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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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PHOTOS: International Park(ing) Day transforms Memphis parking spaces into parks and public spaces

We all waved the same banner on International Park(ing) Day, writes Reginald Johnson, Sr. “This is how we want our empty spaces and streets to look and feel: safe and beautiful.”

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Historic Collins Chapel Church receives more than $500K in grants for renovations and upgrades

“It is only by God’s grace, mercy and blessings that Collins Chapel continues to thrive by receiving these wonderful grants for example and has survived here for nearly 181 years,” says Rev. Bethel L. Harris, pastor of Collins Chapel Church.

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Paint the town: Community invited to join professional artists at this year’s Paint Memphis Festival

“We want the public to be part of this artistic endeavor, to meet the artists and take part in enhancing the neighborhood, during a day of work (for us), art appreciation, learning, and entertainment,” says Karen B. Golightly, Executive Director and Founder of Paint Memphis.

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A safer, more comfortable corridor: City proposes changes for Watkins-Cleveland-Bellevue corridor

“This is a corridor that touches very diverse neighborhoods,” says Nicholas Oyler, Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis. “You travel through here and you’re passing through all walks of life in Memphis.”

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New initiative launches to help solve issues of economic and social mobility for all Memphians

“What we’re doing at More For Memphis will not only tackle the barriers of today, but pave a clear path forward for the next generation of dreamers and doers here,” says Teshanda Middleton, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Program Officer at Communities In Schools of Memphis.

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Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis commits nearly $1.5M in grants to 34 local organizations

“These grants will expand the reach and presence of community-based solutions – generating impact aligned with the Foundation’s strategic priorities,” says WFGM President and CEO Ruby Bright.

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Entrepreneurship residency program gives Memphis youth a leg up on path to starting a business

“We came up with this residency where we work with two to three students each semester, giving them studio space and stipends to purchase materials to make their goods,” says Abby Phillips, executive director and co-founder of Arrow Creative.

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Environmental Justice: Why access to reliable public transportation matters

It’s hoped that the nation’s successful transit systems will continue to inspire Memphis to evolve. Maybe one day Memphis will become an inspiration for other cities to evolve, too. Here’s how we’re getting there.

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How this unique partnership is bringing American Sign Language interpreters to Overton Park Shell

“We all have a responsibility to think through the lens of access — and, for the Shell’s mission, specifically access to the performing arts,” says Natalie Wilson, executive director of Overton Park Shell.

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PHOTOS: The Orange Mound Awareness Shoe and the people behind it

“We are here to eradicate homelessness through the SoGiv Orange Mound Awareness Shoe, in partnership with JUICE Orange Mound,” says SoGiv founder and CEO Edward Bogard. Find out the story behind his latest design.

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How this nonprofit is hoping to eradicate homelessness one shoe at a time

“It's definitely more than a shoe. It's a movement,” says Britney Thornton, founder and executive director of JUICE Orange Mound.

Development News “We know the work we do creates lasting impact,” says Audrey Willis, LITE Memphis Board President.

LITE Memphis receives $450K grant to expand entrepreneur program for Memphis youth

“We know the work we do creates lasting impact,” says Audrey Willis, LITE Memphis Board President.

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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.