World-renowned agency to help Memphians imagine riverfront possibilities

Update: Several of you have asked about group rates. The answer is "Yes". See details below.

Memphians will have a shot at dreaming a dynamic role for our riverfront on Saturday, March 31 - with a little help from the Project for Public Spaces.

PPS is recognized world-wide for its knowledge of what makes good spaces -- public and private, large and small – spaces in which people love to be, spaces that both reflect and energize dynamic cities. Through a unique process called placemaking, PPS encourages and guides participants to imagine multiple uses for public spaces, always with an eye to enlivening and enhancing the space.

The agency’s track record for creating and sustaining community-building public spaces is unbeatable. The locations range from Rockefeller Center and Bryant Park in New York City to Chapel Street in New Haven, Conn. to Campus Martius Park in Detroit to the French Market in New Orleans, to name just a few.

PPS works all over the world to help communities create dynamic public spaces - and now they’re coming to Memphis on March 31 to help the community take a fresh look at the riverfront. It’s an exciting opportunity to work together to create our vision - to come up with some short-term experiments and long term goals for the Memphis riverfront. Everyone will bring something to the table, and it will be exciting to see where we go.

PPS’s visit is being sponsored by the Crawford-Howard Foundation and presented by Rhodes College, University of Memphis Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning, Memphis Heritage, and Friends for Our Riverfront.

Reserve your spot today! The session can accommodate only 300 and space is filling up fast. Bring your imagination, hopes for our city’s future, and come. All information gathered will become part of the recommendations for developing our riverfront being compiled by Friends for our Riverfront.

Saturday, March 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Jack Robinson Gallery (Front St. at Huling)
(Map at the end of this article.)
$20; $10 for students (price includes lunch)

* Click (HERE) to print out a PDF reservation form
Or simply write your Name, Address, Phone number, E-mail address, and Number of attendees on a sheet of paper
* Include your check made payable to Friends for Our Riverfront
* Mail check and information to
P.O. Box 111387
Memphis, TN 38111.
(Deadline – March 21)

Non-profit and government groups of 5 or more, 25% off ($15 per person). Click HERE for the group reservation form [PDF).

For more information, phone Renee Lartigue at 901-496-0736, Memphis Heritage at 901-529-9828, or e-mail

"Placemaking" will be led by Fred Kent, founder of PPS, and Ethan Kent. For biographical information, click on a name.

(Click the graphic to download a printable PDF version [278K].)