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Old 01-19-2015, 07:12 PM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Actually, I have a friend from Greenville who picks on Myrtle Beach. To quote her, "Myrtle isn't in SC. Myrtle is just Myrtle."

In North Carolina, it's definitely Fayetteville and Durham. People in Raleigh and Cary love to pick on Durham, probably the same case in Chapel Hill. Fayetteville has a terrible rep in general, at least around the Research Triangle metro.

I don't know about Virginia. I do have some friends from Northern Virginia who seem to pick on Richmond, though.
I don't think that many people have negative views of Durham. It's now seen as a fairly cool, funky place, albeit a bit rough around the edges. Maybe the suburbanite WASPs in Cary don't like it but they're not the state.

Fayetteville is still Fayetteville though. It's definitely the odd one out.
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Old 01-19-2015, 08:04 PM
 
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I don't think that many people have negative views of Durham. It's now seen as a fairly cool, funky place, albeit a bit rough around the edges. Maybe the suburbanite WASPs in Cary don't like it but they're not the state.

Fayetteville is still Fayetteville though. It's definitely the odd one out.
Oh, I agree. Durham is a cool city, I wish Raleigh was more like it. Raleigh has more of a bland/vanilla/cookie cutter image, while Durham is the artsy and hip city. However, seems like the Raleigh people only care about the rougher areas of Durham. After all, the constant crime reports coming out of Durham certainly doesn't help.

Yep, Fayetteville is still Fayetteville. Painful to say, though.
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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I don't know if anyone has already said it, but in Georgia, it is definitely Albany.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere extremely awesome
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Well, obviously, Detroit. Also Flint, but Detroit clearly overshadows that smaller city.

Things are slowly starting to turn around in a very positive way in Detroit. People are moving back in, areas are being cleaned up, and people are investing in the city again. Downtown and Midtown are now considered desirable places to live. I wonder, though, if the stigma will always be there, in spite of the progress that is being made?

Such a shame, because our state is so beautiful and has so many positives to recommend it.
I think Detroit is a bit too big and influential to truly be a red-headed stepchild that Michiganders ignore and deride. It's more like having somebody who works in an adult establishment as a main contributor of the family - she's a complete embarrassment, but she still contributes to the family.

In terms of truly redheaded stepchildren cities of Michigan, I'd say either: 1) Benton Harbor, or 2) the northeastern Lower Peninsula (I think this area has the highest unemployment and poverty in the state.) Both are kind of isolated from influence from the rest of the state as well.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:26 AM
 
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Lewiston Maine
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Old 01-21-2015, 07:31 AM
 
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Miami for FL.
I guess because it's so different than the rest of the state.

I personally believe that it's one of Florida's only redeeming qualities...Miami, the magic city
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:09 PM
 
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For Virginia: Petersburg (hopeless ghetto, bad schools)

Danville and Martinsville (highest unemployment in the State - shuttered textile and furniture mills)

to a lesser extent: Hampton and Newport News ("Bad News") - although there are many U.S. Defense jobs

For smaller towns: Emporia - very notorious speeding trap, and has the worst crime rate among small towns
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:35 PM
 
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I don't know about Virginia. I do have some friends from Northern Virginia who seem to pick on Richmond, though.
JayJay, I would guess that your friends are referring to the State legislature in the capital Richmond, being opposed to liberal legislation -- in particular, the reluctance of down-state delegates to fund transportation projects in Northern VA which have been very badly needed many years .

The Richmond area itself is no different than any other mid-size city. Many northern migrants are attracted to the western suburbs which are very attractive. The crime rate in the inner-city was rather high, but has declined.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, VA.
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For Virginia: Petersburg (hopeless ghetto, bad schools)

Danville and Martinsville (highest unemployment in the State - shuttered textile and furniture mills)

to a lesser extent: Hampton and Newport News ("Bad News") - although there are many U.S. Defense jobs

For smaller towns: Emporia - very notorious speeding trap, and has the worst crime rate among small towns
These are all pretty much regional though, not statewide. Also, Id say in our area, Suffolk gets a lot of shade thrown its way... definitely not Bad News or Hampton. Hell, if you're talking about "rep" ...some of the scary suburbanites talk mess about Portsmouth (P-Town), Norfolk, and Bad News...but since we're the ones known for "reppin" who's the real stepchild? I take it that it is somewhat inversely similar to Woodbridge / "Hoodbridge" in northern Virginia. I will agree though, Emporia is known up and down the East Coast as a notorious speed trap.

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Old 01-21-2015, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN
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Kentucky, too many little dinky cities and towns too count
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