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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

A May 13 clean-up day at the site of a future homeless shelter for LGBTQ youth.

Nearly half of homeless youth are LGTBQ. OUTMemphis is doing something about it.

OUTMemphis could soon begin construction on an innovative shelter complex made out of shipping containers. Once completed, LGBTQ youth will be allowed to stay at the facility and receive wraparound services to help them make the next step to stability.

Barbara Nesbit hangs out with the kids at the Vance Avenue Youth Development Center.

Vance Avenue Youth Development Center is a free safety net for South Memphis children

Barbara Nesbit isn’t a childcare provider. She’s a diplomat, and she helps her kids navigate the barriers that arise from living in poverty.

Jeremy Stein, general manager for Lucky Heart Cosmetics stands with Bennie Franklin, an employee of 33 years, and Olivet Montgomery, an employee of 52 years, by the mural outside the company's new storefront on Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

This black beauty company survived segregation in Memphis. Now it faces off against e-commerce.

Founded in 1935, Lucky Heart Cosmetics has seen its share of changes. The black beauty product manufacturer has opened its first retail store in the hopes of attracting its next generation of loyal customers.

Anthony Jackson (L) and Rico Randall (R) showing off their award-winning barbecued ribs

South Memphis Shalom Zone barbecue contest encourages residents to seek peace

The fourth annual South Memphis barbecue cook-off brings churches and residents together intentionally to foster a safer, vibrant community.

The Edge Gets Lit Alley Party brough Memphians to an overlooked side of The Edge District.

Between the Lines II: Turning Memphis' alleys into hidden destinations

Built to be hidden parts of the city, alleys are reimagined by developers and artists as places to show off Memphis' creativity. 
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