Carpenter Street seeing changes following closure of drug house

Carpenter Street seeing changes following closure of drug house

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Artists believe that there is beauty in everything. Under the umbrella of the Binghampton Development Corporation, the Carpenter Art Garden is partnering with neighborhood children and adults, as well as local artists, to change a blighted lot into a place of positivity.

Along with aesthetic appeal, the garden encourages a sense of hope that things will get better for the neighborhood. A recent home near the Carpenter Art Garden was condemned by the Shelby County District Attorney's Office. The home was declared a nuisance and is now boarded up. Investigators claim that the gang members who terrorized the neighborhood belong to the Grape Street Crips.

Just a few days later, the community is already feeling the impact. Monday, in a message to one of their supporters, GiVE365, they said:

"I am thankful to you and all the other people who helped make this possible. I firmly believe the garden's association with GiVE 365 was the catalyst for this change and I will be forever grateful."

The Carpenter Art Garden director, Erin Harris, said it was through community associations and collaboration that they were able to put an end to the unsafe activity on the street.

The group posted a photo of a neighborhood kid and long time program participant in front of the house that used to be unsafe.

For more information on the Carpenter Art Garden click here

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