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View Poll Results: Which is the capitol of the New South?and why?
Richmond 6 5.26%
New Orleans 2 1.75%
Birmingham 2 1.75%
Atlanta 71 62.28%
Dallas 8 7.02%
Houston 13 11.40%
Miami 3 2.63%
Nashville 2 1.75%
Charlotte 3 2.63%
Tampa 1 0.88%
Memphis 3 2.63%
Louisville 0 0%
Voters: 114. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 07-19-2008, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Baton Rouge
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Houston/Atlanta are modern day co-capitols, and New Orleans is the former capitol of the south. For me, most of these cities are not even contenders. Not sure what Charlotte, Tampa, Richmond, and Louisville are doing on this poll.
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Old 07-19-2008, 03:47 PM
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Location: Planet Earth
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Houston/Atlanta are modern day co-capitols, and New Orleans is the former capitol of the south. For me, most of these cities are not even contenders. Not sure what Charlotte, Tampa, Richmond, and Louisville are doing on this poll.
I was thinking the same thing, I live in Charlotte and I can safely say, this city has very little culture and diversity, everyone either a native or a former northeasterner or floridian, usually the latter. We do have many shopping centers but even Atlanta would beat us in that. Not to knock my city or anything but I'm tired of Charlotte being compared to cities like Atlanta. There's nothing to compare except crime and traffic.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Atlanta. It's the only true metropolis in the South. Dallas and Houston could certainly vie with Atlanta, but I do not consider them in The South per se. They are in Texas--a state that has some southern sensibilities, but is very different and unique in many other ways (same goes for Florida).
Since everyone wants to be so picky about everything. How about which city is the "Capital of the Southern region".
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:01 PM
 
Location: La Isla Encanta, Puerto Rico
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As a person who has lived in Africa, Europe, LA, the "rust belt", Austin,Dallas and Houston I think it can be agreed the "capital" of the South is currently a bit of a catfight between Houston, DFW, and Atlanta. However, I think Dallas is too dependent on military contracting and losing it's manufacturing base and Atlanta is too provincial, lacking in international diversity and products demanded by the rest of the world to rival Houston for supremacy in the near future. I think two global trends of great importance - the feverish desire to keep the fossile fuel based industrial economy going while developing countries grow (e.g. China, India, Brazil, the Asian "Tigers"), the switch to alternate, sustainable energy sources, and the aging of the huge baby-boomer generation demanding medical services to maintain their health - favor Houston. Houston is indisputably the current leader of high-tech energy-related services in exploration and production as well as refining technologies. Many of those same oil/gas companies are investing billions in making sure they are still strong when the easy-to-find hydrocarbons play out as our many new, alternative-only startup in the area. Also, the cutting edge preventative, radiological, and surgical innovations coming out of the world's largest concentrated medical center seem to be unending.

Again, I'm no native of Houston but I'm still in awe of how it seems to keep the legendary American "can-do" attitude going while other cities seem to have lost that competitive edge. It might not be the prettiest or most charming but it is simply the best for technology and business environment.
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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ATL hands down, it's not even a contest
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Old 08-03-2008, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Phoenix AZ
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i dont see Texas a south i see it as southwest and say Houston is a capital of the south west when i think of south it is anything east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio people will disagree but i really don't care ATL is the capital of that region
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:40 PM
 
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i dont see Texas a south i see it as southwest and say Houston is a capital of the south west when i think of south it is anything east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio people will disagree but i really don't care ATL is the capital of that region
Folks in the TRUE Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona) might, for good reason, disagree with you. Texas is NOT the Southwest if it means inclusion with NM and AZ. It is Western South. Which, while rightfully differentiated from the Eastern South (or southeast), is NOT the same as being part of the southern West.

I like what what was said earlier, which makes cultural and historical good sense. Which is, that there are two twin historical sub-regions which make up "The South". The eastern and western parts. The boundaries are subject to debate, no doubt.

They can start at the Mississippi River....or in post-bellum Texas. But both share more similarites than differences...MUCH more...when it comes to historical and cultural affinity...as compared with the NE, Midwest, or Far West.

Which is why I maintain this is just an impossible question to answer if that sub-fact is not recognized.

*grins a bit* We all (from Virginia to Texas) eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day. BUT...we fight over BBQ.
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Old 08-03-2008, 03:56 PM
 
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*grins a bit* We all (from Virginia to Texas) eat black-eyed peas on New Years Day. BUT...we fight over BBQ.
And imho you win the BBQ battle. There is no doubt that Texas is southern. Now, as for Atlanta, yes indeed if there was ever a black republic Atlanta would be it's logos. Let's see if the mods let that one go.. :-)


Question for you Texans, does your state hate Dallas or Houston? I ask because Georgians on the whole, hate Atlanta. Hell, no one really lives in the town much anyway.
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Old 08-03-2008, 04:44 PM
 
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ATL all the way! Atlanta is one of the most exciting places in the world and I do believe it will eventually catch up with nyc in diversity, culture, arts etc.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:29 AM
 
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Atlanta feels very Southern. Texas cities feel distinctly Texan. There is a difference, and the Texas cities seem much more fast paced and international, both Dallas and Houston.
Atlanta does not have the Asian and Hispanic populations of the Texas cities either.
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