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


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Artspace lifts up artists to build capacity and community


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Development News The Blake on S. Main

Historic S. Main building being rehabbed inside and out


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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


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New developer steps in to revive boutique hotel project


Development News 431 S. Main St.

Historic South Main renovation lures new office tenant


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


Development News South Main Artspace Lofts
Development News South Main

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