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 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


Feature StoryYvonne Thomas' kindergarteners dance to a song about fruit  in one of Treadwell Elementary School's dual language classes on September 21, 2018. Treadwell's dual language program immerses kids in both Spanish and English for full fluency by fifth gra
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 Story(L to R) Ladarius Shields, Cedric Hicks, and Hayden Williams attend a football game at Treadwell Middle. Treadwell is the area's oldest public school, opened in 1915. (Ziggy Mack)
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.
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