Emily Cupples, Executive Director of MidtownMemphis.org, shares about their organization's meaningful work and vibrant community.
How was MidtownMemphis.org started?
MidtownMemphis.Org was originally founded in 2006 as the Midtown Memphis Development Corporation (MMDC), as a recommendation of the Midtown Heart of the Arts Plan. The organization was formed to advocate for and serve the best interests of the residents and businesses in the 17 neighborhoods that make up Midtown. The group changed its name in 2019 to better brand itself and its identity. The organization does not build or renovate houses, but it does work to nurture livability, thoughtful development, authentic character and vibrant community in Midtown.
What is your current focus?
MidtownMemphis.org focuses its efforts in the neighborhoods located between the Parkways, those east of the interstate and a sliver of the Lamar Corridor in Glenview. We are always working to foster public awareness of the assets and amenities available throughout Midtown and working with residents to build neighborhood associations so that they can be empowered to advocate for their own needs. We want to see Midtown realize its full potential through the revitalization of housing, the redevelopment of business districts, the promotion of economic development, and the betterment of artistic and cultural institutions.
How can people help address the needs of your community?
We are expanding our work with individuals, groups and associations through weekly, monthly quarterly and annual activities that serve to advocate for and support the character of neighborhoods, local businesses, transit, and safe, walkable streets. For more information check us out as we transition our website www.midtownmemphis.org or email us at [email protected].
What accomplishments are you proud of?
While MidtownMemphis.org serves all residents and business owners in Midtown, we serve with a special focus on building the capacity of its underserved neighborhoods. We helped to write and adopt the Midtown Overlay Zoning, which sets guidelines for development in Midtown, and protects residents from skyrocketing rent prices due to development. We were active in the building of the Union Avenue Kroger, ensuring it was designed to fit well into the neighborhood. And we adopted a stretch along Madison Avenue that sees a lot of persons experiencing homelessness, so we work to connect them with shelters and offer referrals for social services. We love to recognize and award individuals, businesses and organizations with the Annual Mojo of Midtown Awards, which had to be postponed this spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds raised at this event help us throughout the year with operational costs and expenses associated with our work. So, we hope to bring it back soon.
Does MidtownMemphis.org have any upcoming activities or events?
Yes! We have many ongoing events and activities including:
- Weekly MidtownConnects video conferences to discuss important issues for Midtown residents and businesses.
- Monthly planning and development committee meeting to advocate for quality development in Midtown.
- Quarterly neighborhood clean-ups in targeted areas.
- Annual Mojo of Midtown Awards to highlight midtown heroes and businesses, while raising funds to support our ongoing work.
- Ongoing research and community conversations for the possible creation of a Midtown Improvement District.
Get in touch with MidtownMemphis.org
66 S. Cooper St. Memphis, TN 38104