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View Poll Results: Little Rock is more like ATLANTA or more like DALLAS?
Atlanta 32 44.44%
Dallas 40 55.56%
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:52 AM
 
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I agree that Little Rock isn't really similar to either Dallas or Atlanta.

Little Rock is a small city capital of a rural state. Dallas is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and is a magnet for nationwide transplants. Atlanta is as well. Both Dallas and Atlanta are cultural capitals for the Southern United States. You could argue that Dallas and Atlanta are more like each other than Little Rock is like either.

However, the thread asks whether Little Rock is MORE like Dallas or Atlanta. Little Rock's demographic numbers aren't that different from Atlanta's (Dallas is very different) and Arkansas' topography and flora looks a lot more like Georgia than it does north central Texas. Based on that, I will say Little Rock is more similar to Atlanta, even though it's not really similar to either.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:55 AM
 
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Right. And I think the mistake a lot of CDers make in discerning the accents of the region is that they tend to focus on the more suburban areas of the city as opposed to the older established communities where regional traits are much more alive.

Most people aren't very familiar with South Dallas, so I guess I'm not surprised that many here are having difficulty seeing the strong relation to Arkansas and western Tenn.
I guess my main issue would be that not only does the Dallas accent sound alot like the Arkansas accent to me, but North Texas as a whole was also literally originally settled by people who mostly came from TN (whose own original settlers were from VA, NC and PA), AR -- and MO, to a lesser extent...so in my mind, its more logical that AR and TN accents would more closely resemble Dallas (or any north texas) accents than they would Georgia accents.

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Old 03-11-2015, 09:12 AM
 
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LOL Shreveport like Dallas? Err, not really. But you're free to think that if you like.

Shreveport and Longview/Marshall/Tyler have strong ties and all four cities have a southern sort of vibe to them. But these four ArkLaTex cities (and Dallas is not part of the ArkLaTex region) are striking in their DISSIMILARITY to Dallas.

In fact, I'd go so far as to say, the only real similarity I can see between Dallas and Little Rock is that neither city is part of the ArkLaTex culturally. But for that matter, neither is Bangladesh.


This thread is so silly - I don't even know why I keep coming back to it. Sort of like picking at a scab, I guess.
Again, you misinterpreted what was stated. I never said Shreveport was LIKE Dallas. Shreveport has a relatively strong relationship to Dallas. Just as I believe Little Rock has a stronger relationship & likeness to Dallas (than Atlanta).

The only thing we seem to agree on is not knowing why you continue to come back here.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:25 PM
 
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I think the issue may be that some of us may be a bit more perceptive. I'm sitting here thinking "if I can hear that the accents in Little Rock and Dallas are practically identical, why can't everyone else?" But I remembered that most people don't really pay attention to these things as much as I do. And maybe others just aren't as familiar with these cities as they might believe.

I know what I'm talking about, though. As usual.
Really?? Dallas and little rock accents are sooo different. I come in contact with people from both cities on a pretty regular basis living in Branson. We get lots of tourists from both cities. Arkansas accents are much more southern than anywhere in Texas. Jmo...listening to them everyday. Arkansas is more standard southern. 90% of people I talk to from Arkansas have southern accents. Maybe 30-40% of texans I talk to do. This is just my experience. I'm sorry but if you take someone out of metro little rock and place them into metro Dallas they are going to get a lot of stares and "where are you from?"
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:03 AM
 
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Today someone finally made me realize how big of a major ******* I can be, and I never understood that because no one (other than my mom) ever took the time to tell me to my face until today. You know I'm young so there are still things I have yet to learn about life. I'm sorry for the dismissive and snide remarks I made in response to the opinions you all shared. I really enjoy the discussions we have here. You guys are great. We are truly a unique group here at CD and every one of us is bright

I hope the mods will allow this post to remain. I feel it needed to be said for my continued participation in the forums.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:47 AM
 
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Culturally and geographically speaking, Little Rock is more like Dallas than Atlanta and Birmingham is more like Atlanta than Dallas. That said, does Jackson Mississippi lean more Little Rock/Dallas or Birmingham/Atlanta?
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Old 03-13-2015, 07:09 AM
 
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Culturally and geographically speaking, Little Rock is more like Dallas than Atlanta and Birmingham is more like Atlanta than Dallas. That said, does Jackson Mississippi lean more Little Rock/Dallas or Birmingham/Atlanta?
Have you been to Little Rock and Birmingham?

Little Rock is definitely more like Birmingham than it is Dallas from a cultural perspective. Topographically they are almost identical as well. It is also roughly equal distance each way from Little Rock to get to Dallas and to Birmingham. As far as accents, deep southern drawls are prevalent in Little Rock. In Dallas, most accents are neutral or a mild Texas twang. They aren't similar accents at all.

Jackson, MS is very similar to Little Rock but isn't as nice. It has nothing in common with Dallas.

I think most people are jumping to the conclusion that Little Rock must be like Dallas solely because Arkansas borders Texas. DFW does get a lot more in-migration from Little Rock than Atlanta does, but other than that there really isn't much connection.
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:11 AM
 
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Jackson, MS is probably more similar to Montgomery, AL or Baton Rouge, LA.

I always forget Mississippi isn't that far from Texas, but I doubt Jackson is similar to Dallas/Ft. Worth. You could probably draw more similarities between Mississippi and Louisiana or Alabama.

Like I've pointed out before, I don't think the influence of Atlanta extends west of Birmingham and Montgomery. In other words, cities like Little Rock and Memphis are a little too far away. I'd say Atlanta has more in common with Charlotte, Nashville, Columbia, Raleigh/Durham, Birmingham, Greenville/Spartanburg, etc.

Even if there isn't much of a connection between Little Rock and Dallas, there's less of a connection between Little Rock and Atlanta.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:03 AM
 
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Jackson, MS is probably more similar to Montgomery, AL or Baton Rouge, LA.

I always forget Mississippi isn't that far from Texas, but I doubt Jackson is similar to Dallas/Ft. Worth. You could probably draw more similarities between Mississippi and Louisiana or Alabama.

Like I've pointed out before, I don't think the influence of Atlanta extends west of Birmingham and Montgomery. In other words, cities like Little Rock and Memphis are a little too far away. I'd say Atlanta has more in common with Charlotte, Nashville, Columbia, Raleigh/Durham, Birmingham, Greenville/Spartanburg, etc.

Even if there isn't much of a connection between Little Rock and Dallas, there's less of a connection between Little Rock and Atlanta.


This... the accents of people from Arkansas definitely more closely resemble rural North Texans' accents and Tennessee accents of course, than an Atlanta or Georgia accent. And as you say, the entirety of the Georgia influence today, begins to fade west of Alabama....it literally goes from feeling distinctly eastern to more open and laid back in Mississippi.
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Old 03-13-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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This... the accents of people from Arkansas definitely more closely resemble rural North Texans' accents and Tennessee accents of course, than an Atlanta or Georgia accent. And as you say, the entirety of the Georgia influence today, begins to fade west of Alabama....it literally goes from feeling distinctly eastern to more open and laid back in Mississippi.
Pretty much. The Atlanta influence fades away west of Birmingham.

I'm sure people in Mississippi look towards Memphis or New Orleans as an influence, rather than Dallas or Atlanta. In all honestly, Mississippi is kind of isolated and "more open." Huge major metros are kind of far. I'd imagine most Mississippians rarely visit or have a need to visit Atlanta and Dallas.
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