Uptown & The Pinch

Uptown and The Pinch got their start in the mid-1800s as Memphis' first planned subdivision and business district. From the beginning, they were uniquely diverse, with dozens of different nationalities, religions, races, and incomes levels mingled in just a few square miles. Heavy disinvestment starting in the 1970s left the neighborhood virtually gutted, but efforts in the early 2000s brought reinvestment and new possibility. Today the legacy of historic Uptown-Pinch continues as the community works towards a multicultural, mixed-income, mixed-use revitalization.

High Ground embedded our On the Ground team in Uptown-Pinch from April through July 2018. 

Feature StoryThe Young Actors Guild performs "Rolling on the River" at Club Paradise in August 2017. (Andrea Morales)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Feature StoryOn The Ground editor Cole Bradley introduces the night's speakers.
Feature StoryAngelStreet

Video: AngelStreet choir brings music and mentorship to North Memphis


Feature StoryCourtlan Black is all smiles as David Yancey announces him the winner of the boys' aged 13 to 15 division at a skate competition held at the Greenlaw Community Center (Cole Bradley)
Feature StoryAngel Street Choir Director Angela Hyde begins rehearsal with students in the program
Feature StoryValerie Peavy her husband Jeff Peavy own The Office @ Uptown. It opened in 2013 and is their first restaurant venture. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature StoryAnnie Jones plays Bingo at the Bickford Community Center in Uptown. (Brandon Dahlberg)
Feature Storyhorse

Video: The origin story of Downtown's horse-drawn carriages


Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Feature StoryNeighbors enjoyed Memphis-based Geist at the first Uptown porch concert series. (Cole Bradley)

Front porch concerts rock the Uptown neighborhood


Signup for Email Alerts

Authors

Read more articles by Andy Meek.


Read more articles by Cole Bradley.

Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and applied anthropologist. Since 2011, Cole has worked as a researcher, strategist, and community engagement specialist across the city's private, public, and non-profit sectors. Passionate about storytelling, they began contributing to High Ground News in 2017.

Read more articles by Forever Ready.

Forever Ready Productions is based in Memphis. It specializes in fast paced, timely content for non profits, small businesses and start-ups. The production company's founder, Lauren Squires Ready, has more than a decade of award-winning video journalism experience and uses that skill to help create an impact narrative for any mission driven organization. Visit www.foreverreadyllc.com for more information.    

Read more articles by Tamara Williamson.

Tamara is a native Memphian and has a B.A. and M.A. from UT Knoxville. She has previously written guest posts for I Love Memphis blog.