A downtown community of a different kind.

Set on previously undeveloped land between the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers, over the past 25 years Harbor Town has grown into a vibrant, well established neighborhood with a mix of traditional and contemporary homes, apartments and waterfront condominiums. At its center: A neighborhood grocery, a coffee shop, restaurants, a Montessori school, a bilingual daycare, a marina and an upscale inn. It’s a bucolic setting — the trees are mature, the cars are tucked in alleys behind houses, the river beckons and the downtown core is only a stone’s throw away. But back in the 1980s, when HTC purchased 132 acres on a sandbar known as Mud Island, it was hard for most people to imagine the neighborhood that would become Harbor Town.

For Harbor Town, Henry Turley envisioned a community that would emphasize the human, not the automobile. A dense, walkable neighborhood that encourages neighborliness — with sidewalks, front porches, small lot sizes, and the kind of small-scale retail that draws people outside and into the community. In collaboration with our partners, HTC created development guidelines that would grow Harbor Town into a community that embodies the design principles now known as New Urbanism — right at the foot of downtown Memphis. Come see the results.

In Harbor Town, we added small-scale retail — including a neighborhood grocery at the town center — as well as a school, day care, marina and  upscale inn to create the kind of community now embraced as New Urbanism.