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Old 04-23-2018, 04:34 AM
 
Location: North of Birmingham, AL
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I've lived and/or worked in several Southeastern metropolitan areas. Thoughts:

Memphis - Still very Southern. You won't question it!

New Orleans - Was already a unique island in the South with different culture and a very different accent. That hasn't changed, although my friends there tell me things are very different (even with the food scene) post-Katrina as more people move in and gentrification occurs.

Birmingham - Same as Memphis. Strong Southern culture.

Atlanta - Still retains Southern characteristics, especially in the outlying areas; but VERY different feel from Birmingham or Memphis. My Mom lives in Marietta, and it fascinates me to walk into the nearby Publix and see the mixed array of employees from all over the world.

Raleigh/Durham - Similar to Atlanta... diluted Southern culture, although outlying areas are still very North Carolina. My wife and I really enjoyed the diversity of the people.

Huntsville/Decatur - Huntsville is more akin to Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham in terms of diluted Southern feel, but you don't have to venture far out of town to be back in hardcore Bama. Decatur is Old South, like a different planet from Huntsville only 20 miles down the road. Cliquish, everybody knows everyone else, Roll Tide Roll, huntin' and gunz... you know you're in the South!
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Old 04-23-2018, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Northeast states
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I've lived and/or worked in several Southeastern metropolitan areas. Thoughts:

Memphis - Still very Southern. You won't question it!

New Orleans - Was already a unique island in the South with different culture and a very different accent. That hasn't changed, although my friends there tell me things are very different (even with the food scene) post-Katrina as more people move in and gentrification occurs.

Birmingham - Same as Memphis. Strong Southern culture.

Atlanta - Still retains Southern characteristics, especially in the outlying areas; but VERY different feel from Birmingham or Memphis. My Mom lives in Marietta, and it fascinates me to walk into the nearby Publix and see the mixed array of employees from all over the world.

Raleigh/Durham - Similar to Atlanta... diluted Southern culture, although outlying areas are still very North Carolina. My wife and I really enjoyed the diversity of the people.

Huntsville/Decatur - Huntsville is more akin to Atlanta and Raleigh-Durham in terms of diluted Southern feel, but you don't have to venture far out of town to be back in hardcore Bama. Decatur is Old South, like a different planet from Huntsville only 20 miles down the road. Cliquish, everybody knows everyone else, Roll Tide Roll, huntin' and gunz... you know you're in the South!
What your thoughts on Louisville, Nashville, Oklahoma City, Little Rock, Jackson MS
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Old 04-23-2018, 08:59 AM
 
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Agreed to. But both cities are also sort of backward compared to the others mentioned. Both cities are also very Black and southern.
Oh I'm not noticing a theme here at all.
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Old 04-23-2018, 09:37 AM
 
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Trying to decide if I have time today...
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Old 04-23-2018, 11:19 AM
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Location: Miami
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Places like Birmingham and Memphis will, or might be slower to lose its southern identity for the simple reason that these are mostly Black American cities with the majority, and the Black American culture is pretty insular, homogenous and very ethnocentric and/or resistant to external cultural influence.
Black American culture is insular?

You should be greatful of Black American culture, because without it, there is no American culture period.
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Old 04-23-2018, 01:12 PM
 
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Black American culture is insular?

You should be greatful of Black American culture, because without it, there is no American culture period.
I get what you're saying although strong, it slights any culture in America that isn't black culture.
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:16 PM
 
Location: 352
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I was flipped off by someone with a Georgia tag because they thought I honked at them for sitting at a green light (I didnt). But I’m sure it was really a New Yorker driving. No way would a native ever be that rude, right.
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:13 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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As a native New Yorker who's been living in North Carolina for almost half of my life I can honestly say North Carolina has changed quite a bit since I moved there in 2007 at least in my area. I live in Richmond County, so it's pretty rural where I live at, but we have a lot of Hispanics and Asains moving here.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:46 AM
 
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I was flipped off by someone with a Georgia tag because they thought I honked at them for sitting at a green light (I didnt). But Iím sure it was really a New Yorker driving. No way would a native ever be that rude, right.
You never know! The road rage in Atlanta is pretty bad. Atlanta is known for its aggressive drivers too so if they were from a metro Atlanta county it could easily have been a "native".
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Old 05-02-2018, 09:08 AM
 
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The South will always be the South, no amount of transplants will change that.
Unless you're in Palm Beach County. Which is generally New York City South. Which I'm perfectly okay with, as I am a New Yorker.
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