The Pinch

The Pinch District took its name in the 1800s from a pejorative term for the emaciated Irish immigrants fleeing the potato famine (“pinch gut”). The Pinch was home to the city’s earliest Irish, Italian, Russian, and Greek immigrants, as well as Memphis’ Jewish community through the 1930s. Suburban expansion post-World War II decimated the Pinch’s population, and it has since struggled to maintain stability. There are hopes that the newly repurposed Pyramid, now a Bass Pro Shop flagship store, will anchor new growth in the area.

Feature Story Emily Chambers provided music for the Taste of the District event held on Monday, October 7. (Kim and Jim Coleman)
Feature Story Antoine Lever stands in his studio in The Pinch. He's one of the newest members of the Medical District's burgeoning art scene. (Ziggy Mack)

Growing arts scene brings new vibrancy to Medical District


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


Feature Story Amy and Hayes McPherson stand ready for the grand opening of Comeback Coffee in the Pinch, at 358 North Main Street, on Saturday, March 29. (Kim Coleman)
Feature Story The Young Actors Guild performs "Rolling on the River" at Club Paradise in August 2017. (Andrea Morales)
Development News Volunteers installed planters that form a dividing wall to passing traffic on National Street.
Feature Story On The Ground editor Cole Bradley introduces the night's speakers.
Feature Story Courtlan Black is all smiles as David Yancey announces him the winner of the boys' aged 13 to 15 division at a skate competition held at the Greenlaw Community Center (Cole Bradley)
Feature Story horse

Video: The origin story of Downtown's horse-drawn carriages


Development News Heights Line enhancement project
Feature Story People from all walks of life mingle beneath the "branches" of Treedom Memphis.
Feature Story Young men play basketball in Booker T. Washington park.
Feature Story A mirrored exterior at the Rendezvous shipping facility in the Pinch District reflect historic buildings. (Ziggy Mack)
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