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Lack of businesses a theme at first Memphis 3.0 rally

Katrina Scott-Davis didn't think she would love Frayser when she moved there five years ago looking for cheaper housing. Now, after getting to know her neighbors, she doesn't want to leave.

But she does leave — for shopping, for entertainment, for "everything," she told city planners at the first "rally" to launch the new two-year Memphis 3.0 comprehensive planning process Monday in Frayser.

The lack of businesses — especially black-owned businesses in a predominantly African-American community — was a recurring theme at the informal event, which drew more than 75 people to the Ed Rice Community Center gym.

Citizens participated in table discussions, posted sticky notes on an "ideas wall," drew their ideal city limits and had the opportunity to record videos of themselves talking about their neighborhoods.

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