Urban Design 101

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If you read the paper (or, hey! this blog), you probably see the terms urban design, sustainability, and urban sprawl used quite a bit.

Not sure what they mean? Or just want to learn more?

The Memphis Regional Design Center will be hosting its latest semester of "Urban Design 101" Thursday evenings from April 1st to May 20th at the Center City Commission.

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Speakers include Ken Reardon (left), director of the U of M's graduate program in city and regional planning, Belz vice president John Dudas, and Looney Ricks Kiss founding partner Frank Ricks, among others.

Along with overviews on what urban planning is and why it's important, the unified development code, and neighborhoods of choice, students will participate in an interactive workshop with South Memphis residents to re-design South Parkway East and transform a long-abandoned neighborhood car wash into a farmers' market and health information center.

The cost of the class is $200. To enroll or learn more, email executive director Chooch Pickard at cpickard@mrdcinfo.org.

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