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SELFMADEMAN in Memphis, Tennessee

68 months ago

sil in Dallas, Texas said: My husband and I are moving to memphis within two months due to work. we have three children and i would like to know which area is the best to raise children and especially where are the best schools. we are living now in Mckinney texas, north of dallas, and this is a amazing city. could anybody tell me wich cities are the best to live in that area?
thanks

ANYWHERE IN DESOTO COUNTY (HORNLAKE,HERNANDO,OLIVE BRANCH,SOUTHAVEN)YOU GET THE CHEAP LOW TAX RELAX MISSISSIPPI COST OF LIVING BUT YOU STILL HAVE ACCESS TO THE DOWN TOWN MEMPHIS CITY FOR WEEKENDS AND CRIME IS NO WHERE TO BE FOUND HECK ITS SO PEACEFUL I HAVE TO GO TO MEMPHIS FROM TIME TO TIME JUST TO SEE SOME EXCITMENT OH AND YES DESOTO COUNTY HAS A GREAT SCHOOL SYSTEM ASWELL

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debby in Sarasota, Florida

68 months ago

nothing says progressivism and enlightenment as having a MISSISSIPPI automobile license plate on your car for sure !

Olive Branch, Southhaven etc is STILL in the WORST RATED STATE in these United States -

yeah sure fella, have your kids get an education in the State of Mississippi and try to get in a DECENT college outside of the MidSouth ! LOL LOL

yeah, you bet ! NOPE, I wasn't about to put that nasty label on my kids ! hell no

but you are free to stay right there in that hellhole

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SELFMADEMAN in Memphis, Tennessee

68 months ago

debby in Sarasota, Florida said: nothing says progressivism and enlightenment as having a MISSISSIPPI automobile license plate on your car for sure !

Olive Branch, Southhaven etc is STILL in the WORST RATED STATE in these United States -

yeah sure fella, have your kids get an education in the State of Mississippi and try to get in a DECENT college outside of the MidSouth ! LOL LOL

yeah, you bet ! NOPE, I wasn't about to put that nasty label on my kids ! hell no

but you are free to stay right there in that hellhole

UNIVERITY OF TENNESSEE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF ARKSNSAS JUST TO NAME A FEW SO WHY WORRY ABOUT HARVARD YALE AN UCLA WHEN THE SOUTH HAS SOME GREAT COLLAGES AN DO YOUR HOMEWORK YOULL SEE SOUTHAVEN MAYBE IN MISSISSIPPI BUT ITS THE BEST LOCATION AND SCHOOL SYSTEM IS GREAT IF YOUR CLOSE TO THE MEMPHIS AREA AND TO BE HONEST NO ONE ACTUALLY LIVES IN THE INNER CITIES NOW DAYS

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Delphi

67 months ago

a Mississippi school system outside of Memphis TN is G-R-E-A-T ?????

that's the biggest overstatement and LIE I've ever heard

lots of people call MEMPHIS the largest city in the state of Mississippi anyway ! just ask anyone who lives in Nashville or Knowxville, they will confirm that label

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Truth Speaker in Hyattsville, Maryland

67 months ago

I can't stand Memphis. So much racism it's not funny.

You can tell by some of the ignorant comments on this board.

And the ignorance is on BOTH sides. An educated black man, I often skirmished with whites who couldn't see past my skin and blacks who twisted their faces at dark skin with an articulate mouth. The division is unreal as county and city are constantly fighting. If you like drinking and partying, there might be something for you downtown, but I found the city boring.

If you can overlook racial divisions, you might appreciate the slow pace, a good place to raise kids, etc. The people are friendly and can make you feel at home. The food is good.

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mcauseylcsw in Ripley, Tennessee

67 months ago

SuJun in Laramie, Wyoming said: Hi Relo,
Hi SuJun, I am a Memphis native although I now live outside of the city. I would love to move back but my husband's work takes him around the rural areas. Many Memphians have moved to places just outside of the city such as Southaven,Ms. or Tipton Co. Tn. I attended the University of Memphis in the 80's and when growing up went to Campus School which was then the teachers' training school. I love that area. Most of the homes are older but quite nice. Your husband's contact at the university should be able to help out. There are some really nice bungalows around that area and a large park and botanical garden. But,I would first ask you if you have school age children. That would determine my decision!! The further east you go from the university, generally, the more you would spend for housing. The downtown area has become very hip and there are some really nice lofts, most of those are for sale,but there you will find some nice apartments which are very affordable and have nice amenities. I hope this helps you and I wish you and your husband the best!

We are indeed moving to Memphis this summer, probably in late July to August. We are moving from a very dry climate to the very humid Memphis, thank goodness. We will be renting this year because we want to look around and because our house may not sell immediately.

I have several question:
Where is the best place to look for housing? My husband will be commuting to the University of Memphis.

Since we do not know when our home will sell, For flexibility, I need temp jobs in Interactive Media, Graphic Design, Web Design, etc. Is there a good temp agency?

We are moving from a very small town and a state whose population is less than Memphis. As a result, I don't even know what other questions to ask. I have never lived in a city this size. What do you think of Memphis? What should this small town person know?

Thank You so much!
SuJun[/QU

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hernando ms in Memphis, Tennessee

66 months ago

you must not be familier with the area cause hernando is one of the best areas around here but owell fishing yea i guess nyc central park

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hernando ms in Memphis, Tennessee

66 months ago

so i take it you live in chicago or new york miami somewhere thats nice ill admit memphis isint dallas or houston or phoenix by far but its a good step up from the jackson mississippi area now are you happy or would you like to continue being an premadonna about a small topic of a small city now we all know memphis has it flaws so does nashville an lil rock an any other city in the usa

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Maria in Naples, Florida

66 months ago

I have a job offer in Memphis and have never been there. It's a really difficult decison for me as I've lived in this beautiful town for 25 years. Wondering if it's time to try some place new and really, really looking for comments that are more helpful than the arguing it's turned into. Everyone has an opinion and view and that's great - that's why they make crayons in lots of colors. Can the bashing stay out of it? It only makes it confusing and unreliable once it turns into the back and forth stuff.

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hernando ms

66 months ago

DONT GET ME WRONG MEMPHIS HAS CRIME AN BIG CITY PROBLEMS JUST LIKE ANYWHERE ELSE NOW IM A TRAVELING MAN AND I VISIT DALLAS HOUSTON ATLANTA INDIANAPOLIS MILWAUKEE CHICAGO PRETTY FREQUENT AND MEMPHIS ISINT LIKE ANY IVE NAME(BIGGER&BETTER) BUT WE HAVE NBA AN BEALE ST IS GOOD FOR A WALK DOWN ON A GOOD SATURDAY NIGHT BUT WE COULD REally use more advaNCEMENT ON MODERN DAY RECREATION HERE IN MEMPHIS AS NASHVILLE HAS A BETTER ECONOMY AND HAS THE BETTER OPTIONS OF TENNESSEE BUT EVERYONE HAS A DIFFERENT DEFINITION OF A NICE CITY SO YOUD HAVE TO COME HERE VISIT AND SEE FOR YOUR SELF BUT YES AS A CITIZEN OF MEMPHIS ILL ADMIT THE CITY COULD USE SOME TOUCHING UP

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conundrum in Bessemer, Alabama

66 months ago

I am deeply saddened by the reviews I have read on this post. Some of the posts do provide readible insight into the City and has also provided information a person can research for themselves. I am considering working in Memphis for several personal reasons and a great opportunity, however I am looking for an area that may allow my wife and kids to visit on the weekends and provide walkable access to dining, greenspace, cultural events, activities, bike lanes/trails, walking trails and diversity.
I am not concerned about school districts being Memphis area will only be a second home. Safety is important to me, however I do understand crime is everywhere. Without any of the race baiting, finger pointing or hatred, is downtown a good location or would mid town be better? I prefer to live within the City being this would allow me to identify with the culture/subculture of Memphis and obtain a person experience and understanding with the people and City.

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Surferjohn in Memphis, Tennessee

66 months ago

I would say Mid-Town is your best bet. The Cooper Young area has numerous restaurants within walking distance. There are new bike lanes and a new "green trail" that runs from Mid-Town all the way out to Shelby Farms. Since that bike/walk trail has been open, there has been very little crime. They do try heard here and if you look, you'll see policeman on bicycles... The trail was an old railroad track where the tracks were dug up. Living anywhere in mid-town, your just a mile or two from all kinds of restaurants. I used to live in Mid-Town but for good reasons, had to move near U of M. Mid-town peopler call themselves Mid-towners, mostly because they wouldn't live anywhere else. I'm a Mid-Towner at heart. Good luck and glad to have you here...

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guess in Austin, Texas

66 months ago

well, you shouldn't be "saddened" about truth my friend - yes, everyone's experience can be different, but the facts on the GROUND about Memphis are what they are, right ?

Memphis suffers tremendously by its own hand. Some revel in the mediocrity, and the blaming etc - your server states you might be in Bessemer AL (of course servers can be anywhere I know)

But if by chance if you are however familiar with Bham then you know that Bham sorta sucks too - even in areas like Bessemer, West End, East Lake, Ensley,, Tarrant etc etc etc, but there are greta areas like Mtn Brook, Vestavia Hills, south Shelby/280/Indian Springs, a few places around Hoover, even Trussville etc etc...but taken as a whole Bham still sucks and is primitive as well

Be advised that Memphis Midtown is heavily laden with the homosexual community as well, that's not a good thing, it's not a bad thing - it just should be known and stated clearly -

I would never live in Midtown aka "Madtown", even for a "second home"

it's not even as nice as around Five Points South

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conundrum in Bessemer, Alabama

66 months ago

Thanks for the responses. I have lived in several States because of my profession, however I understand our opinions are based on our experiences. I am in no way acting as if I know who is being truthful or not pertaining to Memphis, however I feel people should at least be able to voice "their" opinions verbally withought the need to attack, berate or disparage others from their opinions.

Birmingham in my opinion overall is a good City. It has its political issues, social issues, crime, both good and bad school systems, however it also has caring individuals and communities that cause it to be warm, accepting and above all forgiving. Sadly enough Birmingham has a lot of negative civil rights culture "Bull Connors", the Pratt Mines, State allowed prison slavery etc, however it's not the worse place I have been. "Guess in Austin" it appears you labeled the minority areas as the bad areas and the more affluent areas as the good areas. Hoover has a higher crime rate than the City of Birmingham, 280 corridor is known for high sexual predators and meth labs.

I am certain you are familiar with Birmingham and miles more aware of the culture of Memphis than I am. I appreciate your input and am grateful.

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guess in Austin, Texas

66 months ago

certainly not attempting to "berate" a poster individually..that's unfair, but I too have lived all over the place, and I certainly DO know Bham as well as Memphis as well as ATL, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock and a ton of other cities in the south and outside the south - and I know when a city "sucks" by many metrics commonly used -

I have good friends in Bham from such diverse areas as English Village to Crestline to Gardendale to College Hill. I know what I'm talking about viz the histories and what makes a city great, or problematic - and yes, all cities have problems - but I rank
Bham with places like Jackson MS, Shreveport - bham is better than Montgomery for sure, but places like Huntsville in fact, do shine above lots of larger cities for sure.

Memphis sucks. it is plagued by being close to the impoverished and stupid state of MISSISSIPPI, and of course Eastern Arkansas - in MY OPINION and professional experience. It will lag other cities for a very very long time - it shares that problem with a city like Bham. Bham lived in the shadow of ATL for too many years. Memphis is an overgrown river town, and cotton trading town where racism is de riguer and omnipresent.

Yep, I lived there for a while - family owns property all over - esp Vestavia Hills/Altadena, and I'll pick living in an affluent area over a poor one anyday...lol, if you are able of course.

In Midtown, the problem is that if you walk three blocks in any direction you will be in one of 4 sketchy if not dangerous areas - just ask anyone who might tell you the truth - but people there like to LIE and embellish - they pretend it's some great area - it's NOT my friend - people there are xenophobic to boot, and hate criticism, they resent "outsiders" (unlike many parts of Bham even)

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guess in Austin, Texas

66 months ago

certainly not attempting to "berate" a poster individually..that's unfair, but I too have lived all over the place, and I certainly DO know Bham as well as Memphis as well as ATL, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock and a ton of other cities in the south and outside the south - and I know when a city "sucks" by many metrics commonly used -

I have good friends in Bham from such diverse areas as English Village to Crestline to Gardendale to College Hill. I know what I'm talking about viz the histories and what makes a city great, or problematic - and yes, all cities have problems - but I rank
Bham with places like Jackson MS, Shreveport - bham is better than Montgomery for sure, but places like Huntsville in fact, do shine above lots of larger cities for sure.

Memphis sucks. it is plagued by being close to the impoverished and stupid state of MISSISSIPPI, and of course Eastern Arkansas - in MY OPINION and professional experience. It will lag other cities for a very very long time - it shares that problem with a city like Bham. Bham lived in the shadow of ATL for too many years. Memphis is an overgrown river town, and cotton trading town where racism is de riguer and omnipresent.

Yep, I lived there for a while - family owns property all over - esp Vestavia Hills/Altadena, and I'll pick living in an affluent area over a poor one anyday...lol, if you are able of course.

In Midtown, the problem is that if you walk three blocks in any direction you will be in one of 4 sketchy if not dangerous areas - just ask anyone who might tell you the truth - but people there like to LIE and embellish - they pretend it's some great area - it's NOT my friend - people there are xenophobic to boot, and hate criticism, they resent "outsiders" (unlike many parts of Bham even)

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guess in Austin, Texas

66 months ago

I live btw, most of the time in SW FL, I'll take this area over most thank you very much !

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L0313 in Cordova, Tennessee

65 months ago

I have lived in Memphis all my life . I am 44 years old . I have read these posts on here about Memphis . I can see the good and bad about Memphis . Yes this city is racially divided . Yes the crime is high in some parts . But there are also some really great people in this city . There are very few places you can go to where strangers pass you and say Hi how you doing . or complete strangers wave as you pass by in your car . Great music great food good people . I know there are many many problems in this city . There are still some good areas . I think the main problem is that not all good people can afford those areas . I left this city for about a year at one time . I lived overseas ..and I can say that when I finally landed back home ..home never looked so good .

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guess in Austin, Texas

65 months ago

No one in their sane minds is pitting or comparing Memphis "to living overseas or out of the United States"

That's a red herring and a strawman argument ! Try comparing (intelligently) Memphis to just a FEW other US cities and specifically SOUTHERN cities FIRST !

No one would argue intelligently that living in a dump like Memphis is better than living in lots of European cities no doubt given the economies and histories.

Let's look at Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin, Portland, coastal SC, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Houston (close to the coast esp), Nashville, Knoxville area, Atlnata,and Huntsville AL.

Memphis is so far behind it's laughable, and if you don't think it's far far behind YOU need to go LIVE for a few years somewhere else mentioned ! or as far as San Diego or seattle even.

Please give us a break ! Memphis is hardly what I call "competitive" one bit. Some one said Memphis had "GREAT FOOD" ??? are you nutty ?? Memphis is not some foodie city, or culinary destination my friend, again, what are you smoking ?? there IS NO inspired cuisine in Memphis like there is in cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Charleston, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, Boston and a TON of other cities. To label Memphis food as GREAT is an overstatement and a complate LIE

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guess in Austin, Texas

65 months ago

No one in their sane minds is pitting or comparing Memphis "to living overseas or out of the United States"

That's a red herring and a strawman argument ! Try comparing (intelligently) Memphis to just a FEW other US cities and specifically SOUTHERN cities FIRST !

No one would argue intelligently that living in a dump like Memphis is better than living in lots of European cities no doubt given the economies and histories.

Let's look at Charlotte, Raleigh, Austin, Portland, coastal SC, Tampa Bay, Dallas, Houston (close to the coast esp), Nashville, Knoxville area, Atlnata,and Huntsville AL.

Memphis is so far behind it's laughable, and if you don't think it's far far behind YOU need to go LIVE for a few years somewhere else mentioned ! or as far as San Diego or seattle even.

Please give us a break ! Memphis is hardly what I call "competitive" one bit. Some one said Memphis had "GREAT FOOD" ??? are you nutty ?? Memphis is not some foodie city, or culinary destination my friend, again, what are you smoking ?? there IS NO inspired cuisine in Memphis like there is in cities like Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Charleston, New Orleans, Miami, Tampa, Chicago, San Francisco, NYC, Boston and a TON of other cities. To label Memphis food as GREAT is an overstatement and a complate LIE

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angie in Memphis, Tennessee

65 months ago

If your going to move to memphis. There's def certain places you don't want to live. Beware if the price of apartment rent is cheap its cheap for a reason. Usally high crime. My advice If looking for best is either. Another piece advice. Just because an area was listed as safe place to live last year doesn't mean its still the same. I used to live in Cordova and it was nice place to live. If someone ask me if they should get an apartment there. Its ok but I wouldn't be all excited giving positive reviews about it.

You should really check out any place before moving. As for people bashing Memphis. I say they've never been to every single place in Memphis. Not all places are alike haters and she was asking the best places. Not the worst. FYI there crime everywhere

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Charles Goodwin in San Francisco, California

64 months ago

Lived in Memphis for several years. Don't even consider living within the Memphis city limits. Period. High taxes paired with low-quality services, crime, corrupt government, and one of the worst school districts in the country. One exception: if you're young and single, then living downtown or on Mud Island could be fun for you.

Don't let people from Memphis fool you: there are no good Memphis City Schools. Not one. White Station HS is probably the best, but no one sends their kids there unless they can't afford somewhere better.

Several of the suburbs are very nice and have fantastic schools, namely Gernamntown, Collierville, and Arlington. Cordova used to be nce, but is now headed downhill FAST.

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DC in San Francisco, California

64 months ago

say what in Memphis, Tennessee said: Sorry you never got out of your cubby hole of Germantown. I lived in what people called "ghetto". In certain places memphis has high crime rate. But I can tell you one thing. In all my first 18 yrs I lived there I was never mugged. I get a scholarlship all excited and move to Nashville and first week there I was mugged. In daylight. How's that for your safe Nashville. But that didn't deter me. If I can handle Memphis I could handle the Nashville scum.

Umm... Memphis (meaning the city itself) has one of the highest crime rates in the country. Sorry you were mugged in Nashville, but one experience doesn't change decades of statistics. Look, everyone always looks fondly on the place they grew up, but Memphis has issues....

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Charles Goodwin in San Francisco, California

64 months ago

Maria in Naples, Florida said: Can the bashing stay out of it? It only makes it confusing and unreliable once it turns into the back and forth stuff.

Hi Maria,

Therein lies a major problem with Memphis, unfortunately. It is a very divided city, both racially and economically.

To try to answer your question, if you're not worried about schools then it really matters what you want. If you want to live downtown and be close to nightlife, walk to restaurants, etc, then look at Mud Island or living Downtown (capital D), which is a small area surrounding the entertainment district. If you want somewhere quieter and more suburban, then look at Germantown, Collierville, or Olive Branch, MS, which is no further away. If you want to live out in the country, look out toward Lakeland/Arlington or Fisherville/Piperton.

Hope this helps.

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yes i admit in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

ok being new only being in the area few years yes i come to admit that this place does sucks espically for a civilized black male trying to live in desoto county well its good an quiet here due to the fact the other race dont talk to you and most have this go back to memfrica type attitude and well we all know memphis inner city will MAKE you one bitter person from back stabing friends to crooked cops to racist blacks and whites crime is the name of the game in memphis inner city home breakins drug deals shootings yes they love it there lol but my neighbor a retired air pilot with a asian wife just told me people are dumb an racisT here an he refuse to let his kid grow up here saying hes moving to aUSTIN TX FOR A BETTER EDUCATION FOR HER AN HES A WHITE MALE BEING MARRIED TO A ASIAN WOMAN EVEN HE CAN FEEL THE RACIAL TENSION AND I HATE IT

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LH38111

64 months ago

I have lived in Memphis 30 years and I love it. My East Memphis neighborhood is safe, pleasant, and racially diverse. It is conveniently located - about 15 minutes from downtown, 5 from the University of Memphis, and 5 minutes from shopping and restaurants. The cost of living here is very low, and the water is some of the best in the nation since it comes from an underground aquifer. If you're in healthcare, you'll find plenty of job opportunities. Sure, there is crime here, but the vast majority of homicides are committed by people who know their victim. The schools could be better, both city and county. (I'm a teacher so I know). The best part about Memphis is the friendly, loving, people who live here. All you haters who have posted to this forum....please find happiness in some other city.

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surferjohn in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

I totally agree and am in the same zip code... What I see on the news is, some kid in a gang gets into it with another kid in a gang. One is shot and the other goes to jail... It seems like these little guys only bother other kids in gangs.. And people will focus on the city of Memphis, depending on a person's tastes, there are real nice area's all around Memphis, and with housing prices being so low, you can find a geat home in a really nice area for not allot of money... good luck...

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user name in Sarasota, Florida

64 months ago

any way you cut it, Memphis Tennessee is a backward, stupid city, and it will never (in the next 50 years) become anything approaching a "great southern city"

screw thagt place

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TNBookChick in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

Memphis is a beautiful city in many ways. I was born here and have lived in several other places. I love the green trees and flowers, which are seriously lacking in some places. Memphis is a high poverty city with resultant problems of high crime, struggling schools, and blighted areas. However, many areas of the city are beautiful and generally safe. We have some of the best tap water in the world, very affordable housing, and many friendly people. We generally love basketball, and Tiger blue is in evidence all over town when the Memphis Tigers have a home game. We have new bicycle lanes all around town, a world class zoo, and many opportunities for fun throughout the year. Perhaps the single greatest problem is racism on multiple fronts. Join us and help the region become better than it is today.

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David in Singapore, Singapore

64 months ago

Have been reading this tread about memphis. We are looking to buy a house in Berrywood avenue, southeast memphis. Can anyone advise me on the location in terms crime, racial tensions, etc... Thanking you in advance.

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advisor in Austin, Texas

64 months ago

my advice is to get the crime tracker from the police website in Memphis..I know the area and for years it was a stable mid to lower middle class neighborhood, but that whole area is in transition and I know for ME, I would not live in that sector at all because of "creep" from just south and west of there

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surferjohn in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

I Googled Berryhill and it showed it to be in Cordova... I would get the country tax assessor site and look at the home values. I used to work for Century 21 and the homes in that area, originally about 10-15 yrs. ago, were way over priced... Diversity and gang activity came into the high schools and people were then upside down. It's a little more stable now.. ME, I wouldn't move there because you don't know what it's going to be like in 10 yrs.. I've sen numerous up and coming area's go to crap before they even got started.. If your looking for newer type homes and stable area, try Bartlett.. Everyone there would not live anywhere else.. Get a good real estate agent, but don't go with a local company. Get a national company like Century 21, Remax etc... Good luck

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David in Singapore, Singapore

64 months ago

Thanks guys for the advice. Not sure it is at Cordova as googled. The location Im looking at is at Berrywood Avenue, TN 38118, not too far from Get Well Community Clinic and walking distance to Goodlett Elementary School. To the east is the Memphis International Airport. What is your advice in this area. Thanks

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surferjohn in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

The airport is south of Memphis... I'm no longer in real estate and have nothing to gain, BUT, I would contact a Century 21 agent there in Singapore and have them to link up with an agent here that will help you out... FYI, the agent in Memphis will give the one in Singapore a referral fee...I would let them do the work and give you their best advice based on their experience.. THis is what they get paid for and why a seller has to charge the sales commission rate they do... I would utilize this service..And Good Luck..

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David in Singapore, Singapore

64 months ago

Thanks surfer john

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username in Austin, Texas

64 months ago

you said BerryWOOD, not BerryHILL ! I assure you those 2 neighborhoods are NOTHING alike !!

watchout !!

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username in Austin, Texas

64 months ago

you said BerryWOOD, not BerryHILL ! I assure you those 2 neighborhoods are NOTHING alike !!

watchout !!

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MEMPHIS NEEDS A MAYOR in Memphis, Tennessee

64 months ago

MUD ISLAND HERNANDO COLLIERVILLE BYHALIA NESBIT PLEASANT HILL ALL SEEM TO BE THE BETTER PARTS TO LIVE ONLY NEGATIVE IS THAT YOUR IN THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI BUT MEMPHIS REALLY SHOULD BE GROWNING AN EXPANDING FASTER THAN IT IS NOW WITH DELTA LEAVEING IM SURE FED EX WILL BE RETHINKING ABOUT ITS HOME TERMINAL AND HOME LOCATION BEFORE LONG AND AFTER THAT IT WILL BE DOWN HILL FROM THERE AT ONE TIME MEMPHIS HAD NFL NBA AND WAS STARTING TO LOOK LIKE A AMERICAN CITY POWERHOUSE BUT NOW ITS STARTING TO SEEM LIKE A BIG OLE MISSISSIPPI DELTA TOWN

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Babe in Dyersburg, Tennessee

63 months ago

yes i admit in Memphis, Tennessee said: ok being new only being in the area few years yes i come to admit that this place does sucks espically for a civilized black male trying to live in desoto county well its good an quiet here due to the fact the other race dont talk to you and most have this go back to memfrica type attitude and well we all know memphis inner city will MAKE you one bitter person from back stabing friends to crooked cops to racist blacks and whites crime is the name of the game in memphis inner city home breakins drug deals shootings yes they love it there lol but my neighbor a retired air pilot with a asian wife just told me people are dumb an racisT here an he refuse to let his kid grow up here saying hes moving to aUSTIN TX FOR A BETTER EDUCATION FOR HER AN HES A WHITE MALE BEING MARRIED TO A ASIAN WOMAN EVEN HE CAN FEEL THE RACIAL TENSION AND I HATE IT

I won't take it personally when you say memphrica. I get what your saying. Honestly I don't get being called African American. I have a friend who's great grandparents from Irealand and she's not Irish American. Ok back to what you saying. Black people can be just as racist as white people and some even more and bad thing about it we get away with it and its terrible. That's why people can't get over the hatred towards. I don't get a man married to an asian woman and being pissed towards black people and all blah blah blah. When I know this guy when I was growing up he was in the Korean war and married to a Korean.

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Babe in Dyersburg, Tennessee

63 months ago

user name in Sarasota, Florida said: any way you cut it, Memphis Tennessee is a backward, stupid city , and it will never (in the next 50 years) become anything approaching a "great southern city"

screw thagt place

Duh lets live in Florida where we took over the poor alligator's home. Or mayb there be hurricane or tropical storm. Then we can cry about it when our house gets destroyed.

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surferjohn in Memphis, Tennessee

63 months ago

Your right Babe in Dyersberg, only mine and your insurance rates go up because they insure those lowlands year after year... and as they say, 'when you speak of others, you speak of yourself." If that person had a life, they wouldn't be on here criticizing Memphis.

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jimmyjohn in Austin, Texas

63 months ago

speaking of "sucking", dyersburg is an armpit, with sociopathic rednecks and lowlifes as well ! anybody who lives in dburg can tell you it's one of the most nosey, narrow, and even adulterous cities in TN

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jimmyjohn in Austin, Texas

63 months ago

btw, I'll accept a few hurricanes before living in tornado prone areas (like AR, w TN, KS, MO (duh), even E TN, some parts of AL (duh), and friggen MISSISSIPPI) - at least we get warnings ! how does one handle "warnings of rednecks and stupidity all over" "

LOL - no where is PERFECT, but believe me, there are MUCH better places in the US to reside, besides ANYWHERE in W TN or Memphis, for godsake

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Considering.... in Union City, Tennessee

63 months ago

I currently live in Dyersburg TN. I was born and raised here. And jimmyjohn, about Dyersburg - your right. But I am considering an employment offer in Memphis and I would like your oppinion. If I were to relocate to Arlington or Germantown, maybe Lakeland - would that be better than Dyersburg? You have lived in both places?

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jimmyjohnagain in Austin, Texas

63 months ago

the only problem with Gtown and/or Arlington, its that it is infected by Memphis and part of the Memphis MSA- yes, you can avoid a lot living as far out as you can (Arlington), but Germantown is far mor established with a great proactive police presence, etc

Dburg ?? I wouldn't even remotely considering living in that Peyton Place, ever LOL

You do what you have to do for sure- if you have an absolutely "great opportunity in Memphis" then you would have to look at it seriously for sure, which I did, and fortunately made way enough money to leave on weekends at the drop of a hat via plane, or car (which I did as often as I could) If you can pay your dues for a short while professionally in Memphis and stage to get the hell out, that would be optimum, but Memphis will sap the intelligence out of you, and your family ! If you make enough to insulate yourself and your family from the idioscy, it will work for a WHILE, then you will start wishing you never made the decision to ever come to Memphis TN in the first place---LOL or you should have moved to a place like Nashville, or Raleigh, or Charlotte, or even Spartanburg ! it's my opinion only, based on solid experience. The place is not likely to truly mature in the next 20 years -- if you have that kind of time to waste on a boneheaded environment, then you should go right ahead ! but go there with the true intent of planning you next move, or already have it in sight ! if you don't, the "quicksand" of ignorance, racism, pretense, false pride, bad attitudes, and parochialism shall suffocate you and your family, and the "infection" is hard to get rid of, until you "breathe" the fresh air of a truly dynamic, thoughful and progressive environment.

In a word, don't do it

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Jmoore228 in Columbus, Ohio

61 months ago

LH38111 said: I have lived in Memphis 30 years and I love it. My East Memphis neighborhood is safe, pleasant, and racially diverse. It is conveniently located - about 15 minutes from downtown, 5 from the University of Memphis, and 5 minutes from shopping and restaurants. The cost of living here is very low, and the water is some of the best in the nation since it comes from an underground aquifer. If you're in healthcare , you'll find plenty of job opportunities. Sure, there is crime here, but the vast majority of homicides are committed by people who know their victim. The schools could be better, both city and county. (I'm a teacher so I know). The best part about Memphis is the friendly, loving, people who live here. All you haters who have posted to this forum....please find happiness in some other city.

I am considering moving to Memphis and I've seen that its been somewhat of a back and forth debate both good and bad. Moreso bad than good. I am in the medical field and I had a few question about the area in which you live but I'd rather not have to try to rummage through others comments to find your reply so could you please email me personally at Jmoore.228@gmail.com thanks. I have tons of questions i need to make sure this will be a fincially good and safe move for me and my two young children (1 & 3)

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TheSouthIsABackwardCraphole in Memphis, Tennessee

58 months ago

Tumpredwine in Memphis, Tennessee said: I want to be the first to assist those Memphians who hate Memphis but are still here. For those of us who are happy here, how may we assist in getting you somewhere that YOU will be happy?

Take up a collection for me of $300,000 after taxes & you'll see rocket flames out my tail. I'll blast off out of here so fast your head will spin probably give you whiplash. At least the $120,000 I've been robbed, scammed & vandalized out of since living here.
Hurricanes once or twice a year in Fla.?
My place gets to look like a hurricane hit it daily with trash & every other week with vandalism. Plus the good 'ol occasional house break in, car theft or always fun, gun in the face.
I was born here but grew up around the world with a military dad then stepfather. I made the naïve mistake of moving back here 26 years ago after school. I thought everyone was an individual, deserving of basic courtesy & respect. But this crap hole makes it impossible to create a life. Honesty, work ethic, responsibility means nothing here. It's all about bigotry, braggart about size or sports ability, running con games, lying & stealing being smart. Harassing & bullying people because they look vulnerable & you think you can get away with it or impress your friends & feel like a big man or some sh-t. The tout M. King's "I have a Dream" speech but sure as hell don't live it.
This place makes me wish I was never born. I cannot wait to die after living here because this place does not offer the opportunity for a single, short, white male a life. I have no desire to be a crook or a thug to get ahead. So this city is trash. If you're a liar & a thief. i.e. your word is garbage then you are garbage.
and that is unfortunately, what most southerners appear to be all about.
It is hard to get out when your stuff is stole or destroyed regularly. Memphis may be GREAT but the actions of the residents are Not

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goto in Covington, Tennessee

58 months ago

HAPPY in Memphis, Tennessee said: Memphis is a nice place in spite of what people are saying. South and North Memphis mainly consist of mostly African Americans. East Memphis (Hickory Hill) consist of African American and Mexicans. Germantown, Collierville and Bartless consist of majority Caucasians. Downtown and Midtown are the older part of the city and is diverse. Regardless of where you chose, crime is every where and it doesn't matter what color. Let me know how you like here.

"Your so are right". I'v lived in Memphis an been thinking about moving back to Midtown cause I love it. Love or hate, it's what it is. I love the blacks with their own individuality. Their cars, dress, music and talk. A proud Southern heritage of poor black folk that worked hard in the cotton fields. No one like them in the world and originated from the Southern parts of the United States after being brought over from Africa. I love the so called uneducated Redneck Poor White Trash. Ya'll I'm white and poor. No more trashy than rich folk though. There have been movies and books made about these Southern people. "Sho Nuff, these here are some of the Orginials. but, If you want the excitment of the city, the diversity of ALL the people in Memphis with some of it's oldest homes and builings move to Midtown or Downtown.

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Bob Hoskins in Nashville, Tennessee

53 months ago

I have lived in Memphis and the hardest thing is finding a peaceful place to live. I can't believe that FedEx aircraft noise is not mentioned here. They operate sometimes 100 flights in the middle of the night with no regard for peace or community. Noise laws are not enforced. You may have neighbors with dogs who bark all night, frat-boys who blast their bass and party all night, crazy people fighting outside but the worst is FedEx. It is taboo to talk about all the noise and pollution FedEx causes because it is the main employer here. Fred Smith moved FedEX here cause its cheap and only poor black folks under the flight path. It will get worse when they lessen the flight restrictions even more. It may seem allright when you move to a new place and sign a lease but then when the wind patterns shift and the armada of aircraft fly from 2am to 4am good luck. I have even tried sleeping with ear-plugs. Midtown and the university of Memphis areas are the worst for noise. Most people are down and out and sleep deprived here. Garbage is everywhere and the air quality is bad. Your life expectancy will go down if you live here.
I would suggest the ugly white suburbs only so you can sleep.

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Cali Girl in Memphis, Tennessee

47 months ago

I recently moved to Memphis from Long Beach, California, home of Snoop Dogg. I lived in Long Beach all my life, and I've lived in Memphis now for almost four months. I am in a graduate program and teach at U of M and my daughter goes to school there too. While planning my move to Memphis, it was hard to find unbiased information about the city, and most of what I read about Memphis on the internet boils down to "the best parts of Memphis are the freeways heading out of it." So, here I'd like to try to post an unbiased report living in Memphis, TN.

Most of what EVERYONE else has posted on this thread about the city itself is correct. Crime is an issue, but most of the crime is theft--car break-ins, home robberies, and armed robberies--although Forbes just reported Memphis has one of the top ten highest violent crime rates per capita. Best advice: be mindful of your surroundings, don't walk around at night or alone in a dangerous area, secure your home, don't leave bags of stuff or anything someone could steal and sell visible in your car, blah, blah, blah. All the same precautions we take every day in any city, right? People living in New York and New Orleans and Where-ever, FL take the same precautions.

The poverty rate in Memphis overall is 27.20% and it climbs as high as 37% in Black, Latino and single parent households. About half the population of Memphis live below the poverty line and most are the working poor class.

Despite the negative crime and poverty reports, Memphis is not devoid of culture, prosperity and a middle class. Memphis is like any other major city with the same types of museums, restaurants, attractions, enclaves, events, etc. Just last week I went to see a musical at the Orpheum. There are wine tasting events at the Brooks Museum and the Peabody Hotel, and plenty of outdoor concerts and events in the summer. Check out the <a href="www.memphisflyer.com">The Memphis Flyer</a>.

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