Friday, August 7, 2009


Before you take off for the weekend, mark your calendars so that you'll be sure to remember to attend the public information meeting to held by the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
330 North Main Street (The Balinese Ballroom)
Memphis 38103

My understanding is that the RDC will give a presentation of the plan, and then you will have an opportunity to ask questions and make your comments. [Click here for TDOT notice (PDF)]

My main question would be something like this:

When the RDC's own Memphis Riverfront Master Plan said to
Restore the Cobblestones to their historic uniqueness, and establish them as a great commercial boat landing and civic square at the foot of Union Avenue[,]

why are you [RDC] are saying this:
The purpose of the Historic Cobblestone Landing Restoration and Walkway Project is to stabilize and restore the Memphis Cobblestone Landing and provide limited usability, connectivity and accessibility improvements.

and presenting a plan that so clearly intends to shut the Cobblestone Landing down after 150 years of continuous use?

It will be interesting to see if they are honest about the real reasons, and if they mention this.

To put it more bluntly: The City administration has abdicated responsibility for our precious riverfront resource, leaving public policy in the hands of a private corporation whose middle name is "Development", and whose central purpose in life is to build things, whether needed or not. They've long ago gone rogue, and the City Council has so far failed to reign them in. You, the public, are Memphis' last hope.

You must reign them in.

To learn more about the issues with the Cobblestone Landing, Beale Street Landing, and our riverfront, just click some of the important questions in the sidebar at the right.

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