Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Jack Walker, the oldest of six children, grew up in Columbia, SC and knew he wanted to be involved in planning from an early age. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in architecture with a goal of getting into planning while having a design background. After many years working in the private sector Jack became the Director of the City of Myrtle Beach in 1984.
When the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base closed in 1993 Jack served on a number of committees and task forces dedicated to base redevelopment. He worked with Design Works, L.C. in creating an urban village master plan for the Market Common. The main impetus of the urban village was two-fold. First was the desire to diversify the Grand Strand economy by providing jobs and housing opportunities not associated with tourism. Second was the desire to take advantage of the existing base structure of buildings and infrastructure. Jack worked closely with the Myrtle Beach Air Base Redevelopment Authority to make the urban village master plan and other Market Common district projects a reality.
Jack is very passionate about urban outdoor recreation spaces. He assisted with the design of the Grand Park that is heavily utilized by the community. He worked very hard to expand the Grand Park across Farrow Parkway to create the linear park before you today. The park
Jack's dream was for the Market Common to be the perfect model of what the future of Myrtle Beach could look like - creative land use, public space, multi-use paths, roads and parks, all coming together with residential and retail opportunities.
After 31 years of public service Jack retired from the city in 2015, and continues his visioning at his leisure.
Location. 33° 40.135′ N, 78° 56.368′ W. Marker is in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, in Horry County. Marker is at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Nevers Street, on the left when traveling north on Howard Avenue. Touch for map. Located in Market Common. Marker is in this post office area: Myrtle Beach SC 29577, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment (a few steps from this marker); Colonel Joseph R. Nevers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Freedom Tree (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Edsel J. "Coupe" DeVille (about 300 feet away); Colonel Warren R. Lewis (about 300 feet away); Law Center (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Myrtle Beach.
Regarding Jack Walker. Market Common is a complex of shops, restaurants, condominiums, lakes, sports fields and open space next to Myrtle Beach International Airport. Market Common is the result of redevelopment after Myrtle Beach Air Force Base closed in 1993.
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 26, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 154 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on March 26, 2017, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.