University District

The University District is home to Memphis’ largest institution of higher learning, The University of Memphis. The district is made of several distinct neighborhoods, including East Buntyn, Sherwood Forest, and Normal Station. Its main drag, a two-block strip of Highland Avenue known as the Highland Strip, is a staple of Memphis nightlife and offers food and drinks to fuel any study session. Recently, planning has focused on prioritizing pedestrians, including building standards for storefronts and updated railroad crossing to suit the university’s 20,000-plus students.  

Feature Story Under the guidance of the FedEx Institute of Technology at the University of Memphis, a collaborative group of private, public and nonprofit innovators are working to make the Bluff City into a hub for blockchain technology. (Submitted)

Memphis is betting on blockchain


Feature StoryVolunteers work in the Coliseum's lower-level loading dock entrance. The building's arena and corridors were lit by task lighting provided by the City of Memphis. (Shelda Edwards)

In photos: Closed since 2007, Mid-South Coliseum reopens for one-day cleanup event


Feature StoryThe University of Memphis is launching Access Memphis in the fall to make it easier for students to afford courses and stay on track to graduate without a mountain of debt. (University of Memphis)
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Feature StoryShamika Williams poses with her four children outside of their home in Raleigh. In fall 2018, Williams fled an abusive relationship and stayed with her kids at the YWCA’s domestic violence shelter. (Cole Bradley)

YWCA celebrates 100 of empowering women and communities


Feature StoryBelltower Artisans is located at 549 S Highland St. in the University District. (Cole Bradley)
Feature StoryLieutenant Mark Johnson with the Memphis Fire Department's Fire Station 18 walks beside the station's pumper truck. (Ziggy Mack)

In photos: A day in the life at Fire Station 18 on Southern Avenue


Feature StoryAnyone is allowed to pick and plant at the University of Memphis community garden. (TIGUrS Urban Garden)
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Feature StoryRon Scott and Chris Clark prepare to install a door at the front of the workshop, as Tyler Parker and and Jared Myers load up a rickety work table that is no longer safe to use. All four are participants in the ad-hoc advisory board. (Scarlet Ponder)
Feature StoryA construction worker walks across the Southern Avenue tracks near the University of Memphis campus at the heart of the University District. (Ziggy Mack)
Feature StoryMixed-use building The Marshall is located at 676 Marshall near Sun Studios. (Submitted)
Feature StoryOn March 2, all eight Memphis-area mosques are participating in the 17th annual community open house. (Submitted)
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