2005/04/07

Protect neighborhoods

I think we can all agree that the Memphis City School board members made the correct decision when they voted to close four elementary schools. Now what are they going to do with those empty buildings? Tear them down? I hope not.

The closing decision shouldn't be the end of the story, however, for the neighborhoods around Locke, Stafford, Dunn and Walker Elementary schools. These soon-to-be-empty school buildings should be carefully evaluated to assess the possibility of alternative uses that would benefit their neighborhoods.

Organizations such as the city's Department of Housing and Community Development and the Community Development Council of Greater Memphis, working closely with school district officials, should focus on these areas to help assess their needs and prepare for a future without their traditional neighborhood hubs. (Full story)

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