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Old 06-11-2007, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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Possibly the U.P. Of Michigan> It is beautiful there though!!
It's not "backward" if you enjoy going there. Yes, it's a little short on wi-fi internet, but it's otherwise not painful to visit or even stay a while.
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Old 06-11-2007, 03:57 PM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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I agree with parts of East Texas. It can be unwelcoming to newcomers and backwards in some ways... mainly socially. The rednecks can be hostile to outsiders, but there are some nice people there, too, who are not rednecks. But it is somewhat frozen in time and has a more southern feel to it. And by East Texas I mean only parts of it, mostly directly east and northeast, that are not college towns or close to major cities.

However, I would have to give this prize to parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, hands down. Strangely, I didn't find rural Louisiana to be socially backwards, perhaps because they are relatively socially liberal and used to outsiders and being studied for their Cajun and Creole language and customs, but re: educational attainment, government, race relations, career opportunities, and many other things, these states are TOTALLY backwards to the point of being regressive and oppressive.
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Old 06-12-2007, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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houstoner, I agree with everything in your post (even though you omitted eastern Kentucky). Your description of east Texas is perfect, including the good parts. Yes, there are some nice people there. It's also quite beautiful in many areas. But frozen in time, unwelcoming, those were also my experiences. It's probably a tough life in the rural areas there, very difficult climate, bad economy, etc. It's so beautiful, though, I think it might someday become more developed.
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Old 06-12-2007, 04:58 PM
 
Location: northern big wonderfull (Wyoming)
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I agree about east texas. Lots of nice people doing things there own way (interesting ways)Damn goog food. But there are some real hillbillies in the swamp and if you arnt from there it is hard to just have a conversation.
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:40 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Out of all of the places you've been, from a small farm to a great urban metropolis, which areas of our great country seem to be backwards, socially? Meaning, where do people show hostility to newcomers, unfair work practice, prejudice, segregation, etc.
Montgomery County, Maryland and Berkeley, California. Now let me explain simply, liberals are always "liberal" in the technical sense of the word. In many places unless you are a radical left-wing anti-war, pro-gay, pro-abortion left, you are either "ignorant" or you are a "hick" or a "redneck" or just an "idiot".

Narrowminded can come from teh left as well as the right. Here in suburban Maryland peopel in workplaces would openly talk trash about the President and about the government in general and about their liberal views, including views saying illegal immigrants have a right to live on our land.
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:45 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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Prince George's County, Maryland feels like a Third World country. The county government is useless and corrupton and nepotism is rampant, including the head of the school board never having taught a single day in school, among other things. Police are heavily corrupt, gangs are everywhere, nobody speaks English anymore, illegals overruning the place not to mention more people murdered last year than in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:18 AM
 
Location: IN
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I will just say that Eastern Kentucky still appears to be stuck in a time warp. This area has had very poor economic development, low educational achievement, an inadequate road infrastructure, and large numbers of people living in rural counties with few jobs. Also, this region has very little diversity and few immigrants coming into the area.
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Old 06-13-2007, 12:52 AM
 
Location: Alabama!
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The Appalachians. Many areas from northern Alabama and Georgia, northward through Pennsylvania has to be the most backwards part of the country....They somehow believe that they "own" the areas in which they live, and get mad when people from more sophisticated areas try to change their region for the better. ...
Interesting. Maybe...they DO own those areas...and what makes you think your way is better?
Methinks you would be livid if the same standard was applied to you.
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Old 06-13-2007, 06:45 AM
 
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
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In Circleville, Utah the town put this restaurant out of business just beacuse they were outsiders.
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Old 06-13-2007, 07:48 AM
 
Location: from houstoner to bostoner to new yorker to new jerseyite ;)
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houstoner, I agree with everything in your post (even though you omitted eastern Kentucky). Your description of east Texas is perfect, including the good parts. Yes, there are some nice people there. It's also quite beautiful in many areas. But frozen in time, unwelcoming, those were also my experiences. It's probably a tough life in the rural areas there, very difficult climate, bad economy, etc. It's so beautiful, though, I think it might someday become more developed.
I grew up there... it ain't so bad. Some towns are worse than others. There are some nice things about rural life. It is East Texas, not the Deep South, so even its race relations, while not at all progressive, aren't near as bad as stuff I've seen in the Deep South where people can be downright hostile no matter what class they are. In East Texas it's mostly just the rednecks who are hostile and ignorant, but they usually live away from town and out in the country anyway so they can be avoided to some extent. Oh, and the old people, of course, who are just ignorant, but not hostile. There were lots of blacks and Mexicans (yes, from Mexico) and Mexican-Americans there when I grew up and I hear there are even more Latinos (from other parts of Latin America in addition to Mexico) there now. Poor people and minorities may not have many opportunities there, but the ones who want to are usually able to leave and do, for the bigger cities or elsewhere. Not so much the case in the Deep South. Sure, there aren't as many jobs, but there's also no smog, traffic, not as much crime... no big city problems. The air is fresher and you can see the stars, and the scenery is lovely, as you said.

I've never been to Kentucky so I couldn't comment on it. Unlike SOME PEOPLE, not you TheHarvester, I don't comment on places I've never been or only visited once or wasn't in long enough to leave an impression.

(Yes, that was my snide, passive-aggressive attack on the Houston-haters. )

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