City to enhance areas leading into Memphis

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- It's no secret that blight is a black eye over the city of Memphis.

You can see it around almost every corner you turn, including the main entryways into the city.

"One of the complaints I received perhaps more than anything else is from business folks for bringing prospects to town," Mayor A C Wharton said.

Mayor Wharton announced two initiatives as a part of his "Taking It To The Streets" campaign.

The first initiative is a $50,000 grant given to "Clean Memphis," a non-profit organization that uses inmates to clean the streets.

"She will take that $50,000 to hire more supervisors so that she can concentrate on our industrial corridors particularly in the air...where we have big big plans," Mayor Wharton said.

The second plan is the Gateway initiative.

"We have $450,000 thanks to the council. It's going to be a thing of the past," Mayor Wharton said.

The initiative will focus on cutting down weeds, tearing down buildings, and beautifying the highways leading into the city.

Business leaders are looking forward to the changes.

"That's an area where if you want to recruit new companies, you need to show them that you care about the area," Dexter Muller, with the Greater Memphis Chamber, said.

The next big project the city plans to tackle is the old Executive Inn building on Airways and Brooks.


  • Doctor

    And the council is thinking about a half cent sales tax increase. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson sent a letter to Mayor A C Wharton asking the city to submit a plan to pay the disputed $57 million the city still owes the school district.
    Courts have ruled and upheld that the city owes SCS $57 million, which it didn’t pay for the 2008-09 school year.

  • Wake Up Memphis

    “you need to show them that you care about the area,” Dexter Muller, with the Greater Memphis Chamber, said.” Isn’t it just as important to let the businesses know that they have a safe environment that they won’t have to worry about getting murdered in while going to their new Memphis business? Police, fire fighters, and paramedics are leaving as fast as they can. Businesses want to move to a community that has honor, Memphis sorely lacks this and has for years. Memphis started down this path when the last mayor told everyone to leave if they didn’t like it. They did, and are. Mayor, pay your bills, stop spending money you don’t have, let the chamber attract business (its their job), and overall stop stealing from the citizens of Memphis. The mayor should not be the mouth piece for the chamber. How sad!

  • Sandy

    They need to clean up the whole city, not just the part that people see when entering Memphis. There are piles of brush and piles of all kinds of stuff that have been by the curb by me for weeks. They picked up one pile of brush 2 house from me but left a big pile across the street from there and 2 more piles 3 houses from there. They need to make a new ordinance and enforce it to make people pick up garbage that is scattered all over their yard. It costs nothing to pick up your trash as garbage pickup is already on your electric bill. Just lazy people who want everyone else to do it for them. No wonder people are moving.

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