Archive for the ‘Planning and Urban Design’ Category

                                    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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            Memphis and Liverpool continue their connections this summer with a “songwriters exchange” called From Memphis to the Mersey.  Two people from each city will be selected to engage in an intensive experience in the historic music cities. Memphis’ connections to Liverpool began several years ago with an outreach by […]

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                  The following is the closing post in our two-parter about the work by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin that led to the launch of the Memphis comprehensive plan, Memphis 3.0.   You can read the first post here. Ms. Griffin was hired to write a report […]

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                      Four years ago, the groundwork for a comprehensive plan for Memphis was laid by nationally known urban planner Toni Griffin. It’s the back story of Memphis 3.0. Impressed by the massive plan unveiled for Detroit, she was asked to share the lessons of her […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | May 25th, 2017 11:43am CDT | 7 Comments

                I first met Gene Pearson and Tim Bolding about 35 years ago. I met Gene through his wife (at the time, his significant other), Louise Mercuro, and together, they made a formidable team of smart, passionate planners and urban thinkers.  He was a regular commenter on this […]

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