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There are many nicknames for this area of North Memphis… 7th Street, Caldwell, Bearwater, Bickford… but simply 'the hood' covers them all.
Ironically, in the late 1970s, this area of town was thriving! Upon the closing of Firestone and other local businesses, pride and the value of life began to decline. Located North of the Pyramid, the geographical boundaries of this community are: Pear Avenue to the North, Manasses Street to the East, Chelsea Avenue to the South, and 2nd Street to the West.
This is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country. The statistics are grueling but they painfully reveal the reality of poverty in our own backyard. In addition, crime stats are appalling. In 2007 Memphis ranked #1 in the country on the FBI's most violent city list. Most other crimes, such as murder rates, robberies, and aggravated assaults are 3x's the national average.
Following are additional statistics that further reinforce the dire and desperate need in our neighborhood ravaged by the effects of poverty.
If any of your people become poor and unable to support themselves, you must help them.
- Leviticus 25:35