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Old 02-23-2015, 10:51 AM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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If Florida isn't Southern, then what is it? Some of the biggest Crackers I know were born and raised there.
LOL, that was funny. Most of Florida above Miami and south Florida area is quite southern in character. Especially the panhandle and north of Orlando. They do call the Gulf Coast (which includes Florida) the "Redneck Riviera." Florida is strange in that the further south you go in the state, the less southern it gets.

Miami is definitely *not* southern. The town was founded by people from New York, wasn't it? Flagler I believe? Julia Tuttle was from Cleveland. It never was southern, but now it is so Hispanic and filled with Yankee snow birds that it is even further from it than before.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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LOL, that was funny. Most of Florida above Miami and south Florida area is quite southern in character. Especially the panhandle and north of Orlando. They do call the Gulf Coast (which includes Florida) the "Redneck Riviera." Florida is strange in that the further south you go in the state, the less southern it gets.

Miami is definitely *not* southern. The town was founded by people from New York, wasn't it? Flagler I believe? Julia Tuttle was from Cleveland. It never was southern, but now it is so Hispanic and filled with Yankee snow birds that it is even further from it than before.
The Black community in Miami is VERY southern tho. And there are plenty of southern country folks in South Dade. Lets not act like areas like Cutler Bay and Plantation dont have their share of trailers and pick ups with stars and bars on them. Miami aint just South Beach and Kendall, there is a lot more to the story.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:02 AM
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Tallahassee, Orlando downtown can be dead at times
Miami has a very cluttered Downtown
Tampa and St. Pete have very nice/ artistic Downtowns
Downtown Orlando is quite amazing, actually. Tampa's Downtown is the one that is dead. I also like Ft. Lauderdale's Downtown.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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LOL, that was funny. Most of Florida above Miami and south Florida area is quite southern in character. Especially the panhandle and north of Orlando. They do call the Gulf Coast (which includes Florida) the "Redneck Riviera." Florida is strange in that the further south you go in the state, the less southern it gets.

Miami is definitely *not* southern. The town was founded by people from New York, wasn't it? It never was southern, but now it is so Hispanic and filled with Yankee snow birds that it is even further from it than before.
Oh, Miami is plenty Southern. They just like think they aren't to make themselves feel superior or something. Granted, Miami is dominated by Latin culture and Northern retirees, but that doesn't make a place not "Southern". Atlanta similarly has a large population of Northern transplants, Latinos, Asians (something Miami doesn't have a large population of) and large parts of the metro where is more common to hear a foreign language. Yet, no one has ever accused Atlanta of not being Southern.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Most definitely. I really don't know why people say that Florida isn't southern. I was born in Orlando, and if it isn't southern, by all means tell me what it is. I guess because of the huge influx of Hispanics its not southern any more. Orlovista is a neighborhood right in the heart of Orlando located off of Old Winter Garden Rd. It is complete with numerous trailer parks, countless pick up trucks and confederate flags as far as the eye can see...but it's not "southern" because it's located in Florida
Florida isn't southern south of Lake Okechobee.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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Oh, Miami is plenty Southern. They just like think they aren't to make themselves feel superior or something. Granted, Miami is dominated by Latin culture and Northern retirees, but that doesn't make a place not "Southern". Atlanta similarly has a large population of Northern transplants, Latinos, Asians (something Miami doesn't have a large population of) and large parts of the metro where is more common to hear a foreign language. Yet, no one has ever accused Atlanta of not being Southern.
I, and many other Southern people I know disagree. Sorry. The presence of Southern people in the area doesn't displace the overall feel or vibe of the place. It was founded by and flooded with Northerners from the get-go. By the time it had any size about it in the 1960's, it was being flooded with Latin American culture. That's the over-riding feel of the place now. Over 50% of the population is Cuban and a lot of the residents don't speak English at home, let alone with a southern drawl. I never thought of Miami as Southern as a little boy watching Miami Vice, Golden Girls, and Empty Nest. Atlanta was presented as southern on Matlock because at the time it still was. And to be honest, Atlanta isn't as southern as she used to be either. But I'm not arguing the point or hijacking the thread with this aside. You are of course free to disagree.
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Old 02-23-2015, 11:43 AM
 
Location: East Atlanta
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I give the nod to Asheville. Just my personal taste. Parking can be a mess, but it's small and compact enough you can walk from one end of downtown to the other without dying, and there are a ton of great places to eat, drink, and listen to music. I'm also partial to the climate and the gorgeous mountain backdrop. The coast isn't really my thing.
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Florida isn't southern south of Lake Okechobee.
Ever been to Pahokee? Clewiston? Belle Glade? Immokalee? No, Southern at all...
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Old 02-23-2015, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Nashville has a great downtown but I still think Atlanta has the best downtown in the South, not to live but from a business point of view, Atlanta is a very corporate city.
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:18 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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Ever been to Pahokee? Clewiston? Belle Glade? Immokalee? No, Southern at all...
Those are all on the shore of Okeechobee. I don't think he meant it that strictly...

I remember seeing an episode of Married With Children one time when the Bundy's went to Florida for a vacation. Made up town name was Dumpwater... LOL... I can't exactly remember the storyline, but they were with beer guzzling men with caps and in trailer parks playing cards and cheesily dressed women in hair curlers were swatting flies... LOL... It was clear they were trying to portray a "redneck" image... More of Florida might be southern than I think... I still don't think Miami would "feel southern" though...
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