Mobile Sessions

At PDS, you can join us for one of our invigorating mobile sessions that will take you into the field on foot, bike and transit to experience the fully realized designs and treatments presented in the classroom.  There is no additional cost to participate, but you must register in advance for each mobile session.

Title Type of Mobile Session Description Date Time
Welcome to Memphis Bike Tour Bike Join members of the Local Host Committee for a casual ride around some of the sights Memphis has to offer, including the National Civil Rights Museum, the Mississippi riverfront, and the Big River Crossing.  Advanced registration required. Monday, June 26 1:00 pm -4:00 pm
The Hampline: Crowdsourcing Connections to Revitalization Bus & Bike This bicycle tour will begin on the Shelby Farms Greenline in near East Memphis.  Participants will ride west, discussing the diverse neighborhoods connected by Memphis’ first major regional bicycle infrastructure project.  We will stop in the Binghampton neighborhood to discuss community revitalization efforts with the Carpenter Art Garden Community Bike Shop, the Caritas Community Center, and the Binghampton Development Corporation.  Participants will conclude by riding the Hampline through the historic Broad Avenue business district.  The Hampline, protoyped by communty activists for the tactical urbanism event “A New Face for an Old Broad,” is a two way cycle track that connects the Shelby Farms Greenline to historic Overton Park. The Hampline has been a critical piece of the revitalization of the Broad Avenue Arts District – an area that was economically depressed as construction of Interstate 40 began in the 1950s and 1960s.  Construction of Interstate 40 was ultimately halted by a citizen led coalition and Supreme Court decision in 1978 protecting Overton Park.  Attendees will conclude this bike tour with a final discussion beneath the ‘bike gate’ – an art installation that now marks the place where Interstate 40 stops and Overton Park begins.  Advanced registration required. Thursday, June 29 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Civil Rights, Public Space, and Urban Art in Memphis Walk Public spaces, including streets, both play a role in facilitating civic action and in documenting history, culture, and change in our communities through design, art, and programming. Join the Memphis Urban Art Commission, the National Civil Rights Museum, and Facing History and Ourselves for a walking tour of sites that commemorate the history of African Americans in Memphis. This walking tour will visit the National Civil Rights Museum, site of the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, ,Jr., where a public sculpture depicts the ongoing struggle for civil rights. Participants will visit murals and streetscape projects celebrating the history of downtown Memphis and the work of justice activists in the city, visit a recently placed historical marker interpreting the Memphis Massacre of 1866, and tour the recently revived Clayborn Temple where marchers organized and took refuge during the Memphis Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968.  Advanced registration required. Thursday, June 29 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Memphis’ Big Jump: South Main to Soulsville Bike Memphis is one of 10 cities chosen to participate in PeopleForBikes’s new Big Jump Project, which aims to double or triple bike ridership in specific neighborhoods over the course of just three years. This tour will examine Memphis’ Big Jump target area, which spans from the southern part of downtown over to the Soulsville USA neighborhood, the birthplace of American Soul Music and Stax Records. Participants will learn about past transportation infrastructure and policy decisions that disconnected and contributed to decline in parts of the target area and about new efforts to overcome those challenges using community assets. Participants will visit with a variety of community leaders who are driving revitalization through creative approaches — tackling issues of food insecurity, promoting youth development, and using music and art to connect neighbors and animate spaces.  Advanced registration required. Tuesday, June 27 2:15 pm -5:30 pm
Memphis Medical District & Crosstown Concourse: Revitalization, the Public Realm, and a Vertical Urban Village Bike The Medical District and Crosstown Concourse are prime examples of capital investment partnered with community engagement to transform Memphis’s neighborhoods to be authentic to its history, while looking forward in an innovative way to provide resources and amenities to residents and visitors. The Medical District connects Downtown and Midtown and is home to nine anchor medical institutions providing healthcare, research and education to people from all over the world. Crosstown Concourse is an art deco high-rise former Sears distribution and retail center built in 1927, which has been transformed into a transit oriented mixed-use vertical urban village; including residential, retail, food, grocery, commercial tenants, community organizations and other amenities. Join project leaders and staff of Crosstown Concourse and the Memphis Medical District Collaborative to learn about how transforming the public realm and designing streets and places for people foster civic engagement and more livable, economically prosperous, and safe communities.  Advanced registration required. Tuesday, June 27 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Riverfront Walkshop: Reimagining the Civic Commons Walk After decades of neglect, the Bluff City’s riverfront has received reneTu attention in recent years as citizens and community leaders better appreciate Memphis’ “front door” as a major asset. Underutilized parks, infrastructure barriers, and a general lack of sense-of-place have led to pop-up activation, major capital projects, and economic development. Yet in many ways the riverfront is still largely disconnected from Downtown Memphis and has yet to realize its full potential for residents of and visitors to the region. On this tour, participants will not only experience the challenges faced, but also engage in a lightning planning session together with City officials and local leaders to develop short- and long-term recommendations.  Advanced registration required. Tuesday, June 27 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Greenprint for Systems Change: Trails, Green Infrastructure, and Neighborhood Revitalization in North Memphis Bike For North Memphis, the last 40 years have been characterized by disinvestment, loss of industry and jobs, and increases in poverty, vacancy, and blight. Encompassing several distinct neighborhoods with a rich African American history, North Memphis is now leading the way in demonstrating how investments in green infrastructure, trails, placemaking, and capacity-building can lead to systems change. Join community and non-profit leaders and learn about North Memphis’s history, as well as current efforts to enhance neighborhood resilience as related to public health, climate change, and racial equity. Participants will visit sites related to Memphis’ National Disaster Resilience Competition award and the Strong, Prosperous, Resilient Communities Challenge.  Advanced registration required. Wednesday, June 28 9:30 am – 12:45 pm
Big River Crossing: Connecting Main Street to Main Street Bike In 2012 a group of local governments and organizations received a TIGER grant for the Main-to-Main Multimodal Connector project. This nearly $30 million endeavor involved extensive streetscape improvements to downtown Memphis’ Main Street corridor, a greenway trail leading from West Memphis, AR to the Mississippi River, and the landmark bike/pedestrian boardwalk on the Harahan Bridge, dubbed the Big River Crossing.  A guided bike ride will tour the improvements made along the project corridor, stop to chat with some of the individuals who led the project, and take the Big River Crossing to Arkansas, where it connects to 70 miles of levee trails and the future Big River trail, and back.  Advanced registration required. Wednesday, June 28 2:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Heart of the Park: Building for Health, Happiness and Inclusion Bus & Walk Once home to the Shelby County penal farm, Shelby Farms Park is now a 4,500 acre urban park at the geographic center of the region, home to trails, wetlands, wilderness areas, Agricenter International and a thriving herd of American buffalo. The park is also positioned as an integral hub for a growing network of regional greenway trails in the Mid-South. Learn from staff of the nonprofit Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, which manages this regional treasure on behalf of Shelby County, about their recent Heart of the Park capital improvement project, the master plan and vision for the park, their leadership in greenway development, and how the park serves the diverse individuals and communities in the Memphis region.  Advanced registration required. Wednesday, June 28 9:30 am – 12:45 pm