Growing up near Memphis in the 50's and very early 60's was a unique and irreplacable experience. It was a great city then, in the truest sense. Department stores the rival of any city in the country(Goldsmith's, Levy's) ,unforgettable movie palaces(Malco,Crosstowne,Lowe's state, Lowe's Palace,The Strand) The smell of the Mr. Peanut store on Main street, Clothes from Julius Lewis. BBQ from K's, Leonard's ... Katz Drug store...Come on some of you oldsters ...back me up ! It has, of course, as all the big cities have, been ruined by failed urban policies over the years. But anyone who remembers it , say , pre -1963, remembers it with love and affection. The list of musical talent that played the Mid -South coliseum in the 60's is astounding. No one who grew up on Memphis BBQ then can do anything except lament that he lives elsewhere now. Magnolias, Central Avenue, Pink Palace, Cardinal farm teams in the summer. The River. My gosh... what a great place it was.
Dallas in the 80's had some of what Memphis had in the 50's, with only a little of the southern charm. But it was just as unique in it's own way. And Texas ,compared to anything, is automatically Oranges and Apples. There is only one place like it. It was like ...have the best of everything, build 'til you run out of steel, and they have the unique cowboy mentality that you can't explain to someone who hasn't lived there. I wouldn't trade being there at that time for anything. Memphis is just different. There are definite similarities but I don't agree that they should not be mentioned in the same sentence, whatever you meant by that. Dallas is not the fun it once was. The two cities were great in their best times. They were different, but great.