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Community, leaders brainstorm about Antioch's future

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There was a meeting of the minds tonight as hundreds met to discuss ways to resurrect Nashville's Southeast Corridor, an area hit hard by the economic downturn.

Ten years ago Antioch was a thriving community, a mecca for growth and business development.

But in the past decade, businesses like Hickory Hollow Mall and soon Target will have pulled out.

Tonight community leaders, residents and city officials put their minds together to figure out how to revitalize the area.

There were more questions than answers at tonight's town hall meeting, but residents said it was a start.

Nearly 200 people filled the Ezell-Harding Christian School's auditorium Thursday wanting to know how to attract new businesses to the area.

Council members, Chamber officials and business leaders fielded questions about crime, economic development and even the future of Hickory Hollow Mall.

While all agreed the area is not where they want it to be, leaders said it's moving in the right direction.

"A lot has changed," said Councilwoman Jacobia Dowell, who represents part of the area.

People at tonight's meeting also kept hitting on the area's perception. The Antioch area has the perception of being a high-crime rate area.

However, officials said it does not have the highest crime rate in the city.

In fact they said over the past few years crime has dropped double digits in the area.

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