education and advocacy are important and effective methods for
getting people engaged and enthusiastic about improving their
neighborhoods, we've found that capturing their imagination and
showing them what's possible can be the catalyst to affect
investment and rapid improvement.
based on the Better Block concept, has
been used to temporarily activate streets, blocks and neighborhoods,
creating vibrancy and demonstrating new possibilities for our
communities. Successful MEMFix events have been held locally in the
Crosstown, South Memphis, University District, Edge District, and Pinch District neighborhoods, each
of which has since seen renewed interest and in some cases, significant new activity or investments.
together neighborhood stakeholders – residents, businesses and
community groups – with design experts and city officials, like
planners, designers and engineers, MEMFix is all about creating a new
vision for a particular area. We stimulate ideas for that vision
through temporarily installing features such as:
- Bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic calming features like bike lanes, crosswalks and bump-outs at intersections
- Landscaping, street furniture, pavement-to-plaza spaces, and parklets
retail in vacant properties
- Programming like art, music, history, and food trucks to draw people to the neighborhood
aren't expensive investments; just small things that can make a big
difference in the way our neighborhoods function. MEMFix is a great
way to try out a revitalization technique without spending a lot of
started the MEMFix movement with our New Face for an Old Broad event in 2010.
then we've participated in or led:
We partnered with the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team and the
City of Memphis to make the MEMFix Manual, which can be downloaded here, available to Memphis
neighborhoods. Visit memfix.org for more details, and like the MEMFix Facebook page for information, pictures from past MEMFix events, and the latest news and announcements on future MEMFix projects.