Beale Street Landing Underway

by Lynda Ireland

Over 200 Memphians gathered at the river under two large shade trees at the groundbreaking ceremony, highlighted by Reverend Benjamin Hooks’ blessing and Middle Baptist Church gospel choir’s lively rendition of “O Happy Day.” Mayor Willie W. Herenton mentioned a visit years ago by Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson who pointed out that Memphis has something Atlanta is missing: the Memphis riverfront.
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Maurice Cox at Center City Commission

As Maurice Cox, NEA Director of Design, told the audience at yesterday's Center City Commission luncheon, "the goal is beautiful, livable, and integrated cities." The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) stands for excellence in art, one of which is urban design, and supports the growth and availability of art to all Americans.

He told the audience that "the collective dignity of Memphis begins at the river" and encouraged Memphians to "preserve the riverfront as a public living room of Memphis at all costs." Here are some highlights from his talk and suggestions for Memphis along with audio recordings.
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Fireworks on the 4th in Tom Lee Park

The Red White and Blues Star Spangled Celebration, sponsored by FM 100 and the Beale Street Merchants Association, will bring fireworks, music, and family activities to Tom Lee Park on the 4th of July. Click here to learn more.

2 events, 2 great speakers - July 8 & 10

Sustainable Shelby -- On July 8, at 2:30 pm, at the Botanic Garden, Mayor Wharton will role out the top ten sustainable goals for Shelby County – it’s the culmination of months of work by County staff and citizens to set priorities and map out a plan for future smart growth. Doug Farr, author of Sustainable Urbanism, the guidebook for this process, will be the guest speaker. Free.

Center City Commission Annual Luncheon -- On July 10 at 11:30 am in The Peabody Hotel's Grand Ballroom, the Center City Commission will host its Annual Luncheon. Keynote speaker, Maurice Cox, Director of Design with the National Endowment for the Arts, will share his experiences and take a look at trends in Memphis and downtowns across the nation. $55. To register online, click here.

Here’s some additional information about these two outstanding speakers.
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