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View Poll Results: LIST LEAST TO GREATEST OF A CHANCE TO BE THE NEXT HUB METRO IN THE SOUTH?
BIRMINGHAM-HOOVER AL 14 20.90%
MEMPHIS TN 15 22.39%
JACKSON MS 2 2.99%
JACKSONVILLE FL 36 53.73%
Voters: 67. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-23-2015, 10:29 AM
 
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in being a Southern Hub for more growth, retail, population increase ? Within an around the metro from most of you can see now 2015 so far . LET'S BE HONEST
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Old 03-23-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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Wait, Jacksonville is in the same league as Birmingham, Memphis, and Jackson? Isn't that city saturated with transplants like the majority of Florida? If it isn't, that's a little shocking.
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Old 03-23-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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Wait, Jacksonville is in the same league as Birmingham, Memphis, and Jackson? Isn't that city saturated with transplants like the majority of Florida? If it isn't, that's a little shocking.
Yes Jacksonville is in the same league as Birmingham and Memphis. Jacksonville's metro population is only 1.3 million.

Jackson is in the same tier as Montgomery, Columbus, Shreveport.
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:12 PM
 
Location: I-20 from Atlanta to Augusta
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Raleigh, Greensboro, Louisville???
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Old 03-23-2015, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Is this poll limited to the Deep South? (Threw me off with Jacksonville, though I could understand why it'd be there...)

Of these, I do think Jacksonville is doing the best right now and has a lot of growth potential. Memphis and Birmingham need better leadership to reach their potential.

Specifically, Birmingham has got to attract new industry, skilled tech jobs, to the region and re-brand itself if it ever wishes to overcome its image issue. While people inside AL know that Birmingham is not the same place it was sixty years ago, the contentious historical image is the first one that unfortunately pops to mind, no matter how progressive it is today. Meanwhile Huntsville appears fresh, creative, and new-southy - so that's where investment in AL is going. Don't get me started about Montgomery (where I've got family), Mobile, or Jackson - I just don't see them happening. Now, in 2021, for the first time in decades, Birmingham will have an amazing opportunity to re-define itself and image to the world and the city really needs to leverage that!
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Old 03-23-2015, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Well, if were talking about just these four metros then I think most everyone knows that I'm gonna pick Jax by a landslide. The only area where one city might have an advantage is Memphis with tourism and brand recognition. But it's not that huge a difference.

Jax has numerous geographic advantages to the rest of these cities (seaport, gateway to FL, two major interstates, rail hub, major river) and is better positioned to benefit from the growth of Latin American trade and the Panama canal expansion. The biggest x-factor is Jaguars owner Shad Khan, who is single-handedly raising the profile of the city in Europe. I'd expect Western European investment in Jax to explode in the several years, and there's no doubt that the charismatic billionaire is 100% responsible for all of that.

But Birmingham and Memphis are cool cities (I've never been to Jackson). Just saying, Jax has the most potential imo
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Old 03-24-2015, 02:34 AM
 
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Other = Richmond
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Old 03-24-2015, 07:37 AM
 
Location: The Dirty South.
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in being a Southern Hub for more growth, retail, population increase ? Within an around the metro from most of you can see now 2015 so far . LET'S BE HONEST
Wheres Dallas and Houston. But those areas have larger metros with bigger economies than Atlanta. I would also argue Dallas is hands down the fashion capital of the south.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:34 AM
 
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Wheres Dallas and Houston. But those areas have larger metros with bigger economies than Atlanta. I would also argue Dallas is hands down the fashion capital of the south.
Apparently the focus here is mainly the Southeast as opposed to the South as a whole.
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Old 03-24-2015, 09:46 AM
 
Location: North Bronx
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Not to sure Charlotte or Nashville should be placed with Atl especially when the Texas cities aren't.......also if those cities are grouped there I think places like Raleigh/Durham should be there as well while neither is as strong a central city as those 2 as a true metro area they are more then comparable with Nashville and Charlotte.
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