Many people seem to be down on Memphis. I'm a home town girl, have been robbed at gunpoint at the old Mall of Memphis (or was that the Mall of Murder?) and am a graduate of Memphis City Schools--the city's punching bag. But I still love this town and refuse to get on the I Hate Memphis bandwagon.
My job affords me travels to lots of wonderful places. I'm thankful each and every day to have a career that I love that has such great travel perks. And there are certainly cities in the US that I often say "If I could afford it, I'd live here..." as for all that Memphis is not, it is one of the most affordable places to raise a family, have a big house and a yard!
With that said, a city is what you make of it. In one weekend, I experienced the fabulous Memphis Farmer's Market downtown, took my son on a trolley ride that cost a mere $2 and he had an absolute ball, went to Mud Island Sprinkler Park that was free. On Sunday, we went to our wonderful zoo and then had ice cream at Cafe Eclectic. Dinner next week will be at the new Trolley Stop restaurant to check it out. As there are so many restaurants here, you could try a new one every weekend.
Lots of cities have crooked politicians and crime and pan handlers...But start being a hometown tourist and you may feel like Memphis is not so bad after all.
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