The following presentations were made by members of the various committees and working groups of the Blight Elimination Steering Team (BEST) at the second annual Memphis Neighborhood Blight Elimination Summit on May 17, 2017. Right-click the title of each workshop below to download a PDF of the presentation. How Can We Use Data To Improve Outcomes In Memphis? Reclaim & Reuse Vacant Land and Buildings Addressing Blighted Properties in Your Neighborhood: A Do-It-Yourself Workshop
Blight-fighters from throughout the greater Memphis community are invited to attend the second annual Memphis Blight Elimination Summit, taking place on Wednesday, May 17. The summit will begin with lunch program at 11:00am Clayborn Temple, 294 Hernando Street, and includes a series of workshops offering useful skill-building opportunities and resources from 1:30pm – 3:30pm at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 North Front Street. Registration is now open at Memphis.uli.org/event/2nd-annual-memphis-blight-elimination-summit/. “Vacant, abandoned, and nuisance properties…
Every Memphis neighborhood has a unique character, sometimes the result of hard work by residents, and sometimes from the hard work of code enforcement officers. On its surface, blight takes the form of an aesthetic problem. But it’s one that generates an enormous amount of work for local government. Click here to hear the full story.
Sure, there’s plenty of bad graffiti out there, along with enough dilapidated buildings to keep bulldozers busy for years. But let’s face it: How many times have you stopped to Instagram a great piece of street art – legal or otherwise? Could Memphis actually be a beautiful city? Click here the hear the full story.
Janine Heiner Buchanan has an eye for spotting trouble. As managing director of Safeways, she advises apartment managers and landlords on safety and quality of life issues. She says she can predict a rise in the crime rate simply by eyeballing the scenery. One thing she’s learned in this job: if it looks gritty, it attracts grit.
Neighborhood Preservation, Inc. was very proud to co-host Rip Rapson, President of the Kresge Foundation, on his recent visit to Memphis to discuss his vision for a new, more effective brand of urban engagement.
A federally-backed demolition program is just one of the new strategies available to those in the private, public and philanthropic sectors who have come together to remedy the effects of blighted properties in Memphis.