The public portion of the charrette began at The Trent Lott National Center on Saturday, November 5th at 8:30 am. Approximately 40 people gathered to roll up their sleeves and play “planners” for the morning. Following a brief introductory presentation, participants divided into six groups, and gathered around tables with a facilitator. The groups worked on large maps of Midtown, drawing diagrams and sketches to convey the character of the area today and describe what they would like to see in the future. To conclude the session, each group selected a spokesperson, who presented their table’s ideas to the larger group. Information and ideas from the session provided the foundation for plan concepts. Some of the big ideas discussed during the session included:

  • Need more sidewalks
  • Lack of green space
  • Add cultural infrastructure
  • Daylight the Creek
  • New Hotel at 31st & Hardy
  • Beautify Highway 49
  • Add housing options
  • Need crosswalks across Hardy
  • Military family housing
  • Venues for local bands
  • Preserve Southern Cleaners sign
  • Trolley connection with USM
  • Attract retirees
  • Mixed uses – retail & housing
  • Lower densities west and south