Midtown Overlay District Support

Build Memphis up, not out, with a Midtown Overlay District

As an architect, I wholeheartedly embrace the evolution of our built environments—when handled properly. I would much rather see Memphis focus on infill than recklessly continue her century-old tradition of white flight and eastern sprawl. As such, I applaud the efforts of the groups working to create a Midtown Overlay District and encourage everyone to add their voices, concerns, and energies to this tremendous undertaking. We have all seen the devastation caused by thoughtless out-of-town or corporate developers when left to their own devices. (Walgreen’s, in particular, comes to mind.) While nothing can replace what has already been lost, this ordinance is a tremendous step forward in protecting—and enhancing—the integrity of what remains.

Aaron James

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