Harbor Town

A model of New Urbanism since its founding in 1989, Harbor Town enticed a new generation of residents to move downtown, contributing to Memphis’ economic revitalization. The 130-acre community is defined by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers. Single-family homes, townhouses and apartments embrace pedestrian-friendly streets. A thriving village center with shops, restaurants and offices combines with a hotel, school, marina, and 27 acres of parks and riverfront greenbelts to round out a real town.

Additional Information

LOCATION:  downtown Memphis on peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers 

CLIENT:    Henry Turley Company

SIZE:  130-acre Traditional Neighborhood Development with rental apartments; for sale homes including townhouses, semi-attached homes, and single-family houses; a mixed-use town center with rental apartments above retail and restaurants; school; yacht club; office building; a 50-slip marina; and 27 acres of parks and open space

LRK SERVICES:  modification/implementation of original land plan, development of design guidelines, town architect and architectural design for approximately 60% of all homes; original land plan by RTKL Associates, Inc.


Urban Land Institute

  • Award for Excellence

Congress for the New Urbanism

  • Award – The Neighborhood, District, and Corridor

LRK has been the recipient of over 70 additional awards for their design in Harbor Town 


Great Planned Communities

Memphis Magazine

New American Urbanism

New Urban News

The New York Times

Planning Commissioners Journal

Trends and Innovations in Master-Planned Communities

Urban Land

Urban Spaces No. 3

Valuing the New Urbanism

Architectural Record

Density by Design

Developing Successful Infill Housing

Harbor Town (project website)