It’s interesting to read Andy Meek’s story about the efforts of Mayor Wharton to sell and promote Memphis inside and outside of Memphis, especially in light of the recent story in The New York Times about great things happening in Memphis, and in Midtown particularly.
Yesterday, I had someone forward me a message from a friend who said about The New York Times article, It’s sad that people outside Memphis know the city better than those inside the city.
I don’t agree with that. It’s not true of me and lots of people I know. I haven’t been to half the places mentioned in the article, but I know they exist, just like so many other great places and people in Memphis.
But it does speak to an attitude you can’t help but hear — and that, tying this to our article on Wharton, an attitude you heard so often during the last half of the Herenton years. Wharton couldn’t be more different than Herenton. Tirelessly positive, working seemingly 24 hours a day, and believing unequivocally in the future and the present of the city.
Put another way, I don’t know if Wharton has ever frequented any of the places featured in The New York Times story, but, metaphorically at least, that’s the Memphis Wharton seems to know, live in, and believe in.
It’s a nice change.