Commission wants to know how to improve Downtown

Members of a Memphis group are working on a plan for the Downtown area and they want to know what you think, about everything from parking, to where to find groceries.

Action News 5 hit the streets today and found out the commission has a tough job ahead.

The Center City Commission is hoping you can help them come up with a five-year plan for Downtown Memphis through the use of a 15-question survey.

Here are some of the things they want to know.

How many times have you comeDowntown in the past year and what do you normally go Downtown for?

If Downtown hopes to attract more residents within the next five-years, it will be crucial to make sure there are affordable places for everyone to live.

Is there enough new construction, the survey asks.

"Yes, as far as residential there's plenty," said Lisa Doss, of Muse Clothing Boutique.

And as more people live work and play Downtown, there's going to need to be plenty of parking.

"On the streets, it's difficult, because it's certainly limited," said Ellie Rolfes, a Downtown resident.

So, what's most important for a positive Downtown experience?

Is it renovated buildings, new construction, is it clean, kid-friendly areas? Are there enough places to eat, shop, be entertained? And is it safe? So, what's missing?

"A grocery store for sure," answered Midtowner Amy Poag.

Some say the perfect Downtown needs all of the above.

The last time there was a strategic plan put together for Downtown Memphis was four years ago.

The Center City Commission hopes to have this new plan put together by this summer. There are two versions of the survey, one for business owners and one for the general public.