The Heights

The Heights is a collection of neighborhoods — Highland Heights, Mitchell Heights, Graham Heights, and others — located roughly between Tillman and Graham Streets to the east and west and Jackson and Summer Avenues to the north and south.

It's predominantly working class with modest homes, young families, and many senior residents. The area was first developed in the early 1900s and boomed as Summer Avenue grew into a major Memphis thoroughfare. Today it's one of the most ethnically diverse areas the city, with business owners and families from more than 30 different countries. 

Join us for our in-depth coverage of The Heights from September to December 2018. 

Feature Story Fifth-grade scholars cheer on K-2 scholars as they head into their Friday Community Meeting. Gonzalo Munguia Lopez Jr. (center, left) and Yoselin Garcia (center, right) share an excited smile. (Cat Evans)
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Feature Story Members of the Mitchell Heights Neighborhood Association were presented with the 2019 Tennessee Governor's Award for Environmental Stewardship by Governor Bill Lee (center) in Nashville on August 1. (TN Green Gov)
Feature Story At the Gaisman Park cleanup, group Desayuno Con Libros provided storytime activities as well as free books in English and Spanish. (Friends of Gaisman)
Feature Story En una escena de la actuación, los miembros del elenco dan una representación artística de los vecinos que se unen para oponerse a un relleno de tierra propuesto. De izquierda a derecha: Michel Angel, Jazmin Bautista, Kierra Turner y Casey Greer.
Feature Story In a scene from the performance, cast members give an artistic re-enactment of neighbors joining together to oppose a proposed neighborhood landfill. From left to right: Michel Angel, Jazmin Bautista, Kierra Turner and Casey Greer. (Scarlet Ponder)
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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)

What smart neighborhoods can learn from The Heights

Feature Story The vacant barber shop at 769 National Street was topped with a sign made from repurposed Christmas lights and the boards that once shuttered the windows. (Markus Mueller)

Vacant barbershop reopens as space for art and community

Feature Story Children pick out a book at Desayuno Con Libros held monthly at Gaisman Community Center. (Desayuno Con Libros)
Feature Story A sign on Davis Circle in the Nutbush area of Memphis. The entrance to the landfill would be located at the end of this street. (Cole Bradley)
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En video: Un sabor del mundo de Summer Avenue

Feature Story Sariah Hudson, 12, Antonio McPherson, 12, and Jose McClellen, 14, hang out with friends and participate in programs after school at the Heights campus of STREETS Ministries. (Dawn Neuses)

STREETS Ministries combines play and empowerment in The Heights

Feature Story For 15 years Ric Morgan has helped serve a free community meal at Highland Heights United Methodist Church for an average of 75 guests. Once a month, he plans and prepares an original menu. (Cole Bradley)

A fascinating life, starting in The Heights

Feature Story Dwayne "DJ" Johnson's assistant welds security bars for a client at Johnson's shop at 2992 Summer Avenue (Ziggy Mack)
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