There’s no other place in the US like lively Downtown Memphis. It is a mix of new and old architecture, the beloved home of the Blues with street names like B. B. King Drive, is famous for its prominent role in the civil rights movement, live music, amazing sunsets along the Mississippi River, and of course BBQ.
Residents and visitors alike love taking walks in Tom Lee Park and are looking forward to its expansion for an even more spectacular waterfront. It’s a short stroll from the park to Beale Street for the nightlife. And when you get tired of walking, hail a horse-drawn carriage. For those who love to shop, there are many local stores with unique gifts. In other areas of Downtown, you’ll find eclectic shopping from guitar stores to the Bass Pro Shop in the Memphis Pyramid.
Where is Downtown Memphis?
The central business district of Memphis is considered “Downtown Memphis.” It borders the Mississippi and sits across from Mud Island. Interstate 55 is to the south and 40 to the north, with US Route 51 bordering the west side.
One of the main streets, Tennessee Street, is a 3-minute drive from Tom Lee Park. You can see a map here. The main zip code is 38103.
A Pyramid in Memphis?
From the sky, you know you’re near downtown when you spot the Memphis Pyramid – one of the most unusual buildings in the area. This massive structure may well be one of the ten largest pyramids on the planet. It has a base size of 591 feet and is a staggering 321 feet tall, which almost equals the height of a 30-story building. Originally it was built as an arena, but today it is home to The Bass Pro Shop. It’s wilderness inspired and houses restaurants and a hotel.
Tourists love the Pyramid. It’s so popular that it brings in 3 million visitors annually. In years past four locations— Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, Beale Street, the Memphis Zoo, and the Overton Square — brought in 10 million visitors to Memphis. And that number will most certainly increase in 2021.
The Ever-Improving Downtown Memphis Riverfront
Local city officials and citizens are proud of their city and have worked extremely hard to improve and expand it. In 2016, a new pathway was constructed on the Harahan Bridge for bike riders and pedestrians to cross from Mississippi to Arkansas.
The lighting of the Bridges is something to see where the Mighty Lights illuminate the Big River Crossing and Hernando do Soto bridges with dazzling bright lights. And just as the past has been colorful, the future of Downtown Memphis looks bright with the expansion of Tom Lee Park featuring beautiful landscaping and stunning architecture.
More Community Improvements
Another community jewel is the modernization of Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center, costing $200M. The convention center will be a new home for local events and world-class exhibits.
Near the Memphis Pyramid, a 30-story skyscraper is in the works for in the Pinch District. This will be a mixed-use project and included a hotel, retail, and condominiums.
Fresh & Tasty Memphis Farmers Market
This famous market has been going on for over 14 years and is a favorite weekend stop for locals. There are also weekday events throughout the year, including live music. During the holidays, you’ll find handmade gifts and delicacies you can’t get anywhere else. And remember, when you shop here, you’re supporting local business owners.
If you stop by, you’ll find locally-owned organic farms selling their fruit and vegetables along with vendors offering deliciously prepared food, fantastic coffee, and great baked goods. Here’s the Memphis Farmers Market Map.
Visit Downtown Memphis Anytime
So as you can see, whether your a local or just visiting – young or old – Downtown Memphis has something charming waiting for you. Come visit!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit of history and information about Downtown Memphis. And remember, the professional Memphis realtors at Captain & Co. are here to serve you and our community. When you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, or if you’d just like information about the area, contact Captain & Co.
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