Waterfront Clean-Up

Bundle up, head to the boat ramp on Mud Island River Park, and climb a board a john boat to help clean-up Memphis’s waterfront.

Dec. 5, 8 am – noon.
Ages 10+ invited to join. Lunch will be provided, so please phone Matt McLeane at 634-3234 to volunteer.

Sponsors: Cargill Inc. and Living Lands and Waters with support from Coca-Cola of W. Memphis.

Online Job Site Recommends 10 Greenest Cities

One of Memphis’s goals is to Make Memphis a “Place of Choice” for knowledge workers.
Last week, the web job site, employmentspot.com, listed America’s 10 greenest cities and recommended job searchers, “take a look at these bright spots.” Let’s add Memphis to that list. What happens on the Memphis riverfront can make a difference.

Click read more below for the list and employment.com’s comments.
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Reality Hits Dubai's Waterfront

Debt on real estate projects is hitting governments worldwide, even in oil-rich Dubai, where, for a while, little thought was given to cost and extreme became the norm.

Nakheel, the developer of Dubai's signature palm-shaped islands, was scheduled to make payment on its $3.52 billion of Islamic bonds in a few weeks.

But reality has hit, the project stopped, and restructuring the country's debt may be the only way out. Click to read the NY Times article Dubai Fund Asks for Stay on Debt Payments

Questions about Memphis lore - Ask Vance

If you aren't a regular at Ask Vance - "the blog of Vance Lauderdale, Memphis Magazine's history and trivia know-it-all" - and you're interested in Memphis lore, you're missing a treat. Check it out, click HERE.


On Nov. 23, as Vance might say: "browsing through some old family photographs," he came across this one of the Cobblestone Landing that shows the wharfmaster's office. Click to enlarge or see it even better at Ask Vance.

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Happy Thanksgiving













from our riverfront!

We are grateful for you, your time, your commitment to public spaces, clean water, a better Memphis.

Keep it Real - it's what Americans Crave

  • Barges still make the turn and head into our harbor to serve functioning businesses.

  • The Memphis Cobblestone Landing is still a boat landing.


  • Our waterfront is not Disneyland, yet - we still have the real thing. Roger Clinton in an op-ed for the New York Times says, it's what Americans crave: "the authentic, the unspoiled, the genuine – the un-globalized and un-homogenized and un-gentrified” - it’s what makes cities live.

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    2009 Waterfront Center Award Winners - Take a Look


    Click HERE and take a look! Excellence is the criteria, and the values of authenticity, accessibility, inclusiveness, sustainability, and adaptability are key.

    FfOR received the Waterfront Center's Clearwater Award as a citizen group embracing and advocating for these values on the Memphis waterfront!!

    A Thought on Connectivity

    Wayfinding - it came up at the Byways & Greenways Forum. Mud Island River Park got kudos, but several speakers said they had a tough time figuring out how to get there. They walked out of their hotels, saw where they wanted to go, but couldn't get there on foot. The monorail was closed.

    Accessibility - It's a thought that surfaced often at the planning meetings on Mud Island River Park. Suggestions at those meetings included
    * water taxis,
    * a new pedestrian bridge, and
    * opening up the walkway on the monorail's top level year-round with an inviting name like the Skywalk.

    Report on Byways & Greenways Forum

    Great crowd, wonderful day-long program, and the excitement of cutting the ribbon for W. TN to be part of the Great River Road - it was a good day for Memphis!

    We were reminded that Memphis has a major international resource - the Mississippi River, something communities along the river often take for granted, and encouraged to think a bit differently about ourselves as living along the Great River Road, the thread and connecting link from MN to LA to the world.

    Speakers talked about the funding opportunities they'd taken advantage of to protect their historic sites along the river, conservation and environmental issues to enhance the Great River Road, and the potential to work together up and down the river to encourage historic tourism and sustainable economic development.

    A thank you to the MS River Corridor-TN, Hyde Foundation, and ULI Memphis!

    YOU can help set Water Quality Standards for MS River

    From Sierra Club Water Sentinels Program

    Dangerous pollutants are threatening the health of our waters. Nitrogen and phosphorous pollution has gotten so bad that it threatens the survival of our inland and coastal waters.

    Sign the petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and ask that they set nitrogen and phosphorous pollution standards that protect the waters of the entire Mississippi River Basin and the Gulf of Mexico.


    To sign the petition, click HERE.

    No Answer Yet on Cause of Fish Kill

    The cause of the fish kill in the Memphis harbor has not been determined, but the TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation and TN Wildlife Resources are investigating. Click "read more" below to get an update on what they've found. Meanwhile people working on President's Island also are reporting a large and on-going fish kill.
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    Connecting the Dots



    Since the big Greening Greater Memphis meeting in Feb. of 2007, one important goal for all parks and greenways groups has been to connect the dots - to link green spaces, cultural attractions, riverfronts, neighborhoods, and communities. It’s all about sustainability, smart growth, ... using our assets wisely to make Memphis, Shelby County, W. TN, and our region a better place to live.

    On Nov. 18, there’s going to be a day-long forum on the subject.

    Area’s Greenways and Byways: A Regional Forum for Success
    Wed., Nov. 18, 9 am- 4 pm
    at Mud Island River Park Auditorium


    Co-sponsors: MS River Corridor - TN and Hyde Family Foundations with support from ULI Memphis.

    Area leaders plus the Design Conservation Forum from Chicago will be panelists and presenters. Cost: $15 includes lunch. Click “read more” below to download and mail in the registration form or contact Andrew Trippel, ULI Memphis Coordinator, by phone @901-5568-4423 or via e-mail: Andrew.Trippel@ULI.org
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    Fish Kill in Harbor

    Photographer Amie Vanderford reports "dozens and dozens of dead fish" in the harbor today, along the shore and in deep and shallow water. Concerned about the health of the water and its fish and also about public health risks, Amie sent some photos to Terry Templeton at the Div. of Water Pollution, TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation to ask that he investigate the problem. Thank you, Amie!!















    Click HERE for Amie Vanderford Photography

    Spotted Enjoying our Cobblestone Landing

    It was a beautiful early November day, and visitors from Atlanta and the United Kingdom said they loved taking a riverboat ride from our authentic Cobblestone Landing.


    From Nov 1 - 30, Memphis Riverboats offers 90-minute sightseeing cruises at 2:30 pm each Saturday and Sunday. Cost: Adults/$19.99; children ages 4-12/$10.99; infants ages 0-3/free. To make a reservation or for more info., click HERE.

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    Natural Assets - Memphis is Rich

    As local sponsors of the Ken Burns series on our National Parks, Carol Lee and Joe Royer were interviewed about their favorite park. Their answer: "The park closest to your home is the most important park in the world."

    Watch this video (click twice). What assets we have!

    Memphis could take cue from Chattanooga on restoring carousel


    A carousel and skate park were the two most popular specific items identified by the public at the land use meetings for Mud Island River Park.

    At the Project for Public Spaces workshop on the Memphis riverfront, attendees also suggested moving the carousel to the riverfront, possibly to Confederate Park. Based on their experience, PPS saw the carousel as "a great addition to downtown."

    Click HERE for CA story on Chattanooga carousel.