Clean & Safe Streets

Litter, graffiti, and crime – or the perception of crime –  deters pedestrian activity, economic vibrancy, and investments. This is why MMDC and its partners prioritize keeping the District clean and safe for every worker, resident, and visitor.  MMDC deploys a range of tactics including coordination with existing security and law enforcement agencies, strategically placing cameras, adding public lighting, graffiti and litter removal, and landscape enhancements to make sure the District is safe and inviting for everyone.

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Ambassador Program

The 10 Memphis Medical District Ambassadors focus on keeping the District clean and inviting.  They are approachable and welcoming for visitors, employees, students and residents.  Ambassador’s can help with directions or offer suggestions for places to eat and visit in the District.  They also ensure that the District is free of weeds, litter, and graffiti.  For additional information or to learn how our Ambassadors can work with you, please contact Ricardo Cervantes.

Work Local

Work Local — an initiative to help Memphis' panhandlers — is a partnership between the City of Memphis, Crosstown, MMDC, and the Hospitality Hub.  The program offers temporary cleanup work as a gateway to permanent housing and employment. Each Monday in the Medical District, Hospitality Hub picks up 10 people and pays them $9 an hour for five hours of work. They are also provided lunch, a night's housing at the Memphis Union Mission, and access to mental health services, addiction services, healthcare, and a jobs program.  For additional information, contact Hospitality Hub Program Director, Keynnon Mumphre.

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The Memphis Medical District Collaborative supports Memphis’ first application of the Vision Zero campaign, a strategy to eliminate all pedestrian fatalities and severe injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all. Pedestrians are vulnerable roadway users, specifically in the District where a large percentage of students, employees, and residents travel on foot, and Be Aware is a call for mutual respect and safer interactions. Pledge to be alert and respectful of pedestrians here!

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