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MEMFix powers up for South City celebration

SCORE CDC and BLDG Memphis will present South City MEMFix on Saturday (May 20). The theme of the community day event is “History Lives Here: Progress, Prosperity, Purpose.”

Set for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., South City MEMFix will take place at the intersection of Georgia Ave./Lauderdale/Mississippi Blvd. adjacent to Booker T. Washington High School.

“South City is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Memphis,” said SCORE CDC Executive Director Rebecca Matlock Hutchinson. “It’s full of culture and amazing people. SCORE CDC exists to spotlight the area’s positives, assist local entrepreneurs, and develop community leaders.”

South City MEMFix, which is free, will feature live entertainment, food, art, vendors, games and a kid’s zone. Other activities will include historians sharing stories about South City. 

MEMFix, which was created by BLDG Memphis (formerly Livable Memphis) in 2010, is a series of community events held in neighborhoods throughout the city. The goal is to engage existing businesses and residents to display how active retail, high-quality public spaces, and great street design can drive neighborhood economic vitality. 

Community members also use the events to bring attention to overlooked spaces, address neighborhood issues, or demonstrate desired changes or improvements within public or private spaces. 

SCORE (South City, a Community of Opportunity, Revitalization, and Empowerment) CDC is a part of BLDG Memphis’s Community Navigator Pilot Program (CNPP), which helps support the development and redevelopment of healthy, vibrant, attractive, and economically sustainable neighborhoods. South City is funded by a grant from BLDG Memphis and the Small Business Administration.

“Several of Memphis’s best and brightest come from South City,” said Hutchinson. “We’re grateful for this opportunity, and we’re looking forward to sharing our rich history and showcasing local entrepreneurs.”

South City was established in 1864 and is located directly southeast of Memphis’s Central Business District. It spans about 880 acres and contains the 38126 and 38106 zip codes. 

(For more information, visit www.scorecdc.org. Or, call 901-504-5392.)


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