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 StoryDwayne "DJ" Johnson's assistant welds security bars for a client at Johnson's shop at 2992 Summer Avenue (Ziggy Mack)
Feature StoryStudents socialize while enjoying a midday snack. (Cole Bradley)
Feature StorySummer Avenue near National Street has been an important corner for commerce since the late 1800s. (Andrew Breig)

Summer Avenue to rebrand as an international district


Feature StoryA customer looks around the store as he speaks with the owner of the Summer Outlet thrift store. (Natalie Eddings)

In photos: Memphis gets thrifty on Summer Avenue


Feature StoryTrunk or treat
Feature StoryA once-drab building, 751 National Street now has tables and chairs, interactive maps of the neighborhood, and flags denoting the many nationalities in The Heights. (Cole Bradley)
Feature StoryJared Myers (derecha), director ejecutivo de Heights CDC, y un adolescente local en el vecindario. (Cole Bradley)
Featured PostJared Myers (R), executive director of Heights CDC, and a local teen canvas the neighborhood. (Cole Bradley)

Facts and Feelings: The push to improve safety in The Heights


Feature StoryFlying Falcon staff writer Leah Boone-Stewart (R) interviews Lanaya Hamilton (L) and Bionica Barnes for an article. (Flying Falcon)
Feature StoryDana Merriweather (L), Judy Conway (Center), Sidney Johnson discuss plans for the greenhouse located next to Johnson’s property on Gracewood St. (Natalie Eddings)

In photos: The gardens of Mitchell Heights


Feature StoryA young soccer team practices at Gaisman Park. (Natalie Eddings)
Feature StoryMario Ramos participates in an English Language Learners class at HopeWorks. (Submitted)

HopeWorks charts growth with $25K grant from First Tennessee


Feature StoryOffice manager Judith Currin drops a client off at home after a busy day at daycare. A ride in the custom bus is a favorite activity for the dogs. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian)
Feature StoryA first-grade student peeks around the corner at a pop-up performance held at Treadwell Elementary School as his classmates line up behind him. (Renier Otto)

In photos: The Heights celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


Feature StorySidney Johnson, president of the Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association, poses in front of the hoop house at the Mitchell Heights Landscape Garden and Nursery. (Cole Bradley)
Feature StorySidney Johnson, presidente de la Asociación de Vecinos de Mitchell Heights, posa frente a la casa de aro en el Jardín y Vivero de Mitchell Heights. (Cole Bradley)

Pequeño pero poderoso: El movimiento en Mitchell Heights


Feature StoryThe Stepherson's store at 3942 Macon Road opened in 1960. (Tamara Williamson)

Family-owned groceries are hallmark of The Heights


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