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Old 06-01-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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Inner city Houston is liberal.
Enough with bashing Houston, it gets old....
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Salt Lake City (within the city, not suburbs) is fairly liberal and has a large gay population. Given then the political environment in the rest of Utah though it certainly is a small island in a red sea. It's like being in West Berlin.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:26 AM
 
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Austin, Athens (GA), Asheville (SC?), Charlotte (NC), places like that. What's it like?

I knew a girl from Athens and she said "well it's nice and all but you can't get around the fact that it's in Georgia." She was far left wing by most folks' standards (a professional abortion advocate/referrer, to give you an idea). Austinites have told me it's like living on an island in a sea of Texas. I've even heard Portlanders make everything east of the I-5 sound like it was Oklahoma, though I'm sure they were being dramatic.

Your thoughts?
As someone said, Asheville is in NC. And Charlotte isn't really liberal like those other cities on the list; rather, it's more moderate to left-leaning.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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I don't know if they're liberal, but Nashville and Memphis are democratic whereas the rest of Tennessee is pretty conservative.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:57 AM
 
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St. Louis is easily one of the most liberal cities in the United States. Missouri has become increasingly conservative, but greater St. Louis is a Democratic stronghold and always has been.
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Old 06-01-2013, 11:06 AM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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Jm02 you know very well i want talking about metros here. The burbs in all Texas cities, including Austin are conservative. in Texas the major cities are generally liberal surroubded by a sea of red that starts before you even leave the metro. So don't trt to distinguish Houston on that one, they are all like that.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: A Land Not So Far Away
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Austin and Atlanta, for sure.
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:10 PM
 
Location: Upper East Side of Texas
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Austin, Athens (GA), Asheville (SC?), Charlotte (NC), places like that. What's it like?

I knew a girl from Athens and she said "well it's nice and all but you can't get around the fact that it's in Georgia." She was far left wing by most folks' standards (a professional abortion advocate/referrer, to give you an idea). Austinites have told me it's like living on an island in a sea of Texas. I've even heard Portlanders make everything east of the I-5 sound like it was Oklahoma, though I'm sure they were being dramatic.

Your thoughts?
Austinites are sorely wrong...both Dallas & Houston are liberal leaning as well as The Valley in South Texas.

Outside of the UT campus & downtown, Austin just strikes you as any other "college town USA".

Houston is a quirkier city than Austin IMO. Where else in America will you find totally nude bars situated right next door to churches?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:20 PM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Houston is a quirkier city than Austin IMO. Where else in America will you find totally nude bars situated right next door to churches?
LOL, nude bars? Really? Or are you talking about strip joints?
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Old 06-01-2013, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Juneau
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Austin is probably the best example. What they're saying is likely true. I imagine being a liberal in those states would be pretty miserable.
Not sure I understand the sentiment, but it seems to be fairly popular. I'm a libertarian by ideology and have no problem living in "progressive" or conservative areas. People tend to gather with those who think like they do and you can fairly easily insulate yourself from those you have a dislike. Most larger governments (State, Federal) are just to the right or left of center anyway, so it's not like major culture shock.

Small towns would probably be a different situation though. The things that make me miserable are heat, humidity, bugs, crowds, flat scenery...not whether a city or state is barely to the left or right of center.
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