"We are the 99%"
In early September citizens of New York band together to protest against economic inequalities. Of course money is the forefront and started a worldwide epidemic of citizens who are apart of what Occupiers call the "99%".
On October 6th Memphians decided to join the movement as well and held their first meeting at Overton Park.
There were no clear cut ideas as to what was going to be the best plan of action, but this small group of citizens knew that something had to be done. Since the early October meeting the Occupiers have set up teaching workshops and classes that helped citizens learn about their right to protest and the 1st Amendment.
Although Occupiers come from different educational and ethnic backgrounds they all have one thing in common and that's to live the American Dream.
A New Downtown
For those who like to get on the river, prepare for downtown renovations.
The Downtown Memphis Center City Commission is creating a more accessible,safe, artsy downtown, to increase diversity among Memphians.
The commission is implementing a diversity outreach program to engage citizens of all walks of life in development projects and to recruit more diverse businesses and the area. Marketing and Public Relations reps for the city of Memphis feel that a "new" downtown is just the "pick-up" the city needs.
Of course downtown is one of the best attractions for night life in the city, but city officials would like to incorporate some recreation and events geared toward family life such as parks, small museums, and biking trails.Completion dates have not been set, but city
officials are hopeful that the project will be
well worth the wait.