Photographer's Note

While I'm on a dedication spree, I may as well post this one for Daniel, whose photos of streetcars I tried to take as inspiration (far less successfully, as it turns out). This is a shot of the Riverfront Loop streetcar line in Memphis, TN. Looping around downtown Memphis from Main street and then to the banks of the Mississippi River, it is a reminder of a city that was once much more bright and optimistic than today's somewhat depressed metropolis. Memphis is Tennessee's largest city, but its best days, sadly, are behind it; today many of the old buildings are crumbled, and it looks to a degree frozen in the 1950s and 1960s. It also suffers from poverty and crime, though not perhaps as badly as its detractors would suggest.

These old streetcars have been running for decades, and have not been updated since their opening; hard wooden seats, creaky joints, all manual operation. They are, however, a good way to pass the time and to see the core of the city. Sadly the weather while we were there was less than ideal, as you can see from this drab shot, but we did try to make the most of it!

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Additional Photos by Andrew Lipsett (ACL1978) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 884 W: 75 N: 1695] (7511)
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