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Posted on 9/8/2016

Downtown Memphis has been selected for a $5 Million Grant for the Fourth Bluff Project

Four foundations will fund civic projects in four cities for a full $40 million, and The Fourth Bluff Project has been selected as one recipient. Memphis joins Akron, Chicago, and Detroit as part of the Reimagining the Civic Commons partnership of the JPB Foundation, the Knight FoundationThe Kresge Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. The $5 million will be matched by local private and public sources.

The Fourth Bluff Project focuses on four blocks of Downtown Memphis and include The Cossitt Library, University of Memphis Law School Promenade, and Mississippi River Parks. 

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Throughout this work, local leaders will gather lessons and data that can be applied to other public spaces in Memphis. The project bridges fragmented pedestrian connections that separate cultural assets and the riverfront and addresses negative public perceptions through reinvestment and community partnerships. As a city with a rich history that still struggles with racial segregation, Memphis seeks to design and create common spaces where the diverse population can come together and shape the future of the city.

"We're honored to have been selected and to join this cohort of great cities. Creating opportunity in a civic commons for people to share experiences with people different from themselves grows a sense of community, engagement and understanding between all of us." - Mayor Jim Strickland

"In Memphis, the goal of Reimagining the Civic Commons is to create a set of connected, thriving civic assets that become a unifying place in downtown, bringing together citizens of various backgrounds who might not ordinarily meet. Arts and culture give reason to gather and linger in community with one another. Increased access to unique educational offerings provide ready opportunities for low-income residents to enter the economic mainstream. And reimagined public spaces serve as magnets for families."

Click Here to read about the complete "Reimagining the Civic Commons" grant via CityLab

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Check Out The Fourth Bluff for Yourself

Get a glimpse of what's to come and the potential in Downtown Memphis at Fourth Bluff Friday, September 9th from 4:30 to 9 pm!

- The MD's (formerly known as the great local band The Maitre' D's) will play a free show beginnig at 5:30 p.m.
- The TapBox will feature a wide selection of great craft beers from Wiseacre Brewing, High Cotton Brewing Co., Memphis Made Brewing, and Ghost River Brewing.
- There will be numerous games for children and families and abundant seating to enjoy the music, watch the sunset, and enjoy the party.
- Joy Ride and Central BBQ, curated by Blake Lichterman with Mobile Merchants, will be on hand all night as well. food trucks will be on hand all night as well. 

*Renderings courtesory of Memphis Civic Commons

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