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Old 04-30-2009, 04:44 AM
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I grew up in Memphis and Germantown in the 1970's and 1980's. Back then there was only whites and blacks. There was no Mexican community then. I went to High School with a Mexican family, but these people were very well off.

I was just wondering where do the Mexicans live now? Hickory Hill? Has the quality of Mexican food improved since their arrival?

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Old 04-30-2009, 08:05 AM
Location: Kennewick, WA
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Hickory Hill, Parkway Village, and areas into Whitehaven/Oakhaven.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:38 AM
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There's a sizable Mexican population in Berclair, the area just north of Berclair, and Raleigh, as well.
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Old 04-30-2009, 12:23 PM
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That's true too! It was like that in 02 as well.
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Old 04-30-2009, 01:20 PM
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Hickory Hill, the area by the Mall of Memphis, Raleigh, Jackson Avenue, Highland north of Summer, Summer Avenue, Nutbush, lots of other areas. Sorry I don't know the names of many of these parts of town.
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Old 04-30-2009, 04:14 PM
Location: A Yankee in TN
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I think there is a sizable Cinco de Mayo celebration every year at Gaisman Park in the Berclair area now.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:38 PM
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Berclair and Nutbush were ground zero for the Hispanics moving to Memphis in the early 90's. But since that time, Hispanics have become common in many parts of Memphis and the suburbs. I think this is a great thing, and I hope the addition of some different races (Asians and folks from the Middle East have also become much more common in Memphis) and different cultures (West Africans in particular) change the old black/white dyanmic in this town.

Anything that stops the constant viewing of everything that happens in this town through a black or white prism can only help. In the Macro, we all have to see ourselves as Americans and work for the betterment of the country without excluding anyone because of skin color. In the Micro, the same thing applies to this city.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:42 PM
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The Mexican (or Tex Mex or Tejano) restaurants are much more common and much better than they used to be. You have no problem finding a good Taco/Enchilada lunch (do they call that a Speedy Gonzalez in other places?) with rice or beans with all the chips and salsa you can stuff in your mouth for under $5.00...yeah, I'd call it progress that you can find that all over this town nowdays.
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:08 AM
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I live in Berclair and there is a high percentage of Hispanics in my neighborhood.
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Old 07-17-2010, 09:16 AM
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I started learning Spanish in 93 in nutbush's Raleigh Station apartments.
Memphis' first true barrio these apartments. We had Mexican friends across the street in Andrew Jackson and others in hickory hill and knightway apartments in parkway village. But as said Raleigh station is where it started with not only mexicans but hondurans as well. Raleigh station has now been bulldozed for a few years now.
The mexicans were a mix of violent mexicans from mexico city to working class mecates from small towns / pueblos.
Because mexicans could not afford to move to safe areas most of theviolence was defensive. Even offensive can be defensive in prevention.
Overall most saved their money, brought their families here then moved to what were somewhat better yet still crime riddled areas like hickory hill.
Now most the vast majority of mexicans are hard working good people that want what all decent people want... A better life for their wives and kids.
By having families here more money stays here in renting houses, buying food, clothes, cars, etc.
As many Americans have scaled down in vehicle sizable many mexicans are still buying vand, full sized trucks, etc and these vehicles are usually used keeping used vehicle values from plummeting... For saleby owner of course.
As they move up in opening businesses the community moves up as more luxuries are bought further helping local businesses and real estate grow.
Yea all races have a criminal element. I know some white boys you never want to see in Bartlett, yet in many respects as the language barrier is broken, we have the same goals.
Oh yea mexicans want to learn English, some find it easier to learn a new language than others. This we all can understand. Because anenglisg doeskin Mexican makes more money.
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