In the early 2000s our daughter and family lived in the Germantown area (wasn't too bad an area). Once during a visit, after spending the day at Elvis Presley's, we ended up driving in the Memphis area north of the Pyramid. That was a real eye opener. It was a good place to not be. Way back when before the deployment to VN days, I was based at Millington for training. Did quite a bit of liberty time in the downtown Memphis area. As I recall things were pretty civilized then (except maybe for the time I drank a pint of rum then went to the movies and puked a lot). The folks sitting around me said they didn't like it very much.