(WMC-TV) - Residents put their feet to the pavement in an effort to save the city's last public housing project from demolition Tuesday.
Supporters of the housing project marched from the St. Patrick's Catholic Church to Memphis City Hall.
They called for Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, City Council's Planning and Zoning Committee, and other city leaders to support the Vance Avenue Community Transformation Plan.
"We have a plan that would move 50 families at a time to nearby housing for five to six months. We'd go in and make modest improvements that are needed and they'll be able to return. Not one family would be permanently displaced," said University of Memphis professor Ken Reardon, who is leading the group's initiative.
The group wants to renovate and preserve Foote Homes by providing residents with more social services and economic opportunities. They want to add greenways, gardens and emphasize the neighborhood's rich cultural history.