South Main Arts District

Originally known as the City of South Memphis, South Main’s iconic buildings were constructed in the early 1900s to meet the retail needs of train travelers. By mid-century, rail travel fell out of favor and the area was largely abandoned. In the 1980s, artists began moving to the neighborhood, attracted by cheap rents and large work spaces. Today, South Main is a thriving artist community with unique galleries, studios, cafes, and boutiques. It’s also home to the National Civil Rights Museum, historic Arcade diner. It is regularly featured in films and television and is seen as a major artery of the Downtown core. 

Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsOne Beale The Landing
Development News18 S. Main rendering

Two blighted Downtown properties to get lively makeovers


Innovation & Job NewsThe Memphis mixed-use project includes new construction and adaptive reuse.

Artspace lifts up artists to build capacity and community


Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsThe Blake on S. Main

Historic S. Main building being rehabbed inside and out


Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Development NewsHotel Indigo rendering
Feature StoryApplause and cheers erupted as the first of the trolleys was guided out of the garage and onto Main St. to await the ribbon cutting. (Shelda Edwards)

Main Street trolleys hit the tracks again


Development NewsMATA set to reopen downtown trolley line

MATA set to reopen downtown trolley system on April 30


Development NewsArrive Hotels 477 S. Main

New developer steps in to revive boutique hotel project


Development News431 S. Main St.

Historic South Main renovation lures new office tenant


Development NewsDCA HQ

101-year-old Downtown building to be renovated as office and AirBnB


Development NewsSouth Main Artspace Lofts
Development NewsSouth Main

Four big developments Memphis anticipates in 2018


Development NewsMLK Day of Service

City fights blight for MLK Day of Service


Development NewsKinfolk and Magnolia at South Main Market food hall

South Main Food Hall incubates new restaurant concepts


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