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Old 06-28-2010, 10:34 PM
 
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I am going through a divorce and will soon have an opportunity to move to Ft. Smith, AR to run operations of a company we are purchasing. I currently live in Nashville, TN and have since 1996. We lived in Champaign, IL from 1988 to 1986 prior to moving to Nashville, TN. I see a lot of complaints and pluses on this forum. I will be single with no children and will be working quite a bit. I also love the outdoors and hope to play a lot of golf too. What do you all think? Relocate to Ft. Smith, AR or stay in Nashville, TN? What areas to consider and whick locations to stay clear off? Thanks in advance for our assitance!
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Old 06-29-2010, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am going through a divorce and will soon have an opportunity to move to Ft. Smith, AR to run operations of a company we are purchasing. I currently live in Nashville, TN and have since 1996. We lived in Champaign, IL from 1988 to 1986 prior to moving to Nashville, TN. I see a lot of complaints and pluses on this forum. I will be single with no children and will be working quite a bit. I also love the outdoors and hope to play a lot of golf too. What do you all think? Relocate to Ft. Smith, AR or stay in Nashville, TN? What areas to consider and whick locations to stay clear off? Thanks in advance for our assitance!
mgou, this depends on what you really want and how important a real decent size city is to you as much as anything.

Ft. Smith has lots of positives, don't pay too much attention to a few negative posters here. They are inclined to go overboard because their feelings are so strong, for whatever reason.

You can enjoy the outdoor life in Ft Smith, the weather, though hot and a little sticky in the summer, overall is pretty mild and there golf courses. Of course any part of AR will give you a chance to enjoy the outdoors. This is one of the strong points of our state.

The things you will miss: major city life, Ft Smith really isn't very large, diversity, again, there is some but the city is pretty simple and there isn't a lot of culture, if that is your thing. You won't find the same night life if that is what you are looking for.

Hope this will give you some things to consider.

Nita
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I am going through a divorce and will soon have an opportunity to move to Ft. Smith, AR to run operations of a company we are purchasing. I currently live in Nashville, TN and have since 1996. We lived in Champaign, IL from 1988 to 1986 prior to moving to Nashville, TN. I see a lot of complaints and pluses on this forum. I will be single with no children and will be working quite a bit. I also love the outdoors and hope to play a lot of golf too. What do you all think? Relocate to Ft. Smith, AR or stay in Nashville, TN? What areas to consider and whick locations to stay clear off? Thanks in advance for our assitance!
Stay in Nashville. In my opinion, the negatives of the Fort Smith area far outweigh the positives. The only way I would recommend anybody move to Fort Smith is if they had some sort of family connection there. If you don't, then its a very risky move. The fact you are single with no children is a huge red flag. There isn't much of a singles scene the norm is to get married in your late teens (and divorced in your early 20s). The outdoors is a strong point of the area but there are plenty other places you can enjoy golf and outdoor recreation as well as the benefits of being in a small town that do not have the baggage that comes with living in Fort Smith. Another thing about Fort Smith is once you relocate there its relatively difficult to get out if you don't like it. I would take a trip there and visit for a decent amount of time before you commit to moving. Its a very risky move and while some people move to Fort Smith and are happy, many more are not. Make sure you know what you are getting into and if its what you really want BEFORE you make the move.
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Old 06-29-2010, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Chicago, IL
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I would make a trip over and take a look around town. I've never lived in Fort Smith, and doubt I would if given the choice. It doesn't seem near as bad as some people make it out to be, and I enjoyed the history and wandering around town for a day, but the downtown area is pretty empty and there just didn't seem to be a lot going on for a city of around 80,000 people. It'd be a huge change from Nashville, so scout it out and make sure it's not a change you'd regret within a week.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:00 AM
 
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Being an "outsider", will it be difficult doing sales? I do not want to buy, so where is a good area to rent a house, condo or larger apartment as I currently have a 2,500 square foot house I need to sale.
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I would make a trip over and take a look around town. I've never lived in Fort Smith, and doubt I would if given the choice. It doesn't seem near as bad as some people make it out to be, and I enjoyed the history and wandering around town for a day, but the downtown area is pretty empty and there just didn't seem to be a lot going on for a city of around 80,000 people. It'd be a huge change from Nashville, so scout it out and make sure it's not a change you'd regret within a week.
Ft Smith isn't bad at all, it might not be for everyone but like we all know noplace is and the few people here that continue to belittle it have had a bad experience so they can't see any positives. That is sad don't you think? We have all lived in places that weren't fo us, still they were not totally negative either.

I agree, the best way is to visit if the OP has that option before making a decision.

Nita
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Stay on the south or east sides of town when looking for a place to live. The north and west sides are the older, less desirable places to live - but that is also where you will find the most racial diversity. Take bchris02's posts about Fort Smith with a grain of salt, he has a personal issue with his time in Fort Smith.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Stay on the south or east sides of town when looking for a place to live. The north and west sides are the older, less desirable places to live - but that is also where you will find the most racial diversity. Take bchris02's posts about Fort Smith with a grain of salt, he has a personal issue with his time in Fort Smith.
I was thinking the same thing. I know he did have an unfortunate situation but I hate to see people completely turn on an entire location because of a personal issue.

Nita
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Stay on the south or east sides of town when looking for a place to live. The north and west sides are the older, less desirable places to live - but that is also where you will find the most racial diversity. Take bchris02's posts about Fort Smith with a grain of salt, he has a personal issue with his time in Fort Smith.
There is nothing personal about my view on Fort Smith. Little Rock maybe, but the way I feel about Fort Smith is very similar to the way a lot of people feel about it who are from (or prefer) cities. Fort Smith is not for everyone. It seems to be a place people either love or they hate. In my opinion, it tries too hard to be Mayberry and thus misses out on a lot of economic growth opportunities. A city can't thrive when its population refuses to embrace change of any kind.
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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In my opinion, it tries too hard to be Mayberry and thus misses out on a lot of economic growth opportunities. A city can't thrive when its population refuses to embrace change of any kind.
I agree 100% with this statement. Ft. Smith is a city that does not embrace change and has been stagnant for a long time.

Ft. Smith definitely isn't a destination city, but if that is the city that has an opportunity, it is not a bad place to call home.

Some things to consider:

If you like to play cards/gamble, there are casinos on the Fort Smith/Choctaw Nation border that offers poker, blackjack, and slots.

The city has about 80K people. It isn't Nashville.

This is a VERY VERY VERY conservative city. You will be asked "So, where do you go to church." And it is annoying. People aren't being mean, they just assume that every person alive goes to church.

Traffic is not bad, but the roads are.

Things move slower around here. That could be a good thing or a bad thing - personal perspective, I suppose.

Although Fort Smith is a small city, it is the "Big City" to hundreds of thousands of people surrounding it. Fort Smith is on the Oklahoma/Arkansas border. It is the second largest city in the state of Arkansas, and would be the fourth largest city in the state of Oklahoma (if the border moved ten miles east).



...I'll probably think of more.
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