Archive for the ‘Planning and Urban Design’ Category

              The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built on data.  Earlier this month, we posted one group of interesting facts taken from the report and followed it with a second.  Here’s the third and final group of […]

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                    The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built is data.  Earlier this month, we posted some of the factoids in the report that we found interesting.  Here is part 2: * Nearly half […]

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                    Note: This graphic is not from City Observatory.   Joe Cortright is President and principal economist of Impresa, a consulting firm specializing in regional economic analysis, innovation and industry clusters. Over the past two decades he has specialized in urban economies developing the City Vitals framework […]

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                After reviewing the 20 riverfront plans issued since 1987, prominent city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck said it best: “The potentially easiest win on the Memphis riverfront is the reconfiguration of Riverside Drive.  While a vast improvement over the interstate highway that was once planned […]

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                  The foundation on which Memphis 3.0, the first comprehensive plan for the city in more than 40 years, is built is data. The following are some data points from the plan that we found interesting: * Memphis’ population is projected to increase 10% by 2040, representing […]

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                      Cities participating in the three-year Reimagining the Civic Commons program funded by the nation’s most prominent national foundations recently met in Memphis. The city is one of the pilot demonstration cities in the program and representatives from the other cities – Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago, and […]

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                In light of continuing concerns about gentrification in connection with Memphis 3.0, we are reposting this commentary from April 24, 2016: Memphis should be so lucky as to have a gentrification problem. If it did, it would indicate that people are moving back into Memphis core neighborhoods […]

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                      For almost half of Memphis’ 200 years, the city has been looking for ways to create a great riverfront.  As legendary city planner Harland Bartholomew suggested in the city’s first comprehensive plan in 1924, there is so much potential for the riverfront to be […]

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                  Memphis is moving inexorably toward its bicentennial next year, and here’s hoping that despite the impulse to brag about new construction and future projects that we can instead focus on people and place. A few months later, Shelby County, not to be outdone, will also commemorate […]

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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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