South Memphis

Founded as an agricultural community, South Memphis was stable and close-knit until the 1950s when businesses and families began relocating to the suburbs. Ill-conceived “revitalization” in the 1980s leveled many early buildings and accelerated the decline. Today, it is one of the city’s most economically challenged but culturally rich neighborhoods. The Soulsville area attracts thousands of tourists each year while resident-led revitalization has steered recent investments towards an area farmers market as well as a childcare and family center. South Memphis is also home to numerous community gardens, LeMoyne Owen College, and the famous Four Way Grill.

Feature StorySteven McKinney teaches math class to his students at Booker T. Washington High School. (Ziggy Mack)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsThe menu at New Wing Order features 16 different types of wings.

Former Southern Hot Wings Fest champions open new food truck


Development NewsSouthggate Shopping Center rendering
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsLamar Avenue corridor

Lamar Avenue repair and expansion on the way


Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Feature StoryRachel Sikes plans her next move up one of the walls at Memphis Rox. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature StoryComposting takes place at the Compost Fairy's facility. (Submitted)

Memphis compost service turns food waste into rich soil


Development News100th Learning Garden Hamilton Middle
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