Our CHARTER

While other major American cities have adopted blight elimination plans and frameworks, Memphis will still be the first city to adopt a comprehensive neighborhood blight elimination charter.


The Charter is intended to serve as both a playbook and a game plan for current and future blight abatement actions – something we can pass along from year to year and share with the community at large.

Click here to download and read the Memphis neighborhood blight Elimination Charter.

The next phase in the implementation of the Charter’s principles — and the creation of the blight-free community we all seek — is a clear and concise Action Plan. Our Action Plan is focused on making progress in four critical areas:

  1. USE DATA AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS TO CATALOGUE, UNDERSTAND AND MONITOR BLIGHTED PROPERTY IN MEMPHIS.

  2. ENGAGE NEIGHBORHOOD RESIDENTS, BUSINESSES AND COMMUNITY GROUPS AS ESSENTIAL PARTNERS TO RESOLVE BLIGHTED PROPERTIES.

  3. IMPROVE EFFICIENCY, EFFECTIVENESS AND COORDINATION OF CODE ENFORCEMENT AND “NEIGHBORHOOD MAINTENANCE” POLICIES AND EFFORTS.

  4. RECLAIM AND REUSE VACANT LAND AND BUILDINGS.

Click here to download and read the Action Plan.