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.

Development NewsMLK Day of Service

City fights blight for MLK Day of Service


Innovation & Job NewsRoss Harris is the co-founder and CEO of A3 Freight Payment. His company took advantage of the Angel Tax Credit this year to help spur capital investment to grow his business.

Angel Tax Credit stimulates early startup investors in Tennessee


Development NewsHabitat announces 2018 plans

New homes coming to South Memphis neighborhood in 2018


Innovation & Job NewsThe Aira kit comes with glasses equipped with a high-definition camera and a wifi portal.

Memphis airport adds technology to assist sight-impaired passengers


Feature StoryYolandra Rodgers runs an e-commerce company out of her home in South Memphis. (Lesley Young)

South Memphis-based baby shoe company is off and running


Innovation & Job NewsWhen Dr. Phillip Baker opened Good Shepherd Pharmacy in 2015, it offered around 300 medicines free.

This Memphis-based nonprofit pharmacy serves the uninsured


Feature StoryAccelerator programs hosted by organizations such as EPICenter Memphis, Memphis Bioworks and Start Co., help entrepreneurs launch businesses and   connect them with pathways to capital. To date, EPICenter has raised more than $16 million in capital.
Innovation & Job NewsA resident looks on the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria in Coamo, Puerto Rico.

How to get involved with Memphis' relief efforts for Puerto Rico


Development NewsPorter-Leath Early Childhood Development Center
Development NewsNational Manufacturing Day
Innovation & Job NewsHug Neighborhood Park Friends encourages engagement with city parks with activities like bicycle clubs and rodeos.

Adopt-A-Park program ramping up the call for volunteers


Development NewsFolks from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, the school, St. Andrew's Church and neighbors from nearby businesses came out to work together and get the project finished in time for Friday's grand opening. Download permissions

South City school to benefit from long awaited playground


Feature StoryListen To America Small

HuffPost, High Ground News & MLK50 to discuss economic inequality in Memphis


Development NewsJeff Tumlin

New public speaker series to address importance of urban planning


Development NewsHanan Hishe Soulsville Market
Feature StoryThe demolition of Foote Homes began in July.

South City: Housing a neighborhood in transition


Feature StoryLiz Gutierrez, founder and CEO of Enterprising Latinas.

How to create jobs and help neighborhoods prosper? Support local entrepreneurs


Feature StoryDr. Steven Euler, right, sets up an appointment with a caller's primary care doctor for further care.

New 9-1-1 initiatives seek to alleviate demands of nonemergency calls


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