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Memphis Street History: McLean Boulevard

In Midtown by Brenda Wilkerson0 Comments

Stretching seven miles, from James Road at its north end to Lamar Avenue at its south end, McLean Boulevard runs through the heart of Midtown. Its centrality alone makes it a good subject for Memphis Street History, but as it turns out, the McLean family has had a notable impact on Memphis’s past and even its present! McLean Boulevard was …

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A Peek Into Memphis Alleys: Park Alley

In Downtown by Caitlin L. Horton0 Comments

Take any kind of mildly extensive walk Downtown and you’ll notice that Memphis has a lot of alleyways. More than that, most of them are quite a bit strange, either in name or in history… or in both. Over the years, some have disappeared from our streets due to construction. One that remains was given the classy name of Park …

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The Remnants of an 80’s Kid’s Summer Avenue

In East Memphis by Samantha Hegenheiser-Finley13 Comments

I’m honored to write my first contributor’s post for Memphis Type History. I’m especially excited to delve into my own past and to, in a way, write this post from the perspective of an elementary school-aged version of myself. My memories of being out and about as a child almost solely consist of being on or around Summer Avenue – nearly always …

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Fine Dining of the Past at Justine’s

In South Memphis by Caitlin L. Horton5 Comments

As far as we know, the pink stucco house was built in the 1840s. It managed to survive the Civil War, the yellow fever epidemic, and, at least for now, emptiness. Due to neglect, it’s now considered an endangered property. Justine Smith opened “Old Justine’s Restaurant” in Raleigh in 1958. For over thirty years, the restaurant brought New Orleans-style fine …