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Plan released for sustainable infastructure in Memphis area (Memphis Business Journal, TN)

Memphis Business Journal
(9/5/2014 8:45 AM, Madeline Faber)

The Mid-South Regional Greenprint has released their 2015/2040 draft plan, a result of an over $2.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning grant donated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The 25-year plan was designed by the Memphis & Shelby County Office of Sustainability and guided by the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Consortium. The 106-page document covers a wide array of issues unique to municipalities in Shelby, Fayette, Desoto and Crittenden: income, transportation, employment, parks and open spaces. The plans are described as "engines of change that boast an array of enticing economic benefits, support environmental revitalization, promote healthy behaviors, and connect our multi-state communities." The plan puts forth a plan to increase accessibility to green infastructure, such as greenlines and safe bike lanes. According to the document, if the Concept Map were "implemented today, 79% of the region’s jobs would be within one mile of a Greenprint corridor."

Such a network would increase access to marginal communities. The plan also puts forth initiatives for increased community gardens, redevelopment of neighborhoods, fair housing choices, resource conservation, and increased green industry jobs.

 
 
 
PDR Edge Date: 
09/08/2014