Posted: Jul 29, 2005 4:18 am
Perhaps she may be counting Memphis proper. Not sure. I have questions about that myself. I thought (I could totally be wrong), the 400,000 thousand number came from all of Shelby County. Don't know. I do know that Bartlett and East Shelby Co. is gaining a more affluent black community. 40-50K isn't unheard of, in terms of homeowners with fewer children. And I understand rent is being lowered somewhat for E. Shelby Co.
I have always thought ecconomics pretty much drive everything, instead of race. Malls and mega-churches lower property values in surrounding neighborhoods. Have-nots find opportunities as quickly as haves. Haves move out to where they can have more (under-developed, exclusive, and less taxed property). Have-nots move where they can have more (where the haves used to be). Some call this "white-flight", and in many facets of the Memphis Gem, this is true; every person, no matter the color however, looks for opportunity.
I will probably get beat up over this.
I digress. This is about Arcades in Malls. In Memphis.
Anyway, Raleigh Springs Mall Sultan's Castle; we might have been mean looking, but we'd share a coke with most over a Slayer tape stollen from Camelot Music.