In reference to the farmer's market, I'd like to merge this concept with one for a community garden on the large elevated land at Overton Park and Claybrook/Bellevue. Not sure who I need to start talking to, but I think it's perfect. That lot and numerous other ones in the immediate area could serve many functions related to the Sears efforts.
What an exciting announcement. It seems like it will really be a hub of interesting, diverse and productive organizations.
Hopefully many of you have heard the news just announced about the organizations who are now set to lease the Crosstown building:
I've had a chance to work on some projects with a few of these organizations, and I can say that Memphis Teacher Residency, Church Health Center, and Gestalt Community Schools are all doing great things for Memphis and have great plans for the future. I'm glad to see them moving in and utilizing this space.
Developers have commitments from nine prospective tenants to fill 600,000 square feet of the iconic building.
One of my former teachers and biggest academic influences, Nat Akin, recently left Memphis University School (MUS) to be involved in the Crosstown Arts project. His article, "For City Life, It's Back to the Farm" from Number (a local independent arts journal) gives some more insight on the project that isn't necessarily on their website or Facebook page.
Scroll down to page 6.
Wow thats awesome. The Crosstown Arts folks are hosting a "PechaKucha" event on August 8th. Might be a good opportunity to learn more about their plans.
Happily this project is well underway!
Crosstown Arts is dedicated to further cultivating the arts community in Memphis through events, programming and resources that support and showcase artists, musicians and performers. Our office is located in the Crosstown neighborhood of Memphis, near the 1927 Sears Crosstown Building.
I think what Minneapolis did to their Sears building is pretty amazing. Google Midtown Exchange Minneapolis or Midtown Global Market to see how they redeveloped their site based on an intercultural arts & retail perspective.
Great idea! Someone definitely needs to utilize that space. Would also be a great place for something like the City Museum that they have in St. Louis.