crosstown Concourse was a powerful statement that the age of derivative architecture in Memphis is over. At least that’s our optimistic reading of it. For us, it began with AutoZone Park and FedExForum, ending an era when […]

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                In our last blog post, Transforming The Medical District Into A “Real” Place and Lifestyle, we chronicled the momentum under way in transforming an area known largely for hundreds of acres of parking lots into a livable, active neighborhood.  To achieve this, the Memphis Medical District Collaborative’s […]

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                  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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                  There are suspicions that games may be afoot at Memphis City Council to thwart the obvious logic and fairness of approving the Cooper-Young neighborhood as a “historic overlay district.” At its meeting this week, the Council voted 7-3 – a bare majority – to approve the […]

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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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                      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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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 20th, 2017 7:00am CDT | 7 Comments

Three years ago, students of color at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design convened a conference to discuss how social justice issues could become centerpieces in city planning and design. Today, it is a movement.   Memphis needs to be part of it. It gained momentum last October with the second Black in Design conference at […]

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                    We can identify with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Greater Memphis Chamber when it comes to Amazon’s $5 billion competition.  It’s the same way we felt when the Powerball got over $600 million – faced with the equivalent of getting hit by lightning, we […]

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                    If only Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland had been in office 35 years ago. Perhaps, he would not have signed the agreement that supercharged the sprawl that took Shelby County Government to the verge of bankruptcy and in the end dealt a blow to City of […]

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                    This commentary was published August 18 by The Commercial Appeal: For two decades, the remarkable rebirth of Crosstown Concourse seemed about as plausible as reviving the lifeless Sterick Building. Now risen from the dead, the former Sears, Roebuck and Company catalog distribution center and retail store is generating […]

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                    There is a lot of talk these days that we need a culture of planning, and that is true. Even more, we need a culture of following through. The truth is that for decades, planners have been producing shelf after shelf of reports and solid […]

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                    It is not possible to think of a place in Memphis that more deserves a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district than Binghamton. In fact, it’s been 11 years in the making.  That’s how long ago it was that a charrette – the Broad Avenue Planning […]

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