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Join us in a celebration of Madison Heights

Join High Ground and our neighborhood partners in a celebration of Madison Heights. Free food, music, a parade and a public art unveiling — all we need is you!

Feature Story Aylah Sanders participates in a tennis skills drill during Tennis Memphis' Family Play Day, held on August 3 at the city’s municipal tennis centers. (Tennis Memphis)

Tennis, everyone?

Memphis loves basketball, but could tennis be a new favorite sport in Tiger Town? Tennis Memphis and the City of Memphis are investing in tennis to make the sport more accessible and relatable for youth across the city.    

Feature Story Victoria Young, pictured, opened Spincult at 700 Madison Avenue in August 2018. The indoor fitness studio offers a variety of options for cycling devotees. (Spincult)

Spincult fuses cycling and community in Medical District

One year after opening, this boutique fitness studio has become a collaborative space offering a unique indoor biking experience in The Edge. 

Feature Story A shop reaches for an item off a top shelf at the Viet Hoa Food Market in Madison Heights. (High Ground News)

Viet Hoa Food Market is one-stop shop for multicultural culinary needs

A staple of Cleveland Street, the Viet Hoa Food Market is a go-to for Vietnamese, Thai and other Asian culinary and cultural goods. It's also part of a hub for Memphis' Vietnamese community centered in Madison Heights.

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.

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. 

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Podcast: Play Where You Stay is soccer made equitable

Ellen Roberds and Nibaruta Fidel with Play Where You Stay talk soccer, competition and how to make the game fun and accessible for all kids in any neighborhood, regardless of financial need.

Feature Story A volunteer sorts through a mix of diaper and period products donated to the Bare Needs Diaper Bank. (Mid-South Food Bank)

Mid-South Food Bank helms coalition to supply diapers, period products in Memphis

Most public assistance funds can't be spent on diapers or period products. So what do low-income Memphians do when they're short on cash and in need of these essential supplies? The new Bare Needs Diaper Bank hopes to help and on an unprecedented scale. 

Feature Story A. J. Dugger III (L) interviews Marvin Frazier, son of heavyweight champion Smokin Joe Frazier. (A.J. Dugger III)

Meet High Ground's new lead writer

High Ground's new On the Ground lead writer, A.J. Dugger III, is coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Meet him here first.

Feature Story Two kindergarten students introduce their class song to the audience of Treadwell Elementary School as part of a Hispanic History Month celebration. (Renier Otto)

Policy Report: The ABCs of school vouchers and what it means for Memphis

In Policy Report, analyst Shirley Bondon dives into new and proposed policies and programs impacting Memphis neighborhoods. Kicking off the series, Bondon breaks down Tennessee’s new school voucher program.  

Feature Story Wise Tardezia performs a single blade razor shave and towel facial treatment on Pedro Bateman at Presidential Barber Lounge in Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

Meet the locals serving looks on Madison Avenue

One three-block stretch of Madison Avenue is home to more than half a dozen locally hair and beauty businesses. Check out this Memphis hair hub and meet the people keeping Memphis looking fresh.

Feature Story Members of the Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association were presented with the 2019 Tennessee Governor's Award for Environmental Stewardship by Governor Bill Lee (center) in Nashville on August 1. (TN Green Gov)

Memphis neighbors win governor's award, plan for edible forest on Tillman Street

The tiny Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association won a major award from Governor Bill Lee, but their biggest project is just kicking off — an edible urban forest in the heart of Memphis.

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Podcast: New blood, new turf at High Ground

Our new On the Ground lead writer, A.J. Dugger, joins High Ground's Emily Trenholm and Cole Bradley for first thoughts on our next On the Ground neighborhood, Hickory Hill. 

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Podcast: An affordable housing trust fund for Memphis

Paul Young with the City of Memphis and John Paul Shaffer of BLDG Memphis discuss a new local trust fund to support the creation and preservation of affordable housing.  

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Podcast: Gateways for Growth

Yancy Villa-Calvo and Mauricio Calvo with Gateways for Growth discuss the economic, cultural and civic contributions of local immigrant communities, and how Memphis can make institutions of all kinds more welcoming and accessible.   

Feature Story Antoine Lever stands in his studio in The Pinch. He's one of the newest members of the Medical District's burgeoning art scene. (Ziggy Mack)

Growing arts scene brings new vibrancy to Medical District

Could the Medical District be Memphis' next hot spot for arts and culture? We profile three new arts businesses that have set up shop in the district. 

Feature Story Volunteers plant a garden as part of a cleanup effort organized by Klondike Smokey City CDC and supported by Hope City Church. (Submitted)

Faith in Action: Showing up for Klondike-Smokey City

In the first of High Ground's new series, Faith in Action, we spotlight a North Memphis church that consistently steps up for the Klondike Smokey City CDC.

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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 ...