The approach to redeveloping Memphis’ Sears Crosstown isn’t just limited to local interested parties.
Todd Richardson, co-director of Crosstown Arts and art historian, has hit the road to represent Memphis to two diverse audiences.
He’s speaking Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Abu Dhabi campus of New York University about historic preservation and creative place-making.
And on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3 and 4, Richardson will be speaking at the City Age: The New American City conference in Kansas City, Mo., alongside Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. and several other big city mayors and thought-leaders. Richardson will share the vision for the 1.5-million-square-foot Sears Crosstown’s adaptive reuse and what it could mean to the future of Memphis’ urban core.
Richardson and Chris Miner, Crosstown Arts co-director and video artist, have spent the past two years traveling to other cities and piecing together the appropriate blueprint for rekindling Memphis’ long-vacant Sears building – one of 10 Sears distribution centers built in the U.S. during the 1920s and 30s and one of seven that still stands.
Here’s to Richardson being on the other side of the table, sharing insight on a deal that just might one day help another blighted building in another city become vibrant again.