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View Poll Results: The City that Matters the Most
Birmingham has a Greater Impact and Influence on the U.S 11 19.64%
Memphis has a Greater Impact and Influence on the U.S 41 73.21%
I'm Lazy, I don't feel like Voting today 4 7.14%
Voters: 56. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-17-2010, 04:31 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Out of these two historical southern cities, which would you prefer to live in or find more desirable.

Birmingham
City: 229,800
Metro: 1,212,848

Memphis
City: 670,100
Metro: 1,280,533

Which city do you think is better in terms of:
Architecture
Development
Economy
Education
Entertainment
Family life
Healthcare
Shopping
Transportation
any thing else you can think of




Memphis, Tennessee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Birmingham, Alabama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:34 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Very good comparison.

I say tie for most of them.

Architecture...Memphis
Development...Tie
Economy...Memphis
Education....Tie
Entertainment...Memphis
Family life....Tie
Healthcare...Birmingham
Shopping...Tie
Transportation....Tie

I would take Memphis slightly.
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Old 07-17-2010, 04:56 PM
 
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This is a good one.
As far as culture and scenery, I would go with Birmingham. Amenities and urbanity I would go with Memphis. Memphis also feels larger than Birmingham. I always place Memphis in a slightly higher tier than Birmingham too, but Birmingham is a lot nicer overall.
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Old 07-17-2010, 05:00 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Architecture -> Memphis
Development -> Tie with a slight edge to Memphis
Economy -> I think Memphis
Education -> Tie
Entertainment -> Memphis
Family life -> Tie
Healthcare -> Tie
Shopping -> Birmingham
Transportation -> Memphis
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Old 07-17-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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This is a really good matchup. You could throw in Richmond and maybe even Louisville and make it an all-out brawl, LOL.

A common denominator between both is that they each have a definite place in Civil Rights history (MLK was jailed in Birmingham and assassinated in Memphis), although I think Birmingham still suffers to a much greater degree from its Civil Rights legacy than just about any other sizable city.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Birmingham gets my vote in this matchup. I like the terrain and scenery around Birmingham more than the flat lands around Memphis.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Birmingham gets my vote in this matchup. I like the terrain and scenery around Birmingham more than the flat lands around Memphis.
So what about the other categories? And while Birmingham does have a more varied terrain, it also doesn't have the mighty Mississippi flowing beside it either.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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Memphis, pretty easily. I mean, Tennessee > Alabama.
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:18 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Memphis, pretty easily. I mean, Tennessee > Alabama.
I don't follow. This isn't about states, it's about cities. You could say Florida > North Carolina, but does that mean Jacksonville > Charlotte?
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Old 07-17-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Morgantown, WV
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I don't follow. This isn't about states, it's about cities. You could say Florida > North Carolina, but does that mean Jacksonville > Charlotte?
Also, Memphis, is an excellent city for music and it is much bigger.
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