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Old 03-24-2016, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Nashua, NH
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Though media hysteria and the elected officials (elected based on low voter turnout in AZ) would have you believe otherwise, I find everyday people in Phoenix tend to co-exist among liberals and conservatives pretty well. There's a strong libertarian vibe here rooted in Barry Goldwater's philosophies that bridges some of the divide.
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I can't give you an answer but I think you might like this book and I highly recommend it since your question is not what people are doing these days:

It's called "The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart" by Bill Bishop. It's about how we self-sort to live in neighborhoods with people who look like and think like we do.

"Over the last decade, as 100 million Americans have moved from one place to another, they’ve clustered in increasingly homogeneous communities...Americans have always moved around restlessly. But whereas in earlier times large flows of people — the “great migration” of African-Americans to Chicago in the 1950s, for instance, or the “hillbilly highway” that took white Appalachians to the Midwest after World War II — were motivated primarily by the quest for economic opportunity, American migration is now inspired at least as much by “lifestyle” choices as by economics. “We have built a country,” Bishop writes, “where everyone can choose the neighbors (and church and news shows) most compatible with his or her lifestyle and beliefs. And we are living with the consequences of this segregation by way of life: pockets of like-minded citizens that have become so ideologically inbred that we don’t know, can’t understand, and can barely conceive of ‘those people’ who live just a few miles away.”

Even the review is fascinating.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/18/bo...anted=all&_r=1
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Old 03-26-2016, 10:57 AM
 
Location: Research Triangle Area, NC
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In the physical universe; most places. On the internet....nowhere.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Atlanta.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:32 AM
 
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My favorite example is Knoxville's very liberal mayor dancing with Knox county's very conservative mayor at charity events and the like.
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Old 04-07-2016, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Clifton, Cincinnati
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Cincinnati is a fairly liberal city (went for Obama 75% in 2012) in a county (Hamilton) that is split about 50-50. Then the surrounding suburbs become progressively more conservative as you go further out. Cincinnati has always seemed to be big on politeness, so I've never experienced anything more intense than a few animated disagreements. We do have our fair share of those who prefer to yell and scream than debate and dialogue but they seem to be a small minority. I think it can be easy for all of us to let our emotions get the best of us from time to time.

Full disclosure I am a self-identified Democratic Socialist, so I guess you could say I fall further down on the liberal spectrum than most. That being said, I find most people most places to be polite and accommodating if you show them courtesy and respect. I am troubled by the recent trend I've seen, mentioned by the OP, of people moving to where others all think the same way they do. I think it leads to a profound disconnect and mutual distrust between liberals and conservatives. I think we need to foster dialogue and mutual respect, especially in such an unfortunate period of hyper-partisanship.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:26 AM
 
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Cincinnati is a fairly liberal city (went for Obama 75% in 2012) in a county (Hamilton) that is split about 50-50. Then the surrounding suburbs become progressively more conservative as you go further out. Cincinnati has always seemed to be big on politeness, so I've never experienced anything more intense than a few animated disagreements. We do have our fair share of those who prefer to yell and scream than debate and dialogue but they seem to be a small minority. I think it can be easy for all of us to let our emotions get the best of us from time to time.

Full disclosure I am a self-identified Democratic Socialist, so I guess you could say I fall further down on the liberal spectrum than most. That being said, I find most people most places to be polite and accommodating if you show them courtesy and respect. I am troubled by the recent trend I've seen, mentioned by the OP, of people moving to where others all think the same way they do. I think it leads to a profound disconnect and mutual distrust between liberals and conservatives. I think we need to foster dialogue and mutual respect, especially in such an unfortunate period of hyper-partisanship.
I'm the OP and I couldn't agree more. Great points. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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Twin Cities are left leaning but what I've noticed is both liberal and conservative here both trend more moderate. The leftists are more community and socially minded and the conservatives tend to be more outdoorsy and pro business. There is a social liberalism here that makes for very good public development (parks, arts, smart growth, protection of natural resources).
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Old 04-07-2016, 11:08 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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Liberals and conservatives get along all over the country.


Yeh, when I read the title of the thread I'm thinking "wherever this guy has lived it must be a political warzone (literally)!" LOL.

I got images in my mind of "I Voted Hillary" feminists beating some unwitting Repub over the head with their fanny packs because he was decked out in a Trump "You're a loser!" shirt.
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Old 04-07-2016, 01:08 PM
 
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Liberals and conservatives get along all over the country.
This has been my experience living in dark red and dark blue states. I think when people seek out liberal or conservative places it's about living somewhere that reflects your values. For instance, some places have very loose or very restrictive gun laws. Some places have very high taxes while others have lower taxes (but perhaps fewer social services.) Conservative places also tend to skew religious, for better or worse (depending on your perspective).

All these things can shape the culture of the area. Doesn't mean that people who move to these areas are constantly bickering with their neighbors.
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