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1. Memphis Mayor's Office to Help Save Franklin's Birthplace -

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Memphis mayor's office is pitching in to help figure out the future of the dilapidated house where soul singer Aretha Franklin was born, a lawyer said Thursday.

2. Expanded Uptown TIF May Offer Needed Relief for Blighted Areas -

The announcement of last week’s blockbuster proposal to expand the Uptown Tax Increment Financing area and extend the applications of Downtown’s Tourism Development Zone may have been headlined by the reimagined convention center and multibillion-dollar improvements to the area’s medical facilities, but some of the most significant changes may end up occurring at the neighborhood level.

3. Blight Fight Takes Root Near Carnes Elementary -

Some of Mary Baker’s friends like to joke that she will eventually reclaim the whole city of Memphis, but just one lot at a time. “I say, what’s wrong with that?” Baker replied.

4. Growing Pains -

In many ways, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe in 1971 shaped the way Midtown Memphis looks today, so it’s only fitting that the park continues to inspire citizens to fight for what they feel is right.

5. Platform for Property -

Airbnb is revolutionizing the hospitality industry causing legislators worldwide to scramble to regulate it, but the Memphis City Council is gaining state and national attention for its hands-off attitude.

6. Events -

Talk Shoppe will meet Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the University of Phoenix’s Memphis campus, 65 Germantown Court, first floor. Blight Authority of Memphis executive director Sheila Jordan Cunningham and Neighborhood Preservation Inc. president Steve Barlow will present “Fighting Blight in Memphis.” Cost is free. Visit talkshoppe.biz or call Jo Garner at 901-482-0354.

7. Events -

Southwest Tennessee Community College and Arkansas State University Mid-South will hold a process technology career fair Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Nabors Auditorium on STCC’s Macon Cove campus, 5983 Macon Cove. Employers including Hershey, Valero, Blues City Brewery and Lucite will be on hand. Visit southwest.tn.edu.

8. Orange Mound Designated By Michelle Obama -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

9. Orange Mound Gets Rare Designation From First Lady -

Orange Mound, the nation’s first subdivision designed specifically for African-Americans, has been designated by First Lady Michelle Obama as a Preserve America Community.

Orange Mound in Memphis becomes the 905th such community nationwide. The program recognizes a select group of communities that use their heritage resources in sustainable ways and share the myriad benefits of historic preservation with residents and visitors.

10. Historic Mansion Being Restored Into Exclusive French-Asian Restaurant -

The Nineteenth Century Club, one of the last great mansions of Union Avenue, was slated to become a strip mall. Next door to the 107-year-old building is a Taco Bell, which stands on the site of the Nineteenth Century Club’s former ballroom.

11. Radio Station Plan Emerges for Aretha Franklin’s Birth Home -

Aretha’s Franklin’s childhood home received another reprieve in Environmental Court.

The decrepit structure at 406 Lucy Ave. in South Memphis has been boarded up and left vacant for years. But reinvigorated development plans to save the house from a demolition order, by turning it into either a museum or a radio station, need more time.

12. Malco Theatres Project Lands $125K Grant -

Malco Theatres hopes to start construction next month on its boutique movie theater Downtown thanks to a hefty grant from the CCDC.

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Center City Development Corp. approved a $125,000 grant for the “high-impact” project. The grant amount soars past what the CCDC, an affiliate board of the Downtown Memphis Commission, has awarded in the past. Most of the storefront improvement grants over the past few years have come in below $30,000.

13. Hotel Napoleon Joins Growing List of Unique Downtown Lodging -

A Downtown property’s ample windows, turn-of-the century architecture and an interesting backstory attracted hotel developer Suna Investments to the historic Winchester Building at 179 Madison Ave.

14. Memphis Property Hub Using Micro-Level Data to Drive Solutions -

The effects of blight, like boarded-up windows and overgrown lawns, are clear to see. While the methods used to track blight are less apparent, an effort is underway to streamline property data so that government agencies and community development groups can tailor solutions at a neighborhood level.

15. Frayser Landfill Owner Pulls Expansion Application, But Plans to Return -

Amid public opposition, Memphis Wrecking Co. has withdrawn its application to expand its landfill near Whitney Elementary School in Frayser. This is the second consecutive time the company withdrawn its application with the Land Use Control Board before the board could consider the request.

16. Williams Hired for Memphis Blight-Fighting Fellowship -

The city of Memphis and University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law recently hired Brittany J. Williams as the city’s first Neighborhood Preservation Fellow. In that role, Williams will represent the city in Environmental Court lawsuits against property owners who have vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties that violate city codes.

17. Frayser Targeted as Pilot Area for Citywide Fight Against Blight -

Last week, a wrecking team demolished a single-family home in the Washington Heights neighborhood in South Memphis. The effort, organized by United Housing Inc. and backed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, was the first of its kind to take place.

18. City Hires Neighborhood Preservation Fellow -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the city of Memphis have hired Brittany Williams as city’s first Neighborhood Preservation fellow.

19. Memphis, U of M Law School Hire First Neighborhood Preservation Fellow -

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and the city of Memphis have hired Brittany Williams as city’s first Neighborhood Preservation fellow.

20. Cleaning House -

Every neighborhood in Memphis and Shelby County has the right to be free from the negative effects of vacant, abandoned and blighted properties. That’s the battle cry of the Memphis Blight Elimination Charter, a 23-page pledge that will steer policy and programs dedicated to blight eradication.

21. Roadmap to Attacking Blight Awaits City and County Approval -

Blighted properties, overgrown lots and abandoned buildings are not unique to Memphis. But Memphis is the only city with a blight elimination charter that affirms cross-sector commitment to uproot the causes of blight and prevent further decline.

22. Blight Fight Touts New Pathway, Partnerships -

The local effort to fight blight has been in recent years a machete-like action to cut through bureaucratic red tape and get possession of the most blighted properties.

So there have been a lot of press conferences where bulldozers are featured prominently to demolish the targeted property.

23. Numerous Benefits to Cleaning Up Blight -

I grew up in Memphis, but like so many young people, moved away for college and lived in a few other cities before returning in 2012. I always missed my hometown and when I had the opportunity to choose where I wanted to build my career, Memphis was the only choice in my heart.

24. Klondike Wants Plan To Stave Off Gentrification -

With multimillion-dollar investments growing up around it in the Crosstown and Uptown neighborhoods, the Klondike/Smokey City Community Development Corp. is working with the University of Memphis on a grassroots action plan to stave off gentrification.

25. Blight Authority of Memphis Convenes to Tackle Problem Properties -

“This is historic,” attorney Steve Barlow said at the inaugural meeting of the Blight Authority of Memphis, held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Downtown Memphis Commission’s office.

26. Urban Planning Practice Shows How Design Can Combat Crime -

What if, instead of piling on security guards and higher fences, developers combatted crime through design?

That’s the theory behind Crime Prevention through Environmental Design, an urban planning practice that studies how the built environment impacts social behavior.

27. The Week Ahead: Nov. 9, 2015 -

How was your weekend, Memphis? Here’s our weekly rundown of local happenings you need to know about, from revenge on the Warriors to crime reduction through urban planning…

It’s still election season in 70 percent of the city, which sounds like a weather forecast – part warning and part advisory.
But the seven-day outlook calls for an increased chance of political engagement this week. Early voting in the set of five Memphis City Council runoff races continues this week at eight satellite locations as well as the Downtown site, 157 Poplar Ave.
The runoff elections in council districts 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7 will determine the identity of a council that will have at least six, possibly seven new members. Super District council members Philip Spinosa and Martavius Jones, the two confirmed new faces on the council, were elected outright on Oct. 8.

28. Events -

Germantown Neighborhood Preservation Commission will hold the free Neighborhood Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Great Hall & Conference Center, 1900 S. Germantown Road. Mayor Mike Palazzolo is the keynote speaker. For details, email saharris@germantown-tn.gov or call 901-757-7203.

29. Events -

University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law and Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will host an OnlineTNJustice virtual clinic Monday, Oct. 26. Volunteer attorneys and law students will help answer civil legal questions from vulnerable Tennesseans during this Pro Bono Month event. To volunteer, attorneys must be registered with onlinetnjustice.org. Visit tals.org/otjcalendar for details.

30. Historic Clayborn Temple to be Restored -

Clayborn Temple, the home base for the sanitation worker strikes of 1968, is on its way to restoration after decades of neglect and four years on the market. Nonprofit Neighborhood Preservation Inc. is taking over what is expected to be a multimillion-dollar project to return the church to religious, educational and community uses.

31. Long-Vacant Union Avenue Properties Get Another Day -

The city of Memphis and the Downtown Memphis Commission are negotiating with the owners of two vacant buildings in the 600 block of Union Avenue in an effort to avoid General Sessions Environmental Court declaring the properties a public nuisance.

32. Problem Properties -

Memphis has a crippling issue with blight, and one nonprofit is front and center with changing the culture that led to the city’s inundation of abandoned properties and lots.

Neighborhood Preservation Inc. was founded in 2012 as a court-appointed receiver of properties taken away from neglectful owners. Over the years, it has evolved to become a robust advocate for stronger legislation and development tools to deal with problem properties.

33. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

34. Panel Alters Wharton’s Plan for Memphis Fairgrounds -

The Mid-South Coliseum becomes a pavilion with a grove next to a multi-purpose sports center. A 10-acre water park fronts on Central Avenue where a high school gym now stands.

A second north-south Tiger Lane intersects with the current east-west version.

35. ULI Fairgrounds Panel Has Busy Schedule -

A team of eight out-of-town planning experts has a busy week ahead as it wades into the simmering local debate about plans to recast the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

And the first hard copy of something the Urban Land Institute-assembled group is likely to get are the comments from four town hall meetings held in different parts of Memphis over two evenings last week.

36. Sounds Like a Hit for Neighbors -

For months, sounds of construction surrounded the Nashville Sounds’ sparkling new First Tennessee Park in Germantown.

The constant thump-thump-thump of pounding jackhammers competed with the irritating, high-pitched beeps of vehicles backing up. Ka-ching! Cranes lifted steel beams into place, keeping time with a syncopated thrumming of never-ending drilling. Ka-ching!

37. Full-Time Job -

For years, Judge Larry E. Potter has had to juggle a challenging court docket that included thousands of traffic citations and animal abuse cases along with the blight and neglect cases typically associated with the court.

38. Taking Action -

The windows on the old Executive Inn on Airways Boulevard where Brooks Road dead ends had been busted out for several years, leaving the curtains in its long-empty rooms fluttering in the wind.

But in January, demolition crews began ripping away at the blighted property at 3222 Airways, providing relief to residents and business owners whose own property values suffered because of the neglected property in that corner of Whitehaven.

39. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

40. Flinn Rumor Could Impact Multiple City Council Races -

Even before Shea Flinn gave a “no comment” last week to a persistent rumor that he would resign from the Memphis City Council, there were potential candidates eyeing his super district seat.

With no qualifying petitions issued for the October ballot until next month, there is stealthy speculation about who is running for council and which seats may be sought.

41. 100 North Main Seeks Historic Designation -

An effort to redevelop a Downtown skyscraper may have received a boost this week. A state board is recommending that the tower at 100 N. Main St. be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

42. 100 N. Main Recommended for Historic Register, Pinch Decision Delayed -

A state board is recommending that the skyscraper at 100 N. Main St. Downtown be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, a move that could allow the owner to seek tax credits and grants to redevelop the building.

43. Center of Attention -

The Pinch District, one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and commercial centers, will receive some much-needed tender loving care in advance of Bass Pro Shops opening its massive store at The Pyramid May 1.

44. Mapping a Path to Success -

Like many other things on paper, maps have largely become extinct as interactive, digital versions have taken over.

But for students of history, as well as those with a keen interest in the neighborhoods and boundaries within cities, the paper map is an irreplaceable document.

45. Victorian Village Homes See Demand -

A new single-family residential project in the heart of Victorian Village is doing very well, thank you very much.

Five of the eights lots inside Planters Row II, a unique master planned community on Jefferson Avenue in Victorian Village between the Medical Center and Downtown core, are already optioned or under contract after the first day of sales, according to Scott Blake, president of Design 500 Inc.

46. Rogero Talks ‘Smart Growth,’ Democratic Politics -

Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero became the first woman to hold that office when she won the election in 2011.

She’s been actively involved in a number of local issues since her election, from urban-core revitalization and business recruitment to broader social issues such as marriage equality.

47. Downtown Knoxville Tourism Finally Finds its Stride -

When Kim Trent moved to Knoxville in 1990, she could stand along Gay Street on a Sunday and be the only soul in sight. Today, she’s a face in the crowd.

48. Viability of Black Creative Districts Explored -

Several weeks ago, Eric Robertson, the president of the neighborhood revitalization intermediary Community LIFT, was showing a group of visitors around the city’s various creative and entertainment districts.

49. Tennessee Steps Up the Fight Against Blight -

While the national economy is still rebounding from the 2008 housing crisis, foreclosures, vacant homes and blighted properties are a lingering issue many markets throughout the country have to address.

50. Coalition Works to Preserve Nashville's Music Row -

NASHVILLE (AP) – With development squeezing Nashville's famous Music Row, some in the music industry say time is running out to preserve the district's character and the studios where the Music City's iconic sounds were born.

51. Midtown Corner Could See Turnaround -

While Midtown as a whole is experiencing a resurgence, two properties at the key intersection of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard remain vacant, decaying eyesores.

But a real estate agent representing the owner of the vacant office building and hotel at the southwest corner of Union and McLean says both properties are under contract to be sold.

52. Blueprint for the Future -

It was 1992, and architect Joey Hagan was searching high and low for space for his own office.

He turned to his friend David Schuermann – the two had previously worked together at Bologna and Associates – whose firm at the time, DMS Architects, had an office at 88 Union Center Downtown.

53. Grizzlies Promote Wexler to Business Operations President -

The Memphis Grizzlies have promoted Jason Wexler to president of business operations of the team and FedExForum.

The new position gives Wexler primary leadership responsibility for all aspects of the business, including ticket sales and service, arena operations, corporate partnerships, marketing communications and broadcast, community investment and general operations.

54. Heart of Arlington -

When Sandy Brewer and her family moved more than eight years ago from Cordova to a turn-of-the-century home just two blocks from Arlington’s Depot Square, she said it felt like taking a step back in time.

55. New Nonprofit Charts Role in Blight Fight -

The bulldozer went straight for the leasing office of the former Spanish Oaks apartments on Cazassa Road near Memphis International Airport.

Meanwhile another bulldozer across the two-lane road was deep into demolishing a set of buildings in the old Winchester Park apartments.

56. New Housing Option Comes to Victorian Village -

Florence Hervery had been thinking about the next phase of her life for some time.

The 55-year-old Whitehaven resident had been mulling over a move Downtown, but she wanted a home, not a condominium or apartment, and was hesitant to move into the bustling Downtown core.

57. Historic Transformation -

Around nine years ago Scott Blake was walking to St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral when he noticed a window in the tower at the historic James Lee House in Victorian Village had been blown out, exposing it to the elements.

58. Vance Collaborative to Unveil Plan -

When the Vance Avenue Collaborative unveils its five-year, six-project plan Thursday, Sept. 13, for revitalizing the area south of FedExForum there will be some differences from what Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s administration has been thinking.

59. Main Connector -

The attention Downtown Memphis’ South Main Historic Arts District and its surrounding areas has received this year has far-reaching implications for future development.

Recent high-profile deals the community has seen get the green light include the Chisca Hotel redevelopment, Storefront Improvement Grant Program, branding efforts with North Star Destination Strategies, growth at The Orpheum Theatre Memphis and Memphis Central Station, a flurry of apartment and loft rehabs, and retail activity with a new athletic club and restaurants.

60. Lee House Development Could Propel District -

In the 19th century, Victorian Village was home to Memphis’ elite.

Nowadays, the 10-square-block area in Downtown Memphis has one of the highest concentrations of historic structures in the city, with 24 properties on the National Register of Historic Places within four blocks.

61. B&B Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

62. B&B Development Could Spark Victorian Village -

Following years of due diligence, the James Lee House in Downtown Memphis could soon be the centerpiece of the Victorian Village master plan.

63. CCRFC to Consider Chisca PILOT -

A group of local investors spearheading the restoration of the Chisca Hotel will go before the Memphis Center City Revenue Finance Corp. Tuesday, June 12, seeking a pair of incentives as part of the $19.6 million project.

64. Design 500 Finds Passion Preparing Museum Exhibits -

Scott Blake’s home office in a historic building at 671 Jefferson Ave. is clearly the abode of a man with a deep love of art, history and design.

65. Beyond Square One -

Memphis City Council’s approval for spending $16 million to improve Midtown’s Overton Square marked a milestone for neighborhood supporters, grassroots leaders and financial stakeholders – especially Loeb Properties Inc.

66. Green Light -

It may have been a murky day in Memphis, but neighborhood stakeholders didn’t let the afternoon rain dampen their support of the Overton Square redevelopment project during the Memphis City Council’s final meeting of the year.

67. Council Passes $16M Overton Square Funding -

It may have been a murky day in Memphis, but neighborhood stakeholders didn’t let the afternoon rain dampen their support of the Overton Square redevelopment project during the Memphis City Council’s final meeting of the year.

68. Gaining Respect -

Although known the world over as the adopted hometown of the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Memphis also gave birth to the queen of soul.

Aretha Franklin is typically associated with the city of Detroit, but the music icon spent the first two years of her life near the Soulsville neighborhood in South Memphis, where her father served as a prominent Baptist minister in the 1930s and 1940s.

69. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot -

The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.

Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.

70. Dallas Co. Pays $35M for Depot -

The Memphis Depot Business Park has sold for $35.8 million after being on the market for less than six months.

Memphis Depot Associates LLC, an affiliated entity of Dallas-based Mayfield Properties LP, on Friday, Aug. 5, bought 260 acres of property containing 4.2 million square feet in buildings in the industrial park and former Army base just north of Memphis International Airport from Depot Redevelopment Corp. of Memphis and Shelby County.

71. Renewed Vision -

Victorian Village Inc. executive director Scott Blake has spent the past five years diligently working to revitalize the neighborhood he calls home, and a slew of recent projects indicate Victorian Village could be on the cusp of a renaissance.

72. Murry-Drobot Joins Family Safety Center -

Olliette Murry-Drobot has joined the Family Safety Center of Memphis and Shelby County as executive director.

Hometown: West Memphis

Work Experience: Fourteen years in not-for-profit management, neighborhood revitalization, organizational development and social services delivery. Recently, I served as the executive director for the Southeast Memphis Community Development Corp. and as a lead consultant on community outreach efforts for The Center for Criminology and Research at the University of Memphis.

73. ‘Hundreds More’ Blight Suits on the Way -

A few hundred lawsuits targeting the owners of run-down properties are likely to be filed by the city of Memphis not long after 2011 rolls around, according to one estimate of the city’s timetable.

74. Blue CRUSH Boots Midtown ‘Problem Renter’ -

The house on the corner of South Cox Street and Southern Avenue didn’t look bad, as alleged drug houses go.

There was fresh blue-gray paint with neat borders, the distinct lines of a well-built house and a substantial red door with heavy glass.

75. Opening Move -

The owners of 138 run-down properties sued by the city on the recommendation of code enforcement officials will soon be due in court for a series of hearings that start later this month.

The targets of those lawsuits own everything from a collection of townhouses east of Memphis International Airport to Southern Funeral Home at 440 Vance Ave. The trait they share is the public nuisance the city believes they present.

76. Wharton Files Blight Suits -

For months, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. has been standing outside old homes and warning owners of the vacant decaying properties that the city is coming with attorneys and legal papers.

On Tuesday he launched the first wave of lawsuits under the state’s Neighborhood Preservation Act.

77. Wharton to File Neighborhood Preservation Act Lawsuits -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will mark his first year in office by filing 135 lawsuits Tuesday against owners of blighted and neglected properties under the Neighborhood Preservation Act.

Wharton will file the lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court as the “first wave” of what he has said will be a two-year effort to target property owners who don’t keep houses and other structures up to the standards of the local construction code.

78. Wharton to File Neighborhood Preservation Act Lawsuits -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. will mark his first year in office by filing 135 lawsuits Tuesday against owners of blighted and neglected properties under the Neighborhood Preservation Act.

Wharton will file the lawsuits in Shelby County Environmental Court as the “first wave” of what he has said will be a two-year effort to target property owners who don’t keep houses and other structures up to the standards of the local construction code.

79. River Revival -

Nature enthusiasts and conservation supporters are getting set for the second annual Wolf River Day exposition Saturday at the Vollintine-Evergreen Greenline, 620 N. Avalon St., in Midtown.

80. Boyle Donates Land to Wolf River Conservancy -

A forested tract of land along the Wolf River once slated for development has been spared the chainsaws and will instead be set aside as a nature preserve.

Boyle Investment Co. has given the Wolf River Conservancy 290 acres of pristine land north of the river in Memphis’ annexation reserve area about halfway between Germantown Parkway and Houston Levee Road.

81. Boyle Donates 290 Acres to Wolf River Conservancy -

A forested tract of land along the Wolf River once slated for development has been spared the chainsaws and will instead be set aside as a nature preserve.

Boyle Investment Co. has given the Wolf River Conservancy 290 acres of pristine land north of the river in Memphis’ annexation reserve area about halfway between Germantown Parkway and Houston Levee Road.

82. Midtown Overlay Gets Second Reading -

The historic preservation group Memphis Heritage Inc. was on a roll as August was about to end.

But the group and other backers of a Midtown overlay are nervous about Tuesday’s Memphis City Council vote on the set of zoning and building guidelines.

83. Honoring Heritage -

Judy Peiser has a good idea of how Memphians define Memphis, but the catch is that her definition lasts only one year at best.

This weekend, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, hosted by the Center for Southern Folklore, gives Memphians a chance to live Memphis’ identity and cultural legacy on the streets of Downtown.

84. Midtown CVS Approved By Council -

Memphis City Council member approved a CVS drug store at Union Ave and Cooper St. on a 10-2 vote that followed a two hour debate.

The council also approved an amendment calling on the developers of the store to get as close as they can in their plans to requirements of the advisory Midtown overlay. The two exceptions to that are restrictions on a drive through window for the pharmacy and how far from the street the building can be.

85. Attorney Takes On Urban Blight -

Down a side road in the Medical Center neighborhood, past tire piles, trash-strewn lots and a makeshift sign announcing a church “coming soon to save souls,” there’s an empty, slightly overgrown field.

86. Midtown Target -

Two years ago this month, awed silence greeted real estate developer Tom Marsh as he clicked through slides and walked a neighborhood group through his team’s plan.

87. Gov't Aims to Help More "Underwater" Homeowners -

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government launched a new effort on Monday to speed up the time-consuming, often-frustrating process of selling your home if you owe more than it's worth.

The Obama administration will give $3,000 for moving expenses to homeowners who complete such a sale – known as a short sale – or agree to turn over the deed of the property to the lender. It's designed for homeowners who are in financial trouble but don't qualify for the administration's $75 billion mortgage modification program.

88. Events -

James Hutto of Valeo Marketing and Design will offer a five-course series on social media today through Friday at Emerge Memphis, 516 Tennessee St. To register, visit nawbo-workshop.eventbrite.com.

89. Strong Case Must Made for Overton Square Revamp -

In a city where movement tends to be to the east, Overton Square seems to have drifted to the south.

We speak of Overton Square here as an entertainment district whose spirit can be found in what has been happening in the Cooper-Young neighborhood and what is about to happen with the opening of the new Playhouse on the Square at Union Avenue and Cooper Street.

90. Attorneys Unite Against Social Ills -

Two Memphis lawyers who have claimed the scalps of predatory lenders and slipshod property owners are combining their efforts in a new law practice.

Begun by Memphis Area Legal Services director of advocacy Webb Brewer and private attorney Steve Barlow, Brewer & Barlow PLC is built around the partners’ mutual interest in what they call “social justice” legal issues. The new practice will focus on everything from the rights of tenants to untangling borrowers from the trap of predatory lending.

91. Schuermann Elected To Design Review Board -

David Schuermann has been elected to the Center City Commission’s Design Review board.

Schuermann is a principal at Architecture Inc. He is active with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and currently serves on the Tennessee Board of Architectural & Engineering Examiners.

92. Tupelo Man Wants to Save Historic Home -

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - One of Tupelo's most endangered historic properties will soon be renovated thanks to resident and history buff Brad Prewitt.

93. New Leaders Work to Reinvigorate Downtown Neighborhood Association -

New leadership within the Downtown Neighborhood Association has increased membership by 20 percent over the past two months as the organization rebuilds from a period of turmoil.

Terry Woodard, the new DNA president, said the organization is striving for more than a number goal with membership.

94. Barlow Leaves UNDC To Build Law Practice -

Memphis attorney Steve Barlow has left his full-time position as executive director of the neighborhood group that promotes revitalization around the University of Memphis.

95. Lawsuit Filed to Clean Up Medical District Property -

A state public nuisance law is being used to force the owners of a dilapidated, two-story apartment complex at 267 Ayers St. in the Medical Center District to clean it up.

96. Politics at Root Of Rape Center Failures -

When government does not serve the people, whom does it serve?

The question is more important than the answer.

In the case of the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center, the government response at one point not only failed to serve the people to their expectations, it made the problem worse.

97. High Court Rules Narrowly In Voting Rights Case -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday in a challenge to the landmark Voting Rights Act, siding with a small Texas governing authority but sidestepping the larger constitutional issue.

98. Decaying Heritage: Historic preservation reaches ‘tipping point’ -

Historic Memphis is rotting faster than the deteriorating economy.

Tight credit markets, long foreclosure lists, frequent mortgage flipping and financially struggling property owners have proven to be bigger threats to the city’s landmark structures than bulldozers. Demolition by neglect is rampant, and preservation leaders don’t yet know what to do about it.

99. Legislature Works to Bolster Anti-Blight Law -

Two Memphis-area lawmakers are proposing amendments to Tennessee’s Neighborhood Preservation Act, which allows homeowners to sue owners of nearby rental properties that fall into disrepair and cause home values to decline.

100. Coordinated Effort Sought To Save Musicians’ Homes -

The childhood home of Aretha Franklin may already be on Soulsville’s wish list, but another structure on the campus of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music appears in need of more immediate attention.