Petition to Support Great Streets

We need a better Memphis.

The Peabody Place Great Streets project was a bellwether for those with aspirations for a better future in Memphis. About a year ago, ten well respected Memphis organizations contributed $150,000 to make Peabody Place truly Great.

A year later the city, with little public discussion, is paying more than that to dismantle work by local artists, pedestrian safety improvements, and bike lanes. This is an embarrassing lack of respect for the investors, pedestrians, and tourists wanting to experience something more than fast traffic. It also bodes poorly for future Great Streets projects, even those with substantial community support.

We the undersigned are petitioning for Memphis to set a higher standard for itself. We want a Memphis that is attractive to people and investments that are now opting for other cities. We are losing the competition for jobs and employees to other cities, not because of better tax-breaks, but because they are embracing a healthy culture and more vibrant urban environment. They are investing significantly in walkable places, sustainability, and smart infrastructure. They are not simply doubling down on “a back to the basics” approach that reinforces old, expensive, and inefficient systems.

We are also petitioning for the City to strengthen and support the human capital already here. We need to stop spending the vast majority of our infrastructure funding on the most expensive transportation option – roads wide enough to allow everyone to drive alone – and start investing in affordable and efficient options like transit, walking and bicycling. The costs of transportation designed for everyone to drive alone has simply become unaffordable in costs per household, health impacts, and land use.

We are seeking a renewed commitment to:

  • Leave current and planned Great Streets projects in place.
  • Build bicycle lanes and paths and restore sidewalks that will actually allow Memphians and visitors universal access to their communities at a human scale.
  • Build complete streets with traffic calming designs and enforcement for the many drivers currently operating aggressively and with impunity.

 

We are standing up for these things and join with like minded Memphians to help the City build the Memphis we all need.

Who's signing

Vickie Brooks
Matchu Williams
Erin MacArthur
Rose McGee
Amanda Yarbro-Dill
Janet Eason
amy millsap
Gertrude Moeller
Asuka Yow
Nicole Bichelman
Ed Baker
Candice Briggie
Mark Fleischer
Janet Boscarino
Payton Powers
Justin Gillis
Bill Ferguson
Caroline Carrico
Kendra Hotz
William Murray
Dana Sjostrom
Chilton Simmons
Karen Chancellor
Shane O'Connor
Don Gaines
Laurie Amento
Kelly Douglas
Yvette Rhoton
Richie Slagle
Laura Robinson
264 SIGNATURES
GOAL: 500 signatures

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Showing 228 reactions

  • Vickie Brooks
  • Matchu Williams
  • Erin MacArthur
  • Rose McGee
  • Amanda Yarbro-Dill
  • Janet Eason
  • amy millsap
    amy millsap
  • Gertrude Moeller
    I’d like to know who’s responsible for this brutish policy.
  • Asuka Yow
  • Nicole Bichelman
    My husband runs this bike lane everyday and he needs it there to keep him safe!
  • Ed Baker
    We need more streets to bike friendly!
  • Candice Briggie
  • Mark Fleischer
  • Janet Boscarino
  • Payton Powers
  • Justin Gillis
    Great streets help build great communities.
  • Bill Ferguson
  • Caroline Carrico
    Caroline Carrico
  • Kendra Hotz
  • William Murray
    William Murray
  • Dana Sjostrom
  • Chilton Simmons
  • Karen Chancellor
  • Shane O'Connor
  • Don Gaines
  • Laurie Amento
  • Kelly Douglas
  • Yvette Rhoton
  • Richie Slagle
  • Laura Robinson