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Old 07-16-2010, 01:03 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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Is it hard to sell the South as a world class place to live and work? Has the South shed most of its negitive baggage? I know a lot a peoplethat have no desire to even visit the South. A moderen image is something thats being framed but is it where it needs to be? What do you think? Tell us why
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Is it hard to sell the South as a world class place to live and work? Has the South shed most of its negitive baggage? I know a lot a peoplethat have no desire to even visit the South. A moderen image is something thats being framed but is it where it needs to be? What do you think? Tell us why
Personally I think people are just really condecending and ignorant towards the south, I just got back from a vacation in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and I encountered no problems, I liked it better than the southwest!
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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It's more a rural/urban problem than a north/south problem.

Atlanta, Charlotte, RDU... These places have no real problem attracting business or businesspeople. Mid-sized/small cities have a harder time, but that's true for smaller places in lots of regions.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:24 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Is it hard to sell the South as a world class place to live and work? Has the South shed most of its negitive baggage? I know a lot a peoplethat have no desire to even visit the South. A moderen image is something thats being framed but is it where it needs to be? What do you think? Tell us why
I'll tell you why......

Because people are ignorant and misinformed about the south. People take in what they see and hear through the media and run with it. People who get their ideas and perceptions of one place from the media don't matter to me; we don't need naive people like that coming down here and polluting our cities and states with stupidity [we have enough already].

Do you realize how annoying it is that when you tell people your from Texas and they ask stupid questions like "Do you ride horses everywhere?" or "Black people actually live in Texas?". These are actually real questions from real people that I get asked all the time. People love to speak down on the education system in the south, but when you witness and experience stupidity such as this from people outside the south; it makes you wonder about their education systems.

In the end; the south has already shed it's image and many people have noticed. Racism, segregation, poverty and all that exists outside of the south, but others are too worried about what's going on down here to notice and fix their own issues elsewhere. The country is very divided between the south and everyone else and will be as long as people who think like this exist.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Its not a hard sell at all to any open minded individual with a sense of reality.....

but to those who have some superiority complex towards the south and its inhabitants or want to hold on to silly 50 year old stereotypes, then yeah it is a hard sell.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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When colleges are still relying on text like Pete Applebome's How the South is Shaping,American, Politics,Values, and culture for relevance today than..yes..hard sell. People have exagerated and distorted the region for years..why stop now?

Here in Colorado we get twenty foot snowstorms, everyone snowboards, and ride horses down main street.
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Old 07-16-2010, 01:28 PM
 
Location: Ca2Mo2Ga2Va!
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why try and sell it? it's a good kept secret! don't tell!
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Old 07-16-2010, 02:46 PM
 
Location: The South
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Don't come South, its hot, muggy, buggy ,people go to church, talk slow, like guns, dogs, pickup trucks, country music, eat fried food and generally dislike people that know everything. You won't like it down here.
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Old 07-16-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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No not really. It sells itself.
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Old 07-16-2010, 05:05 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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Personally, I couldn't live in the south, but that is more due to weather than climate or politics.

The south has changed but it still is the south. It has it's own history as does every part of our country. Some good, some bad. Although I don't see myself settling there for the long haul, I would definitely love to see more of the south.
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