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View Poll Results: Which city is the best?
Evansville 6 6.12%
Murfreesboro 6 6.12%
Huntsville 8 8.16%
Chattanooga 26 26.53%
Knoxville 8 8.16%
Asheville 23 23.47%
Clarksville 0 0%
Lexington 8 8.16%
Roanoake 8 8.16%
Springfield 1 1.02%
Other... 4 4.08%
Voters: 98. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-17-2015, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Which city holds the most future potential? Based on these factors (120,000+ city pop.)

Economy
Things to Do
Quality of Life
Shopping
People
Infrastructure
Mass Transit
Culture
Food
Metro
Pedestrian Friendly

Evansville City: 120,000 Metro: 315,000
Murfreesboro City: 122,000 Metro: 1.8 million
Knoxville City: 185,000 Metro: 858,000
Lexington City: 311,000 Metro: 494,000
Chattanooga City: 173,000 Metro: 545,000
Huntsville City: 188,000 Metro: 441,000
Asheville City: 83,000 Metro: 442,000
Clarksville City: 147,000 Metro: 280,000
Roanoke City: 99,000 Metro: 313,000
Springfield City: 165,000 Metro: 452,000

Note: Huntsville, Evansville, and Springfield are generally not included in the designated region, but due to size and similarities I added them to the discussion. Asheville and Roanoake city populations are smaller than the others, but they were included due to there importance as regions. Sp.Roanoke in the above poll

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Old 07-17-2015, 07:37 PM
 
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What about Little Rock or maybe even Springfield MO?
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:38 PM
 
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This is an extremely interesting set of cities and I don't even know which state some of them are in. Evansville? Clarksville?

And it's not really apples-to-apples comparing the suburb of a larger city (Murfreesboro) with a city that's at the center of its own metro.
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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This is an extremely interesting set of cities and I don't even know which state some of them are in. Evansville? Clarksville?

And it's not really apples-to-apples comparing the suburb of a larger city (Murfreesboro) with a city that's at the center of its own metro.
Evansville, Indiana
Clarksville, Tennessee
Springfield, Missouri
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Old 07-17-2015, 07:47 PM
 
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What about Little Rock or maybe even Springfield MO?
Springfield is up there. Had not considered Little Rock, as it is often grouped with larger cities such as Birmingham or Memphis...but if you can make the case..
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:04 PM
 
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Springfield is up there. Had not considered Little Rock, as it is often grouped with larger cities such as Birmingham or Memphis...but if you can make the case..
Little Rock is most often grouped with the likes of Baton Rouge, Lexington, Knoxville, etc.--MSAs between 500K-1M.
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:22 PM
 
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I know that Evansville has more southern characteristics than most other cities in Indiana, but is it really an "Upper South" city?

I like Murfreesboro, but it is so close to Nashville's sphere of influence. I'm voting for Huntsville on this poll
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Old 07-17-2015, 09:27 PM
 
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Evansville City: 120,000 Metro: 315,000
Murfreesboro City: 122,000 Metro: 1.8 million
Knoxville City: 185,000 Metro: 858,000
Lexington City: 311,000 Metro: 494,000
Chattanooga City: 173,000 Metro: 545,000
Huntsville City: 188,000 Metro: 441,000
Asheville City: 83,000 Metro: 442,000
Clarksville City: 147,000 Metro: 280,000
Roanoke City: 99,000 Metro: 313,000
Springfield City: 165,000 Metro: 452,000

Of the cities listed, I think Murfreesboro and Clarksville are curious choices, as they do not stand out in their regions. Murfreesboro is an exurb of Nashville and Nashville has a huge amount of influence over its recent growth. It more resembles a large suburb in comparison to the other cities on the list. Clarksville has a little more of a separate identity, but it is in Nashville's media market, and only a 45 minute-1 hour (depending on location) drive. Given that the other cities have a bit more of a buffer between larger cities (even Lexington is a bit farther from both Louisville and Cincinnati), and are the hubs of their own regions (or at least have a sizable sphere of influence), I think Murfreesboro and Clarksville are oranges to the other apples.


Of the other cities, I think Knoxville has the most potential, but it has been curiously slow in realizing it. It has the population and infrastructure to support a boom, as well as a large public university. It has the well-known asset of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park an hour away, and numerous other outdoor activities between 30-90 minutes away. It also has the lesser-known asset of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a major Department of Energy site, in the metro. Its urban bones are probably only rivaled by Chattanooga on this list (though all of them, except the ones I excluded, are relatively in the same class). It is at the crossroads of two major interstates (I-75, I-40) and not a "little off" the main interstate like Evansville and Huntsville. Chattanooga is arguably better situated, and Lexington isn't bad off when it comes to interstate access.

I feel like Knoxville has pretty much everything in place to become a much more prominent city, but it almost seems like the city lacks that kind of ambition. Don't get me wrong, Knoxville's growing and changing....it's just....not what I think it could be.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:45 PM
 
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I know that Evansville has more southern characteristics than most other cities in Indiana, but is it really an "Upper South" city?

I like Murfreesboro, but it is so close to Nashville's sphere of influence. I'm voting for Huntsville on this poll
It sits geographically further south than the southern city of Louisville. Does the Ohio River really act as an impenetrable barrier between what is north and what is south?
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Old 07-18-2015, 01:35 AM
 
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It sits geographically further south than the southern city of Louisville. Does the Ohio River really act as an impenetrable barrier between what is north and what is south?
I didn't say that. obviously there is spillover of culture on either side of the Ohio River. I was curious if Evansville has ever been considered/referred to as an "upper south" city.
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