A new day in downtown Jackson
By: Lyda Kay Feree on Nov 06, 2015
Frank McMeen, a pioneer developer/resident of downtown Jackson, shared with me a fascinating quote he read in “Forbes” Magazine about downtown America.
“Downtown populations across America are growing at double digit rates, the “Forbes” writer stated. “Since 2010 they are doubling the growth rates of other parts of communities.”
McMeen went on to say that downtown and midtowns are being revitalized at an amazing rate across our country. “Jackson has joined the list of successful cities enjoying this rebirth,” said McMeen. “With the University of Memphis’ rebirth of the Lambuth campus, the next 10 years will show the best investment for the housing dollar will be Midtown or Downtown Jackson. Homes are solid and some have lasted more than 100 years. Because of the quality of materials and the love of history, they can last another 100 years.”
Matt Altobell, executive director of Jackson Downtown Development Corporation (JDDC), agrees with McMeen. “At the Jackson Downtown Development Corporation we see the residential component as an essential piece of the developing Downtown community,” he said. “As the 21st century identity of our Downtown continues to emerge, those choosing to call Downtown home will be at the core of that identity. Residential living is exploding in Downtown Jackson, and this is an exciting and quite significant sign of progress.”
Altobell stated that all demographics, from the young professional to the downsizing baby boomer, are finding their way back to the heart of Jackson. “The DNA of our city rests in Downtown, and that heart is beating as strongly as ever,” he said. “With walkable sidewalks and concentrated amenities Downtown offers a return to old-fashioned community living with a focus on progressive development. As this progress continues, we invite you to see for yourself all of the exiting things going on, and perhaps you, too, will consider calling Downtown Jackson home.”
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