Quality Public Spaces

The streets, parks, plazas, and green spaces in the Medical District create connections between people and places. They function as the natural network for the District and are the platforms for a vibrant public life. MMDC is dedicated to enhancing public spaces that build a stronger, safer, and more sustainable Medical District. MMDC's work has resulted in:

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Learn more by clicking on an initiative below:

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Streetscape Improvements

MMDC and its partners are focused on streetscape improvements that create a safer and more attractive environment for everyone who visits, lives, works, or studies in the District whether they get here by bike, on foot, using public transit, or driving. Our organization wants the quality of our public spaces to match the quality of the hospital and university campuses throughout the District. With MMDC’s innovative approach, we have proven that a big difference can happen pretty quickly without spending millions of dollars.

MMDC's streetscape improvement projects were born out of a collaborative process of listening and getting feedback from partners, employees, students, neighborhood residents, business owners, and others. From this process, a Streetscape Playbook of ideas for improving public spaces emerged with concepts for public art and activation, the addition of street furniture and simple landscaping, and pedestrian and bike enhancements to the design of the streets.

Featured Project: MARSHALL & MONROE

Project Completed in 2017

The Marshall & Monroe streetscape improvements included: pedestrian plazas, seating and planters to dramatically reduce the street width and slow traffic, adding bike lanes, and increasing parking. The total cost was approximately $200,000.

In our construction we achieved 42% minority-and women-owned business participation. The Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC) provided project funding to support this work and commissioned an extraordinary artwork “There is More to be Proud Of,” by local artist Cat Peña. This shimmering, soothing, shade-casting public art installation was unveiled to the public at a party on the plaza in March 2017.



Placemaking is the process of working collaboratively to create quality public spaces that contribute to people’s health, happiness, and connection to place. MMDC works with neighborhood stakeholders to ensure that it is improving the quality of public spaces within the Medical District. Check out our extensive playbook that highlights opportunities for future placemaking projects.

Featured Project: Edge Triangle

In collaboration with Memphis College of Art (MCA), University of Memphis Design Studio (UMDC), the Edge Neighborhood Association, and the Downtown Memphis Commission (DMC), the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) repurposed an underused strip of greenspace now known as Edge Triangle.

Today, Edge Triangle is a vibrant space accessible to residents, students, and employees of the Memphis Medical District. On any given day, one might see people taking their dogs to the off-leash area, rearranging moveable seating for lunch, or playing the sound wave instrument.

To learn more, please download the case study of this project.

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In 2017, the MMDC introduced the District to its “Say Hello” campaign.  Signage, benches, and installations were unveiled throughout the District to help provide a sense of place for the District and to be more welcoming to employees, students, residents, and visitors.