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Category: Parks and Greening

Lessons For Riverside Drive From Overton Park and Shelby Farms Park

Thumbnail: Memphis gained national attention with its landmark protections of public space from highways splitting parks and damaging visitors’ experiences.  The lessons from blocking the highway through Overton Park and one through Shelby Farms Park are reminders of why Riverside Drive today is a detriment to Tom Lee Park.

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Having A Say About Overton Park’s Exciting Opportunity

Thumbnail: The Overton Park Conservancy continues to map out the future of Memphis’ beloved park and is asking for public input.  Overton Park is at a crossroads and it’s in everyone’s interest to help make it be all that it can be.  About 10 years ago, we had an opportunity to express opinions that led to creation of the Overton Park Conservancy.  Your input can help define the park’s next chapter.

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Metal Museum Recommended For Rust Hall In Overton Park

Thumbnail: The search committee is recommending to city officials that The Metal Museum becomes the next tenant of Rust Hall in Overton Park now that the Memphis College of Art has closed down.  Armed with a promise to create a national museum and a pledge of $12 million from an out-of-town donor, the Metal Museum becomes the perfect occupant for the architecturally significant building. 

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Latest Bill Day Cartoon

The Map, A Cartoon by Award-Winning Bill Day

by Bill Day. Memphian Bill Day is two-time winner of the RFK Journalism Award in Cartooning. His cartoons are syndicated internationally by Cagle Cartoons. Cartoons Archive →

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