Friday, April 2, 2010

Flight Path

Posted By on Fri, Apr 2, 2010 at 1:30 AM

A few weeks? months? years? ago, I wrote about the beautification of Plough Blvd. (And I have to say, I was rather proud of my headline. Srsly, it's worth clicking that link just to see the headline.)

I didn't have a pretty drawing then, but I do now.

ploughblvd.jpg

Or you can download it here: ploughblvd.pdf

Jim Covington with the chamber distributed this as part of last Tuesday evening's Pizza with the Planners focusing on the aerotropolis, an economic development concept proposed by UNC professor John Kasarda. In the metro area, for example, one in three jobs are already tied to the airport.

Pizza with the Planners is a regular event hosted by Livable Memphis. The next one is *next* Thursday, April 8th, and focuses on public health and air quality. To register, click here.

"The key to the aerotropolis is time-critical logistics," Covington told a crowd of about 50 people at the Ben Hooks library. Companies who do overnight laptop repair, DVD distribution, and donated cornea storage all fit the bill; they're here b/c they need late-hour shipping.

His key takeaway from the evening is that the aerotropolis is happening. The question is will it grow in an organized, economically efficient, planned way?

The Plough beautification project is a $3 million project designed to make "Memphis' front door" more appealing to visitors.

In the first phase, happening now, roughly 300 trees are being planted along the boulevard. There are also plans for a Nonconnah Greenway near Plough and I-240.

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