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Chloe Evans O'Hearn

16 neighbors want a community center focused on physical, mental, and social movement in Downtown, Memphis.

Inspiration: NOLA Healing Center neworleanshealingcenter.org/
and Pittsburgh's Union Project www.unionproject.org/

Memphis needs a community movement center to encourage community participation and revitalization in under-served areas.

Movement could mean physical such as hula hooping, yoga, martial arts, dance, drum circles, cultural/music performances, public dance hall space... Or mental movement where community members can teach and take street university classes on how to grow, buy, and prepare healthy foods, make a website, art, mental health services... Or social movement - a community business incubator, credit union, food co-op, community garden, a space where people can come together to create social change and make our city a better place! Where families, especially single parents and teens and neighbors of all ages can participate together.

Anyone got a building in need of an enthusiastic and motivated occupant? And a bit of cash to get it off the ground!

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Scott Banbury
Will M.
Ponce Beyond
Leslie
Adriene Holland
JP
Samantha Brewer
Alan Joseph Williams
Meli
Brendan
Becky
Mike O'Hearn
MJ
Leah
Samantha Brewer
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Downtown or Midtown or both!

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Chloe Evans O'Hearn

We've started the first phase of this project with Co-Motion Studio in Crosstown. We opened in December and are building an awesome community in motion. Come by and visit us! www.comotionmemphis.com/

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Posted Apr 20, 2014
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Chloe Evans O'Hearn

I've been exploring various vacant spaces and areas of town to get an idea of demographics in the area to find the right location, and I could use some input from the community. The area needs to have the following:
* a mixed level of incomes (people with disposable income who can support the services on their own plus people who could qualify for reduced/no cost services).
* a diverse population that includes sufficient amounts of the following target audiences: single parents, youth, students, seniors, young urban professionals.
* sufficient parking and ease of access so people from other communities will make it a destination, but also walkability to encourage visitors to explore the surrounding area.
* a variety of vacant buildings/lots that community incubator businesses could eventually expand into.

Looking for feedback on these locations - any preferences or concerns?
* South Main/Front
* South Forum
* Pinch District
* Downtown core
* Crosstown
* Broad Ave.
* others?

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Posted Oct 9, 2012
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Chloe Evans O'Hearn

I just toured the New Orleans Healing Center this past weekend and spoke with those involved in its development, and it's even more incredible than I remembered from when it first opened. I'm now completely convinced this is what downtown Memphis needs, and today I found the perfect spot for it in South Forum. And now to write a business plan, find developers and investors to support it, and the current property owner...

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Posted Sep 19, 2012
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Alan Joseph Williams

Great idea Chloe. The Healing Center in New Orleans was a very complex development project, but it is a real asset for the community--and the business owners that lease space there.

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Posted Sep 12, 2012
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