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Livable Communities

A building project with Habitat for Humanity

Picnic table in Overton Park

We are no more than the sum of our parts – together Memphis' individual neighborhoods create the unique culture of the Bluff City. And a smart Memphian knows our success is rooted in these communities and supports the development and revitalization of economically sustainable and vibrant neighborhoods. High Ground covers those who are keeping communities clean, safe, healthy and connected.

Livable Communities Features

Jamond Bullock

Soulsville artists in residence combine creativity with community outreach

As the home of legendary Stax Records, Soulsville is known as Memphis' music-first neighborhood. As part of a unique artists-in-residency program, a muralist and filmmaker have moved into the neighborhood to encourage creativity among their neighbors.

Siblings Glenn and Gerry Butler were placed together in foster care after their mother passed away in 2012.

Years of system-wide reform results in massive turnaround for Tennessee’s child welfare system

Sixteen years later, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is free of federal court oversight and now has a thoroughly reformed foster care system, after meeting nearly 140 benchmarks set out by the Brian A. settlement.

Dust to Dawn’s motto is “Do it right the first time.” Her goal is to simplify the lives of busy clients through dependable service.

Dust to Dawn entrepreneur uses success, lessons to empower local women

Sarah Opara-Nadi made the leap to self-employment in 2011, founding Dust to Dawn, which provides professional services to residential and commercial clients in Fayette and Shelby Counties and North Mississippi.


The Universal Life building at the corner of Danny Thomas and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Long-stalled development projects moving forward across the Memphis area

Projects include restoration of the Universal Life Building downtown, plans for multifamily units in Midtown, a new pedestrian bridge in the Pinch District, a Trader Joe’s in Germantown and the former Justine’s restaurant building in South Memphis.


Binghampton Gateway retail center is under construction at Sam Cooper and Tillman.

Binghampton, Frayser Gateway Centers and proposed TIF plan models on how to revitalize commuties

Two high-need areas in Memphis, Binghampton and Frayser, are ramping up investment in their communities with incoming Gateway retail centers and a proposed neighborhood tax-increment financing plan.

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