You can still see the village Germantown once was in its rolling horse pastures and narrow, tree-lined streets. As late as 1950 the city had only 400 residents. But today, it has grown into the tenth largest city in Tennessee with a population of 37,000.
Located just east of the Memphis city limits Germantown has successfully managed the challenges of its growth through efficient city government and carefully monitored development. Only four percent of the city is zoned commercial. Germantown is well-known for its tough signage codes and zoning ordinances that ban industry, allowing residents to enjoy living in a city with no billboards, tall buildings or neon signs.
One of the city's strong points is its parks system, with 12 neighborhood parks. The city likes to point out that there is a park located within one-half mile of every residence. The Germantown Performing Arts Centre and the Civic Centre are new additions to the city.
The Germantown Charity Horse Show is the city's oldest and best known event. At one time, horses outnumbered people in Germantown and a love for horses is still a community tradition. The show, which is one of the largest all-breed shows in the U.S., draws 10,000 spectators annually. Another special event is the Federal Express/St. Jude Classic, a PGA tournament held each year at Southwind.
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Updated: 25th June, 2019 8:11 PM.