A Message from the Director
"Dream of a City" is the motto for the Division of City and Regional Planning at the
University of Memphis. It alludes to the University's motto – "Dreamers. Thinkers.
Doers." – while evoking Daniel Burnham's exhortation to make big plans, and reflecting Dr. Martin Luther King's vision of justice, unity, and opportunity.
The purpose of the motto is, in part, to inspire students of planning to be visionary
– to think beyond planning as a technical exercise and engage in planning as a creative
endeavor. We also hope to inspire students, community partners, and planners alike
to recognize that we don't have to settle for the faults, shortcomings, and injustices
of our neighborhoods and places – that change is possible if there is vision. We each
have our unique perspectives on what makes an ideal city.
The University of Memphis' Graduate Program in City and Regional Planning seeks to
challenge local citizens, appointed and elected officials, professional planners,
and planning students and scholars to work together to apply their knowledge and skills
to create more vibrant, sustainable, and just communities.
We welcome your knowledge, insights, visions, and dreams!
Charlie Santo, PhD
To help create some buzz around our new motto, inspire future leaders, and raise awareness
of the power of good planning, we'll be collecting brief video and written "testimonies"
of good planning. To learn how to help, click here!
is one of four units within the School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. The 48 hour Master's degree in City & Regional Planning prepares students for careers
concerned with the physical development of communities, and the interaction of that
development with the social, economic, and environmental well-being of communities.
The program is fully accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board.
Click here for measures of student achievement and recent program statistics.
presents a day-long conference each spring for citizen leaders, elected officials,
planning commissioners, zoning boards, and planning professionals. The purpose of
this conference is to facilitate a better understanding of critical issues in land
use planning and policy. Nationally recognized experts form the faculty of the conference
and explore critical issues in planning the future of neighborhoods, towns, cities,
counties, and regions in the Mid-South.
The Regional Economic Development Center
was established in 1967 with funding from the Economic Development Administration
and served, formerly, as a research and outreach arm of the Graduate Program in City
& Regional Planning, conducting applied research and providing technical assistance
to public and private sector clients in Middle and West Tennessee. Past REDC projects
can be found here.