Frayser

Frayser is one of the largest neighborhoods in Memphis, stretching north from the city’s urban core to the rural Shelby Forest across more than 20 square miles. It is one of the city’s most disinvested neighborhoods but is rich with community activism. The resident-led Frayser 2020 community revitalization plan is focused on growing youth, reducing crime, and investing in infrastructure and amenities while the annual Frayser Festival celebrates the community’s bright spots. Frayser is home to many small businesses as well as Nike’s $301 million distribution center.

Feature StoryCrystal Bullard’s children started preschool and elementary school at Whitney Achievement Elementary School last year. (Caroline Bauman/Chalkbeat Tennessee)

When students miss school, they fall behind. Here’s how one group is curbing absenteeism.


Feature StoryErma Simpson, founder of the Hagar Center, talks about her program's Saturday Lunchand Learn classes for teen mothers where she distributes needed supplies that have been donated. Simpson is partnering with the Urban Child Institute to organize a cit

City-wide diaper drive to support Memphis families in poverty


Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Innovation & Job NewsChoose901 hired Joi Taylor, bottom row, third from left, as their new Alumni coordinator.

Making Memphis a first choice for new graduates


Development NewsFamily Multiplex Center Frayser

Developer rejuvenates Frayser retail complex


Feature StoryAgape team member Marquis McPherson talks to parents at Whitehaven's A. Maceo Walker Middle School about Agape's community and school-based services. (Submitted)
Feature StoryMiles Tamboli

Opinion: If it’s food security you want, grow your own food. Seriously.


Development NewsFundamentals 1st Learning Academy

Entrepreneur opens child care centers in underserved communities


Feature StorySaveFirst aims to reduce the amount of people that fall prey to predatory tax services, which often overcharge low-income families upwards of $400 for simple returns.

SaveFirst aims to reduce predatory tax preparation in Memphis


Development NewsLula's Frozen Treats entrepreneur Gwendolyn House Smith

Kid-friendly Lula’s Frozen Treats brings fun to Frayser


Feature StoryStudents at Frayser Elementary learn exercises that promote understanding and emotional stability. (Courtesy Playback Memphis)
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