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3. Tucker says that, aesthetically, The American City: What Works, What Doesn’t helps to show clients what works and why. With projects that look at how to leverage Memphis as a city that’s known around the world, this book comes in handy to compare its progress and architecture with other cities. “So many tourists come here to go to Graceland, and to Beale Street, and to the National Civil Rights Museum, but we’re trying to create more of an understanding of the history of Memphis. So it can be an attraction, something to expand our economy, and perhaps help us locally understand our city.”
4. “When I was in New York I used to do a lot of work associated with school construction. When I came back to Memphis it just so happened that Memphis was undertaking a major school renovation, and I was able to connect with my old partner [Charles Fleming of Parsons-Fleming] and he happened to have a job.” While Tucker and his current partner, Juan Self, had already started Self + Tucker, this project was a way to gain immediate exposure and work, and it set the ball rolling for future success.
5. What started off as a gift for his young daughter, Kira, now 15, while traveling on work trips turned into a full-blown collection of “probably 20 or more” snow globes. The full collection is Kira’s, but a few make their home on Tucker’s desk, next to many framed photos of Kira through the years.