MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – For the future of a city you need to make plans.
Memphis 3.0 is a plan for neighborhoods like Midtown.
Executive orders are common in Washington; not so common in Memphis.
It’s why there was so much interest in Mayor Jim Strickland publicly signing one about Memphis 3.0
“The order caps off our administrative review,” he says, “… because we play a part in implementing this plan, and this cements Memphis 3.0 will be used in every agency, every division of government. We don’t control land use. The city council does that, so we still want them to adopt it.”
This brought out the loudest critic of Memphis 3.0.
We were first to tell you about Carnita Atwater; how she lives in Germantown, and details about her plan for an area of North Memphis that included a resort hotel.
She is not happy. “You’ve got to be careful,” she says, “… when a mayor does something this egregious. You’ve got to be careful about that.”
Atwater has filed a $10-billion lawsuit against a list of people that includes the Governor, both City and County Mayors, and the Downtown Memphis Commission.
She says the plan discriminates against minorities.
But developer Roshawn Austin disagrees.
“I understand the experiences of many people who oppose adoption of this plan,” she says. “There is truth to that. There are several policies that are devastating to African-American communities. There are also threats to the community from people who have taken their land from them. This is not that.”
Memphis City Council members have delayed voting on Memphis 3.0 for the last month.