City leaders work to put a stop to blight

Teaming up to fight blight
(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - City leaders and community activists are coming together to try to clean up Memphis.

Newly-elected city councilwoman Patrice Robinson is making the fight against blight a priority

Robinson joined officials from HUD, MHA, the city's public works and other divisions at Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ to tour blighted properties in Fox Meadows, Parkway Village and Whitehaven.

"My first 60 days on the council, I'm finding that everyone is doing their work in a vacuum and we need to start talking to one another," Robinson said.

Robinson believes it is time to collaborate on a strategic plan, working with property owners and environmental court.

"We need to move as quickly as we can, and its budget season as well, so it's a great time to have this discussion," Robinson said.

29 year Fox Meadows resident Patricia Rogers is campaigning for change in her neighborhood.

"When I moved out here in 1987, it was the place to be," Rogers said. "We need an economic boost in this community and that's what we're hoping will be done."

A vacant unit at the Cromwell Apartments reflects the frustration of residents in the area. Soiled mattresses, graffiti and trash litter the area. City officials witnessed firsthand the conditions in District 3 and vowed to push for an action plan.

"We are looking at whatever we can do to make this a better place, a better Memphis," Robinson said.

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