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Well I decided to post this here and in the Mississippi forum since this project might have an effect on both sides of the state line. Riverbend will have a 600 foot tall Ferris wheel called "Voyager Wheel" (largest structure in Mississippi) and 1,300 acres including an entertainment center complete with thrill rides, a water park, three hotels, retail outlets, a golf course and almost 1,200 home sites in phase one of this project.

Don't forget the Myriad, only a few miles down the road, will also include the "Mississippi Eye" Ferris wheel (largest in the world) and a 5 acre water park. How many water and amusement/thrill parks can metro Memphis sustain? It'll be awesome when these projects begin breaking ground.

http://www.commercialappeal.com/mca/local_...4479579,00.html

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I don't see anything wrong with putting a development that's probably no more than 10 minutes from the Memphis city limits in the Memphis forum.

Quite a development. The full article mentioned 30,000 residents.

That area could really become a mini-Las Vegas place. In other words, plenty of casinos, theme park things, resorts, and residential. I always think of the Delta as being too hot and swampy to be much of a true resort area. But for much of the year, the weather in Vegas is awful as well.

It'll be really interesting to check back on the area in 10 years. I suspect with the opening of I-69, the place will explode.

DeSoto is already the 38th fastest growing county in the nation, and the fastest growing in the south outside of Florida and Georgia. I expect that Tunica County will join those ranks in 2010. And with the unfortunate problems with the Gulf Coast casinos, Northwest Mississippi is really becoming a driver for the whole state.

I'm not sure what this bodes for Memphis, but it's all part of the same metro, and there seems to be so much development going on in the city, that it's not like the proverbial urban doughnut hole.

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That area could really become a mini-Las Vegas place. In other words, plenty of casinos, theme park things, resorts, and residential.

I'm not sure what this bodes for Memphis, but it's all part of the same metro, and there seems to be so much development going on in the city, that it's not like the proverbial urban doughnut hole.

Hmm. Tunvegas? ;) I met a girl from Las Vegas just the other day and she said that when she and her friends were bored, instead of going bowling or to the movies, they would just run out and ride a roller coasters all day. Would be intresting to see that happen in Memphis. However, many people don't want to raise their children in Vegas and thats where having 2 major cities in our metro is an advantage. So people will start moving from Tunica/Desoto to Shelby County to raise a family and get away from the crime :lol: and Tunica will become the main entertainment district. World turned upside down eh :silly:

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All Tunica needs is strip clubs and legalized prostitution.

That! would reverse flight out of Memphis. :P

Actually, no doubt Tunica has all that that anyway, legal or not.

When I was a kid in the 60's, DeSoto was known as a wide-open county--illegal gambling, illegal liquor sales, a crooked sheriff, and so on. Nice to know it's all wholesome now. :lol:

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All Tunica needs is strip clubs and legalized prostitution.

That! would reverse flight out of Memphis. :P

Actually, no doubt Tunica has all that that anyway, legal or not.

When I was a kid in the 60's, DeSoto was known as a wide-open county--illegal gambling, illegal liquor sales, a crooked sheriff, and so on. Nice to know it's all wholesome now. :lol:

Sleepy, that was West Memphis. DeSoto was always clean cut. :blink: West Memphis did have it's day as the Sin Haven for Memphis. The thing that I remembered about DeSoto County from the '60's was the if you were on a four lane road - the pavement dropped four inches and went to two lanes; and if you were on a two lane road - the pavement turned to gravel and dropped four inches. :rofl: It's funny, but oh so true.

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Sleepy, that was West Memphis. DeSoto was always clean cut. :blink: West Memphis did have it's day as the Sin Haven for Memphis. The thing that I remembered about DeSoto County from the '60's was the if you were on a four lane road - the pavement dropped four inches and went to two lanes; and if you were on a two lane road - the pavement turned to gravel and dropped four inches. :rofl: It's funny, but oh so true.

DeSoto was not always clean cut. In the mid-seventies, the sheriff, Harvey Hamilton, along with 8 to 10 others was indicted by the Feds for racketeering, involving illegal liquor sales and the placement in DeSoto of illegal gaming devices--slot machines. The case was tried in Oxford.

And this had been going on for years.

I know this, because as a newly minted Louisiana lawyer, the two Memphis individuals who had allegedly furnished the slot machines were my clients on appeal. They were represented at the trial level by my boss.

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