City Fights Blight for MLK Day of Service

More than 100 service projects were planned for the four-day event running from January 12 to 15 Many projects were postponed due to the winter storm. Corporations and members of SoundCheck, the Greater Memphis Chamber's young professional council, volunteered with Jacob’s Ladder, the neighborhood’s nonprofit CDC in the Beltline area in Midtown.

Jacob’s Ladder executive director Bill Marler, and his wife, Lana, formed the 501c3 in the mid-2000s, and since then they have been hard at work bringing change to the Beltline’s one-square-mile area just to the east of the Fairgrounds and north of Southern Avenue.

“Our efforts have been a long-term blight eradication, and that’s included about 40 demolitions of whole structures, cleanup of about 140 lots and maintaining those, and even rebuilding 25 homes,” said Marler.

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