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Feature StoryFive of the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center's six current staff members. L to R: Justin Davis, Paul Garner, Tamara Hendrix, Faith Pollan and Brad Watkins. (Submitted)

Seeking justice: A nonprofit’s fight for housing, buses, criminal justice reform and more

Since 1982, the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center has worked for social and economic justice in Memphis. Now it’s helping senior residents in HUD-subsidized apartments fight to keep their homes.

Feature StoryAster Demekech, 27, is the director of Juice Almighty, a juice bar and café inside of the Memphis Rox climbing facility in South Memphis. (Kim Coleman)

Pay-what-you-can juice bar fuels South Memphis

All items on the menu at this juice bar are $5, but no one is turned away from a healthy meal because of their inability to pay. 

Feature Story"If it isn't the best turkey and cheese that you've ever eaten in your entire life, it's free," said Sam's Deli owner, Brad Wilbanks. (Baris Gursakal)

Sam's Deli fuses all-American deli with classic Indian dishes in the University District

Looking for an unassuming deli with some of the best (and perhaps only) Indian-Korean-Creole-American fusing food in town? Look no further than Sam's Deli and husband and wife team Brad and Shamira Wilbanks

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Join High Ground News' coverage as a Creative in Residence

Applications are open for the Creatives in Residence program, which will embed artists and researchers in the Madison Heights neighborhood alongside High Ground News journalists. 

Feature StoryMia Madison is launching the Chelsea Avenue Farmer's Market on April 20, 2019. She hopes the vacant lot where she is standing, at the intersection of Chelsea Avenue and Springdale Street, will be revived with at least 20 vendors. (Dawn Neuses)

Chelsea Avenue Farmer's Market will showcase fresh foods and community pride

A new farmer’s market in Hollywood-Hyde Park will provide retail opportunities to residents, community farmers, growers and vendors in North Memphis.


Feature StoryMixed-use building The Marshall is located at 676 Marshall near Sun Studios. (Submitted)

Young developer wants to improve neighborhoods with small scale projects

“The Edge could be the next Overton Square. That’s the way we like to think of it."

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On the Ground Podcast: How improv theater is helping kids find shared humanity

In S1E11 of the On the Ground Podcast, Professional actors Ann Wallace and Leslie Jones of Playback Memphis share how live improv theater can help kids improve social-emotional learning and build healthy relationships.

Feature StoryJoel Katz, senior manager, Youth Sports Partnership with the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation, leads a group of Play Where You Stay students in soccer drills at the Gaston Community Center. (Submitted)

Play Where You Stay activates neighborhood parks, breaks down barriers for inner-city soccer players

Nonprofit Play Where You Stay identifies unused spaces in neighborhoods that can be improved with some sweat equity and turned into soccer fields. The program recruits neighborhood children interested in playing the sport and pays its college-age coaches a living wage.


Feature StoryPhase one of South City's housing is 60 percent complete. Move in is expected to begin this summer. (Cole Bradley)

As Downtown grows, South City invests in low-income residents

FedEx, Wiseacre and Union Row are all heading to Downtown. But what do these new developments mean for affordability and the low-income residents of South City?

Feature StoryRiley Grace meets with speech pathologist John Sandidge to help craft a voice that is in line with her gender identity. They work on pitch, resonance, inflection and more. (Cole Bradley)

Memphis Speech and Hearing Center helps transgender Memphians find their voice

At the University of Memphis’ South Campus, transgender clients work with speech pathologists to navigate the nuances of sound and craft a signature sound that reflects their true self.   

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On The Ground Podcast: The power of community policing in Memphis neighborhoods

In S1E10 of the On The Ground Podcast, we explore to what extent youth engagement can be a crime prevention technique. In the North Memphis area of Hollywood-Hyde Park, community leaders have used city funds from the Memphis Police Department to sponsor free meals and activities for neighborhood children. 

Feature StoryJames Mock (center) and other movement leaders meet with members of the press outside the Memphis State administration building in April 1969. (University of Memphis Special Collections)

Beyond the Memphis State Eight: The civil rights fight for equality at the University of Memphis

The University of Memphis desegregated in 1959, but it would take more than 10 years of organizing and actions by dedicated students, both Black and white, to achieve true integration. 

Feature StoryNannette Bean, founder and CEO of Leasing Angels.

Making a move? Locally-owned property firm connects renters with residences across Memphis

“I think we’re all part of the urban renaissance ... Prices are up. Rents are up. Demand for our product is up.”

Feature StoryThe Exercise Coach program calls for two twenty-minute workouts per week. Each machine that a customer uses has a computer that tracks each session. The sessions are led by a personal trainer. (Submitted)

Tech-first gym promises a "smarter" workout

A new gym in Germantown keeps its clientele base small and personal. The gym only sees two to three clients at a time, and their workouts are tuned in to a personalized software program.

Feature StoryDuring the 2019 GiveCamp Memphis event, IT and marketing professionals dedicate a full weekend to building websites, creating logos, branding and more—all for free. (Drew Fleming)

Memphis technology and marketing professionals donate their skills to area nonprofits

GiveCamp Memphis helps nonprofits focus on their mission and impact. Every year IT and marketing professionals dedicate a full weekend to building websites, creating logos, branding and more — all for free.

Feature StoryOn March 2, all eight Memphis-area mosques are participating in the 17th annual community open house. (Submitted)

Memphis mosques gear up for four weeks of "Muslims in Memphis" festivities

The Islamic Association of Greater Memphis, which operates two mosques and supports year-round programming, got its start at a tiny house in the University District. 

Feature StoryHighland Row is one of the many new mixed-use, high density developments to be built on or near the Highland Strip in the last few years. (Ziggy Mack)

High-rises on Highland are a test for Memphis 3.0

The city's new Memphis 3.0 plan hopes to increase density. Residents in the University District say with the influx new high-rise developments near the Highland Strip, density isn't just a plan; it's their present.

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On The Ground Podcast: How public art is engaging Memphians around sustainability

In S1E9 of the On The Ground Podcast, Ebony Archie from UrbanArt Commission and local artist Khara Woods discuss public art installations in Uptown and Frayser that are designed around themes of sustainability and environmental issues.

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Former Binghampton warehouse now home to thriving indoor skatepark

“Part of our concept of space is yes it’s a skatepark, it’s a coffee shop, but it’s kind of the collision of culture, of art and music,” said co-owner Mark Horrocks. “Places like this help people stay in Memphis." 

Feature StorySheahan Water Pumping Station located near University of Memphis main campus was built in the 1930s and still shows signs of the 1950s Cold War. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: See inside the water pumping plant that's kept Memphis hydrated since the 1930s

The Sheahan Pumping Station was built in 1932 and helps keep Memphis' artesian water pristine. Take a rare photographic tour inside its uniquely beautiful and critical important building. 

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