Posts Tagged ‘Memphis Art Park’

by (RSS) Downtown Revitalization, Uncategorized | September 12th, 2011 12:21am CDT | 3 Comments

Vibrancy: Pulsing or throbbing with energy or activity, such as the vibrancy in the streets of a big city. There’s little question that urbanists today are obsessed with vibrancy. With good reason. More and more, it is vibrancy that is the ultimate indicator that a neighborhood or a city is working.  It is the ultimate […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | October 20th, 2010 4:57pm CDT | 8 Comments

In searching for the keys to the phenomenon of rapid human evolution and progress, intellectuals have seized upon the idea of collective intelligence: the notion that what determines the rate of innovation, economic progress, and cultural enrichment of a population is the amount of interaction between individuals.1 In other words, it’s not individual intelligence that […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | May 21st, 2010 12:24am CDT | Comments Off on The Art of Downtown Vibrancy

Memphis Art Park – one of our favorite projects proposed for the riverfront – has a new website. It features an updated business plan that reflects refinement of the park’s vision and plans, and if you were impressed before, the project now seems to us to be absolutely essential.  We were pleased that Memphis Mayor […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | February 22nd, 2010 12:01am CDT | 3 Comments

Where’s Judy when we need her? She was granddaughter to one of Charles Dickens’s most memorable villains, Smallweed in Bleak House. Her grandfather couldn’t walk and was carried in a chair from place to place, and regularly, to get better positioned, he would shout: “Shake me up, Judy.” We need her here.  No place needs […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | November 12th, 2009 8:38pm CDT | 5 Comments

Often, it seems Memphis took Groucho Marx’s self-deprecating attitude and overlaid it on the entire city. Paraphrasing the comedian, Memphians don’t want to belong to any city that will accept them as members. It’s a lack of self-worth that plays out in local politics where big projects pass for vision and where cheap projects win […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | September 21st, 2009 12:40am CDT | 10 Comments

My morning commute delivers me many days to downtown Memphis from the Riverside Drive exit of I-40. It’s the antithesis of the experience that greets me two miles away south when I enter downtown from the other end of Riverside Drive off I-55. There, the spectacular view of the river and downtown unfailingly lifts my […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | April 3rd, 2009 12:53pm CDT | Comments Off on Memphis Art Park Speaks To Hope And Possibilities

Memphis Art Park has a new website, and we hope you’ll visit it. This impressive, important project is continuing to take shape and needs our support. As you know from our earlier posts, we consider it one of the exciting ideas bubbling up from our creatives for ways to move Memphis ahead and create momentum […]

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by (RSS) Uncategorized | January 15th, 2009 11:00pm CDT | Comments Off on John Kirkscey: A Wish For Memphis In 2009

John Kirkscey is the creative force behind Memphis Art Park: I wish that Memphis would take greater pride in its historic role in greatly influencing the uniqueness and trajectory of the American culture. Such pride would lead to a high level of confidence that this city sorely lacks. We still have the capacity to inspire […]

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