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View Poll Results: Which city is more urban? Chattanooga or Memphis?
Chattanooga is more urban 5 20.83%
Memphis is more urban 19 79.17%
Other, explain 0 0%
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Old 02-24-2016, 12:09 PM
 
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I just took a few minutes to Google Street View explore Richmond. You're definitely right; now a trip to Richmond is on my radar!

I think Memphis will be perceived more "urban" in 20-30 years. When the Edge/Medical District/Crosstown/Uptown areas become more fully developed (and there are a lot of ideas and projects in the pipeline right now...), this will help integrate downtown and midtown together in folks' mental map of the city.

Another thing that hurts Memphis' urbanity is a lack of dense rowhouses, many of which (I suspect) were cleared out during urban renewal, which in Memphis specifically happened in those areas which would have been historically developed in this style (ie, in a ring around downtown). South End has begin to redevelop in this style, which adds tremendously to the urban nature and character of town.

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Old 02-25-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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What a truly weird conversation.

The most visited downtown attraction in the entire state is in Memphis. Nothing else even comes close.
This is a weird conversation! What is the downtown attraction you are talking about?
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Old 02-25-2016, 06:32 PM
 
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Beale Street. This is an often repeated statistic, but I can't find any literature to back it up, other than the phrase being repeated on the Memphis Chamber/Visitor Center folks websites ad nauseum. Therefore, I'm not sure exactly how Beale Street stacks up to Lower Broadway in Nashville, or to the truly astounding number of people who visit Great Smokey Mountains National Park each year.
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