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Old 03-10-2015, 10:56 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Hope you folks don't mind if I post some links to pics of Appalachian cities. Here's the first, Wheeling, WV:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/220011...7633745104608/

btw, I do have a fondness for some grit too.
Never been there. Surprisingly charming, judging from the photos.
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Old 03-10-2015, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Many people don't realize that Pittsburgh is technically part of Appalachia. In fact, for a long time, I never suspected it. Being in Pennsylvania, and being known as a major industrial city, it can be easy to misunderstand. Culturally, it is different from the rest of Appalachia.
To be blunt that's due to Pittsburgh benefiting from much more success then WV and Eastern Kentucky were able to. If Pittsburgh didn't have the success it did it and Western PA would've ended up looking like Eastern Kentucky.
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:18 PM
 
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Never been there. Surprisingly charming, judging from the photos.
Wheeling has some fantastic architecture, though it's still pretty down-and-out feeling, which keeps it underrated as a town. Definitely worth a day trip if you're nearby (and the Grave Creek Mound and old West Virginia State Penitentiary in nearby Moundsville are cool, too).
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Old 03-10-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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I doubt Cincinnatians would like to be associated with Appalachia.
As a Cincinnati native I can attest to the fact that many Cincinnatians loathe Appalachia and do all they can to distance themselves from the "culture". Nevermind the fact that Kentucky is right across the river and many Cincinnati residents are descended from Appalachian transplants. The area does also have a slightly Appalachian feel but there is much more German heritage as opposed to Scots-Irish.

On the topic of the thread, Johnson City is largely overlooked but is a great city and a college town as well. Some of the bohemian vibe of Asheville trickles over the mountains into certain areas of the city.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:24 PM
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To be blunt that's due to Pittsburgh benefiting from much more success then WV and Eastern Kentucky were able to. If Pittsburgh didn't have the success it did it and Western PA would've ended up looking like Eastern Kentucky.
Never said it wasn't. Pittsburgh would not be where it is without its geography.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:27 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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To be blunt that's due to Pittsburgh benefiting from much more success then WV and Eastern Kentucky were able to. If Pittsburgh didn't have the success it did it and Western PA would've ended up looking like Eastern Kentucky.
Somehow I doubt that. First of all, there's less coal in the ground in Pennsylvania than there is in West Virginia or Kentucky, so the economy wouldn't be too heavily reliant upon it. Second of all, proximity to both the East Coast and the Great Lakes would prevent it from being so isolated that the quality of life would suffer like it has in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Would western Pennsylvania be worse off without Pittsburgh? Of course it would. But people seem to really underestimate how persistent and severe the economic problems are in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Western Pennsylvania would have a long way to fall to end up in that bad of shape.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:30 PM
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As a Cincinnati native I can attest to the fact that many Cincinnatians loathe Appalachia and do all they can to distance themselves from the "culture". Nevermind the fact that Kentucky is right across the river and many Cincinnati residents are descended from Appalachian transplants. The area does also have a slightly Appalachian feel but there is much more German heritage as opposed to Scots-Irish.

On the topic of the thread, Johnson City is largely overlooked but is a great city and a college town as well. Some of the bohemian vibe of Asheville trickles over the mountains into certain areas of the city.
Well, consider this. The areas of Kentucky for which Cincinnati is adjacent to, have little in common with Appalachia other than being in the same state and the hilly terrain. Covington is a river city, and basically a suburb of Cincinnati when you think about it.

Johnson City is overlooked because it is small and with Knoxville, Chattanooga, and Asheville nearby, alot of people would rather go to those places. I live in Georgia, 45 minutes from Atlanta, and if I had my pick of Appalachian cities to visit, I would pick Asheville and Pittsburgh, and maybe Chattanooga.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Somehow I doubt that. First of all, there's less coal in the ground in Pennsylvania than there is in West Virginia or Kentucky, so the economy wouldn't be too heavily reliant upon it. Second of all, proximity to both the East Coast and the Great Lakes would prevent it from being so isolated that the quality of life would suffer like it has in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Would western Pennsylvania be worse off without Pittsburgh? Of course it would. But people seem to really underestimate how persistent and severe the economic problems are in southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky. Western Pennsylvania would have a long way to fall to end up in that bad of shape.
Less coal then West Virignia and Kentucky yes but a lot by national standards since PA ranks in the top 10 coal states at #5. The steel industry in Pittsburgh along with coal industry and rail roads are the reasons why a lot of towns in Western PA even exist. My point is that without Pittsburgh Western PA would never have gotten to anywhere near it has in it's heyday or even where it is now. So it wouldn't have had to fall to end up as bad as Southern West Virginia or Eastern Kentucky since it would've been very well off at all.
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Old 03-10-2015, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Maryland outside DC
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Here's some pics of Johnson City, TN. Nearly all are of the downtown area:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/220011...7627039347090/

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Old 03-10-2015, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Here's some pics of Johnson City, TN. Nearly all are of the downtown area:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/220011...7627039347090/
Those pictures from 2011 don't begin to do the current downtown justice. The amount of work that has been done since then is incredible and downtown is in the middle of an impressive transformation. I'll have to post some pictures sometime.
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