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Taking Back Our Neighborhoods: A New Face for an Old Broad

By Joe Birch - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - An artsy Midtown neighborhood will make a comeback this weekend, as event organizers put "A New Face on an Old Broad."

During the weekend event, Broad Avenue in Midtown will become an arts district.  Storefronts along the street, most of which are currently vacant, will temporarily house antique dealers, a bike shop, a coffee house and other businesses.

The purpose of the event is to help entrepreneurs envision what the street once was - and could again be.

"What's going to happen is all of the shops are going to re-open," business owner Jo Buehler said. "People are going to see that they can have tea shops and restaurants or maybe a cleaners."

"The vision of the businesses association is to have more: more businesses, more residents, and more bike riders down the street," event organizer David Wayne Brown said.

The bike connection is critical. Special bicycle lanes will be added on Broad, and even a bike valet will appear Friday. Broad intersects with Tillman Street and Shelby Farms' Greenline, completing a bike path linking Shelby Farms to nearby Overton Park.

"This is a critical link in joining the Greenline, which I think...is the catalyst to turn around attitudes towards Memphis, Tennessee," event sponsor Charles McVean said.

"It just clicked that this had to be done on Broad," Sarah Newstock of Livable Memphis added. "It would be a way to bring in the bike lanes and the facilities that we're hoping to have along the entire route, and also bring in the neighborhood revitalization piece, which is so important to our work at Livable Memphis."

The face-lift this Friday and Saturday is designed to attract new suitors for old Broad, promising plenty of good years ahead.

For more details about this weekend's event, click here.

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