After several months of discussing the city’s blight crisis, a group of grassroots advocates, corporate leaders, elected officials and land use experts have unveiled a 23-page document to set the tone moving forward.
There are 13,000 structures and vacant lots in Memphis that qualify as blighted, according to an estimate by local anti-blight advocacy group Neighborhood Preservation Inc. Among them are thousands abandoned houses that become havens for criminals as well as multistory apartment buildings where children sometimes play.
According to a recent analysis by Innovate Memphis, the residential area around Lincoln Elementary School in South Memphis (near the intersection of South Parkway and Lauderdale Street) is approximately three-quarters blighted. No one should live like this — certainly not in Memphis, known as one of the nation’s most generous cities. Sadly, many of our citizens do, including thousands of our children.