I think "Shell Greensward Ordinance" is a great way to describe this. Our council is set on approving an ordinance with nothing in it, by getting those pesky three readings out of the way before there's anything of substance to contemplate. A reasoning person will probably conclude this strategy is being taken in order to fast track whatever the heck they want once mediation is complete. I think that's outrageous governing, no matter with what they eventually fill the shell.
It's a clever tactic to disparage the greensward and park activists. To denigrate them as privileged & and the cause trivial. It's a smokescreen that shields the real issue of a local govt which has climbed into bed with a private board at the expense of its constituents. I say fight the good fight. Our government is supposed to work for the people. We elect and pay them to combat the issues they are throwing up as a smokescreen to fog the fact that they are selling out a space that has historic significance, is a finite resource and is beloved by the citizens and neighborhood. Keeping our govt in line is a time honored tradition, so bravo you champions of the grass. Stay on their, ahem, butts.
While I think this is a very good step in the right direction, most families that live in town will tell you the problem starts earlier in that there are few good options for Jr High School, particularly for midtown residents. Our elementary schools (Linden, Peabody, Grahmwood etc) are pretty good, but believe me when I say families beign planning their move or the switch to private school as 6th grade approaches, unless they are lucky enough to be in the relatively small and exclusive Snowden school district.
Improve the dearth of high performing Jr High Schools that also practice a strict code of discipline, and you just might change Memphis.
Cleveland Avenue is the western border that divides our thriving midtown neighborhoods and the medical district/UT Med. The city should take steps needed to convert Cleveland into a complete street, with bike paths, more landscaping/tree-scaping, perhaps even a median.
I-240 already provides a quick way to travel N/S. Cleveland should have traffic calming methods implemented to encourage neighborhood-scale retail similar to Hillsboro Village in Nashville (also borders a medical district) that will appeal to the highly educated, vast numbers of residents, students and employees that live and work near this N/S street.
If the street is made more pedestrian friendly, Madison and Cleveland would be a great place to focus future development. Kids could walk and bike to Central High. Seems like an good focus to me.
I thought they approved Tobey Park for this? I am all for either & love the idea of having it at Glenview Park. One problem is that there is no visible entrance or Glenview Park sign north of the RR on Southern or McLean. Many mid-towners don't know the park is there. There's a way turn the decrepit walking entry at Seattle into an 'entrance' fronting the McLean/Lamar intersection though: The city will need to clear a couple of tax parcels (already marked for comm development) at the dead ends of Mclean and Seattle. The city could landscape and install a path from Lamar and Mclean around to the Seattle walking entrance. Add a sign at the southern corner of Lamar and Mclean. That would go a long way in the efforts to advocate for this park in general. It's a great park and nice neighborhood hidden by blight along Lamar. Hope it happens.
By Toby Sells & Bianca Phillips
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