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LIVABLE MEMPHIS

Summer 2012

Promoting Healthy Growth in the Memphis Region

THRIVE T H R I V E is the newsletter of Livable Memphis, a program of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. Representing over 125 neighborhoods from across the greater Memphis region, Livable Memphis supports the development and redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, and economically sustainable communities. We do this by educating community members, promoting public policies that mitigate urban sprawl and direct investment to existing neighborhoods; and advocating for public and active transportation options that are safe, user-friendly, and accessible to all residents.

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(continued on page 6) HOW WE GOT STARTED: In 2005, a diverse group of community developers, environmentalists, transportation activists, financial institutions, and philanthropic foundations convened to explore a community wide response to the effects of sprawl. They shared the common goal of supporting equitable and efficient growth in Shelby County and the greater Memphis region. Livable Memphis was created as an initiative of the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis. Its goals include: building a broad base of support, researching patterns of growth expenditures, providing education on issues that affect community vitality, and offering a grassroots input into policy decisions.

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Promoting Healthy Growth in the Memphis Region Our Values: Balanced Development. Growth should be planned and managed in a way that balances both private and public interests. Future growth must address the entire community’s need for economic development and healthy, diverse neighborhoods. Shared Benefits & Costs. All Shelby County residents must share in the economic benefits of growth, as well as its costs. Public expenditures (tax dollars) should be spread equitably among both new and existing neighborhoods. Access & Choice. All residents deserve equal access to jobs, schools, shopping, transportation, and neighborhood facilities. Citizens also must have choices in housing type and location, as well as multiple transportation options. Community Input & Collaboration. All residents should have a voice in how the community is developed. Venues for effective citizen input should be wellpublicized, timely, and accessible.

Dear Thrive readers: Over the past several issues, we’ve used this newsletter to share information about the many programs and priorities of Livable Memphis, from our annual Summit for Neighborhood Leaders to our advocacy efforts focused on making Memphis more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. What we haven’t told you is that Livable Memphis is a program of Community Development Council of Greater Memphis (CD Council) – a network of organizations and individuals focused on the development and redevelopment of safe, healthy, and attractive neighborhoods. CD Council began in the mid-1990s as an informal group of community development corporations who met monthly to share ideas and learn from each other. Today, CD Council is a nonprofit organization with several overlapping areas of focus, including policy and advocacy, organizational capacity building, and community education. The creation of Livable Memphis was the result of discussions our public policy committee had in 2003 and 2004, exploring some of the historical reasons that many Memphis neighborhoods had become so distressed – and specifically, the land use and transportation decisions that led to the spreading out of our community and ultimately, the disinvestment in many urban areas. We realized that even today, important decisions about local and regional growth and development are being made without sufficient input from the residents and neighborhoods that will be the most impacted. To increase the voice and influence of neighborhoods on these critical issues, the Coalition for Livable Communities (now Livable Memphis) was born. To build the network, CD Council reached out to a wide range of allies from individual residents and community associations to environmental organizations and more progressive segments of the real estate industry. We’re proud of our accomplishments but there is plenty more work to do. We’ll be including more information about CD Council in this and future issues of Thrive. In the meantime, please join us in our efforts to make the Memphis region where all residents can benefit from the growth and development of our community. For information about membership, please see page six of this newsletter. I look forward to seeing you at an event soon,

Environmental Protection. Open space, natural habitats, and landscapes must be protected and preserved for the benefits of citizens and the greater community.

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Emily Trenholm, CD Council Executive Director

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Promoting Healthy Growth in the Memphis Region

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Kyle Wagenschutz, City of Memphis Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator

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Walk Bike Memphis Advocacy Meeting, June 2012

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Community Development Council & Livable Memphis Membership 

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Indicate Areas of Interest

$15. Grassroots/Student Member $35. Individual Member $65. Family Member $100. Supporting Member $500 and up. Sustaining Member $50. Community Associations or Nonprofits with budgets less than $25,000. $250 to $499. Other Nonprofits and Small Businesses.

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blight eradication expanded transportation options increased facilities for walking and biking neighborhood economic vitality safe, affordable, and quality housing safe and sound lending practices sustainable and efficient development patterns other _____________________

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