Monday, April 29, 2019

Midtown Projects: New Overton Park Sidewalks; New Evergreen Mural

Posted By on Mon, Apr 29, 2019 at 2:35 PM

A rendering shows the west end of the sidewalk. - AMANDA GILLVERY
  • Amanda Gillvery
  • A rendering shows the west end of the sidewalk.

If you're driving around Midtown, be on the lookout for these two projects to get underway soon.

Overton Park Sidewalk


Construction was set to being Monday on a new sidewalk for Overton Park. It’ll run on the north side of Poplar from Kenilworth to Veterans Plaza, according to the Bike/Ped Memphis blog.

click to enlarge The black line shows where the new sidewalk will go. - GOOGLE MAPS
  • Google Maps
  • The black line shows where the new sidewalk will go.

The overall project will also include ”a curb extension at the northeast corner of Kenilworth and Poplar, reconstruction of the median island on the north side of the same intersection, and crosswalk enhancements.”

“The goal of the project is to improve safe pedestrian access to Overton Park and the existing bus stops on this segment of Poplar, which are currently inaccessible by people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices,” reads the post by Nicholas Oyler, Bikeway & Pedestrian program manager for the city of Memphis.
The lack of an accessible path poses a hazard to people with limited mobility or child strollers, according to Oyler. - AMANDA GILLVERY
  • Amanda Gillvery
  • The lack of an accessible path poses a hazard to people with limited mobility or child strollers, according to Oyler.

A later phase of the project will extend the new sidewalk east of Veterans Plaza to a future entrance plaza at Cooper, according to Oyler. The extension and plaza are currently under design, and should begin construction in the next two years.

As the sidewalk is built, the westbound, outside lane of Poplar will be closed from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. on weekdays. Construction is expected to last about 45 days.

A rendering shows the east end of the new sidewalk. - AMANDA GILLVERY
  • Amanda Gillvery
  • A rendering shows the east end of the new sidewalk.

Evergreen Mural

click to enlarge A rendering shows what the mural might look like on the building. - MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ARTS
  • Memphis College of Arts
  • A rendering shows what the mural might look like on the building.

A new mural may soon grace the west-facing wall of Evergreen Presbyterian Church, one that its designers say highlights “the pedestrian-friendly culture of the Evergreen Historic District.”

That mural is now up for approval by the Memphis Landmarks Commission. A final vote on the mural is set for the commission’s meeting on Thursday, May 23rd.

The mural was conceived by the Memphis College of Arts (MCA) office of Community Outreach and Student Affairs. Student artists Chongjin Won and Anna Bearman. Their design was informed by comments from Evergreen neighbors gathered at three listening sessions in January and February.

Here’s what the artists said about the design in their application to the Landmarks Commission:

“Our goal for the mural is to highlight the pedestrian friendly culture of the Evergreen Historic District. Evergreen is defined by its cohesive architecture, rich history, and sense of community. We find these features to be the defining characteristics of the neighborhood.”

“On any given evening, too will find the residents running, biking, walking or strolling through the neighborhood. As the evening winds down, you will find neighbors on their front porches chatting with one another with the gentle sound of the rustling leaves and cars passing in the distance.
click to enlarge An artist's rendering of the mural. - MEMPHIS COLLEGE OF ARTS
  • Memphis College of Arts
  • An artist's rendering of the mural.
”The design incorporated all of these elements into a mural that truly represents Evergreen Historic District. Set at the golden hour of dusk, our mural depicts the neighborhood teeming with activity: children playing, dogs being walked, parents strolling with their infants, and neighbors biking.”

Read the full application here:

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