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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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Feature Story This week, we hone in on how the plan will be carried out as the community works together to improve the social and economic systems and policies in Memphis.

Completing the plan: How the More for Memphis plan is meant to be iterative and fluid

This week, we hone in on how the plan will be carried out as the community works together to improve the social and economic systems and policies in Memphis. 

Development News Crew members for the Heights CDC work on traffic calming features to complement the new bioswale construction at Tutwiler and National in 2022. (File photo: Reginald Johnson)

Memphis MPO seeks residents' input on building new Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Greenprint Plan

The Memphis Metropolitan Planning Organization is looking to “propel” a new master plan for guiding the development of multi-modal transportation in the region.

Development News Meka Egwuekwe, co-founder and executive director of CodeCrew, speaks to coding students at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library in 2018. (File photo: Brandon Dahlberg)

Celebrating its 160th anniversary, this Memphis bank just awarded $1.6M in grants to 160 nonprofits

"We are honored to recognize these outstanding nonprofit organizations through the Grants for Good campaign," says First Horizon Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Bryan Jordan.

Development News On the greensward at Overton Park, members of the Central High School band take a few extra minutes to practice their parts as the rest of the band wraps up practice behind them in 2021. (File photo: Cole Bradley)

Memphis Mayor Paul Young joins the Mayors for Parks Coalition: 'I believe in the power of parks'

“I believe in the power of parks and green spaces; I’m excited to become part of this important coalition,” says Mayor Young.

In The News Shante Avant, CEO of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, discusses revitalizing and investing in low-income neighborhoods to create a better Memphis.

Voices of More for Memphis: Shante Avant of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis

“The people who are the most approximate to the problems are the best authors of those solutions.” Tafui Owusu spoke with Shante Avant, CEO of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis, about revitalizing and investing in low-income neighborhoods to create a better Memphis.

Feature Story Memphis native and community mentor Frank Gottie poses with his son, Andreis Smith.

Boots on the Ground: How two community activists mentor Memphis youth with the power of presence

Community Correspondent Danica Wilks spoke with Casio Montez and Frank Gottie, two community mentors who are instilling Memphis youth with valuable life skills and lessons.

Feature Story Rendering of Alliance Healthcare Services' Crisis Wellness Center at the intersection of Broad and Malcomb in Binghampton, opening February 2025.

Q&A: How a 24-hour Crisis Wellness Center in Binghampton will save more lives come early 2025

Jeff Hulett speaks with Alliance Healthcare Services CEO Laurie Powell about the new crisis wellness center, Alliance Healthcare Services celebrating 50 years, and more. 

In The News Rychetta Watkins, Memphis Music Initiative's Director of Grantmaking and Partnerships, discusses equity and access to the arts in Memphis neighborhoods and the need for an office in the Arts & Culture sector.

Voices of More for Memphis: Rychetta Watkins of Memphis Music Initiative

“We are world-renowned in Memphis for our culture.” Tafui Owusu spoke with Rychetta Watkins, Memphis Music Initiative's Director of Grantmaking and Partnerships, about equity and access to the arts in Memphis neighborhoods and the need for an office in the Arts & Culture sector.

Feature Story For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

High Ground's newest Community Correspondents explore the More for Memphis plan

For High Ground's 'On The Ground' series, six local community-level journalists help dissect the More for Memphis plan and share the stories of Memphis residents who are working hard for a better tomorrow. 

In The News Roshun Austin, CEO of The Works, Inc., discusses the issues of affordable housing programs, the impact of policies, and the power of community. 

Voices of More for Memphis: Roshun Austin, CEO of The Works, Inc.

“We must move away from this idea of individualism and build for the collective.” Tafui Owusu spoke with Roshun Austin of The Works, Inc. about the issues of affordable housing programs, the impact of policies, and the power of community. 

Feature Story Economic Development is one of the six 'More for Memphis' anchor collaboratives and aims to put 10,000 additional young people on a path to economic mobility.

More for Memphis plan identifies liberty and equity as Economic Development priorities

Over the next several months, the High Ground Team will be diving deep into the More for Memphis plan: What it is, why it is, and where it's taking us. This week, we take a look at Economic Development, one of the 6 focus areas critical to the initiative's success.

Development News "Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

New treatment facility for eating disorder and trauma care set to open in Memphis in late summer

"Haven of Hope is here to offer a safe and unique healing experience for those suffering from eating disorders and trauma," says Brittney Greer, LPC, MHSP, executive clinical director of Haven of Hope.

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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.