Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Rise of Memphis: A Prologue

Detail from downtown buildingMemphis ascends.

This is not boosterism, but a fact, backed 100% by anecdotal evidence. It's not an unblemished ascent, not free of the problems that were built into Memphis at its founding, but it is an ascent.

It's hard to see if you haven't been here long -- it's not glacial, but it is gradual. And it's hard to see if you deny or forget the evil that was perpetrated, tolerated or experienced by our ancestors, watching your vision of Memphis as a White-supremacist Singapore recede into the past.

It is an ascent. For the first time in my life in Memphis, it really appears that for every step down we take 2 up.

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Blogger fearlessvk said...

i am looking forward to watching you chart this ascent, because as you know, memphis has recently left me feeling angry and hopeless. (not just about memphis, per se, but about the forgotten urban underclass in so many american cities) i will be happy to read about reasons for any kind of optimism.

11:54 PM  
Blogger gatesofmemphis said...

fearlessvk, my charting might be as gradual as the ascent itself. But I think it's real and substantial and sometimes cosmetic (something I get from Linux is to never underestimate eye-candy's importance, even with people who demand substance).

Maybe I'll write the first segment next week.

11:10 PM  

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