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We cover Memphis neighborhoods with nuance and center the experience of residents. We expose Memphians to stories of their neighbors across the city. We seek to rebalance the news by exploring challenges while focusing on the people and solutions moving Memphis forward.

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‘It’s about information’: Community-driven questionnaires sent to Shelby County candidates

“Our questionnaire is really wanting to understand those who are running for public office: How will you prioritize and support neighborhood issues?” says Deveney Perry, executive director of BLDG Memphis.

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Environmental Justice: Tackling blight in Orange Mound

Neighborhood trends for communities like Orange Mound are growth, stability, and decline. Drugs coincide with a lack of opportunity for minorities; inequalities cause property values to decline. Then equity declines. But there are solutions, writes community correspondent Alexandria Moore.

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Photos: Visiting Mike Minnis and his urban farm and garden in Orange Mound

Photographer Brandon Dill visited Mike Minnis, projects coordinator of Landmark Training Development Company, as part of our series on Environmental Justice.

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Habitat Memphis uses $220K grant to help build six new homes in North Memphis

“Thanks to the support of partners like THDA, we are able to help more families build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter,” Dwayne Spencer, president & CEO of Habitat Memphis, says in a statement.

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How this local CDC is looking to slow down traffic and speed up investment in The Heights

“The Corners is a design change along the Heights Line route. It’s meant to be more of a lingering space — kind of like a gathering public space, as opposed to a path,” says Dane Forlines, director of special projects for the Heights Community Development Corporation.

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Photo essay: Orange Mound Arts Council hosts theater camp for local teens

Photographer Reginald Johnson visits the Orange Mound Arts Council and documents their theater camp for teens.

Development News The Overton Park Shell, site of this year’s Tristate Black Pride Festival.

What to do this weekend: Juneteenth celebrations abound in Memphis all weekend long

“We are thrilled to partner with the Memphis community to honor Black freedom from slavery and commemorate this important milestone,” says Michele Arquette-Palermo, Director of Community Engagement for the Museum of Science & History.

Development News Officials gather at the ribbon-cutting for the new trail at T.O. Fuller State Park.

From tires to trails: New 2.5 mile multi-use trail repurposes dumped tires at Fuller State Park

“This is a quintessential example of recycling in full circle, collecting dumped material then converting it into positive use,” says David Salyers, commissioner of TDEC.

Feature Story “I never grew up thinking I was going to be the owner of a driving school,” says Teresa Landrum-Caswell, founder of the Caswell Group Driving School. But Landrum-Caswell identified a need in her community and supplied it. We ask her all about it.

How this Frayser resident is making driver’s ed affordable and accessible for her community

“I never grew up thinking I was going to be the owner of a driving school,” says Teresa Landrum-Caswell, founder of the Caswell Group Driving School. But Landrum-Caswell identified a need in her community and supplied it. We ask her all about it.

Feature Story “We're a finely-tuned machine if you ask me, and we're only gonna get better,” says Erskin Mitchell (right), founder of Successful Inc.

Memphis nonprofits partner with national foundation to provide musical instruments for area youth

“We're a finely-tuned machine if you ask me, and we're only gonna get better,” says Erskin Mitchell, founder of Successful Inc.

Feature Story “We’re just residents. We’re trying to make it easier for everyday residents, like us, just to make their communities more successful,” says Kathy Temple, executive director of The Time is Now Douglass Redevelopment Corp.

How this group of ‘everyday residents’ utilizes a DIY spirit to transform their Douglass community

“We’re just residents. We’re trying to make it easier for everyday residents, like us, just to make their communities more successful,” says Kathy Temple, executive director of The Time is Now Douglass Redevelopment Corp.

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What are our focus neighborhoods? 
Binghampton, The Edge, Frayser, The Heights, Hickory Hill, Klondike & Smokey City, Madison Heights, North Memphis, Orange Mound, South City, Soulsville, Uptown & The Pinch, The University District, and Whitehaven.
What is Solutions Journalism?

Many of High Ground's in-depth stories take an approach known as solutions journalism.

Solutions journalism:
  • explores challenges but focuses on responses—the solutions
  • asks for evidence—proof of need, success, & progress
  • asks complex questions—whys & hows
  • includes the voices of those most affected by challenges and solutions
We asks how challenges and responses affect Memphis' diverse communities and focus on neighborhoods and voices often excluded from these critical conversations.