Frayser

Frayser is one of the largest neighborhoods in Memphis, stretching north from the city’s urban core to the rural Shelby Forest across more than 20 square miles. It is one of the city’s most disinvested neighborhoods but is rich with community activism. The resident-led Frayser 2020 community revitalization plan is focused on growing youth, reducing crime, and investing in infrastructure and amenities while the annual Frayser Festival celebrates the community’s bright spots. Frayser is home to many small businesses as well as Nike’s $301 million distribution center.

Feature Story Kenzie Cleaves stands inside a vacant unit in her North Memphis apartment complex that she said has been unsecured for over a year. Unsafe housing conditions can increase COVID-19-related deaths. (Ziggy Mack)

In poor communities, toxic housing is a risk factor for COVID-19 deaths


Feature Story Husband and wife Nancy and Patricio Gonzalez carry equipment to the Gaisman Community Center at the end of game day. They are the directors and coaches of Illegal Arts Memphis soccer league. (Natalie Eddings)

In Photos: Memphis neighborhoods revisited


Feature Story  The Covid-19 crisis has caused Christina Ueal’s dining table to become a classroom. Her five children, ages five to 15, work on packets provided by their schools at their home in Frayser. (Submitted)

Experts fear COVID-19 could widen Memphis' literacy divides


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Feature Story L to R: Community Correspondents Ian Randolph, Ivy Arnold, and Monique Rials listen attentively to a conversation on journalist ethics lead by trainer, Micaela Watts. (Cat Evans)

Video: When neighbors make the news


Feature Story MEMShop helped launch new brick and mortar small businesses in South Memphis in 2014, including the Klassy Chics boutique and @ Home Computer Repair. (MEMShop)

MEMShop expanding to Frayser and Whitehaven in 2020


Feature Story Community Court Referees John Cameron mediates cases involving common code violations. Community Courts are hosted in Hickory Hill and other communities, which helps residents avoid going Downtown for Environmental Court. (Lisa Harris)
Feature Story Members of the Playback Memphis Youth Ensemble gave their first performance at the second annual Frayser Matters event. (Playback Memphis)

Playback Memphis debuts Frayser youth theater ensemble


Feature Story Frayser Local Arts Festival organizer Lurlynn Franklin stands next to two of five 'Welcome to Frayser' paintings. She designed the signs as paint-by-numbers and more than 700 Frayser residents had a hand in filling them in. (Arkwings Foundation)

Frayser Local Arts Festival is where to be this weekend


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?


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Feature Story Guests of the Frayser CDC open house toured the homes and picked up literature for buying one of the three current homes or the 27 more that Frayser CDC hopes to build in the next two years. (Cole Bradley)

Frayser CDC unveils new homes, hopes for new momentum


Feature Story Stephanie Parker-Bradley and her daughter, Faith Bradley, celebrate after completing The Hagar Center 5K Fun Run. (Ashlei Williams)
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