by Thomas Bailey Jr.
Memphis’ medical district is a bustling expanse of hospitals, research centers and colleges employing 17,000 workers.
Located around and even inside 14,000-acre district, however, are blocks of struggling commercial neighborhoods.
Now, a project is taking shape to look for ways the neighborhoods can ride the coattails’ of the medical center’s success.
A half-dozen urban planners from across the nation Wednesday toured in and around the Memphis medical center.
“Is it still an arena?” Llana Preuss, vice president of Smart Growth America, asked as the tour bus drove by The Pyramid. Told the building will become a Bass Pro Shop, she asked, “Will it have rock climbing inside?”