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Central Gardens residents protest neighborhood changes

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Residents of one Memphis neighborhood took to the streets Wednesday to make sure their voices are heard.

Central Gardens residents said Immaculate Conception Catholic Cathedral has been buying homes surrounding their properties and knocking them down for parking. They are reportedly about to do it again with a home that was donated to them.

The residents said their tree-lined neighborhood is losing its character and they want it to stop.

“We’re hoping our new bishop will take notice and talk with us. All we want is a conversation,” one resident told WREG.

The church said they’re reviewing their options and said, “We view this gift as an opportunity to grow our campus for the benefit of the parish and for the children of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral School.”