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Old 07-19-2017, 01:39 PM
 
Location: The middle of nowhere
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I would like to plan a trip to the South that people usually don't want to visit. I want to visit a place to understand what southern poverty looks like. That is why I am deciding to go to Eastern Kentucky. Then I am deciding to go to Nashville to see a true Southern city. Would you consider Nashville to be a true Southern city? If so what major cities in the South have a true Southern feel? I don't think Atlanta or even Birmingham would be choices because they seem too cosmopolitan to have that feel, at least to me.
Birmingham is more Southern, by far, than Nashville. Nashville has actually become very popular with Millennials and is a true "New South" city. For what you are looking for, places like Memphis, Birmingham, Little Rock, Shreveport, or OKC would be closer to true Southern culture.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:07 PM
 
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You want poverty in the South? How about Macon GA?
That's probably the most southern city there is.
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Old 07-19-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Houston
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You could skip Eastern KY altogether & go through the Ozarks & Mississippi Delta instead. They border each other in some spots & would give you exposure to poverty in the upland & lowland south. You could also hit Memphis on this trip too.

Upland would be southern Missouri & Northern Arkansas. Lowland would be the Missouri Bootheel, Eastern Arkansas, West Tennessee & the delta region of Mississippi.
This is what I think the OP is looking for. Memphis for the "poor" urban area and the Delta and Ozarks for the "poor" rural areas.

This is actually kind of an interesting vacation. If I were to do it I would love to concentrate on two areas. The first would be what the local governments are planning to do to combat the issues they face and the second would be what the people feel about their region.

I would go to bars and festivals, donate time to food banks and other such organizations. I would go to all types of churches and talk to people. I would go to local chambers of commerce and go to local libraries (my favorite part of any place) to research and ask questions. Compare and contrast the differing ideas locals have about the region. Research how those ideas have changed over time. Ask what the locals ideas are about the future of the region. How would they envision it. What a fascinating idea for a vacation. Thanks OP
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Old 07-19-2017, 03:15 PM
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Location: Miami
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Birmingham is more Southern, by far, than Nashville. Nashville has actually become very popular with Millennials and is a true "New South" city. For what you are looking for, places like Memphis, Birmingham, Little Rock, Shreveport, or OKC would be closer to true Southern culture.
What's "True Southern Culture?"
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Old 07-19-2017, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Wonderland
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To be fair, all those pictures were basically taken within a few block radius of each other. It's a development that was built in the 1970s that after Katrina was decided to be abandoned due to chemical contaminants (it used to be a land fill) and the flooding of Katrina. It is all surrounded by chain-linked fences and waiting to be demolished, hardly some typical example of urban blight. Thought some parts of the 9th Ward aren't much better but that is more due to slow recovery from hurricane Katrina than the effects of urban poverty and decay.
Yes, and also to be fair, parts of the 9th Ward looked like hell BEFORE Katrina too.

Here's a street view of some of the 9th Ward today:
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0223...7i13312!8i6656

And another one:
https://www.google.com/maps/@30.0348...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:21 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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I would like to plan a trip to the South that people usually don't want to visit. I want to visit a place to understand what southern poverty looks like. That is why I am deciding to go to Eastern Kentucky. Then I am deciding to go to Nashville to see a true Southern city. Would you consider Nashville to be a true Southern city? If so what major cities in the South have a true Southern feel? I don't think Atlanta or even Birmingham would be choices because they seem too cosmopolitan to have that feel, at least to me.
Fly or drive to Memphis. Take a day or weekend trip and explore the Mississippi and Arkansas delta region. Poverty won't be hard to find. Swing by Jackson, MS. You sure wont get a vibrant cosmopolitan feel. As economically depressed as the area is there are some gems.

Seriously I think that would fulfill all your requirements. If you want to experience the highlights of the area, go eat at a hole in the wall bbq/tamale restaurant, travel US Route 61, go to a blues festival, visit a plantation, travel along the Mississippi river. If you like older music, this country produced Johnny Cash, Levon helm, BB King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and countless other fathers of blues/folk music. It's definitely a unique area and a quintessential southern trip.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:33 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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One of the poorest Southern places I have ever visited is Santee, South Carolina. We went from there to a town that was shaped like a teapot. I found it interesting and easy to get to right off I-95.

http://www.elloreesc.com/

http://discoversouthcarolina.com/products/10084

http://www.city-data.com/city/Santee...arolina.html#b

I am talking about taking the exit to the right off I-95 just after the rest stop after crossing Santee-Cooper Bridge. We stayed at a timeshare there. Wyndham Vacation Resorts Lake Marion is the name of the place we stayed.
https://www.clubwyndham.com/cw/resor...ke-marion.page
Resort was fine but the area around it was very depressed. It was a different world when we traveled up the little road going to Eloree. That little town was typical of small towns in the south. They had an interesting museum.

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Old 07-19-2017, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Western Asia
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I would like to plan a trip to the South that people usually don't want to visit. I want to visit a place to understand what southern poverty looks like. That is why I am deciding to go to Eastern Kentucky. Then I am deciding to go to Nashville to see a true Southern city. Would you consider Nashville to be a true Southern city? If so what major cities in the South have a true Southern feel? I don't think Atlanta or even Birmingham would be choices because they seem too cosmopolitan to have that feel, at least to me.
For true southern poverty, I recommend Mississippi delta. Nashville is a true southern city but it's changing. You can't get more culturally Souhern than Alabama.
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Old 07-19-2017, 11:45 PM
 
Location: NW Arkansas
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One of the poorest Southern places I have ever visited is Summerville, South Carolina. We went from there to a town that was shaped like a teapot. I found it interesting and easy to get to right off I-95.

Welcome to Elloree, South Carolina

Town of Elloree
I thought Summerville is pretty nice. Cool little downtown area and one of the more affordable bedroom communities around Charleston. Doesn't even come close to the poverty of a lot of the places in this thread.
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Old 07-20-2017, 06:47 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Atlanta, GA > Macon, GA > Albany, GA > Eufala, AL > Montgomery, AL > Selma, AL > Demopolis, AL > Meridian, MS > Jackson, MS > Vicksburg, MS > Monroe, LA > El Dorado, AR > Pine Bluff, AR > Helena-West Helena, AR > Tunica, MS > Memphis, TN > Corinth, MS > Muscle Shoals, AL > Cullman, AL > Gadsden, AL > Anniston, AL > Atlanta, GA


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