Accelerate Memphis: Invest in Neighborhoods
Recently Mayor Strickland gave a speech about some plans he had for the city of Memphis. "Accelerate Memphis: Invest in Neighborhoods", could include giving Mud Island some much-needed TLC, new green lines, rebuilding parks, mixed-used plazas, and possibly tearing down 100 N. Main which is the tallest building in Memphis. One of the planned libraries will be for Orange Mound. If you did not know the original Melrose High School sits facing Dallas Street and has been vacant for years. The plan states that funds will be spent to redevelop the building into a library and include senior housing units. The cost of this plan is $200 million! Please click here for the full article on what the plan includes.
I am sure you all have seen the post about a possible oil pipeline being constructed that would run through predominantly black neighborhoods in our city. The problem with the pipeline is that it would run above the Memphis Sand aquifer and wellfield owned by MLG&W. This pipeline proposes a risk to our water supply and could possibly create a situation similar to the Flint water crisis. This is one of the times where we as a community must do our part to keep our city safe! Currently, there is a petition you can sign to oppose the pipeline, Protect Our Aquifer has a list of key individuals you may contact as well as talking points to bring up when contacting! Update: As of yesterday, Memphis City Council has delayed the vote on what will come of the pipeline so, there is still time to support the opposition. There is a Facebook page called MCAP (Memphis Community Against the Pipeline) that has a ton of helpful information. I will include a link to that page and other links with helpful information below.
Protect Our Aquifer
Byhalia Pipeline Article
02/23/21 Memphis City Council Meeting
Slim and Husky’s
Late last year Memphis got a Slim and Husky’s downtown and it is open for business. Slim and Husky is a gourmet pizza beeria founded by 3 friends who graduated from Tennessee State University together. The friends have opened a total of 7 locations! I have heard great things about the restaurant, and I can’t wait to try it out! This restaurant is black-owned so be sure to add them to your black-owned businesses to support. The Memphis location is at 634 Union Ave Memphis, TN 38103. See the link to Slim and Husky’s website here
Last November, Trap fusion opened a new location! 670 North Germantown Suite 14 gives the thriving restaurant its second location. You may visit the first location at 4637 Boeingshire Memphis, TN 38116
Plans are in the works to turn the former Graceland elementary location into a gated subdivision. The LeMoyne-Owen College Community Development Corporation is developing the subdivision and has offered Shelby County Schools $350,000 for the property. The subdivision will offer three, four, and five-bedroom homes and have prices ranging from $116,000 to 255,000. For more details on the subdivision click the link provided here.
A mixed-income apartment and townhome complex with retail space may soon find its way to Binghamton. The complex will replace the old Tillman Cove apartments and will be addressing the shortage of quality affordable housing in the area. The project would include a commercial space, a fitness room, apartment leasing office, central green space, community garden, and a pedestrian connection to the green line. For more information on the project click here.
Hero Empowerment Center
A $50 million superhero themed Empowerment Center may be making its way to Hickory Hill. The Heal the Hood Foundation of Memphis started a crowd-funding campaign through GoFundMe for the project which will be an entertainment, education, and community-service complex. Construction for the project may start this year as the land for the project has already been secured. For more information on this project and its creator click here
Maciel’s has a new location in Cooper-Young. 820 S. Cooper St. has patio seating that will be available during the warmer months. We can expect specialty cocktails to be added to the offerings at this location with a selection of limited beers. See the link for the full story here
Chick Fil A
Summer is getting a Chick Fill A at 449 Summer Ave! The popular fast-food restaurant will be built where The House Grimes Memorial United Methodist Church used to be.
Adopt a park
Remember how you could Adopt-A-block? Well, you can adopt a park too! If you are looking for an opportunity to give back and to help keep neighborhoods looking and feeling beautiful this is an initiative to get involved with. Contact Memphis City Beautiful about adopting a park as well as to obtain more information about the program. I have also provided a link to an article where park adopters talk about the difference them adopting a park has made and why other people should adopt a park too! See link here!
Please continue to conserve and boil your water. We are still under the precautionary boil water advisory where we are to bring our water to a rolling boil for three minutes. Please call 901-528-4465 if you see water coming out of the ground or out of homes and businesses. See the link to MLG&W’s website here.
Food Desert Initiative
Neighborhoods that are considered food deserts may soon have an initiative in place that would supply them with a new food option. An organizer by the name of LJ Abraham wants to place refrigerators with free food in high-poverty areas. Refrigerators located in communities such as Binghamton will have access to FREE frozen, pre-made, and non-perishable meals. The refrigerators will be stocked, cleaned, and maintained by volunteers! Businesses, community centers, or volunteers willing to donate or partner with this initiative can email email@example.com
For the full article click here!
Emergency Rental & Utility Assistance
On March 1, 2021, an application for emergency rental and utility assistance will open for people in Shelby County. The application provided by http://home901.org/ will be online and applicants will have to provide proof that the pandemic has impacted their ability to pay. The $28.1 million was given by the federal government and will be split between the city of Memphis ($19.5) and Shelby County ($8.6). Memphis and Shelby County are also working with other entities to help with evictions. Click here for the full article.
Delinquent Utility Accounts
If you are homeless and looking to move but cannot obtain new utility services because of an old or delinquent account Shelby County Community Services Agency has funds available to assist with your delinquent account. Please call 901-222-4200 for assistance and more information.
Earlier this month DGX, a spinoff of the Dollar General brand, opened at 113 S. Main Street taking the place of Yao’s China Bistro. The store is said to offer fresh fruits, vegetables, cleaning supplies, home décor, a health and beauty section, and more. See more about the DGX brand here!
The medical district is seeing a lot of new development, so I decided to group these three development projects and make them apart of the bonus.
1030 Poplar Ave
A vacant apartment complex at 1030 Poplar Ave. has caught the eye of a developer. If acquired the developer plans to tear down the current building and put up 66 studios and some one-bedroom units. Construction for that project could start next month if approved. For more information click here.
Uptown’s Malone Park Commons
Uptown’s Malone Park Commons, a vintage-style walkable neighborhood, will be welcoming its first set of residents on March 1, 2021. The homes are called cottages and have will rent from $600 to $1,400. The residence sits in the middle of a busy area as the Pinch District and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Snuff District, Grind City Brewery, and Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid are all within walking distance. If you work in the Medical District housing incentives are available for you! For more information on this unique housing project click here!
URBN on Union
A 55.7-million-dollar mixed-used development may soon be happening near Methodist University Hospital. URBN on Union would include 270 apartments, retail space, and a parking garage. The address for the project would be 1338 Union Ave if approved. Read the full article by clicking here.
Links to all 3 articles can also be found here!
If you are interested in being a vendor at the Memphis Farmers Market, located at S Front & W GE Patterson, the vendor application is open. Click on the link provided for more information! 2021 Vendor Link
Here is a link to where you can find water distribution sites!
Free Water Distribution Sites
This list continues to grow! Here are some Black Owned businesses for you to check out. I will leave an asterisk symbol (*) beside places I can give insight on. Think of it as your little black book, a directory to support your own.
The S.O. What! Foundation*
This organization helps youth overcome obstacles and eliminate excuses
by providing hope, love, support, encourage, direction, and training.
Memphis Urban League Young Professionals*
This organization is a service oriented leadership organization promoting
the development of young professionals and serving their affiliates
through social and community actions.
This organization is a development organization for
high school and college students in the Mid-South.
901 Natural Cutie
This organization's mission is to promote positive images, people
and activities in the African American community.
Cynthia Daniels & Co.
This organization creates events for professionals. Cynthia Daniels & Co, is a full-service event planning and design company that specializes in executing large-scale corporate and social events.
JUICE Orange Mound
This organization exist to unite, empower, and support each resident
in HISTORIC Orange Mound by finding and funding innovative ideas within the community.
The Collective (CLTV)
This organization's mission is to inspire and cultivate creativity within the
our community, to provide a platform for African American artists in Memphis to display
their talents, and use that creative expression as a vehicle to uplift our community.
Just City Memphis
This organization's mission is to advance policies and programs within Shelby County and the State of Tennessee that strengthen the right to counsel and mitigate the damage caused to families and neighborhoods as a result of contact with the criminal justice system.
This organization educates, promotes awareness, and provides a positive
outlet for individuals who have become prisoners to issues and roadblocks.
Facebook and Instagram @mytaylorsworld
Perfectly Me & Proud LLC.
This organization is committed to eradicating stigma and low self-esteem
in women by embracing, educating, and empowering the total woman.
Facebook and Instagram @Perfectly Me & Proud
Memphis is filled with history so, I wanted to share ways to really embrace and indulge in the culture!
Places to Visit
The museum that showcases 260 artifacts and interactive media covering five centuries of African American history, The National Civil Rights Museum. The museum is Located at the Lorraine Motel
Learn more about slavery when you visit one of the Underground Railroads safe haven stops for slaves on their way to freedom, Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum. Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum is housed inside the historic Burkle Estate that was owned by a German immigrant apart of the anti-slavery movement.
Now, at first I wasn't too sure about this one. I have always just walked straight passed this place because I wasn't certain what information it held but according to the website The Cotton museum will tell the complex history of cotton and it's contributions to the city. Let me know how it goes!
Take a trip Downtown and check out the Withers Collection Museum and Gallery located on Bale street. View photos taken by the legendary Dr. Ernest C Withers who was a trained military photographer and one of the first nine African Americans appointed to the Memphis Police Department. His collection features life during the Civil Rights movement, the 20th century, and present day.
Celebrate musician greats like B.B. King, W. C. Handy, Isaac Hayes, Hank Crawford and research the impact Memphis has had on music by going to the Blues Hall of Fame, Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Sun Studio, Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum or W.C. Handy Home and Museum.
blues.org/ staxmuseum.com/ www.sunstudio.com/
Take a trip to the first African-American neighborhood and stop by "The CMPLX" to celebrate the art created by today's Memphis talent! Brought to us by way of The Collective, The CMPLX is a black owned art gallery and event space displaying the creations of native Memphians.
Events to Attend
Events will be posted as they are scheduled! You may find them here as well as on the event calendar.