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Old 06-07-2017, 09:30 AM
 
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Asheville is the gold standard for liberal cities in the south
I highly disagree. Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro has been liberal well before Asheville became "a thing" and despite it's reputation it loses pretty much all of it's liberal feel at the city limits unlike Durham County and Orange County NC.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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Asheville is the gold standard for liberal cities in the south
Really? New Orleans, south Florida, Austin, Atlanta, and the NC Triangle might all have something to say about that.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:55 PM
 
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Oops, I was going to say Asheville or Chapel hill and just got in a hurry.

I consider NO more libertine than liberal, besides it's not great for camping. No way (except perhaps the gay scene) is ATL more liberal than Asheville, though the OP would like the mass transit.
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Old 06-07-2017, 06:58 PM
 
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Oops, I was going to say Asheville or Chapel hill and just got in a hurry.

I consider NO more libertine than liberal, besides it's not great for camping. No way (except perhaps the gay scene) is ATL more liberal than Asheville, though the OP would like the mass transit.
Why not? It's really not an apples-to-apples comparison anyway as central Asheville could fit into downtown Atlanta and the closest neighborhoods to it.
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:54 PM
 
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It's really not an apples-to-apples comparison
Since the OP liked Chicago he may like Atlanta as well. Good suggestion.
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Old 06-07-2017, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Atlanta metro (Cobb County)
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Schools in Atlanta (the best mass transit of the Southern cities) were wracked by a huge cheating scandal a few years back and I don't know if they've recovered from that.
The city of Atlanta is less than 10% of the metropolitan area's population, and there are plenty of schools and districts in the vicinity that are functioning nicely. (The city itself has some educational success stories as well, but it's certainly not a good match for everyone). Not all of these are in remote exurbs either - the city of Decatur immediately east of Atlanta has a very well regarded independent school system.

Atlanta would be a major upgrade from Dallas in terms of access to nature and the outdoors with a lot of recreation around the Chattahoochee River plus nearby lakes and mountains, and of course there is a very diverse mix of people from many places as well as long-term locals - but Southern hospitality and friendliness most certainly exist here. Traffic is definitely a weak point of the area and some recent temporary highway closures have aggravated commutes for many residents. Good luck with your search.
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