Children at play in Tom Lee Park. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> DJs with K97-FM spin records at the Hi-Tone Cafe. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> A sunny view of neighborhood bar Newby's located in the University District. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> Swing dance lessons at the Rumba Room in Downtown Memphis. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> A construction worker crosses the railroad tracks at the University of Memphis with the pending pedestrian under construction in the far background. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> Kids participate in an afterschool program at Emmanuel Center. (Andrea Morales) <span class='image-credits'></span> A family overlooks the Mississippi River in Downtown Memphis. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> Knights joust at the 2018 Mid-South Renaissance Faire, held at the USA Baseball Stadium and Park in Millington, Tennessee. (Ziggy Mack)  <span class='image-credits'></span>  Attendees of the "Great Heights: National Street and Beyond" photo exhibit hosted by High Ground News and Heights CDC. (Markus Mueller) <span class='image-credits'></span> Residents cross in front of the U.S. Post Office on National Street. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span> Family plays at Tom Lee Park near the Mississippi River.  <span class='image-credits'>Ziggy Mack</span> As part of the Brooks Outing project, artist Julien de Casabianca pasted "characters" from earlier artworks in suprising places across Memphis. This snippet of "Au pied de la falaise" can be seen on Crump Boulevard. (Ziggy Mack) <span class='image-credits'></span>
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Feature StoryA construction worker walks across the Southern Avenue tracks near the University of Memphis campus at the heart of the University District. (Ziggy Mack)

Drinks and Development: A casual discussion on growth in the University District

High Ground News is wrapping up three months of reporting in the University District with a conversation on how to ensure the district's fast growth is also sustainable and equitable. Join us for drinks, apps and a discussion at The Bluff.

Feature Story. Kareem Dasilva, right, took home first place honors at the The Smarty City: Transportation & Mobility Hackathon on March 15-17 with MemPatch, technology that helps the city streamline identification of potholes. (Submitted)

Smart City initiative seeks to improve public problems with technology

A new startup has entered the scene with an aim to add technology to MATA buses that locates potholes and shares that information with the city to facilitate speedier repairs. 

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On The Ground Podcast: Crosstown beyond the Concourse

On S1E12 of the On The Ground Podcast, Justin Gillis of the Crosstown CDC and Porsche Stevens of Crosstown CDC and Crosstown Arts reveal more about the greater Crosstown neighborhood from its long history to its diverse mix of small businesses.

Feature StoryAmy and Hayes McPherson stand ready for the grand opening of Comeback Coffee in the Pinch, at 358 North Main Street, on Saturday, March 29. (Kim Coleman)

Comeback Coffee shop reinvigorates small business in the Pinch District

Built in 1895, this Pinch District building was once a private residence. A young couple has turned the space into a combination apartment-coffee shop.

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Join High Ground News' coverage as a Creative in Residence

Applications are open for the Creatives in Residence program, which will embed artists and researchers in the Madison Heights neighborhood alongside High Ground News journalists. 

Feature StoryFive of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's six current staff members. L to R: Justin Davis, Paul Garner, Tamara Hendrix, Faith Pollan and Brad Watkins. (Submitted)

Seeking justice: A nonprofit’s fight for housing, buses, criminal justice reform and more

Since 1982, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center has worked for social and economic justice in Memphis. Now it’s helping senior residents in HUD-subsidized apartments fight to keep their homes.

Feature StoryAster Demekech, 27, is the director of Juice Almighty, a juice bar and café inside of the Memphis Rox climbing facility in South Memphis. (Kim Coleman)

Pay-what-you-can juice bar fuels South Memphis

All items on the menu at this juice bar are $5, but no one is turned away from a healthy meal because of their inability to pay. 

Feature StoryMia Madison is launching the Chelsea Avenue Farmer's Market on April 20, 2019. She hopes the vacant lot where she is standing, at the intersection of Chelsea Avenue and Springdale Street, will be revived with at least 20 vendors. (Dawn Neuses)

Chelsea Avenue Farmer's Market will showcase fresh foods and community pride

A new farmer’s market in Hollywood-Hyde Park will provide retail opportunities to residents, community farmers, growers and vendors in North Memphis.

Feature StoryMixed-use building The Marshall is located at 676 Marshall near Sun Studios. (Submitted)

Young developer wants to improve neighborhoods with small scale projects

“The Edge could be the next Overton Square. That’s the way we like to think of it."

Feature Story"If it isn't the best turkey and cheese that you've ever eaten in your entire life, it's free," said Sam's Deli owner, Brad Wilbanks. (Baris Gursakal)

Sam's Deli fuses all-American deli with classic Indian dishes in the University District

Looking for an unassuming deli with some of the best (and perhaps only) Indian-Korean-Creole-American fusing food in town? Look no further than Sam's Deli and husband and wife team Brad and Shamira Wilbanks

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On the Ground Podcast: How improv theater is helping kids find shared humanity

In S1E11 of the On the Ground Podcast, Professional actors Ann Wallace and Leslie Jones of Playback Memphis share how live improv theater can help kids improve social-emotional learning and build healthy relationships.

Feature StoryPhase one of South City's housing is 60 percent complete. Move in is expected to begin this summer. (Cole Bradley)

As Downtown grows, South City invests in low-income residents

FedEx, Wiseacre and Union Row are all heading to Downtown. But what do these new developments mean for affordability and the low-income residents of South City?

Feature StoryJoel Katz, senior manager, Youth Sports Partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, leads a group of Play Where You Stay students in soccer drills at the Gaston Community Center. (Submitted)

Play Where You Stay activates neighborhood parks, breaks down barriers for inner-city soccer players

Nonprofit Play Where You Stay identifies unused spaces in neighborhoods that can be improved with some sweat equity and turned into soccer fields. The program recruits neighborhood children interested in playing the sport and pays its college-age coaches a living wage.

Feature StoryRiley Grace meets with speech pathologist John Sandidge to help craft a voice that is in line with her gender identity. They work on pitch, resonance, inflection and more. (Cole Bradley)

Memphis Speech and Hearing Center helps transgender Memphians find their voice

At the University of Memphis’ South Campus, transgender clients work with speech pathologists to navigate the nuances of sound and craft a signature sound that reflects their true self.   

Feature StoryHighland Row is one of the many new mixed-use, high density developments to be built on or near the Highland Strip in the last few years. (Ziggy Mack)

High-rises on Highland are a test for Memphis 3.0

The city's new Memphis 3.0 plan hopes to increase density. Residents in the University District say with the influx new high-rise developments near the Highland Strip, density isn't just a plan; it's their present.

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