I wanted to share a photo of yesterday's sunset over the Mississippi River. After work I rushed up to my rooftop to see the pretty sky that started out as orange and pink light through a mass of spotty clouds and then turned a deep red before finally fading to black.
Dr. Scott Morris wrote a great opinion piece in today's Commercial Appeal about Memphis, click here for the entire piece: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2009/jan/15/memphians-need-to-stand-up-for-city/#comments
Some of his points, which I share:
"I'm tired of people who live in Germantown and Collierville refusing to go downtown "because of the crime".
"People who have lived here all of their lives still see Memphis the way it was 50 years ago."
"If you can't find something to do in Memphis, then you're either not looking or you're just plain lazy."
Our downtown went down hard, I mean it went all the way down. Growing up in the '70's I saw downtown at its' worst yet my first impression was "wow, this is cool". The office buildings, the river, the parks, the history down here was such a stark contrast to the sterile suburbs. When the Peabody re-opened in 1981 the floodgates for redevelopment were opened and downtown has come a long way, Baby. Standing on Main Street in 1975 you would not think it possible that an NBA team would call a state-of-the-art arena behind Beale Street home, or that Gibson Guitar Factory would be across the street and AutoZone would have their headquarters downtown or that 26,000 (total 2008 population according to the CCC website) people would one day live downtown. All of this was made possible by people who had a vision (i.e. Jack Belz, Henry Turley and many others) for what downtown Memphis could be. There are many people who share that vision and continue to invest in a better, more dynamic downtown.