Tuesday, January 08, 2008

What's To Like About the Crosstown Development?

  1. Multi-Use with residential: "'the design intent is to provide a pedestrian friendly center that permits apartments/condominiums and office above retail shops and on mass transit lines.'" Seeding the market and place with residents and a 24 hour life will increase the chances for real success.

  2. An Urban design: "parking on top of retail or office buildings and buildings that are built very close to the street. The plan also features parking buildings and on-street parking, which minimizes the need to build large surface parking lots, the bane of urban planners everywhere." And bloggers here.

  3. An Attack on Real Blight: Tax Increment Financing finds a worthy target.

  4. A Crossroads Location: In between Evergreen to the North and East, Central Gardens to the South and the diverse Medical Center neighborhoods to the west.

  5. The Possibility: a chance to visually, physically, socially connect a long fractured part of the city.
As laid out in the Memphis Daily News and the Commercial Appeal.

Update: in this Goner thread, the site is called the Washington Bottoms. Also in that thread, elle says " i hate the term "lifestyle center". it makes me wanna throw up in my mouth a little." I concur, then throw up. "Lifestyle center" sounds like a re-branded nursing home.

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Blogger Save This MG said...

When are we likely to see real movement on this and not just talk?

6:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Target stores don't have to be ugly boxes..if we demand a non-box..check out this link

11:33 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Physical and visual movement, I don't think the articles say.

But they appear to be a well-heeled firm, they own the land and they've started the land-use process with the Office of Planning and Development. There are drawings, but they haven't been published.

Compared to the fairgrounds, this thing is a rocket.

anonymous, it makes sense for a store that prides itself on value and design to build like that. In fact, Target's store on Winchester is kind of nice -- sleek modernism. It's that dagblasted surrounding sea of surface parking (built atop the grave of a clear-cut forest) that bothers me. If they or any other major retailer use urban/Midtown offsets with little exposed parking, and don't destroy greater buildings in the process, the design can be almost anything and I'll be happy (I think).

12:08 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

Hey Gates: Off the subject.

What's your thoughts on the Erickson proposal for the pyramid and Mud Island. I'll refrain for now but I would be curious to hear what you have to say.

8:47 AM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

Aaron, I'm writing something about the Pyramid plan. Hopefully have it up tomorrow or Friday.

11:49 PM  
Blogger jccvi said...

The Daily News had this tease of a rendering on its cover today.
http://tinyurl.com/35pekw. Other than the scary ghost people it looks good.

8:55 AM  

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