Reporter Meribah Knight follows a key character while examining the city's promise to redevelop Cayce Place in WPLN’s new podcast The Promise. The first episode, “A Change is Gonna Come,” debuts today, with a new episode following every Wednesday for the next five weeks.
The project known as Envision Cayce seeks to redefine the concept of low-income housing while rebuilding the entire area from the ground up. The Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency (MDHA) intends to accomplish this daunting task without displacing any of the current residents. To do this, MDHA Executive Director Jim Harbison has repeatedly stated there will be “one-for-one” replacement — meaning current residents are given the opportunity to move into newly completed units without ever being required to relocate elsewhere during construction. Hence, the promise.