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Memphis 3.0 Begins With Talk About Frayser Plan

The city of Memphis hasn’t had a comprehensive long-term plan since 1981. But it has been just 2 1/2 years since a coalition of neighborhood groups in Frayser put together a “Frayser 2020” plan and took it to City Hall where it didn’t have the political support to get city funding.

So when Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland kicked off the two-year drive Monday, Nov. 28, to a master city plan for the city’s 2019 bicentennial in Frayser, it wasn’t surprising that a lot of the Frayser 2020 plan started coming up at Ed Rice Community Center.

Among the 50 people taking part was Shep Wilbun, the Frayser site director who helped coordinate the Frayser 2020 plan over 18 months with a White House grant that ran out shortly after the plan fared poorly at City Hall.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” said Wilbun. “I appreciate the fact that that’s one of reasons we’re starting in Frayser because we do have a level of organization. We do have a vision that we’d like to see happen here. … A lot of what we’ve done I’m hoping will find its way into Memphis 3.0.”

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