Monday, March 15


Q: what do you call someone from Memphis (Tennessee, USA)?
A: Memphians

I spent 3 nights in downtown Memphis last week. So many downtowns are seeing a resurgance of affluent people moving in, to be near the action and minimize the commute; The Bristol on Union is one of those Trendy Apartments Downtown; another web site is Uptown Memphis. One way to get around is via the trolley line operated by MATA (Memphis Area Transit Authority).

Like every large city, there is Stuff To See in Memphis, including Beale Street (blues clubs); Center for Southern Folklore; Chucalissa (reconstructed indian village); Graceland; the Memphis Belle (a B-17 Flying Fortress); the Pink Palace Family of Museums; Mud Island River Park (made famous in the 1993 film The Firm, starring Tom Cruise); the National Civil Rights Museum (at the site of the Lorraine Motel, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated); the Stax Museum of American Soul Music; and the Sun Studio.

There is much more to see; these sites and more may be found in the Memphis Downtowner (a tourist magazine).

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