Archive for the ‘Planning and Urban Design’ Category

by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | March 10th, 2017 12:29am CDT | 11 Comments

                  Memphis has the greatest density of any city in our region, but it only barely leads Bartlett and Germantown. Meanwhile, it lags behind its peer cities in the number of people per square mile. Memphis Region Cities 2,053.3 – Memphis 2,049.2 – Bartlett 1,945.0 – Germantown […]

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              It’s really not a negotiation when one side has a gun pointed at its head. That’s the situation City of Memphis found itself in as it considered if it was willing to shrink the size of the city.  Considering that the state legislature made sure Memphis never had […]

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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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            Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland is part of a growing coalition of mayors calling for more State of Tennessee funding support for public transportation. It is a promising sign that modern public transit may finally get the attention it deserves on Capitol Hill, albeit it is never easy to predict […]

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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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              It’s the time of year when we pause to remember people and groups that we tend to take for granted. The University of Memphis is at the top of our list this year. Apparently, it’s a message that we were not supposed to miss. First, we were reminded […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | October 20th, 2016 12:58am CDT | No Comments

It seems part of our DNA to take a “good enough” attitude when it comes to Memphis and to talk at length in conversations that aren’t about the pivotal – sometimes, uncomfortable – issues that can change the region’s trajectory. That’s why we are excited by the presentation next week by Gabriel Metcalf, the president […]

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In Memphis, geography is too often destiny. Where a person is born largely sets the choices and opportunities for one in four Memphians. There is a distinct geography where a large percentage of the 176,000 Memphians in concentrated poverty live. In 1970, 42 census tracts were in deep poverty, but by 2010, it had grown […]

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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 following is a proposal we received from a concerned Memphian: Payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) is a program which reduces or eliminates property taxes for a period of time as an incentive for investment in a new development or expansion of an existing business within the […]

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                    The Overton Park greensward parking controversy is a potent reminder of the passion that Memphians feel for their “Central Park,” the centerpiece for one of the most enlightened chapters in the city’s history, the one featuring two great parks and Memphis’ parkways. That they were […]

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This is the latest edition of our feature that takes a look back at blog posts 10 years ago, so this month we’re flashing back to April, 2006.  The topics that month includes posts about the study funded by Memphis and Shelby County Governments that urged reform of the PILOT program to make sure companies […]

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                  It doesn’t take a CSI unit to determine that the fingerprints on sprawl’s smoking gun belong to Shelby County Government. However, that doesn’t mean that City of Memphis didn’t put bullets in the gun, and two of them were policy decisions that allowed widespread development outside […]

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The highest honor of the American Institute of Architects bestows – the AIA Gold Medal – was presented in December to Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi, who have been partners in life since 1967 and partners in their profession since 1969. Working together at Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, they have been the most […]

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by (RSS) Neighborhoods, Planning and Urban Design | December 21st, 2015 12:16am CDT | 7 Comments

                      It’s City Hall’s Greek chorus: We’ve got no money and financial times have never been tougher. And yet, in the midst of the mantra, there are approvals for millions of dollars in city funds for profit-making projects and millions more being waived in tax […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | November 2nd, 2015 12:34am CDT | 3 Comments

It’s time for Memphis to get deadly serious about planning and give the Office of Planning and Development the structure, the tools, the staffing, and the money to do it right. That’s why it is encouraging that one of the key subcommittees for Memphis Mayor-elect Jim Strickland’s transition team is focused on planning. We’re not […]

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by (RSS) Planning and Urban Design | August 12th, 2015 3:00pm CDT | 4 Comments

By Gene Pearson, FAICP, Professor Emeritus of City Planning, The University of Memphis Warning: This post may damage some brain cells, but it’s for your own good. The following statement is from AC Wharton’s 2015 campaign web site: “The concept of a City of Memphis Planning Office will be evaluated to ensure that City issues, […]

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                      Hopefully, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will come through with another miracle. That seems to be what it would take in this community to fight the billboard lobby and to remove just one of the billboards that appear like mushrooms on our landscape. We […]

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