Uptown & The Pinch

Uptown and The Pinch got their start in the mid-1800s as Memphis' first planned subdivision and business district. From the beginning, they were uniquely diverse, with dozens of different nationalities, religions, races, and incomes levels mingled in just a few square miles. Heavy disinvestment starting in the 1970s left the neighborhood virtually gutted, but efforts in the early 2000s brought reinvestment and new possibility. Today the legacy of historic Uptown-Pinch continues as the community works towards a multicultural, mixed-income, mixed-use revitalization.

High Ground embedded our On the Ground team in Uptown-Pinch from April through July 2018. 

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Brandon Dahlberg is a documentary photographer based in Memphis. A lifelong resident of the city, he earned his B.A. in English and M.F.A in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis. He has worked as a photographer in various capacities throughout the city, and loves telling visual stories.  

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Cole Bradley is a native Memphian and graduate of the University of Memphis. Cole's worked locally as a researcher and community engagement strategist and began contributing to High Ground in Jan 2017. 

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Forever Ready Productions is based in Memphis. It specializes in fast paced, timely content for non profits, small businesses and start-ups. The production company's founder, Lauren Squires Ready, has more than a decade of award-winning video journalism experience and uses that skill to help create an impact narrative for any mission driven organization. Visit www.foreverreadyllc.com for more information.    

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Kim Coleman is a journalist with over 20 years of experience in newsrooms as a reporter, editor and graphic designer, including ten years with The Commercial Appeal as Design Director/Senior Editor and Print Planning Editor. 

 

Jim Coleman is a freelance writer, covering a variety of topics from high school sports, community news and small business. He has written for different news organizations over the past 20 years, including The Commercial Appeal, Community Weeklies, Lexington Herald-Leader and The Albuquerque Journal.


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Tamara is a native Memphian and has a B.A. and M.A. from UT Knoxville. She has previously written guest posts for I Love Memphis blog.