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View Poll Results: Which MSA is more similar to Nashville's?
Memphis 5 21.74%
Birmingham 18 78.26%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-04-2010, 12:13 PM
 
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This seems to be an interesting topic, and is in no way intended to be used as a platform to take shots any ANY of these cities, but who am I kidding?
Alright, here is the question at hand for those who are familiar with all three metros:

Is Nashville's MSA more similar to Memphis or Birmingham?

This is of course excluding the obvious Atlanta and Charlotte picks. For the record, Nashville is the largest, most diverse, most progressive and most cosmopolitan of the group. Memphis on the other hand has by far the densest urban core of them all, and Birmingham is the smallest. A few things to consider:

Criteria:
-Scenery
-Infrastructure
-Retail Mix
-Culture

Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA 1,304,926
Memphis, Tennessee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN MSA 1,582,264
Nashville, Tennessee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Birmingham-Hoover, AL MSA 1,131,070
Birmingham, Alabama - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-04-2010, 12:41 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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In physical appearance, I would have to say Birmingham. Both B'ham and Nashville have hilly, wooded neighborhoods...Memphis is as flat as a pancake and to me its' suburbs more resemble those of the 'river cities' such as New Orleans and St Louis. And yes, I know that the Tennessee River runs through Nashville but IMO it doesn't define the city like the Mississippi does Memphis.
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:23 PM
 
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In physical appearance, I would have to say Birmingham. Both B'ham and Nashville have hilly, wooded neighborhoods...Memphis is as flat as a pancake and to me its' suburbs more resemble those of the 'river cities' such as New Orleans and St Louis. And yes, I know that the Tennessee River runs through Nashville but IMO it doesn't define the city like the Mississippi does Memphis.
Interesting perspective. So in your opinion which is more significant, the nightlife and amenities that tie Memphis to Nashville, or the scenic views and suburban similarities of Nashville to Birmingham? Which makes more of a difference to you personally?
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Isn't Memphis extremely violent? I'd go with Birm
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Old 12-04-2010, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Memphis is pure ghetto....
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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Isn't Memphis extremely violent? I'd go with Birm
This is sort of tricky, because based on stats Birmingham actually comes out slightly ahead of Memphis in terms of crime.

But here is the difference, Birmingham's core population makes up a MUCH smaller percentage of the overall MSA unlike Memphis' core which actually accounts for roughly half of it's MSA population. With that said, incidents of crime are more widespread in and around the city of Memphis while much more confined to specific areas of Birmingham. Stats don't tell you that, only people who are familiar enough with both cities know this to be the case.
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Old 12-04-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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Memphis is pure ghetto....
Pure ghetto my ass. Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis make up a HUGE chunk of the city, and they are fairly affluent. Here are birdseye views of those areas:


Galloway Gardens, East Memphis


Mud Island, Downtown


Chickasaw Gardens, East Memphis


Central Gardens Midtown


Shady Grove, East Memphis

These are areas within the city limits of the oh so ghetto city of Memphis.
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Old 12-04-2010, 05:36 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Pure ghetto my ass. Downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis make up a HUGE chunk of the city, and they are fairly affluent. Here are birdseye views of those areas:


Galloway Gardens, East Memphis


Mud Island, Downtown


Chickasaw Gardens, East Memphis


Central Gardens Midtown


Shady Grove, East Memphis

These are areas within the city limits of the oh so ghetto city of Memphis.
Pay no attention to that dude. He's a hater of every city except Atlanta which is pretty sad.
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Old 12-04-2010, 10:55 PM
 
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Nashville

Approaching Nashville (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bobparker/2259996192/ - broken link) by Robert L Parker (http://www.flickr.com/people/bobparker/ - broken link), on Flickr


Nashville, TN Skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/army_arch/4353787421/ - broken link) by army.arch (http://www.flickr.com/people/army_arch/ - broken link), on Flickr


Nashville Skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tandemracer/3125748412/ - broken link) by tandemracer (http://www.flickr.com/people/tandemracer/ - broken link), on Flickr

Birmingham

birmingham skyline 1x1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/briantmurphy/2341961437/ - broken link) by briantmurphy (http://www.flickr.com/people/briantmurphy/ - broken link), on Flickr




December Moon Over Birmingham (http://www.flickr.com/photos/outsideshot/3126999544/ - broken link) by outsideshot (http://www.flickr.com/people/outsideshot/ - broken link), on Flickr

Memphis

Memphis Skyline (http://www.flickr.com/photos/suzannegrider/1961727561/ - broken link) by suz2337 (http://www.flickr.com/people/suzannegrider/ - broken link), on Flickr


Memphis Skyline HDR [Reinhard] by Exothermic (http://www.flickr.com/people/exothermic/ - broken link), on Flickr


Downtown at Night (http://www.flickr.com/photos/seandavis/1072823170/ - broken link) by Sean Davis (http://www.flickr.com/people/seandavis/ - broken link), on Flickr
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Old 12-04-2010, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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This is not any easy comparison, at all.

I have to go with Nashville having more in common with Birmingham. Nashville is obviously the healthiest and fastest growing of the three.
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