South Main Arts District

Originally known as the City of South Memphis, South Main’s iconic buildings were constructed in the early 1900s to meet the retail needs of train travelers. By mid-century, rail travel fell out of favor and the area was largely abandoned. In the 1980s, artists began moving to the neighborhood, attracted by cheap rents and large work spaces. Today, South Main is a thriving artist community with unique galleries, studios, cafes, and boutiques. It’s also home to the National Civil Rights Museum, historic Arcade diner. It is regularly featured in films and television and is seen as a major artery of the Downtown core. 

Feature Story University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are four of the anchor institutions partnering with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative for Hire Local 901. (Submitted)

Hire Local 901 helps Memphians work closer to home

Development News Volunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Development News 18 S. Main rendering

Two blighted Downtown properties to get lively makeovers

Innovation & Job News The Memphis mixed-use project includes new construction and adaptive reuse.

Artspace lifts up artists to build capacity and community

Development News Heights Line enhancement project
Development News The Blake on S. Main

Historic S. Main building being rehabbed inside and out

Development News Readbox

Memphis Public Libraries use Readbox to build awareness

Development News Hotel Indigo rendering
Feature Story Applause and cheers erupted as the first of the trolleys was guided out of the garage and onto Main St. to await the ribbon cutting. (Shelda Edwards)

Main Street trolleys hit the tracks again

Development News MATA set to reopen downtown trolley line

MATA set to reopen downtown trolley system on April 30

Development News Arrive Hotels 477 S. Main

New developer steps in to revive boutique hotel project

Development News 431 S. Main St.

Historic South Main renovation lures new office tenant

Development News DCA HQ

101-year-old Downtown building to be renovated as office and AirBnB