About Memphis, she wrote: "Memphis, once a major hub for cotton, hardwood and mules, has the air of a city midway through a desultory attempt to pull itself out of a recession. There are blocks of beautifully renovated storefronts butted up against streets littered with garbage and lined with boarded-up businesses. Deserted and depressed pedestrian malls lead down toward the neon signs of Beale Street, the heart of the city's blues scene."
Nashville fared a bit better ... we think: "Nashville is softer, smaller and more refined than Memphis."
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