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 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 StoryThe Uptown Burger features two beef patties, cheese, onions, peppers, and jalapenos grilled to perfection.  (Cole Bradley)
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)
Feature StorySkateboard
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


Innovation & Job NewsThe new segment of the Wolf River Greenway has a 1.2-mile paved trail, wide concrete and asphalt paths and a boardwalk.

Opening of Confluence Park marks newest segment of Wolf River Greenway


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.
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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017. 

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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.    

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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.