In Memphis, SCAPE and Studio Gang complete Tom Lee Park, a transformative riverfront destination

“I can’t believe we built this in Memphis,” said Carol Coletta, president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership (MRPP), on a bright, late-summer morning just before the new Tom Lee Park opened to the public. Coletta’s incredulity is only a bit dramatic: She has spent years leading the charge to make riverfront improvements a reality, and the park’s arrival is just one part of her vision. While the city continues to struggle with poverty and the spatial consequences of racism in the American South, it shows encouraging signs of rebirth: Yes, there’s the Bass Pro Shop pyramid in the nearby Pinch District, but Tom Lee

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