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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 03-27-2015, 12:17 PM
 
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Which of these Southern cities have the best chance of becoming the next hub of the region. I'm talking about things like economic influence, retail, vibrancy and growth. Sort of like Houston and Atlanta. They are all similar and size and growing. These cities always come second in the South when compared to Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, and Miami.

Jacksonville, FL Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,419,127

Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,343,230

Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,269,702

Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,260,029

New Orleans-Metairie, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,251,849

Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,242,974

Birmingham-Hoover, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,143,772

Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area: 1,792,649
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:22 PM
 
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I'm talking about things like economic influence, retail, vibrancy and growth. Sort of like Houston and Atlanta.
New Orleans and Nashville.

Coincidentally not only are they the best two options but they keep the parody of Houston and Atlanta alive as a smaller analogue of Gulf Coast South and state capital of Southeastern United States/music center.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Randolph, MA
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I voted Richmond and my second choice would've been Raleigh because I think NOVA & Charlotte being in the same state as each respective city will aide in economic development. Kind of like a spill over effect.

Although I have to say, a lot of folks seem to be moving to TN.
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Old 03-27-2015, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Nashville IMO is a city to watch for.
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Old 03-27-2015, 02:05 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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Out of your list, definitely Nashville.

Memphis seems to be in decline or stasis, based on the latest census figures.

Northwest Arkansas is becoming a hub, and growing quickly. Little Rock is still a growing metro, too.
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Old 03-27-2015, 05:10 PM
 
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Raleigh and Nashville shouldn't be on the list. The Research Triangle and Nashville metros are already up there with Northern Virginia (If you include it in the South), Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando, Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, etc. Even if they're a little smaller, they're definitely already up there.

Anyway, I'd probably pick Jacksonville. I'm sure it'll attract many transplants, if it hasn't already. Probably tons of retirees and folks escaping the cold in the Northeast. The glory days of Richmond seem to lie in the past, but I wish for the best because it's a fantastic city. The rest, I'm not really sure. Birmingham has been scarred by a horrific history that isn't anywhere near progressive, and I even saw a borderline white supremacist billboard outside the city driving in from Atlanta. Memphis has terrible crime, from what I've heard. New Orleans, too. As for Louisville, I have no idea.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:00 PM
 
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New Orleans and Nashville.

Coincidentally not only are they the best two options but they keep the parody of Houston and Atlanta alive as a smaller analogue of Gulf Coast South and state capital of Southeastern United States/music center.
And the agenda continues....
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:00 PM
 
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New Oreleans is already a cultural hub of the South. From an economic perspective, I pick Nashville.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:02 PM
 
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I would say Nashville but I would also watch out for Orlando which isn't an option on this poll.
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Old 03-27-2015, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I think Orlando is in the mold of Austin and San Antonio. Which is why it probably wasn't added. I don't know his criteria.
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