Self+Tucker Architects

Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan

Memphis, Tennessee is an important cultural anchor, recognized throughout the world for its rich music, history and cultural heritage. As one of the most visited cities of the South, Memphis flourishes with stories of the past, specifically the African-American ones. The centuries of struggle for basic human rights and acceptance into the community has deeply scarred the generations of African-American Memphians. It is now time to celebrate their achievements and tell their ‘Story’. Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan captures the ‘Story’ by promoting Heritage Tourism as means of cultural and economic revitalization. The proposed redevelopment area includes four major neighborhoods of downtown Memphis: the South CBID, the Downtown Core, the Medical District and the South Memphis. The goal is to revitalize the physically distressed areas of housing and community by rebuilding the infrastructure and linking individual cultural components together in the celebration of the past. Healthy neighborhood practices and sustainable development are key in future development. Memphis Heritage Trail comprehensive planning effort brings together numerous organizations and individuals who want to contribute to transforming Memphis into a rich cultural hub of the South. Our client, the City of Memphis Housing and Community Development (HCD), headed by Director Robert Lipscomb, in this planning effort promote cultural and economic development by encouraging business partnerships, creating opportunities for financing and grants, and advancing education through arts and culture. STA is pleased to take lead in this important master plan and major transformation effort. We encourage the community to step forward and participate in this celebration of our past. For additional information on Memphis Heritage Trail Redevelopment Plan and updates, please click on our News section.