The RDC, which is asking the City for a new 5-year contract and more money to manage the riverfront, is considering putting in a kitchen and running a restaurant itself.
Click HERE for the "Commercial Appeal article.
Saddled with new expenses and a decline in funding sources, officials say the Riverfront Development Corp. faces six-figure budget deficits for years to come… - Commercial Appeal
The waterfront community was saddened to learn of the death of legendary folksinger, Pete Seeger -- a great proponent of clean water, maritime and environmental education, and -- waterfronts. Pete was remarkable in so many ways, not the least of which, he actually answered your letters - himself! When we decided we wanted to give an award for citizen efforts, we wrote to see if he would let us name the award in his honor. He modestly replied, "no" but that we could call it the Clearwater Award to recognize the importance of grassroots, volunteer efforts by individuals and organizations to better the urban waterfront environment in their communities and protect natural resources, especially water. Through the Clearwater Award, the Center will continue to honor the work of Pete Seeger and his colleagues.
|site of former Thermal Transfer Plant, Nashville|
|Photo by Alan Spearman|
When Chad Pregracke was selected CNN 2013 Hero of the Year, it was a win for all who support conservation and stewardship of America's rivers.
The GreenPrint Plan is about Memphis and our region becoming smarter -- gathering data; mapping; discussing and analyzing challenges; and planning for a sustainable future.
To knit the unique assets and experiences of the Memphis riverfront into a seamless and welcoming public landscape, planning for environmental conservation, sustainable infrastructure and long-term stewardship.
First make the river more natural, including restoration of streams and improvement of storm water quality. Second, make the riverside more urban, including a balance of river recreation opportunities and maintenance of the working waterfront. Third, make the river more connected to citywide networks via trails, parkways and river boulevards.
There's been a breakdown in enforcing design and sign guidelines in Memphis, from Highland, through Midtown, down to the riverfront. Classified as the most restrictive zone downtown and the area the public felt should be most natural, the riverfront may be seeing the worst of it.
|Chickasaw Bluff Conservancy|
Anne Whalen Shafer has played a major, substantive role in the life of our city, and Friends for Our Riverfront is particularly appreciative of her advocacy and commitment to ensuring public access to our waterfront and the creation of the Bluffwalk.
We've picked 1 day - Saturday, Sept. 21 - to show you some of the great things you can do downtown this time of year. Start the day off with a cup of organic coffee and a fresh muffin at 7 am and find yourself dancing at midnight, all within a block or so of the River.
|"A beautiful city, nobly situated on a commanding bluff overlooking the River." - Mark Twain|
- Planning for conservation is as essential as planning for development, in fact, it can alleviate some of the stresses when planning for future development.
- Place-making is important. People come back and spend their money in places that attract their affection, and the natural approach can be the cost effective approach.
- You can place a value on a scenic view.
- Charleston, S.C. Mayor Riley: "We should give the best of the city to everyone." Creating valuable public spaces can improve overall property values and add to your city's sense of place.
- Tourism is all about being unique. Memphis needs to keep what makes it unique and that includes its old buildings and conservation areas.
- For a city to survive you need a healthy downtown, and you need historic preservation.