The Pinch

The Pinch District took its name in the 1800s from a pejorative term for the emaciated Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine (“pinch gut”). The Pinch was home to the city’s earliest Irish, Italian, Russian, and Greek immigrants, as well as Memphis’ Jewish community through the 1930s. Suburban expansion post-World War II decimated the Pinch’s population, and it has since struggled to maintain stability. There are hopes that the newly repurposed Pyramid, now a Bass Pro Shop flagship store, will anchor new growth in the area.

Feature StoryPeople from all walks of life mingle beneath the "branches" of Treedom Memphis.
Feature StoryYoung men play basketball in Booker T. Washington park.
Feature StoryA mirrored exterior at the Rendezvous shipping facility in the Pinch District reflect historic buildings. (Ziggy Mack)
Feature StoryMadison Taper, winner of the girls' ages 8 to 15 division, shows off her new Fluxus skateboard. Fluxus boards are made in Memphis and are designed by local artists. (Shelda Edwards)
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Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Feature StoryAn Uptown resident adds her priorities to a list of possible new developments. (Community Redevelopment Agency)
Feature StoryLaura Wheeler has worked at Westy's for one year. (Brandon Dahlberg)

Westy’s turns 35 as The Pinch turns a corner


Feature StoryValerie Peavy, owner of the Office @ Uptown, poses for a portrait. Her cafe opened in 2013. (Brandon Dahlberg)

Welcome to Uptown, the biggest small town in Memphis


Development NewsMATA set to reopen downtown trolley line

MATA set to reopen downtown trolley system on April 30


Development NewsMLK Day of Service

City fights blight for MLK Day of Service


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.
Development NewsNational Manufacturing Day
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


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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