DNA Celebrates 30 Years of a Downtown Community in 2011
Founded in 1981, 2011 marks the 30th year of your DNA. The Downtown Neighborhood Association continues in its efforts to promote Downtown Memphis for residents, businesses, and visitors alike. With the help of our Downtwon partners, we strive to recreate the neighborhood community of our past, where residents and businesses all worked together to make a better Downtown.
Downtown Bike Racks (2002-2010)
Partnering with the City of Memphis Parks Department and metal artist Jill Turman, your DNA sponsored the design, fabrication and installation of decorative bike racks throughout the Downtown Memphis area. The Downtown Bike Rack Map is here thanks to our friends at the Center City Commission. Photos of some of the DNA sponsored racks are on the Gallery Page.
This project was made possible with the help of the UrbanArts Commission, Pat Holloran and The Orpheum Theater, Shelby County Mayor Jim Rout, and the City of Memphis.
Jill Turman explains in this video her process of making a decorative metal gate:
Hospitality HUB (2010-2011)
Armed with only the desire to better educate ourselves on the needs of the homeless population in our Downtown, your DNA has spent the last two years visiting various care providers. We have talked with those in need and those filling those needs. One organization that has been dubbed the "gateway" for helping those seeking help is the Hospitality HUB. The HUB's mission is a simple one - do what they can to help people get off and stay off the streets. The DNA, in cooperation with the Center City Commission, has sponsored a Grant in 2011 to assist them in their mission. DNA and CCC were recently thankedby Chairman Bill Henry for our outreach and how our funding helped the HUB get past a downturn and now qualify for even more funding possibilities. For more on the Hospitality HUB, or for volunteer opportunities, please visit www.hospitalityhub.org
"With respect to Homelessness in the Downtown area – The Downtown Neighborhood Association strives to educate itself on the programs and organizations that are available or currently proposed to address Homelessness in Memphis. The DNA will then guide our DNA constituents, our political systems, and our faith-based organizations to support those programs found to be most effective. The DNA supports programs that do not enable people to stay on the street, but rather supports those that enable people to regain control of their own lives and stay off the street. “
S.T.O.P. Program (2010-2011)
DNA has had a great response to our new program called S.T.O.P. or Serving and Thanking OurPolice. The program is meant to help control crime by improving the relationship between the residents and businesses and our Downtown police. Residents and businesses host gatherings and invite the police to STOP in at an open house to be served refreshments and thanked for their service to the community. If you are interested in being a host please contact Terry Woodard at firstname.lastname@example.org
DNA Helps Pass Aggessive Panhandling Ordinance (2010)
Downtown Home Tours
DNA has sponsored tours of Downtown residences attracting people from all over to see how "Downtowners" live. They toured condominiums, renovated warehouses, and the Homes of nationally recognized Harbor Town.