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View Poll Results: What city is most poised to become another powerhouse of the South
Richmond, Va 27 9.96%
New Orleans, LA 24 8.86%
Nashville, TN 107 39.48%
Jacksonville, FL 14 5.17%
Louisville, KY 10 3.69%
Raleigh, NC 71 26.20%
Birmingham, AL 16 5.90%
Memphis, TN 2 0.74%
Voters: 271. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-21-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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As a tourist/pedestrian, I don't consider ATL's downtown all that great.

OT to this thread as ATL is definitely the #1 hub but I just don't see that much going on at street level downtown. Last time I was downtown it was a ghost town at night. Has it changed much in 4 years?
Downtown proper hasn't changed much outside of the Centennial Olympic Park/Aquarium/World of Coke area, although that's starting to slowly change. Most of the street level action is going on in Midtown but since that's not where the sports/convention venues and most of the tourist attractions are located, a lot of visitors don't get to experience Midtown. This is even more true for the vibrant and active neighborhoods that ring the urban core.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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I agree ATL has some great neighborhood commercial and midtown sees a lot of action - downtown not so much. In that way downtown Greenville may well have more feet on the street after hours.

I still don't see Greenville as a hub. Too close to CLT and ATL.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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I agree ATL has some great neighborhood commercial and midtown sees a lot of action - downtown not so much. In that way downtown Greenville may well have more feet on the street after hours.
In raw numbers I don't think it does, simply because of the tourist attractions and venues in downtown Atlanta. But on a pound-for-pound basis, I'd say it does.
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:25 AM
 
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No one really goes to downtown Atlanta except the tourists flocking around Centennial Olympic Park and the sites in that area. Go to Midtown if you want an area more vibrant, there are many events that take place at Piedmont Park. Buckhead and Decatur are also better areas.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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As a tourist/pedestrian, I don't consider ATL's downtown all that great.

OT to this thread as ATL is definitely the #1 hub but I just don't see that much going on at street level downtown. Last time I was downtown it was a ghost town at night. Has it changed much in 4 years?
Yes it has but still not there yet.GSU has greatly expanded and is the cause of a ot of development catering to those students.
More 24 hour resturants, and bars.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Atlanta ,GA
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Downtown proper hasn't changed much outside of the Centennial Olympic Park/Aquarium/World of Coke area, although that's starting to slowly change. Most of the street level action is going on in Midtown but since that's not where the sports/convention venues and most of the tourist attractions are located, a lot of visitors don't get to experience Midtown. This is even more true for the vibrant and active neighborhoods that ring the urban core.
I completely disagree.I lived close to downtown until recently for 9 years.It has changed quite a bit.the streetcar has brought some vibrancy as well as after they built that Ferris Wheel attraction and 2-3 more museums you see more activity from bars and restaurants on Peachtree that did not exist just 4 years ago.You see more foot traffic from the hotels downtown to the tourist attractions.

Of course its not nearly as vibrant as the other areas and has some ways to go but to say it has not changed much is not quite accurate either.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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I completely disagree.I lived close to downtown until recently for 9 years.It has changed quite a bit.the streetcar has brought some vibrancy as well as after they built that Ferris Wheel attraction and 2-3 more museums you see more activity from bars and restaurants on Peachtree that did not exist just 4 years ago.You see more foot traffic from the hotels downtown to the tourist attractions.

Of course its not nearly as vibrant as the other areas and has some ways to go but to say it has not changed much is not quite accurate either.
I said it hasn't changed much outside of the touristy parts near Pemberton Place, so we are pretty much in agreement.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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From this list, I'd say Raleigh and Nashville; After that, I'd say Birmingham, Louisville and Richmond with honorable mention to New Orleans which has a unique set of problems and assets that make it kind of difficult to compare with these other sunbelt cities.
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Old 04-21-2015, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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From this list, I'd say Raleigh and Nashville; After that, I'd say Birmingham, Louisville and Richmond with honorable mention to New Orleans which has a unique set of problems and assets that make it kind of difficult to compare with these other sunbelt cities.
Nashville is becoming the new Hub of the South but I don't see it ever catching Atlanta. Atlanta is way more cooperate and trendy than Nashville. Atlanta is huge and the capital of the South and I don't think that will ever change. I like living in Nashville thou.
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Old 04-21-2015, 01:34 PM
 
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From this list, I'd say Raleigh and Nashville; After that, I'd say Birmingham, Louisville and Richmond with honorable mention to New Orleans which has a unique set of problems and assets that make it kind of difficult to compare with these other sunbelt cities.
I think New Orleans is already a mini-hub, being somewhat isolated and having an outsized cultural profile.
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