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Feature Story Phase two of the South City housing development under construction. (Cole Bradley)

As residents return, South City looks to bring business back

As residents begin moving into South City, the area's stakeholders are intensifying their focus on bringing businesses back to the neighborhood.

Feature Story Donte Davis works on a section of the You's Grocery mural depicting store owner Ae An Sartain as a child when her father first opened the store. The artists based the mural on Sartain's memories and neighborhood history. (A.J. Dugger)

Neighborhood groups take the reins in new public art initiative

UrbanArt Commission has chosen four neighborhood groups to create public art that supports their existing work. In Binghampton, the teens of Carpenter Art Garden are turning creative expression into a potential profession.

Feature Story Inés Negrette (R), founder and director of CasaLuz, tables an event at Gaisman Park and Community Center as part of CasaLuz's outreach and awareness work. (CasaLuz)

CasaLuz fights domestic violence, supports Spanish-speaking victims in Memphis

CasaLuz is on a mission to reduce domestic violence among Memphis' Spanish-speaking communities through advocacy, legal help, education and victim support.

Feature Story A mural still marks the location of the Washington Bottoms Community Park and Garden at the corner of North Watkins and Court streets. (Ziggy Mack)

For sale ... again: The saga of Washington Bottoms

Where Midtown and the Medical District meet sits roughly 20 acres of vacant land. It's changed hands repeatedly along with promises and rumors for development, like the fabled Midtown Target. Now it's up for sale again.

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Podcast: Safety and self-care with the YWCA and Total Woman Summit

Marquiepta Odom with the YWCA of Greater Memphis and Sherica Hymes, founder of Total Woman Summit, discuss this year's summit on September 28, the YWCA's work to support families fleeing domestic violence and how the summit and YWCA are working separately and together to empower women to put themselves first.

Feature Story Tre Young plays Pokemon Go on the sidewalk near World Overcomers Church at 6655 Winchester Road. Behind him stands the church's Statue of Liberation through Christ. (Ziggy Mack)

Photos: Welcome to Hickory Hill

We're kicking off our On the Ground coverage in Hickory Hill with a tour of the neighborhood through the lens of photographer ZIggy Mack. 

Feature Story (L to R) Hickory Hill Community Center's assistant director, Danae Lawrence, her daughter and center volunteer, Mya Brady, and center director, Adrianna Moore pose in the center's lobby. (A.J. Dugger III)

Hickory Hill Community Center is high-energy heartbeat of the neighborhood

The Hickory Hill Community Center is more than just a gym. It's a center of community with an indoor pool, line dancing for seniors, cooking classes and much more. 

Feature Story Fifth-grade scholars cheer on K-2 scholars as they head into their Friday Community Meeting. Gonzalo Munguia Lopez Jr. (center, left) and Yoselin Garcia (center, right) share an excited smile. (Cat Evans)

Hidden Stars: Meet the top-performing charter school you've likely never heard of

Aurora Collegiate Academy is a K-5 neighborhood school. Most of its students are Latinx and low-income. It's also Shelby County School's top-performing elementary charter school with a strategy for success that includes students, faculty and families.

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Podcast: Neighborhood journalists wanted

Jared Myers with Heights CDC joins the High Ground team to discuss our new Community Contributor program, which aims to attract and train residents as neighborhood-based freelance reporters. 

Feature Story Voting location at Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church at 70 N. Bellevue Blvd. (Daily Memphian)

BLDG Memphis issues housing and transit survey to Memphis mayoral, city council candidates

BLDG Memphis has issued a questionnaire to all 64 Memphis mayoral and city council candidates to see where they stand on two key issues: affordable housing and safe and efficient transportation.

Feature Story Residents of Madison Heights enjoy food from neighborhood restaurants while the Mighty Souls Brass Band plays an upbeat jazz number. (Ziggy Mack)

Sidewalks, lemonade and lot parties: What we learned in Madison Heights

Madison Heights was our 11th On the Ground neighborhood but still a neighborhood of firsts for our team. Check out what we learned as we say "see you later" to this unique community.

Feature Story The second line parade through the streets of Madison Heights was lead by the Mighty Souls Brass Band. (Ziggy Mack)

Video: Celebrating Madison Heights

On August 28, High Ground helped throw a parking lot party and second line parade celebrating Madison Heights and the debut of the Rain or Shine umbrella-share system. Watch the video here.

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Podcast: Teach for America and why we love Treadwell Elementary

Chris Coleman and Bianca Delgado with Teach for America discuss how TFA is training educators and education advocates across the country and gush with High Ground's Cole Bradley over Treadwell Elementary in Memphis.

Feature Story Krosstown Kleaners ended operations roughly five years ago, but its iconic signage still adorn the building's exterior at 1400 Madison Avenue. (AJ Dugger III)

Iconic Krosstown Kleaners has potential new owner

The owner of Krosstown Kleaners accepted an offer from a potential buyer. The 109-year-old building may see new life soon, but will it keep its iconic marquee and “Jesus is Lord” sign that have blessed Madison Avenue for decades?

Feature Story Joyce Cox was named the newest Neighborhood USA board member in May 2019. She and board member Ian Randolph are the only two board members from Memphis. (Joyce Cox)

Memphis' Joyce Cox elected to board of Neighborhoods USA

Joyce Cox has made a career of supporting Memphis' neighborhoods. As a newly-elected board member for Neighborhoods USA, the community engagement manager for HCD expands her role as an advocate for Memphis.  

Feature Story Current and prospective minority entrepreneurs, small-business owners and others gathered for an Epicenter Think Tank event for innovative thinking . (Epicenter)

Epicenter's minority business strategy gets $450,000 boost

There are 39,800 Black-owned businesses in Memphis but only 800 have at least one employee. Epicenter and its partners are working to shift that stat, and a $450,000 grant from the Kaufman Foundation will support the work.

Feature Story Comedians Anaisha Robinson (L), known as Tootie 2Times to fans, and Latoya Polk, pose for a photo before taking the stage at the Laughter for the Heart comedy show benefiting Hearts of Hickory Hill. (Anaisha Robinson)

Hickory Hill comedy show brought laughs, raised dollars for community

On August 13, the Laughter for the Heart comedy show brought some of Memphis biggest names in local comedy to Hickory Hill to raise money for a new nonprofit investing in the neighborhood. 

Feature Story Al Harville (L) and Allison Hancock work together to finalize the design and layout on a client's order. (AJ Dugger III)

One of the city's last locally-owned print shops thrives in the University District

For 13 years Minuteman Press has served a diverse set of local clients from its shop at Poplar and Highland. From books for the local Hindu temple to funeral programs, a typical day is anything but at Minuteman.

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Madison Heights

Madison Heights is one of several distinct neighborhoods in the larger Medical District. It radiates from the intersection of Madison Avenue and Cleveland Street and includes the many shops, homes and service organizations between McNeil Street and Interstate-240 ...