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Old 02-08-2011, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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Hippies? I did not know that people still used that term? When I think of Hippies I think of 1960's flower children and I have just not seen much of that in Fayetteville.
I use the term when talking about the 1960-70's.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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I like both areas, I also like OKC and Little Rock.

As far as the relationship, I don't know, I guess Fort Smith and Fayetteville should just get a room.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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The areas are not really that close. It's a 45 minute drive thru the mountains from south Fayetteville to north Ft Smith. The areas couldn't be more different as others have explained. I always assumed that NWA and Ft Smith were lumped together because for the longest time Ft Smith was the largest city on this side of the state. I remember when I first moved to Fayetteville you had to drive to Ft Smith to go to Best Buy or eat at chain restaurants like TGIF or Olive Garden.

Now that NWA has surpassed Ft Smith in ammentities they seem to be separate even more. People in NWA have no reason to go to Ft Smith but people in Ft Smith now have reason to come to NWA thanks to all the shopping, restaurants, nightlife and entertainment venues.

I wouldn't say there is a rivalry since I've never really heard anyone say anything about Ft Smith. The only thing I've heard people complain about is having to hear the "river valley" weather report along with our own.
Really? I thought two metros whose borders touch and where the distance between the central cities is about 55 miles seems pretty close to me.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Really? I thought two metros whose borders touch and where the distance between the central cities is about 55 miles seems pretty close to me.
The mentalities are quite different. There are people who live in the Fort SMith Metro (especially Alma) who commute to work in the NWA Metro. The pay is much higher in NWA and the cost of living is much lower in the Fort Smith Metro.
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Old 02-09-2011, 10:36 AM
 
Location: Tulsa, OK
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Really? I thought two metros whose borders touch and where the distance between the central cities is about 55 miles seems pretty close to me.
Maybe in the great spread out state of Texas.
Springdale and Fayetteville are completely different from one another yet their borders touch.
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Old 02-09-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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The mentalities are quite different. There are people who live in the Fort SMith Metro (especially Alma) who commute to work in the NWA Metro. The pay is much higher in NWA and the cost of living is much lower in the Fort Smith Metro.
I know that someone said that Fort Smith is a metropolitan area, but it just sounds funny to say Metro Fort Smith. I am from Atlanta and that is my idea of a metropolitan city..Dallas, Atlanta, Denver etc. Fort Smith, Fayetteville...not so much. Little Rock...maybe.
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Old 02-09-2011, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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Maybe in the great spread out state of Texas.
Springdale and Fayetteville are completely different from one another yet their borders touch.
I wasn't talking about the mentality of the cities. I know they're all different. I was talking about the fact that the metros touch and the distance between the core cities is only 55 miles which is not a whole lot especially considering these are the 2nd and 3rd largest metropolitain areas in the state. I do have a question. Don't their trade areas overlap and does that pose any problems?
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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I know that someone said that Fort Smith is a metropolitan area, but it just sounds funny to say Metro Fort Smith. I am from Atlanta and that is my idea of a metropolitan city..Dallas, Atlanta, Denver etc. Fort Smith, Fayetteville...not so much. Little Rock...maybe.
Agree. While Fort Smith technically meets the census definition of a metropolitan area, nearly all of the "suburbs" are rural farming communities and the entire 5 county area only has a population of 200k and change. The density just isn't there. For comparison NWA is over 400k in 2 counties.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville
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I wasn't talking about the mentality of the cities. I know they're all different. I was talking about the fact that the metros touch and the distance between the core cities is only 55 miles which is not a whole lot especially considering these are the 2nd and 3rd largest metropolitain areas in the state. I do have a question. Don't their trade areas overlap and does that pose any problems?
I think there has been some competition between Fort Smith and Springdale for new manufacturing. I guess both areas have a lot of working class people and new manufacturing isn't as easy to come by these days. Tyson chicken is headquartered in Springdale and OK foods (chicken) is headquartered in Fort Smith, we have plenty of chicken for everybody though.

Other than that not really that I know of, not in any serious sense anyways.
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Old 02-09-2011, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Texarkana
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we have plenty of chicken for everybody though.

LOL!
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