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Planning Matters: “Economic Uncovery” in Cincinnati – A Neighborhood Playbook and “Investing in Place by Investing in People: A New and Better Way”

January 23, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Benjamin L. Hooks Library
3030 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, TN 38111 United States
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Karen Foster
(901) 231-5058


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MEMPHIS, TN – Revitalizing a neighborhood in a sustainable, equitable, fun way is a significant challenge, particularly for grassroots groups and community activists. Wouldn’t it be great if there was just a playbook that showed how it could be done?

Good news – there is.

The Neighborhood Playbook is a field guide for community members and developers that facilitates the activation of spaces with the goal of influencing physical and economic growth in neighborhoods. The brainchild of longtime community developers and planners, the Playbook seeks to help people create more neighborhood amenities where people want to spend time, interact socially, create memorable experiences, and connect with the built and natural environment. Together, developers and everyone else will be able to increase the value of their neighborhoods by making them healthier, more fun places to live.

The Neighborhood Playbook was created by Kevin Wright and Joe Nickol. Kevin has been Executive Director of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation (WHRF) since 2011. He has led teams in the creation and implementation of dozens of projects ranging from small creative placemaking activities to multi-million dollar real estate deals. Joe leads urban design and development strategy efforts as a Senior Associate for Columbus-based MKSK. His focus is on the regeneration of our towns, cities, and neighborhoods and using the lessons of those places to inform the design of new districts and towns that are inherently highly adaptable and resilient.

The Playbook was funded in part by the People’s Liberty, a philanthropic lab that brings together civic-minded talent to address challenges and uncover opportunities to accelerate the positive transformation of Greater Cincinnati.

For the next installment of Planning Matters on January 23, Kevin and Joe will present “Economic Uncovery” and Jake Hodesh from People’s Liberty will present “Investing in Place by Investing in People – A New and Better Way.” Planning Matters is a series of public events sponsored by ULI Memphis and University of Memphis Design Collaborative (UMDC), featuring national planning and development experts from around the country. Planning Matters seeks to both demystify exactly what comprehensive planning is and provide locals with cutting edge ideas and best practices to enhance the Memphis 3.0 plan.

Registration begins at 4:00 and the program will run from 4:30-6:00 pm.

This event is free for ULI Members, $10 for non-members.

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