Memphis Vital for Survival of Suburbs

Memphis Vital for Survival of Suburbs

One day after Detroit filed bankruptcy, the question being asked now is whether Memphis headed down the same path. If you're answer is you don't care, you should.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - One day after Detroit filed bankruptcy, the question being asked now is whether Memphis headed down the same path. If you're answer is you don't care, you should.

You've heard it all before, about people in the suburbs who bash Memphis. Some say however, if Memphis goes, the region goes.

It's a Memphis thing, others just wouldn't understand. People who live here say they hate it. Everything is bad: the roads, crime, taxes, and schools. Memphis is nothing but the Detroit of the south.

City planning consultant Tom Jones, a veteran of Shelby County government, says it's just not true.

"The comparisons just aren't there and it's like we just have to knock ourselves or some of us that live here to just knock ourselves like, you say it's bad, let me tell you how much worse it is."

The City of Memphis is the gasoline that makes Shelby County run. The suburbs would still be there, but they wouldn't be the same.

That's why Memphis is so important; there's not much else around. It's been that way for hundreds of years. Memphis was the city - the only city. Things have changed a bit, but frankly not that much.

"There's no way these suburbs survive as islands," Jones says. "Memphis is the hub of this region. 70 percent of people in the suburbs come to Memphis to work. 70 percent of the total wages in this region are in Memphis."

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