A city that is so amazing yet so awful. The 20th largest city (after we got el paso'd), Memphis is a city where the popular phrase "Location, location, location" really comes into play. Staying away from the airport (unless you have a plane to catch) is probably a good idea, even in broad daylight. Also, any street with someone's full name in it (e.g., Elvis Presley Blvd, Danny Thomas Blvd, etc.) has a tendency to attract poverty, crime and poor sanitation. But if you're smart enough to stay close to the river or the suburbs you can find some pretty interesting things and some great food. Don't go to Graceland; it's expensive and boring. However, Memphis is home to a wonderful zoo, Mud Island, and many national and state parks and museums that its residents often take for granted. It's much better than Knoxville, where the Mountain Dew they drink isn't manufactured by Pepsi Co. Memphis' main problem is a racial divide that is caused by a majority of blacks hating whites because they assume all whites are inherently racist. Yes, I realize I just did the same thing. Get over it.
Memphian: Damn, I hate Memphis so much. Why did I have to work so hard at FedEx?
Nashvillian: I love Memphis! Nashville is so boring.
Knoxvillian: I hate Memphis. Everyone there is so snobby. I mean, come on, who brushes their teeth every day?