• Heights Community Development Corporation helping re-imagine Heights neighborhood

    By: Tom Dees

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    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Heights Community Development Corporation is guiding local stakeholders to re-imagine National Street as a central public gathering space for the Heights neighborhood.

    The project is called the Heights Line, which is designed to draw visitors and businesses to the area. 

    Neighbors have raised over $11,000 for the demonstration project through an IOBY crowdfunding
    campaign
    , with an additional $3,000 raised in grants and other donations, including a $2,500 Empowerment Fund grant from Community Lift.

    The idea is to leave the project up for a month and to try to see if the City of Memphis will make it permanent.

    Ken Brown is among the volunteers in the neighborhood that made it happen, he shared with FOX13 the project is well worth it.

    "Man, it does a lot for our neighborhood for one it slows down traffic on National and that's a good thing," Brown said.

    Project organizer Jared Myers lives in the neighborhood, he told us the hope is to use the project is for ideas to connect the Wolf River Greenway and the Shelby Farms Greenline.

    "Also, it brings people into our neighborhood. We are sandwiched between Jackson and Summer and people drive around the Heights, but don't necessarily come through it," Myers said.

    Brown told FOX13 he hopes the city decides to make the project permanent and extend it several blocks.

    "We need stuff like this. People can come out and look at the Gardens and just come out or sit down and read a book or anything," Brown said.

    Organizers told FOX13 they hope the project helps spur home growth and new businesses to the area. 

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