Memphis Mayor A C Wharton is serious about cleaning up the city and Wednesday morning he proved it by demolishing a Whitehaven apartment complex.
The mayor and several city and community leaders took a bite out of blight with destruction of the Park Place apartments. Mayor Wharton says the property was a perfect example of irresponsible owners neglecting property. The complex has changed ownership four times in the last four years without any maintenance.
"It's just a travesty, but when we get you we're coming down on you hard as were doing with this," he said. "It's coming down."
It will cost roughly $500,000 to clear the property.