On The Ground

Wendell and Adrena Jackson show the progress of renovations to their restaurant Eggxactly Breakfast and Deli in Whitehaven. (Brandon Dill) (L to R) Ladarius Shields, Cedric Hicks, and Hayden Williams attend a football game at Treadwell Middle. Treadwell is the area's oldest public school, opened in 1915. (Ziggy Mack) Brett Hunter and Katie Hargrave host a community meeting to reimagine the center of National Street as the Heights Line biking and pedestrian path connecting Summer to Jackson Avenues (Heights Line Design Studio)

Feature Story Wise Tardezia performs a single blade razor shave and towel facial treatment on Pedro Bateman at Presidential Barber Lounge in Madison Heights. (Ziggy Mack)

Meet the locals serving looks on Madison Avenue


Feature Story A. J. Dugger III (L) interviews Marvin Frazier, son of heavyweight champion Smokin Joe Frazier. (A.J. Dugger III)

Meet High Ground's new lead writer


Feature Story podcast

Podcast: Gateways for Growth


Feature Story Self-identified street activist and Madison trolley line passenger Larry White yawns big between conversations with other passengers. (Ziggy Mack)

Photos: A ride on the Madison Avenue trolley


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The On The Ground program, which began in 2016, embeds journalists in Memphis neighborhoods. Through this process, we include residents in the production of articles, photo essays, videos and events that reflect their lived experience. We seek to rebalance the news so that Memphians are exposed to stories that help them learn about the city’s challenges and better understand that there are people in every neighborhood across Memphis innovating for solutions.