A few months ago, the Heights was awarded a federal grant to create a revitalization plan for the neighborhood. The grant is called Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and the key to this process is resident involvement! BNCP is all about creating strong, safe and healthy neighborhoods and together with your help we can make the Heights the best neighborhood that it can be. And we are not the only ones routing for the Heights – Mayor Wharton, MPD Director Toney Armstrong, Memphis Housing and Community Development, Community LIFT, local foundations and many more have come together to form the Greater Memphis Partnership and have committed to support our efforts.
Residents, local church leaders, principals, teachers, students and local business owners make-up the Heights Coalition and the group comes together once a month to talk about the kind of neighborhood that we want the Heights to be. All of the ideas that the group generates will be used to create the revitalization plan!
Our last meeting was in May and what a turn-out! The largest Heights Coalition meeting so far! After filling up on Tops BBQ the group got down to business. We all want the Heights to be a safe community but what does a safe neighborhood look and feel like? How do you know when you are in a safe neighborhood? That is what the community discussed at the May meeting and the ideas are wonderful.
This is what your neighbors said a safe neighborhood looks like to them:
- Children playing outside
- Adults supervising
- People outside exercising
- Tag-free fences
- Outside entertainment
- Well-groomed yards, porch swings, wind chimes bird houses, butterfly plants
- Trash-free streets
- Street lights
- Police walking the neighborhood/talking with residents
- Fewer gunshots
- Green spaces being utilized
- Neighbors knowing each other
- More resident participation in Neighborhood Watch programs
- Dogs on leashes/Fewer stray dogs
- No empty houses
Your community needs your help! If you would like to be involved in this planning process we encourage you to come out on June 11th at 7:00 p.m. to Highland Heights Methodist Church. We will have light refreshments, you will get to know your neighbors and best of all, you will get to help shape the future of the Heights.