In response to our post earlier this week about the uninviting welcome that greets visitors to Memphis from the Riverside exit off I-40, a reader sent his photographic take on that stretch of grim landscape.

He emailed: “Check out the walk that tourists have from the welcome center to Mud Island, where many of them go. It starts with a view of a sea of parking lots, then uglier than sin garages and a Mud Island park in need of some tender loving care, from the streaked pylons holding up the tram to the ugly tin foil, etc., that greets visitors from the west. The whole area needs a facelift. Take a look.”