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View Poll Results: If you had to move to the South where would you move?
Charlotte 20 14.39%
Virginia Beach 13 9.35%
Atlanta 10 7.19%
Jacksonville 3 2.16%
Tampa 4 2.88%
Orlando 1 0.72%
Miami 17 12.23%
Nashville 15 10.79%
Memphis 3 2.16%
New Orleans 4 2.88%
Dallas 10 7.19%
Houston 16 11.51%
San Antonio 4 2.88%
Austin 19 13.67%
Voters: 139. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-08-2009, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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They aren't that different at all if you live in a major city.

Like I said earlier, there is a LOT of provincialism out there. The Northeast is certainly no exception, and IMO, is probably the most provincial area of the U.S.

 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:19 AM
 
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We're going to get a lot of negative responses from our posts, you know that, right? Southerners are going to take what we said in totally the wrong way. It's just something they can't fully understand unless they're from a major city in the north. The north and south are different ways of life.
Hey, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore here. I think you guys way overrate those conveniences. I mean who really needs a latte at 3 a.m.?
 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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So these "If you ABSOLUTELY HAD to move South" threads fail for not taking that into account. It's like asking me to list all of the basic utilities I'm used to in the north that are luxuries in the south-- the subway, 24 hour bodegas, and of course, liquor sold on every street corner 24-7
How dare I ask you to take such things into account...what an outrage!

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It's like trying to pick through the bargain bin, it just sounds insulting because we're trying to scavenge through these cities to find the conveniences we most value.
Apparently you're not too concerned about insulting others:

"VA Beach. It's closest to civilization, and populated by northerners " --Coldwine
 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: New England
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I wouldn't. Period.

5 years was enough. Glad to be back in New England.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:44 AM
 
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We're going to get a lot of negative responses from our posts, you know that, right? Southerners are going to take what we said in totally the wrong way. It's just something they can't fully understand unless they're from a major city in the north. The north and south are different ways of life.
I know, I know. But the thread is supposed to be about this stuff, so I don't see why they'd be offended.

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They aren't that different at all if you live in a major city.

Like I said earlier, there is a LOT of provincialism out there. The Northeast is certainly no exception, and IMO, is probably the most provincial area of the U.S.
No, they are radically different. In what southern city can you live completely and totally without a car? To the lifestyle you find in Chicago or NYC?

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Hey, Chicago, Cleveland, Baltimore here. I think you guys way overrate those conveniences. I mean who really needs a latte at 3 a.m.?
I do. I absolutely do. So did everyone else I know. You know what else I needed? Grocery stores at 2am. My gym to be open at 3am, with a pool. Five star restaurants with tables past 12am. Because the culture of work is significantly different "in the north": urban life usually includes significant and severe dedication to work, as well as the major powerhouses for legal and financial services that move the country. It was very common for me to see 100+ hour weeks in Chicago, just a matter of course for us.

Last but not least, even if you don't work that much and need those conveniences as I did, there have been a lot of nights where I just didn't want to sleep. I wanted to go from the bar to the club to Starbucks to recoup with friends, to hit a restaurant and then find another club. I'm sorry you don't have that, because it's really something wonderful
 
Old 01-08-2009, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Radically different in your opinion.

We are a one vehicle family, but I get around Atlanta quite nicely on public transit, thank you. And I know there is no comparison in the rail systems, but our trains go directly in to the airport terrminal here - something even New York still doesn't have (and no, the AirTrain @ JFK does not count).

I also live across the street from a 24-hour supermarket that has everything. In fact, there are dozens and dozens of 24-hour supermarkets here.

Late night coffee houses? Late night bars? Able to get authentic ethnic food at 3:00am?
Yes, yes and yes.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 11:01 AM
 
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Radically different in your opinion.

We are a one vehicle family, but I get around Atlanta quite nicely on public transit, thank you. And I know there is no comparison in the rail systems, but our trains go directly in to the airport terrminal here - something even New York still doesn't have (and no, the AirTrain @ JFK does not count).

I also live across the street from a 24-hour supermarket that has everything. In fact, there are dozens and dozens of 24-hour supermarkets here.

Late night coffee houses? Late night bars? Able to get authentic ethnic food at 3:00am?
Yes, yes and yes.
And? I can find those things in identical situations in the Chicago suburbs too. The point being, you're still in the suburbs, the public transit is god awful and you still need a vehicle.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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You aSSume way too much. I never said, and do not, live in the suburbs.

My corner has 5 major bus routes that intersect. Several of these routes begin and end at different train stations, on different lines. I am about a mile from the closest train station. That station provides a single seat ride to Buckhead, Midtown, Downtown and the Airport.

Hardly suburban.
 
Old 01-08-2009, 11:15 AM
 
Location: los angeles
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I think it is unfair to include Atlanta as a "typical" Southern city since it's urban life is actually more like a Northern large city. Hope I don't offend but when people pick Virginia Beach they are choosing a "mindset" more comfortable with the expectation that no one cares if you are religious or not [citing just one example]. There are many differences but the larger cities in the South are leading the way in changing the South & why both Virginia & North Carolina voted Democratic last year
 
Old 01-08-2009, 11:18 AM
 
Location: NJ
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We're going to get a lot of negative responses from our posts, you know that, right? Southerners are going to take what we said in totally the wrong way. It's just something they can't fully understand unless they're from a major city in the north. The north and south are different ways of life.
You're getting negative responses because your answers, whether you want to believe it or not, are condesending. There's a thing called "tact" that is woefully lacking in a lot of these answers. If southerners are "taking it the wrong way", maybe look to yourself as to WHY. But then again, I find that people don't care to learn, they want to judge and beat their chest. "Putting you down make me look better".
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