In 2016, the City of Memphis embarked on a two-year comprehensive planning process known as Memphis 3.0. The planning process and subsequent adoption signaled a new era for the City. No longer planning in an ad hoc manner, the Plan established a roadmap for future development and a new vision - Build Up, Not Out.
Accelerate Memphis – Invest in Neighborhoods launched in 2021 to activate projects identified in Memphis 3.0 and serve as a road map for how and where to invest in communities. Focusing on 35 centers of activity identified as “anchors,” each location will receive $400,000 in public infrastructure investments for neighborhood improvements identified in Memphis 3.0. Through a participatory budgeting process, citizens will help determine how the $400,000 will be spent in their neighborhood anchor.
Interface Studio led the development of the Memphis Public Investment Guide - a toolkit to provide necessary background information about potential improvements that could be made in communities.
The document is designed in a way to help people understand the existing issues in their neighborhood anchor, as well as identify the potential options to help address those issues.
Accelerate Memphis funds can only be used in areas that are publicly owned or for public use. This includes the street right-of-way, public buildings or an empty but city-owned lot. Private property laws make improvements to private property extremely difficult and time consuming. The guide helps to graphically depict what is public and private within the neighborhood anchors.
If there are improvements that residents would like to make that can't be covered through Accelerate Memphis funding, resources are identified to help residents seek outside channels.
Interface Studio also designed worksheets and materials for use in engaging with the public around the investment guide. The community process is set to begin in 2022.