Streetscapes & Landscaping

The Memphis Medical District streetscape improvements bring about a visible transformation to the streets and public spaces throughout the Medical District. Employees, visitors, students, and residents utilize the public spaces in the Medical District as they walk, drive, bike, or ride transit to their destinations. Public spaces can also be places of enjoyment, relaxation, and community building. The appearance and functionality of these places are important and also reflect the safety and vitality of the area.

Many of our intersection and streetscape improvements are shown below. For more information about the streetscape work, email info@mdcollaborative.org or call 901-552-4781.

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Madison Avenue & Marshall Avenue

The crossing distance across Marshall Avenue along Madison used to be a leg-cramping 120 feet. At an average stride, it would take 34 seconds to complete this crossing. Awkward sight lines and excessive vehicle speeds from Madison onto Marshall added to the unsafe and unsightly conditions. 

Improvements to this intersection included an expanded pedestrian zone intended to slow down turning vehicles and shorten crossing distances. This new pedestrian "plaza" was created using epoxy gravel and landscaping treatments similar to other intersections across the District.

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Madison & Pauline

The City of Memphis has recently added bike lanes following the resurfacing of Pauline St. between Poplar Ave and Union Ave. MMDC has supported this work by installing high visibility crosswalks and modifying turning radii at Madison Ave & Pauline St. These interventions have improved safety particularly for the many employees and visitors that walk across the intersection each day.

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Adams Avenue & Orleans Street

The intersection of Adams & Orleans is generally considered the heart of Victorian Village. Nineteenth-century landmarks, such as the James Lee House, Woodruff-Fontaine Home, and Mallory Neely House Museum are located within a block of the intersection. Improvements included high visibility crosswalks, coordinated stopping locations, and new pedestrian crossing signs.

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Jefferson Avenue & Pauline Street

Prior to the redesign, the intersection was challenged with sparse landscaping, a lack of pedestrian-scaled lighting and amenities, and excessive pedestrian crossing distances. The intersection now has high visibility crosswalks, a new pedestrian plaza, and new planters and trash receptacles.

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Madison Avenue & Orleans Street

A diagonal Monroe Avenue intersects with Orleans Street and Madison Avenue in the Medical District to create a triangular open space that for years was used primarily as a utility substation. The space lacked adequate landscaping and pedestrian lighting, and excessive vehicle speeds along Madison Avenue made the space difficult to access.

MMDC partnered with the University of Memphis Design Collaborative and Memphis College of Art to reimagine this space as a reinvigorated public park. Benches, trash receptacles, improved landscaping, and a fenced dog park area were added to activate the space and enhance the street edge. The project built upon and expanded existing pedestrian facilities and connected with the nearby trolley stop on Madison Ave.


QUALITY PUBLIC SPACES  The streets, parks, plazas, and green space in the District create connections between people and places. They function as the natural network for the District and are the platform for a vibrant public life. Public spaces help define neighborhoods and can create walkable, bikeable, and livable places.