If you moved to Memphis long ago you might not remember what you thought of the place before you arrived -- and if you're a Bluff City native, such a preconceived notion is an impossibility. In a Commercial Appeal opinion piece, citizen editorial board member Tom Hrach, reflecting on his experiences as a newcomer to Memphis, compares his preconceived notions to what he is finding to be reality. The notions that were not among his list of preconceptions are telling.
"...Crime. Racism. Poverty. Rude drivers. Those are all facts about Memphis, for sure, but they are not the top-of-mind things that people from outside the region perceive as being part of our community. While no one should dismiss the negatives about living here, remember that those things don't define the Memphis community to outsiders. Those of us who live here, whether lifelong residents or newcomers like me, shouldn't allow those negatives to cloud our own perceptions of our community either."