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.
Greater Memphians whose daily commutes rarely take them off the interstate and through Memphis’ inner-city neighborhoods can be forgiven for not truly realizing the devastating impact blight has on a neighborhood.
Last week Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter handed down a contempt of court ruling against Brent McElwee, sentencing him to 15 days in jail for ignoring nearly a year’s worth of court orders involving his more than 40 Atlantic Apartments properties in Highland Heights.
To tackle the problem of vacant properties, Memphis is acknowledging that it needs help.
With the release and subsequent endorsements of its Neighborhood Blight Elimination Charter, Memphis has charted a new course in its long history of fighting blighted properties and offers other cities a potentially new path.
Sheila Jordan Cunningham, executive director of the newly established Blight Authority of Memphis (BAM), and Sohil Shah of Polsinelli PC, delivered a presentation about their work at the Neighborhood Blight Elimination Summit. Learn more about BAM and what they can do to help transform our community by downloading a PDF of their presentation here.
The Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, developed by a team from the public and private sector and coordinated by Neighborhood Preservation, Inc., sets up a framework for tackling the issue and paves the way for the development of a blight elimination team and action plan.