Tag Archives: Downtown Memphis

Let’s have more murals in Memphis

Today’s Commercial Appeal describes the “South Main Design Challenge,” a design competition to address blighted properties in Downtown Memphis.  I offer high praise to Paul Morris and the Downtown Memphis Commission for encouraging such projects.  I have a couple of  concepts that could brighten up some of those bare and ugly brick walls  Downtown:

Here is a great new mural on the side of Bari’s building celebrating Overton Square –

Overton Square Mural

And this is a billboard of sorts, advertising Midtown businesses with an artsy touch. Too bad it hasn’t been updated in years, but is still cool looking as well as having a hip Midtown feel.  Would you buy an ad on this wall?

Cooper-Peabody Wall

The I Love Memphis Mural Project has been popular,as well as being a good PR tool for the city.  Urban murals are popping up all over the world, and Memphis could use some more.


A year later and still no progress on 118 Madison collapse

On March 25, 2011, the roof of the neglected building at 118 Madison, in the heart of Downtown Memphis, collapsed, causing the Fire Department to close Madison due to structural issues with the Building.  After 4 months, not much progress had been made and I posted In a Real City on 7/5/2011, picking up on a quote from Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris.  Here’s the way the building looked then, 4 months after the collapse.

madison closing 8-10-11

Progress on 118 Madison 8/10/11 - 4 months after collapse (8/11/2011)

When I posted again about the building in August, 2011 – In a real city – revisited –  still no progress had been made on repairing or demolishing the building.  Not wanting to turn this into the Downtown Neglect Blog, I observed but didn’t post about the building again.

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