Not really...a few rough places along I-55, but it’s nothing compared to some of the notorious neighborhoods in SW Memphis, like Orange Mound. That area would be a fitting “sister city” for East Saint Louis.
In decades past, a lot of people moved to West Memphis (and further north in Crittenden County) to get away from Memphis. More recently, the suburbs in northern Mississippi are booming.
When I was a kid, I used to visit my aunt and uncle in Whitehaven, the portion of Memphis that lies along the Mississippi state line. Back in those days, it was a nice suburb. These days, Whitehaven is looking more and more like Orange Mound. Everyone who can afford to has moved into northern Mississippi, or the eastern suburbs of Memphis (Germantown, Collierville), or into Fayette County.
Yep, I remember back in the 60s and early 70s it lived up to its name.
“...More recently, the suburbs in northern Mississippi are booming....”
They have the former Memphis mayor King Willie Herenton to thank for that.
Count Hickory Ridge too...