Thursday, April 10, 2008

Memphis Heritage Meeting for Cumberland Presbyterian Building

Correction: this is a strategy meeting, not a rally.
Inner Courtyard of Cumberland Presbyterian
We have once again requested a face-to-face meeting with Chick-fil-a to discuss alternatives to their plans to demolish this great building. mhi has received an email from their corporate offices that they will not discuss alternatives with us.

There will be a rally at

Howard Hall, Memphis Heritage's Headquarters
2282 Madison
Thursday, April 10th @ 5:30pm

to discuss and strategize what else we can do to stop the demolition.

Thanks again and keep up the good work!!

June W. West
Executive Director, Memphis Heritage

Sorry for the late notice.

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Blogger nathanwberry said...

argh. missed it

1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My letter to Chick Fil A...

Dear Mr. Perry Ragsdale, Mr. Dan Cathy and Mr. Donald Cathy,
I am writing to ask you to please consider keeping the structure known as the Cumberland Building in Memphis. I am a lifelong Memphian of 36 years. I was born and raised in Midtown Memphis. I am also an avid Chick Fil A customer (after being a vegetarian for about 14 years, I started craving Chick Fil A to the point that my husband says I might turn into a chicken!)

Adding a Chilk Fil A restaurant to Midtown would be great, but it would be greater if the integrity of the Cumberland Building and its original architecture remained. Many fast food restaurants opt for new construction to ensure consistency in the appearance of the restaurant and to "stick to the formula". Often these formulas are lacking in character and outstanding design. It is my belief that the Cumberland Building and Chick Fil A could combine to make a statement about preserving our history through design and planning while moving toward the future.

Tearing down the building is the easy way out and to do so could potentially offend many Memphians. We are a city who has experienced our share of troubles. Memphis needs positive growth, now more than ever. We need to hold on to our past and the original architecture, especially in Midtown where new fast food restaurant construction is infecting our landscape like a virus. To build a Chick Fil A inside the historic building would be unique, clever and the right thing to do.

Mrs. Melanie Spillman
Artist and Memphis City School Teacher

12:36 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

great letter. As a Memphian, I thank everyone who's doing wonderful things like this.

It's about the future of Memphis as much as the past.

12:52 PM  

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