The Heights

The Heights is a collection of neighborhoods — Highland Heights, Mitchell Heights, Graham Heights, and others — located roughly between Tillman and Graham Streets to the east and west and Jackson and Summer Avenues to the north and south.

It's predominantly working class with modest homes, young families, and many senior residents. The area was first developed in the early 1900s and boomed as Summer Avenue grew into a major Memphis thoroughfare. Today it's one of the most ethnically diverse areas the city, with business owners and families from more than 30 different countries. 

Join us for our in-depth coverage of The Heights from September to December 2018. 
Feature Story(Left to right) Ladarius Shields, Richy Phan, Ceric Hicks, Hayden Williams, London Johnson (held), Robin Tate, Alice Shields, and Lonel Shields (front) pose for a portrait at Treadwell Middle School. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: Welcome to The Heights (en Español)


Feature StoryBrett Hunter and Katie Hargrave host a community meeting to reimagine the center of National Street as the Heights Line biking and pedestrian path connecting Summer to Jackson Avenues (Heights Line Design Studio)

Help us shape our coverage of The Heights at a community newsroom


Feature StoryHeights Ride 1

Video: The Heights rides to improve public space (en Español)


Feature StoryMemphis' first McDonald's, featured here circa 1963, opened in 1958 and was located at 4287 Summer Avenue. (Memphis Landmarks)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Feature StoryAngel Street Choir Director Angela Hyde begins rehearsal with students in the program
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