Memphis Councilwoman Sponsors Resolution to Study How Memphis 3.0 Will Affect Minority Communities

Memphis City Councilwoman Cheyenne Johnson has sponsored a resolution which recommends hiring a consultant to study the long-term impact of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s Memphis 3.0 initiative, specifically involving its effect on communities of color, the Commercial Appeal reports. Johnson contends that the mayor’s plan does not advance certain minority neighborhoods in the city, rather designates them as a “nurture” area — which means a focus on growing existing business but not accelerated development. Johnson said “I think part of it is not understanding how (accelerate or nurture) was used. Nurture may mean you might feed them a little … but accelerate means we’re going to take care of you.” Memphis 3.0 was recently on the agenda for a reading, and on Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m., CDT in the Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

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