2011: the year that Tiger Lane topped Tom Lee

In talking to various Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest attendees, the general feedback was that Tiger Lane may have actually been a better venue than Tom Lee Park. No stairs, ample space, more pathways. The only catch was no river.

For Monday’s mixed-use story, Scott Barton said besides Downtown, an area to watch will be the Mid-South Fairgrounds.

“That area is underserved, given that it is owned by the city,” Barton said. “I think it is safe to say that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Memphis to have this converted to much needed retail services and at the same time proved much needed sales tax revenue.”

It’ll be interesting to see if this year’s successful barbecue fest at Tiger Lane will spur the area as a destination for other events, which the area so desperately needs.

While barbecue fest will likely return to its normal home in Tom Lee Park next spring, 2011 will be remembered as the year it came to Tiger Lane. And it worked.