We began a new feature last week spotlighting reader suggestions on ways to improve Memphis. There is no prescribed limit on topics nor any prescribed othodoxy for the recommendations, so please send us your comments as we continue our conversation on how Memphis can be a smart city.

To prime the pump, we’ll occasionally ask a question or two, but remember, you don’t have to wait for a question to send in your suggestion or recommendation to tjones@smartcityconsulting.com.

To follow up last week’s initial Suggestion Box feature, we asked this question:

If you were recruiting someone to move to Memphis and you only had a couple of hours to convince that person, where would you take him/her? Why?

Here’s what you said, and we don’t see how anyone could argue with any of them:


Cooper-Young. I would show them how much house they could get for their money, show them the variety of restaurants and shopes within walking distance and how well-kept the neighborhood happened to be.

Tom Guleff:

Trolley ride!!!!


Wild Bill’s! A ride down Walnut Grove Road out East. It’s not my style of hood, but in the spring, it’s gorgeous.


Downtown. Then again, you’d have to ‘splain the Pyramid. The Zoo – we have an awesome zoo.


I would take them to the Flying Saucer on Friday night, because you’ve got a vibrant bar with Beale Street down the way and Peabody Place just across the street. A good, vibrant experience.

Also, the Madison or Peabody rooftop parties could be good. They’re not my scene, but they can be fun and the views are outstanding.

Finally, a Redbirds game. We forget how great that stadium is. Also, I would get them to try the Rendevous BBQ nachos, a treat you can’t find at most ballparks.


HarborTown for recruiting. Winchester/Bill Morris Parkway from Southwind to Collierville FedEx for reality tour.


I would take them on a walk through Midtown ending at Central BBQ; good food and a beer on the patio. Then end anywhere in Midtown for good music. Hopefully, finding Snowglobe or Clanky’s Nub playing.


If the person is being recruited from the Northeast or Midwest, wait until it snows in April (as it did this week), bring them to Memphis, and take them anywhere. With blue sky and budding green, pink, purple and yellow trees, the sale will be much easier.


I love the uniqueness and diversity of Cooper Young, and also second the South Main idea.

We recently entertained a visiting artist for a few days. It turned out that what impressed her most were the more casual, “every day” spots like Soul Fish, P&H and Fino’s.


Agree with anon: Wild Bill’s for sure. That place sold ME on Memphis – after I had already lived here!