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"This City is a Dump"


This City is a Dump - 6/15/2007
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Mike
Glendale, CA

I have to rate this place as one of the worst places to live in America. Besides a few things here and there, this place is boring, crime and gang ridden, pollution and smoke everywhere, and very ghetto. I have lived in several other cities, but this is by far the worst. I am currently looking for employment in another city. This place is the pits.

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Leilani

re: This City is a Dump - 6/15/2007 - 7/19/2013
I've lived in Memphis, Tn. most of my life. I'm a black American. My views on Memphis is this. It is a boring little town and not a city. Just one step away from the horse and buggy era. Public transportation System (buses) are antiqued, you have to wait 30 minutes to a hour and a half sometimes. There are many places the buses don't go. Having a car is a must in Memphis. This the same transportation system since 1968 with very few changes added. Since this is supposed to be a big city shouldn't have a commuter train service by now. Crime in Memphis is really quite small compared to other cities. The few incidents we have the Memphis Bozo News really builds it up. I live in South Memphis , nick named Lil Beirut. I'm not afraid in my house or out of it. When I ran out of cigarettes @ 9:00 pm one night, I walked two blocks to the corner store. Because, I didn't feel like driving, and I was not accosted. The activities in Memphis are boring from the shopping, restaurants, and social activities. No one wants to do anything different. Its almost as if everyone has the same like mind. Beale Street is supposed to be the home of the blues, but different clubs and restaurants on Beale street are promoting everything except the blues. The Memphis City Council are receiving free money for doing nothing as this city dies . We need new people for the city council, who are well traveled and have a vision for Memphis if it is to survive and thrive.


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Catherine
Memphis, TN

Do not Move to Memphis, TN - 11/17/2013

Don't come to Memphis you will regret the day you ever thought about coming I do.

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Dr Jeff
Germantown, TN

Memphis is HORRIBLY behind other cities - 7/20/2013

I recently accepted a post in the medical research field , moved my family, bought a house in Germantown. I earn a high income relatively speaking. After 9 months of so, I can tell you I MADE A HUGE MISTAKE (not the job, the environment). My headhunter is arranging an interview with another hospital group in Florida. If things go well, I'm out of here as fast as the Movers can load up. This City is backward to say the minimum, and they actually like being backward. It's also like living in a time warp and living in Mississippi. Just don't do it

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Elizabeth
Memphis, TN

my hometown - 6/9/2013

I've live in Memphis my whole life and can't wait to be able to leave to help make sure I don't have to constantly keep my doors locked. There's parts of town that I won't drive through without my doors locked even in broad daylight. Also, the school systems are horrible and getting worse; someone of average - slightly above average IQ could sleep through standard high school classes and still graduate towards the top of their class. If you're thinking about moving there, look at living in the suburbs and the surrounding cities (esp. out in the country). The few good parts are that people really band together after a tragedy (like the officer who was shot) and of course St. Jude Hospital and the Med has saved several first-responders. Try to stay a few miles outside the city limits if at all possible.

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T
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Affordable but - 5/14/2013

The cost of living in memphis, tn is a lot less than other cities such as Miami, Atlanta, Etc but there isn't much to do here for younger people. All the family fun that was once here when I was growing up has moved making family fun something you pack up and go elsewhere to do. I've never had a problem with the crime here but TV (first 48) puts memphis on the map as "bad." Just as any place....there are good areas and bad areas but crime can happen anywhere all you need for that is an idiot who wants to stir up trouble.

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Samuel
Cordova, TN

Memphis - 4/29/2013

Memphis is a very good place to live for the following reasons: good climate, mild winters, lots of good food and good, plentiful music. Alternatively, Memphis has occasional severe weather due to being in the middle of the country...cold air meeting against warm air..i.e. thunderstorms, tornados, straight line winds, lightning storms.

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Lanny
Memphis, TN

Memphis is great - 4/10/2013

I am Black and I find Memphis a wonderful place to live. I moved here from Los Angeles because both my parents are from Mississippi and my wife and I both have a lot of family in the Memphis metro area as well as South Mississippi. I went to college in California for undergrad but attended Mississippi State for graduate school. After graduating from there I knew I wanted remain in the South and pursue my career. My choices were Atlanta, Houston, and Memphis. I chose Memphis because it is on the Mississippi border so I would be close to family and Mississippi State University for SEC games. Also if you are Black and educated it is fairly easy to get a decent job because the talent pool here of Black professional is not as overpopulated as say Atlanta or Houston. I found a job with the city as a Librarian. Something I would have never got in Los Angeles because those type of jobs out there are only going hispanics and Asians as African Americans are the forgotten minority on the Westcoast. Also before moving to Memphis I returned home to Los Angeles (Long Beach to be exact) after grad school for about a year. I could hardly find work and was paying $800 a month for a studio apartment with no central air or heat, no stove just a burner, no fridge just a mini fridge, and a single sink. I left Los Angeles went back to Mississippi found a job in one week that I worked at while waiting for all of the pre employment processes with the City of Memphis to go through. Now I have a great job in the field I went to school for and pay $675 a month for two bedroom two bathroom house in predominately Black suburb of Memphis. So compared to Los Angeles Memphis has been great to me. Furthermore the crime here is way over blown. I came from Long Beach, CA right next to Compton. Yes Memphis has some rough areas but those area are no worse than what I saw growing up in Long Beach, Compton, or South Central. I know people who moved down here from Chicago and say the same thing. Also the crime is isolated to only a few areas in Memphis. East Memphis, Hickory Hill, Southwind, Germantown, Colierville, Bartlett, Desoto County Mississippi are all safe. Lastly yes there are rednecks in some places but that is just apart of south and just the way it is. It does not bother me. I have some redneck friends. In my humble opinion Memphis is a great place to live but is not for everybody.

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Lanny
Memphis, TN

Memphis is great - 4/10/2013

I am Black and I find Memphis a wonderful place to live. I moved here from Los Angeles because both my parents are from Mississippi and my wife and I both have a lot of family in the Memphis metro area as well as South Mississippi. I went to college in California for undergrad but attended Mississippi State for graduate school. After graduating from there I knew I wanted remain in the South and pursue my career. My choices were Atlanta, Houston, and Memphis. I chose Memphis because it is on the Mississippi border so I would be close to family and Mississippi State University for SEC games. Also if you are Black and educated it is fairly easy to get a decent job because the talent pool here of Black professional is not as overpopulated as say Atlanta or Houston. I found a job with the city as a Librarian. Something I would have never got in Los Angeles because those type of jobs out there are only going hispanics and Asians as African Americans are the forgotten minority on the Westcoast. Also before moving to Memphis I returned home to Los Angeles (Long Beach to be exact) after grad school for about a year. I could hardly find work and was paying $800 a month for a studio apartment with no central air or heat, no stove just a burner, no fridge just a mini fridge, and a single sink. I left Los Angeles went back to Mississippi found a job in one week that I worked at while waiting for all of the pre employment processes with the City of Memphis to go through. Now I have a great job in the field I went to school for and pay $675 a month for two bedroom two bathroom house in predominately Black suburb of Memphis. So compared to Los Angeles Memphis has been great to me. Furthermore the crime here is way over blown. I came from Long Beach, CA right next to Compton. Yes Memphis has some rough areas but those area are no worse than what I saw growing up in Long Beach, Compton, or South Central. I know people who moved down here from Chicago and say the same thing. Also the crime is isolated to only a few areas in Memphis. East Memphis, Hickory Hill, Southwind, Germantown, Colierville, Bartlett, Desoto County Mississippi are all safe. Lastly yes there are rednecks in some places but that is just apart of south and just the way it is. It does not bother me. I have some redneck friends. In my humble opinion Memphis is a great place to live but is not for everybody.

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Lanny
Memphis, TN

Memphis wonderful city for African-Americans - 4/9/2013

I have read all the comments on here and all I haft to say is that where ever you live is how you make it. I grew up in Los Angeles and crime in Memphis ghetto area (Memphis suburbs have low crime rates) is no worse than Compton, Watts, South Central, Long Beach (where I grew up) etc... Anybody from a big city like say Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, etc.. would not be threaten by crime in Memphis. It is no more than any other major city. Secondly I left Los Angeles because the Black population So Cal in now last in population after Hispanics, Whites, and Asians. Most of the good jobs are going to hispanics and asians and most Black with good jobs got them over 20 years ago when there was more Black Los Angeles. I received my Bachelor's in history with a minor in Africana studies from Cal-State Dominguez Hills then attended Mississippi State University for my Master's. Both my parents are originally from Mississippi. After graduation I knew I did not want to go back Cali because I loved being in the South, half my family is in Mississippi, and my wifes family is spread out between Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Memphis, and Texas. I decided I was going to either move to Atlanta, Memphis, or Houston. I chose Memphis because it the only Metro area with over a million people in the U.S. with a majority Black population. (Metro Area includes suburbs and neighboring counties. It is also on the Mississippi border so I can be back in Mississippi within minutes. There are a lot of fellow SEC alumni in town. Lastly I chose Memphis because if you are African American and educated it is fairly easy to get a decent job. I work for the city as a Librarian. I love memphis. I was paying $800 a month for studio with a burner and mini fridge in the ghetto of Los Angeles. Now I am renting a two bedroom 2 bath house in a predominately Black suburb in Memphis for $675 a month. I will be buying the house next year and mortgage will be around $125 a month. My parents house in Long Beach is the same size and their mortgage $1800 a month. Memphis as anywhere in the south is what you make of it. Hope this helps anyone moving to Memphis. Just a little FYI another thing is Black people are everywhere in the Memphis area and some people fear African Americans so this contributes to the perception that memphis is filled with crime. Don't do nothing stupid and you do not have to worry about crime.

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Dr Jeff
Germantown, TN

Believe it, Memphis is not where you want to live - 1/24/2013

I apent over 10 years living there as a productive professional and I lived in the burbs, but if I knew what I know now I would have never taken the job there ! I enjoyed my work, but the city and the people are too far behind other cities ! education is terrbile, whites ahte blacks even though some of the so-called liberal ones really come out of the closet in like social settings (I'm white), blacks distrust whites (I might add for good reason it seems to me), the politics is awful, the drivers are stupid, the food is disgusting, the shopping is very inferior, the airport is deficient with very very high fares, it's just an awful awful environment outside of your profession ! are there some good people there ? sure, but they keep quiet about complaining because these idiots start launching personal attacks just because you expect a higher level of quality, food, service, government, access to amentities. If you can, SKIP ever ever moving to Memphis ! there are too many better plcces to work and have fun . Really, just do not do it.

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Charles
Memphis, TN

Fear of crime - 1/13/2013

I live in the city in a Midtown historic neighborhood called evergreen Most of the crime in Memphis unfortunately is in the lower socioeconomic neighborhoods and is crime against the poor by the poor. I have never felt unsafe yet in this neighborhood and have lived in Seattle, Houston and Columbia Missouri. I have lived in Memphis for 8 years now.

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Bp
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I am Black and Memphis is a Scary City. The most D - 12/12/2012

I am a black person and I am just going to tell everyone that you should think twice before moving to Memphis, TN. Memphis, TN is the most dangerous city I have ever lived in. I have lived in Black areas of various cities most of my life, but no city has struck fear in my heart like Memphis. The news is just crazy there. Cops finding bones and skeletons of people, drive by shootings and murders evernight. Rapes. People killing their own kids. It is unbelievable. There is a lot of racism in Memphis and a lot of fraud. Even the ministers in Memphis are slanging drugs on the side. The councilmen and Mayor are all crooked. Lots of side deals being made in Memphis. There is an underworld in Memphis. The poverty there is incredible. People with no running water, no refrigerators, no stoves. People selling everything from what is between their legs to their "mouths" (if you know what I mean) for as little as a hamburger. You will meet desperate people in Memphis. Very desperate. People who know no other way to make it. You will meet entire families of people who have never worked a day in their lives. The entire family living off the system. Many people in Memphis have been to prison. When I was looking for work there and interviewing the interviewers would ask "Have you ever been to Prison". No Sh!t. It was unreal. And I am a college educated black person. Blacks distrust blacks in Memphis and whites distrust blacks. Blacks distrust blacks becuase so many poor blacks try to use them and rob them. Get close to them solely to find out what they have. If you have a job, nomatter if you are making minimum wage they will consider you "rich". No joke. Memphis is HOOD, HOOD, HOOD... In every way. Lots of gang violence and prostitution too. Lots of Aids/Hiv. Terrible city. Awful in fact. Even the folks going to Graceland leave saying they will never come back. Graceland is surrounded by drug addicts, etc. Most of the Memphis politicians have done time in Prison numerous times for bribery and assault and many like John Ford openly have several families they jump from house to house. As soon as they get out of prison they get re-elected. and the rest of Tennessee is hicks. Just rednecks who hate blacks but they are afraid of Memphis and for good reason. Tennessee is a whole different ballgame.

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Max
Arlington, TN

A wonderful place - Memphis - 7/30/2011

This review is prompted by Keith in Madison, TN who complains that TN is "retrograde" and "very Red" in politics. The problem is that Keith lives in Madison, TN, and not Memphis, TN. Memphis is a shining example of Progressive politics. We have been led by liberal Democrats since the mid 1980's in both local and national politics. In that time, our previous mayor of 16 years, who was school uperintendant for 12 years, has steered our city to some wonderful Progressive results. He raised the schools budget 1300%, and made diversity the operating benchmark in the Memphis City Schools, and then the Memphis City government. No decision was made unless it benefited minorities directly. Average ACT scores jumped from 24 to 12. H.S. graduation rates made a substantial move from 73% to 33%. Violent crime against teachers has risen 1100%. Of the over 157 schools in the City of Memphis, only 120 are listed as "troubled" and could be taken over by the State of Tennessee. And in an act of genuine magnamity designed to spread their expertise throughout Shelby County, the Memphis City School Board surrendered their charter as a school district, forcing the Shelby County Schools (in top 100 of best school systems in the U.S., avg ACT 25%, H.S. graduation rate of over 90%) to begin the process of merging the two systems. These same progressive politicians have announced plans to run for office for the Shelby County School Board so that they can transform the suburban schools into the carbon copies of their urban counterparts. The population of Memphis is changing along the same trend lines as jobs. Unemployment is improved over the years of the Great Maliase of the late 1970s to only 13%. (July 2011) Crime statistics show that Memphis has moved fron within the top 5 cities in the U.S. to just outside the top 10. (2010) The top private employer in Memphis endevours to employ all job seekers, averaging 300% employee turnover yearly. Since our current city mayor took office last year, FBI and other police agency probes into illegal and corrupt political practices has dropped substancially. However, convictions are still nearly 100%. As for culture, the previous City mayor discontinued the world class Wonders Exibitions (Cathering the Great, Ramesses the Great, Masters of Florence, Art of the Motorcycle) in favor of a more diverse cultural series, Africa in April. In this way, the 100,00 or so yearly Wonders tourists from outside Memphis wouldn't congest the streets, hotels, and resturants of Memphis. Yes indeed, Memphis is a shining example of the results of decades of Progressive politics.

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Tracie
Memphis, TN

Living in Memphis - 6/20/2011

I have lived in Memphis all my life and yes it has declined but so have a lot of cities in this economy. Memphis is no more dangerous than any other major city in the US and the cost of living is still low outside of the taxes. Our utilities are cheaper than most. The cost of food and gas is cheaper. Yes we have a criminal element but so does any other major city. The two worse things about Memphis are our govt and educational system and that is major yes but can be changed. Will it? I'm hopeful but Memphis is good for those who like small town living with a hint of the big city.

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Mason
Memphis, TN

Hot - 11/6/2010

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AugustG
Memphis, TN

Great Opportunity - 8/27/2010

It is the top ten cities to invest in real estate. It is home to the busiest cargo airport in the world, third largest railroad center in US and major shipping port for barge traffic. The city has great plan to develop into a main medical hub for USA. This is the city full of opportunities.

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george
Memphis, TN

GOOO OLE BOY SYSTEM - 7/19/2010

ITS NOT FRIENDLY AT ALL AS PORTRAY; THE FRIENDLY SOUTH A WHO KNOWS WHO SOCIETY EVEN IF YOU ARE BORN AND RAISED HERE IF YOU ARE NOT PART OF THE CLICK OR YOUR PARENTS OR COUSIN YOU ARE LEFT IN THE COLD!

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cody
Cordova, TN

Memphis is unsafe for you, your family, and your b - 7/13/2010

I am 31 and have lived in Memphis since I was less than a year old. My extended family lives here and I cannot find a comparable job elsewhere. Those are the ONLY reasons I still live here. It is a VERY unsafe place. There are a lot of very racist black people here. I'm sure there are many racists of all colors here, but as I am white and also the minority in this town I'm sure you see why I am not comfortable. I've done nothing to these people and neither have any of my family but I am an outsider here-one to be blamed. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this city so it can finish rotting itself out. I hate to say this as I'm raising a family here, but I don't want to give a false image of what it's like here to people who want to know.

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june
Memphis, TN

Memphis - 5/24/2010

Memphis: the most lively and soulful place there is. Yes, it's full of crime, but it's also full of hardworking people trying to make a living. Don't judge off of reports and such. Unless you were born here and [have] lived here your whole life, you don't know Memphis.

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Mo
Pine Bluff, AR

Beware of Memphis - 3/8/2010

The worst mistake I have made in my 27 years was leaving Knoxville, Tennessee after graduating and moving to Memphis. I expected a smaller but vibrant version of Atlanta, but I was sadly mistaken. I can't blame anybody for my choosing Memphis over cities like Charlotte, Atlanta and Nashville. However, the lack of leadership in the city is quite shameful and absolutely deplorable. Now, even the nice places like Cordova's Wolfchase area is being run down. In moving to Memphis in 2006, I found a terrible job market, a ridiculous crime rate, and a lot of rude characters. The leadership of the city used divisive and racially charged politics to gain and hold on to power. Former mayor Willie Herenton should have been booted at least 10 years ago, yet he received unconditional support from people blinded by his "gift of gab". Some of his comments after his election in the late 2000's would have been condemned in any other major metropolitan: "Where were the white people when I was being criticized? White people didn't get me elected." I am a black man, and I am offended by that statement. I am deeply saddened that so many good people have to endure such poor leadership. Recently elected Mayor A.C. Wharton needs to answer this one question before Memphis sinks to the murky perils of Detroit and New Orleans: what is Memphis going to be? Will it be a crime ridden cesspool of society? Or will it be a vibrant Mecca of opportunity that I thought it was before I moved to Memphis in 2006? I have been fortunate enough to get a promotion at my job and move to a different city in 2009. I would recommend to anybody who has the opportunity to leave, do your research and make the move. To those out there who are thinking about coming to Memphis, please research the job market and crime rate and weigh your options. I believe that you will find better opportunities out there: Nashville, Little Rock, Jackson, MS, Dallas. To those who have no other choice: May God Be With You. I am not criticizing the people of Memphis. They are good people. I am criticizing the leadership of the city. The city has a ton of potential, but the leadership can't harness that potential.

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Bullit
Memphis, TN

A city full of tension - 2/28/2010

This city was once one of the cleanest and safest. But over time and with the impact of racial unrest in the 60's, Memphis is a city that is constantly struggling. Memphis longs to be a progressive city but there are many who thrive on standing in the way. The education system here has suffered, property taxes are out of hand, there is no sense of community, and people are not as nice as they used to be. It is sad to me since I grew up here.

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