University District

The University District is home to Memphis’ largest institution of higher learning, The University of Memphis. The district is made of several distinct neighborhoods, including East Buntyn, Sherwood Forest, and Normal Station. Its main drag, a two-block strip of Highland Avenue known as the Highland Strip, is a staple of Memphis nightlife and offers food and drinks to fuel any study session. Recently, planning has focused on prioritizing pedestrians, including building standards for storefronts and updated railroad crossing to suit the university’s 20,000-plus students.  

Feature StoryThe University of Memphis’ land bridge is under construction and will soon allow for foot traffic over the Southern Avenue railroad line. It’s one example of large-scale development projects underway in the University District. (Ziggy Mack)
Feature StoryThe Tennessean, the luxury liner that replaced the Memphis Special as the main passenger train on the Southern Railway in 1941. (Memphis Public Libraries)
Feature StoryFlash lines the wall at Trilogy Tattoo and Piercing located at 530 South Highland Street in the University District. (Cole Bradley)
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The past and possibility of old Messick High


Feature StoryDr. Isaac Rodriguez, chief science officer and co-founder of SweetBio and Kayla Rodriguez-Graff, co-founder and SweetBio CEO.
Feature StoryThe burial site of Harry Madison, one of two headstones in the Madison-Eckles Cemetery Park that is still legible. (Ziggy Mack)
Feature StoryAt Tiger Bookstore, Tigers branded merchandise accounts for 40 percent of gross sales. (Cole Bradley)
Feature StoryFabrics with vibrant patterns for sale at African Kingdom at Park Avenue and Getwell Road. (Submitted)
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In photos: Welcome to the University District


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Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
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Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


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