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Re: “Nashville Sucks (Musicians)

Look, I want Memphis to succeed, but the fact is you're decades behind and it's not Nashville's fault, it's Memphis'

Memphis is going to be The Best at Supply Chain, then great--go for it. Biotech? Okay ,much less sure bet given the lack of top 25 university.

So that's the economy, but you also need to address the physical facts of the urban environment and restore the city itself. Maximize your riverfront. Make the best of the views from W Memphis. Think about the cities up-river--St. Louis. Get people living and working downtown. I know they've started, but again Memphis is behind. It's more than just building an economy, it's about building an environment that will foster growth in unforeseen directions. City living is coming back en vogue and you need to be ready for that when the upswing comes with serious, co-ordinated development.

I've made enough thoughtful posts on this issue, this will be my last. Thanks for the exchange. And I mean it when I say, good luck memphis.

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Posted by gaston on 05/22/2009 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Nashville Sucks (Musicians)

"God, I hate Nashville."

Invoking a deity to express your dislike for my city, even if in jest, puts you at somewhat of a rhetoric disadvantage, Greg. Seems you crossed the arrogance frontier long before I did, so forgive me if your "poor-little-old-us" routine rings less than hollow. This is a newspaper with actual journalistic standards, right?

What you say is true. Nashville benefits from a consolidated civic government. That decision was made 40 years ago by visionary city leaders. As per Florida's article, Nashville's dominance in the music industry has been 30 years in the making. We've been planning for this for almost half a century. This is my point: what long-term plans does Memphis have that don't require infusion of state funds from Nashville? Where is the privately financed future of Memphis. What is your growth industry? Memphis suffers from serious structural problems in its economy and those aren't solved by blaming the state capital.

What you seem to be describing is a situation where the business leaders and the citizenry are in tension and working at cross purposes. This is not Nashville's fault. This is a lack of vision and will on the part of Memphians. (Why do you think Nashville got the NFL over Memphis? Only a minor league city would make a minor league stadium the centerpiece of its downtown revival.)

This is not to day that Nashville doesn't benefit greatly from being the capital. No doubt. We've also been wise enough to elect forward-looking, growth-friendly mayors--Bredesen, Purcell, and now Dean.

Make Memphis more attractive to investment and the city will be able to shed the dubious distinction as the capital of North Mississippi.

Posted by gaston on 05/22/2009 at 10:07 AM

Re: “Nashville Sucks (Musicians)

Sour grapes from the second fiddle.

Nashville's becoming a world class city with residents from around the globe (new Japanese Consulate, anyone? nation's largest Kurd population?) while Memphis is living in the past, rehashing and recycling 12 bar blues and calling it "real." Memphis is a time-capsule: Graceland, Cotton Carnival. Kitsch and nostalgia don't a civic future make.

"Muzak?" Did you READ Florida's article? Seems not, as he clearly demonstrates how Nashville has seen a diversification of its cultural scene well beyond its original country roots--into other forms of music, as well as other forms of art.

Memphis is doomed if the city's ambitions are hobbled by fearful adherence to tradition and resentment of the success of others. Grow up and learn a lesson.

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Posted by gaston on 05/22/2009 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Nashville Sucks (Musicians)

Memphis needs more than Elvis, Beale Street and BBQ. Yawn. That's the image, period, and it's pulling you down and keeping Memphis a middling, minor-league city. Nashville has been able to cultivate its culture capital, expand it, but not be stifled or limited by it. In fact, the influx of non-native, non-Southerners has only increased the rate of advancement on myriad fronts for the city of Nashville. I sense retrenchment and resentment from Memphians on this issue. Hate us all you want--we're leaving you in our dust and in your past.

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Posted by gaston on 05/22/2009 at 6:24 AM


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