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Porter Leath Childrens’ Home on Manassas Street is the oldest structure in Klondike/Smokey City. It was an orphanage until 1969 when it became a multi-service agency to serve more children in need.

Prosperity and decline shape Klondike Smokey City's history

Klondike Smokey City’s history tells a story of prosperity but also one of decline with shuttered factories, white flight and racial segregation at its core. 

A view of Decatur Street in Smokey City.

SPARCC grant targets North Memphis for equitable development

North Memphis, which has suffered from chronic public and private disinvestment, is getting an injection of capital with a $1 million grant and access to a larger $90 million financing pool. 

Residents and student of the University of Memphis planning department discuss Klondike Smokey City's future at a March 2016 meeting.

Facing disinvestment, Klondike Smokey City charts its own path to development

Facing chronic public and private disinvestment, Klondike Smokey City is taking development into its own hands in creating a neighborhood plan with University of Memphis students.


Klondike Smokey City’s history drives its future

For the next three months embedded On the Ground writers, photographers and videographers will focus on the North Memphis neighborhoods of Klondike and Smokey City.

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Fear of heights and risk did not deter owner of Medford Roofing

Always up for a challenge, Meghan Medford made her foray into a male-dominated field in the wake of the Great Recession. Oh, and she's afraid of heights. 
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