I'm not seeing narrow-mindedness nor a rant here. Memphis, generally, and Midtown, specifically needs an infusion of wealth. The chip on my shoulder about Nashville's recent successes notwithstanding, I can't help but look at the success of the state's capital and think what Memphis can learn from it. Nashville has seen a substantial jump in property values by attracting businesses and individuals from elsewhere. Why is it that Memphis can't do the same? Poverty? OK, that's a major obstacle. But the Bluff City doesn't lack the energy and unique cultural attributes that attract folks from elsewhere. Before long folks from the coasts will begin to discover those things in greater numbers ... and that housing is dirt cheap in Memphis. Then, watch the prices rise.
Like Pompeii, one day Memphis will be remembered and studied via this vignette.
By Hannah Sayle, Chris Herrington, Chris Shaw, Louis Goggans, Greg Akers, Bruce VanWyngarden, Jackson Baker and John Branston
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