JULY 11, 2014, BY MICHAEL QUANDER
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.