When I started looking for my first apartment in Memphis, I started downtown. I am an advocate for downtown because I love this area so much. My closest friends would tell you about how I know every nook and cranny of what our downtown can offer. Whether it’s about a new restaurant opening, a nice place to grab a drink, or just finding entertainment, I’m normally the person to ask about events.
The urge to move downtown came to me after watching sitcoms such as Seinfield, Living Single, The Jefferson, and Sex and the City. I was fresh out of college and didn’t have a high budget for rent, so having a deluxe apartment in the sky was just a dream and a catchy song on The Jefferson. Apparently, I was wrong!
Moving downtown was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Not only did I discover rent was reasonable, I also created a bond with people that live and work in the community. In the 9 years I have lived downtown, I have learned that there are so many activities that most people aren’t aware of. Oh…and did I forget to mention a lot of the activities are free?
From volunteering in the Downtown Neighborhood Association, which is the city’s largest neighborhood organization, to riding bikes on Wednesday’s night Fall Slow Bike Ride through the city, Food Truck Thursday at Court Square Park, and Memphis in May, there is always something to do in downtown! There is also a lot of things to do this weekend for Halloween in downtown. From buying pumpkins at the Memphis Farmer's Market, Walking Ghost Tours and visiting hunted mansions in the Victorian Village, there something for every age.The best part of it all is the fact that it’s right in my backyard!
I would advise any young professionals or anyone that’s looking to make a change in their life to give downtown Memphis a try.