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Feature StoryHomeowners  Mike and Nyasha Daniels in their Frayser home, which they purchased from the Frayser Community Development Corporation in 2018. (Houston Cofield/Daily Memphian)

Frayser CDC gives residents keys to homes, neighborhood and city

In 2017, 90 percent of Frayser home purchases were from landlords or investors, most out of state. Frayser CDC's new Home Ownership Campaign is reversing that trend by helping residents buy homes for half the cost of renting.

Feature StoryEarly arrivals mingle at United Way of the Mid-South's 2018 Feast of Dreams. (Demarcus Bowser)

Breaking bread: Applied anthropology meets local journalism

On November 8, United Way held its Feast of Dreams to unite community leaders in a conversation on poverty reduction. High Ground sent its resident anthropologist with a question — can Unite Way inspire lasting, citywide change in just one night?

Feature StoryDwayne "DJ" Johnson's assistant welds security bars for a client at Johnson's shop at 2992 Summer Avenue (Ziggy Mack)

Last of the craft: The twilight of Summer Avenue's artisan culture

Since the 1800s Summer Avenue has been a place for artisans and mom-and-pop shops. Today, many of its master crafters are past retirement age, and there’s a need for new blood to continue the tradition of handmade hustle. 

Feature StoryCrystal Bergman is the operations manager for Memphis-based Madison Line Records. (Submitted)

Crystal Bergman takes lead at Madison Line Records, takes on gender bias in music industry

Crystal Bergman has spent a lifetime making music and seen her share of gender-bias in the industry. As Madison Line Records' new operations manager she's using what she's learned to cultivate the next generation of tough and talented female performers. 

Feature StoryWith the Memphis College of Art closing in 2020, the future of its main building, Rust Hall, is up in the air.

Local arts organizers make a bid to take over Memphis College of Art's Rust Hall

With the Memphis College of Art’s May 2020 closure approaching, the fate of the school’s main building in Overton Park is up in the air. Local arts entrepreneurs are taking steps to secure Rust Hall and remake the eye-catching mid-century space into a mixed-use facility for artists and creative entrepreneurs.

Feature StoryLayne Carden was inspired to open TransforMama, a play and co-work space for parents, based on her own postpartum experience.

A community center for new parents offers fitness classes, playgroups and coworking

Inspired by her own postpartum struggles, entrepreneur Layne Carden launched TransforMama to offer new parents resources and community support.

Feature StoryStudents socialize while enjoying a midday snack. (Cole Bradley)

Heights Boys and Girls Club earns national acclaim, trains Memphis musicians

The Heights’ Ira Samelson Jr. Club is the city’s top performing Boys and Girls Clubs, and it's receiving national recognition for its dynamic staff and state-of-the-art music studio that’s training Memphis’ next generation of music legends.

Feature StorySummer Avenue near National Street has been an important corner for commerce since the late 1800s. (Andrew Breig)

Summer Avenue to rebrand as an international district

The Heights-Berclair stretch of Summer Avenue is just three miles long but it represents business owners from over 30 countries. Now it’s getting the recognition it deserves with a campaign to brand it as the Memphis’ first international district.

Feature StoryA customer looks around the store as he speaks with the owner of the Summer Outlet thrift store. (Natalie Eddings)

In photos: Memphis gets thrifty on Summer Avenue

For decades Summer Avenue in The Heights has been a destination location for Memphis' frugal shoppers. Photographer Natalie Eddings explores the chaotic beauty of Summer's most popular thrift stores. 

Feature StoryOne of two proposed playground designs for the new L.E. Brown Park in South City. (City of Memphis, Division of Parks and Neighborhoods)

City plans to resurrect L.E. Brown Park as part of South City development

Generations of Cleaborn Homes residents remember L. E. Brown Park, and now a $700,000 investment will ensure future generations of South City neighbors can enjoy the park and public pool. 

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Join the On The Ground team for "Great Heights: National Street & Beyond in Photographs"

As our four-month embedded engagement in The Heights area of Memphis draws to a close, we're celebrating the residents who shared their stories with a one-night-only photo exhibition.

Feature StoryThe voters arrive at Glenview Community Center as part of JUICE Orange Mound's Roll to Poll community initiative on Oct 27. (Ziggy Mack)

Orange Mound 'Roll to the Poll' centers voter empowerment as Memphis debates suppression

The NAACP is focusing its legal power on Shelby County to ensure its citizens the right to vote on November 6. Leaders in Orange Mound join those efforts by creating positive experiences at the polls to ensure people exercise those rights.


Feature StoryThe Redbird FMX simulator at CTI Professional Flight Training helps students become familiar with the controls and develop their flying skills before taking to the air. (Submitted)

Facing pilot shortage, University of Memphis offers aviation degree through Millington flight school

With a growing demand for commercial pilots, the University of Memphis is partnering with CTI Professional Flight Training in Millington to offer a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Aviation — with the blessing of FedEx.

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Video: A ballet class in North Memphis underscores the need for family wrap-around support

Universal Parenting Places are designed for parents who are seeking information and intervention at the earliest signs of concern. But beyond intervention, the Universal Parenting Places hold resources, respite and times for celebration — like a Ballet Memphis-led class for children and caregivers who attend Perea Preschool.

Feature StoryTrunk or treat

Video: Camaraos and candy at Treadwell Middle School's Trunk-A-Treat

Just in time for Halloween, the Black Cloud Association hosted their second annual Heart of the Heights "Trunk-A-Treat" and costume block party at Treadwell Middle School on October 21. Camaros, candy and community made the spookiest night of the year a safe neighborhood celebration.

Feature StoryA once-drab building, 751 National Street now has tables and chairs, interactive maps of the neighborhood, and flags denoting the many nationalities in The Heights. (Cole Bradley)

Neighborhood by design: Community design studio is space to imagine a new Heights

In September, Heights CDC purchased an old cabinet shop at 751 National Street for a new kind of community center where residents can actively redesign the surrounding street, neighborhood, and a proposed $3.5 million Heights Line bicycle-pedestrian path.

Feature StoryJared Myers (derecha), director ejecutivo de Heights CDC, y un adolescente local en el vecindario. (Cole Bradley)

Hechos y sentimientos: El impulso para mejorar la seguridad en The Heights

La seguridad es más que simples estadísticas de delitos, también está relacionada con cómo se sienten los vecinos acerca de su comunidad. Los líderes en The Heights se enfocan en el deterioro y las relaciones con la policía, mientras que invierten en la vecindad para cambiar tanto los hechos como la percepción de seguridad en su crecimiento de la comunidad.

Feature Story In addition to coworking, Epicenter members have opportunities to participate in professional development and networking events.

Eight places to cowork in Memphis

Looking to get out of the coffee shop? Check out eight places to cowork from Downtown to Collierville.

Feature StoryAs part of the Brooks Outing project, artist Julien de Casabianca pasted "characters" from earlier artworks in suprising places across Memphis. This snippet of "Au pied de la falaise" can be seen on Crump Boulevard. (Ziggy Mack)

Brooks Museum's mural project takes classic art to the streets of Memphis

The public art exhibit that crosses Memphis neighborhoods from Orange Mound to Frayser does more than anything before to break down the barriers between the Brooks Museum and the community it serves or, as even some fans might point out, underserves.

Feature StoryA new cohort of South Memphis Glide Ride Ambassadors is in training. (Bike/Ped Memphis)

South Memphis is an incubator for pedestrian improvements under national initiative

As part of the Memphis Big Jump project, the city is re-surfacing and re-designing multiple streets in South Memphis while promoting bicycling as a means of transportation. Nearly one-third of residents lack access to a personal vehicle. 

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