Orange Mound

Orange Mound was the first planned community built for and by African-Americans in the south. Middle-class black Memphians purchased inexpensive plots of land. Black-owned businesses flourished until the 1980s chronic disinvestment brought widespread crime and poverty. Today there is a strong, resident-led network of community and faith organizations and a stronger sense of history and neighborhood pride. The heart of Orange Mound is Melrose High School and its award-winning football team.

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 StoryA packed house listens to a panel discussion after the screening of ‘How Did We Get Here.’ (Cole Bradley)
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On the Ground Podcast: Memphis' modern-day redlining


Feature StoryGuests discuss a set of photographs at The CMPLX grand opening. (Shelda Edwards)

The CMPLX opens to packed house in Orange Mound


Feature StoryArtist Khara Woods (Submitted)
Feature StoryMelrose Football

High Ground News video team receives two Emmy nominations


Feature StoryExpectant moms received diapers, wipes, baby clothes, a co-sleeper and more. (Cole Bradley)
Development NewsVolunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development NewsHeights Line enhancement project
Development NewsSt. Patrick Presbyterian Church
Development NewsLamar Avenue corridor

Lamar Avenue repair and expansion on the way


Development NewsReadbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness


Feature StoryComposting takes place at the Compost Fairy's facility. (Submitted)

Memphis compost service turns food waste into rich soil


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