The Helmsman reported a few days ago
that the University of Memphis had begun demolition on the Prescott Memorial Baptist Church on Mynders.
So what looked like this for 75 years
now looks like this.
The University and its partners have been in the news a lot lately talking about how they can improve the surrounding areas and make a better, more attractive community.
So what are their plans for the space? The Helmsman says
The University has not decided what will be built where Prescott Memorial Baptist Church once stood.
Maybe a parking lot, maybe an educational building, almost certainly a construction staging area.
Either way, what had been a simple and charming part of their local built environment for 75 years has been destroyed without a plan.
This is not New Urbanism. This is not Sustainable.
This is Same Old Shit Suburbanism. This is Waste.
For 3, 5, 10 years, maybe forever, the community will have to look at an empty space, probably with cars or construction equipment on it.
This is Blight. Same Old Blight
The demolished church above is not part of the Poag & McEwen development on Highland. Prescott (demolished) is here
; the Highland Street Church of Christ (Poag & McEwen's recent purchase) is here
. The latter will be demolished eventually too, but with a plan at the ready
. In fact, the P&M development will infill several lots that once had mansions on them -- themselves speculatively demolished by someone (not P&M) sometime in the last 20 years.
Also, the construction staging is for University of Memphis construction, presumably the dorms being built across Patterson, not the Poag & McEwen development.
Labels: architecture, demolition, development, geo:lat=35.1179, geo:lon=-89.941, geotagged, University of Memphis