East Memphis / University
Central to everything
If you want to be in the epicenter of Memphis, the East Memphis/University district is for you. This area is just a short drive to pretty much everything the city has to offer. You are 10 minutes from downtown, but not right in the middle of it.
Shelby Farms and Lichterman Nature Center are 5 minutes away, and the suburbs and easy 15 minute drive. The Greenline, a seven mile biking an walking trail, begins in Shelby Farms and runs along a route to Midtown Memphis. This popular and actively used trail will soon connect to Overton Park in Midtown and ultimately to the Mississippi River downtown.
The University of Memphis is the city’s largest university. It sits on more than 1,100 acres just east of Midtown and also operates eight satellite locations. Many faculty, staff and students live in this area. Golfers will also love East Memphis. There are three different golf courses along the district’s borders. The Art Museum of the University of Memphis houses mainly contemporary art, but other exhibits include Egyptian and African artifacts. Best of all, the museum is open to the public and is free.
Working, eating, shopping and more
East Memphis is a booming commercial and residential area with a high concentration of churches and schools. It is the home of Clark Tower, the tallest building in Memphis outside of downtown. You can find parks and a movie theatre. Outdoor shopping is abundant at Eastgate, Poplar Plaza, Laurelwood, Regalia, and Park Place Center. Oak Court Mall is an indoor mall anchored by Dillard’s and Macy’s, with dozens of other clothing and specialty shops. For nightlife, Newby’s is a Memphis favorite. This Highland hot spot offers a full bar, pub-like food, pool tables and live music. If you are hungry, just a few of the restaurants in this area include El Porton, Houston’s, Brother Junipers, along with many chain restaurants. Major employers in East Memphis include International Paper, Service Master, and Baptist Memorial Healthcare Corp.
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