University District

Drinks and Development: A casual discussion on growth in the University District

Join High Ground News at The Bluff sports bar and grill on April 2 for a community conversation exploring the opportunities and challenges facing the University District as its revitalization gains steam.

The district's rapid change is visible in parking problems exacerbated by new high-rise housing developments, a University-supported plan for shared equity, infrastructure enhancements funded by tax increment financing and more.

The conversation will include perspectives from a variety of stakeholders — residents, business owners, economic and community developers. We invite you to join the discussion and help frame our shared understanding of how redevelopment can benefit all neighbors.

Light refreshments and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and The Bluff’s full bar and menu will be available for purchase. To RSVP, click here for Facebook or Eventbrite.

High Ground News is an online publication focused on 'what's next' for Memphis. Our On the Ground embedded neighborhood reporting initiative centers residents and works with community leaders to craft their neighborhood’s unique narrative of assets, people, challenges and solutions. We spent time each week in the neighborhood and meet with stakeholders at events, weekly community newsrooms, advisory meetings and more.

This panel discussion caps three months of embedded reporting in the University District. Follow those stories and others about Memphis neighborhoods at

This event is produced in partnership with University Neighborhoods Development Corp. and Loeb Properties.

The free event will be held April 2 at The Bluff, 535 South Highland, at 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Read more articles by Cole Bradley.

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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