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Old 01-06-2019, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Naples Island
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I’m surprised no one has mentioned either Chattanooga, TN or Knoxville, TN. Both of those cities — and Eastern TN in general, for that matter — struck me as somewhat insular, especially in comparison to nearby Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville. But gosh, the people sure are friendly and polite, which can be quite refreshing if you’re coming from Charleston, Raleigh or another Southern city that’s overrun with people from Florida, Massachusetts and New York.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:37 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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Most of Flordia south of i-4 can be classified as insular since people are so quick to exclude it from the south despite it's geography.
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Old 01-07-2019, 10:02 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Iím surprised no one has mentioned either Chattanooga, TN or Knoxville, TN. Both of those cities ó and Eastern TN in general, for that matter ó struck me as somewhat insular, especially in comparison to nearby Atlanta, Charlotte and Nashville. But gosh, the people sure are friendly and polite, which can be quite refreshing if youíre coming from Charleston, Raleigh or another Southern city thatís overrun with people from Florida, Massachusetts and New York.
What about them did you find 'insular' if the people were friendly and polite to you?
Both cities have fairly large university campuses.
Both are experiencing a healthy amount of growth and gentrification.
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:22 AM
 
Location: DMV Area
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Jackson, MS
Memphis, TN
Montgomery, AL
Shreveport, LA
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Old 01-08-2019, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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What about them did you find 'insular' if the people were friendly and polite to you?
Both cities have fairly large university campuses.
Both are experiencing a healthy amount of growth and gentrification.
There are lots and lots of apparently very happy transplants to Chattanooga - we even considered moving there and took a trip there, met with a realtor, etc. Beautiful area and people are super friendly.

I agree totally about New Orleans being insular though.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:28 PM
 
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Bottom line is an 'insular' community tends to be down on its heels, economically moribund and unused to (and thereby distrustful) of outsiders. There simply aren't many cities in the Southeast that fit that description anymore. To find it, you'd have to go to smaller and more isolated communities; but in fact most of the region is accustomed to the 'invaders'.
Memphis?
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:41 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Jackson, MS
Memphis, TN
Montgomery, AL
Shreveport, LA

I honestly don't see this for Memphis
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:43 AM
 
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Jackson, MS
Memphis, TN
Montgomery, AL
Shreveport, LA

You left out Mobile.
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:33 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Memphis?
I said they're weren't many, not none at all.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:25 PM
 
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I honestly don't see this for Memphis
I do in a major way. Too many natives have their minds set on how things are done and are not willing to change. Their religion and politics pushes things way over the top.
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