For release: September 15, 2010
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The University of Memphis Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning was selected
to receive the 2010 Outstanding Planning Award from the Tennessee Chapter of the American
Planning Association. The award, made in the student project category, is for the
Vance Avenue Collaborative Community Visioning Initiative.
The Vance Avenue Collaborative project grew out of a request from local pastors and
residents of a low-income neighborhood for assistance during redevelopment of Cleaborn
Homes, one of the oldest and largest public housing projects in the city.
Over a nine-month period, students and faculty led a variety of departments, universities,
and organizations in an extensive neighborhood planning campaign designed to allow
residents to voice their opinions and take ownership of the plan. With almost 200
resident interviews, hundreds of participants, and several focus groups, the initiative
produced an extensive planning document that will guide the implementation of a comprehensive
“We are thrilled that the Tennessee Chapter of the American Planning Association has
recognized the Vance Avenue Neighborhood Improvement Plan for the area just south
of FedExForum,” said Dr. Kenneth Reardon, director of the graduate program in City
and Regional Planning. “The plan is the product of an unusually energetic and effective
community/university development partnership that is committed to working together
during the coming months to implement the major elements of this plan.”
The award will be presented Oct. 1 in Knoxville during the conference of the Tennessee
Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Tennessee Section of the Institute
of Traffic Engineers.
A YouTube video of the project is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZTJ0g1i_gE