Historically, Broadway Avenue was our city’s main commercial thoroughfare, lined with thriving businesses, but that changed after development of the interstate highways diverted traffic elsewhere. In 1994, concerned citizens formed a 501c(6) non-profit organization to help revitalize the area.
Main Street West Memphis worked so well that, in 2012, it was accredited as a National Main Street Program for its excellence in preserving 15 blocks of Broadway Avenue.
Having a local Main Street program has saved our downtown from the deterioration that so many small towns have suffered. - Deborah Abernathy, Executive Director at Main Street West Memphis