The East End Neighborhood Association represents the residents of the East End neighborhood in Memphis, Tennessee. The area is bounded by Poplar Avenue on the North, East Parkway on the East, Union Avenue on the South, and Cooper Street on the West. It is near Overton Square and Overton Park.

The area includes the Overton Parkway Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places (the boundaries of which are Cooper Street, Poplar Avenue, East Parkway, and Madison Avenue).

Thursday, October 22, 2009

East End Quarterly Neighborhood Meeting Summary, October 22, 2009

The quarterly East End neighborhood meeting featured guest speaker Mary L. Baker from the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development. Ms. Baker presented a slide show entitled, "Pursuing a Big Vision and Sweating the Details." It helped explain how planning and zoning can help shape neighborhood development and included examples of various levels of development. She also touched on the new proposed Uniform Development Code (UDC).

Ronald Harkavy who represents the potential developers of Overton Square presented a possible site plan and shared some information on the potential redevelopment of Overton Square. Those in attendance had a chance to pose questions. Jason Hood reported on the possible redevelopment of the French Quarter Inn as an assisted living facility. Both of these groups have agreed to meet with neighborhood leaders as they develop their plans.

Jason Hood provided an update on association news including creation of a neighborhood blog. Hemant Gupta will serve as the nominating committee chair person. Contact him if you are interested in serving as an officer or director for 2010.

Several neighbors signed up to serve on one of our neighborhood committees and the Social Committee led by Deborah Mays provided wonderful refreshments.

Don't forget the Fifth Annual East End Halloween Children and Pet Parade, beginning at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 25 on Jefferson between Cox and Edgewood with a potluck to follow (drinks will be provided).

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Neighborhood Meeting

The next quarterly neighborhood meeting will be Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at Memphis Heritage, Howard Hall, 2282 Madison Avenue.  Our guest speaker will be Mary Baker, Deputy Director of the Memphis and Shelby County Division of Planning and Development.  We also hope to have an update on Overton Square redevelopment and perhaps news of the French Quarter Inn.

Please plan to attend.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Police Need Help Identifying Suspect

Col. Billy Garrett, head of Union Station, has provided information about a suspect who has been active in Midtown late at night and early morning hours stealing plasma TVs. We hope to have photographs to post that have been taken although the suspect's face in them is not clear. But there may be other details someone would recognize that would help the police.

Information shared includes: African-American male, slender build, caught on security camera breaking out glass doors and taking plasma screen TVs. Wearing black baseball hat with red insignia on front, white t-shirt with what appears to be green and grey design on large portion of the front of t-shirt and no design on the back of the t-shirt. Has on black shorts, white running shoes, and a white bandage on the lower part of his right leg.

If you have any information that could be helpful to Col. Garrett, call Union Station at 636-4600 and tell them you have a tip for Col. Garrett. If you were to see someone you believe to be the suspect, call 545-COPS and push 0 on the menu to get an immediate response.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Robbery at Trinity United Methodist Church on Monday night

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

(Note: Information provided by Colonel Garrett at Union Station.)

Robbery of female victim at Trinity Church, Evergreen and Galloway. Victim was robbed at gunpoint of her purse on the lot of the church around 8:30pm. The suspects are described as two male blacks, one is 5'7, 160 lbs, 15-20 years of age, and the other 5'10 with no further description. Suspects left west on Galloway from the scene in a four door gold colored vehicle driven by a third subject (no description). Victim was escorted to her car by a friend and the suspects pointed the gun at him after she screamed.

Please advise residents we have no other robberies in Union Station matching this MO but continue to be cautious when out at night. Most importantly, please cooperate with the robbers and don't risk injury. We have investigators actively working this case now and the Union Station will increase patrol in that neighborhood. If anyone has any information contact the Robbery Squad, Crimestoppers or Col. Billy Garrett at Union Station 636-4600. Tell the person on the desk that you are affiliated with Midtown Security Community.

Mark your calendars now for our next Midtown Security Community (MSC) meetings: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5:30 at St. John's Methodist Church. (We'll have the latest info on the above robbery.) Thursday, Oct. 1, at 5:30 at HopeWorks (basement of Midtown Church of Christ on Union.)

"Be part of the solution. Help keep Midtown a safe place to live and work.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Overton Square Redevelopment

We contacted representatives of the developer who is looking at redeveloping Overton Square as mentioned in the following newspaper article.  The representatives were pleased to hear from us, and assured us they would contact us 45-60 days prior to seeking final approval for their plans.

The redevelopment plans are still in the feasibility stage, but do include retail and restaurant space along Madison, a sitting area and retail/restaurant space at the corner of Cooper and Madison, and an "upscale" grocery store. 

We will keep you posted of developments.  In the meantime, you may want to look at relevant links on the neighborhood Yahoo! Group at

Neighborhood Volunteer Opportunities

The EENA Board of Directors has established four committees: executive; communications; safety; and social. The executive committee is comprised of the association’s officers and handles urgent matters between board meetings.

The safety committee monitors crime reports, works with groups like the Midtown Security Community to address safety issues in our neighborhood, and makes recommendations on zoning and code enforcement issues.

The communications committee takes responsibility for this newsletter, our website, and looks for other ways to improve communications throughout the neighborhood.

The social committee is responsible for welcoming new neighbors, organizing activities such as the neighborhood Halloween parade and potluck, and other social gatherings.

Another very important volunteer group is the Street or Block Captains. Street/Block Captains help distribute the neighborhood newsletter, pass out special information fliers, collect surveys, and help identify new neighbors.

To get involved as a neighborhood volunteer contact Jason Hood at (901) 274-7008 or email him at