Memphis Neighborhood Blight Elimination Summit Workshop Presentations

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  

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Blight Fighters From Throughout Memphis Unite for Second Annual Blight Elimination Summit

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…

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City of Grit, Part 5

  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.

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City of Grit, Part 4

Those data sets may not be of particular interest to a graffiti artist such as “Paser,” who sprays the black outline of a bird on the side of an abandoned building, then begins to fill in the gaps with blue, orange and red.

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City of Grit, Part 3

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.

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City of Grit, Part 2

The city’s Blight Elimination Charter is one of the most comprehensive clean-up plans in decades. It also relies on the participation of nonprofit groups, private entities and even other governments.

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City of Grit: Part 1

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.

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