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Old 03-28-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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Default Is Hampton Roads Southern?

On the main Virginia forum, there is an on-going discussion on wheather or not Virginia is a southern state or if it's more mid-atlantic. In my opinion it depends on what region you're in. I feel that if you're in places like southwest Virginia then you'll see more southern traditions and views than if you're in Northern Virginia or Hampton Roads. In my opinion, I also feel like despite Hampton Roads being furthor south than Richmond, that Richmond is more southern due to the Hampton Roads area's military presence and way of life in general.

What do you think about this area in particular? Do you think Hampton Roads is southern or more mid-atlantic?
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:45 PM
 
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Southern all the way... unfortunately.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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It's the south but a lot less so than NC. Comparing Raleigh to say VB, which both places have lots of transplants, hands down Raleigh feels way more southern than VB. Not a bad thing just the way it seems to me. I read somewhere here on CD that VA is the bottom of the north and the top of the south which accurately describes it. Interestingly, I find, a bit stronger southern feel say in Chesapeake than in VB but it would have to do with the amount of transplants is larger plus of course Chesapeake is south of VB. HR is southern 'lite' imo.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:54 PM
 
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It feels southern to me. Maybe its because I live in a rural part of HR.
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Old 03-29-2011, 01:36 PM
 
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mid-atlantic
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Old 03-29-2011, 02:54 PM
 
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I would say transitional. Southern + midatlantic
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:56 PM
 
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I think it's Mid-Atlantic, which in itself is a mixture of both Southern and Northeastern culture. I believe any city in the Chesapeake Bay Region (from here to Baltimore, really) has elements of that mixture. We're in a transitional part of the country, where those two cultures meet and neither seems to dominate. But as far as my own personal experience, I've always felt a bigger affiliation with the Northeast. Many of my friends (and myself included) are first generation Virginians who's families are from places like Philadelphia and New York. Much of my own family is from Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. And I rarely travel south. If I go anywhere it's usually up to Baltimore or New York.

My sister and I are the first of my family to be born in Virginia, and we've never considered ourselves Southern. Just Virginian, I guess.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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Opinions like those posted in today's newspaper reiterate the fact that HR is still backwards southern garbage:

Overstating gay rights | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

While not gay myself, areas that continue to deny rights to the very citizens that pay taxes, help promote prosperity and help create desirable areas to live is simply backwards, and unfortunately southern.

These are the exact reason why the south has such a bad name in the north, and judging from the prosperity coming from the north compared to the south, well, the south ought to pay attention.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:14 AM
 
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Opinions like those posted in today's newspaper reiterate the fact that HR is still backwards southern garbage:

Overstating gay rights | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com

While not gay myself, areas that continue to deny rights to the very citizens that pay taxes, help promote prosperity and help create desirable areas to live is simply backwards, and unfortunately southern.

These are the exact reason why the south has such a bad name in the north, and judging from the prosperity coming from the north compared to the south, well, the south ought to pay attention.
But that's just one person's opinion. It hardly means the entire region feels that way. And if you think the only opposition to same-sex marriage comes from the South, then you're mistaken. Besides, what does opposing gay marriage have to do with being Southern anyway? That's something that many people all over the world believe.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:37 AM
 
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I agree with Grendel in regards to the mid-Atlantic/southern feel. It's definitely a mixture of something. Richmond feels a lot more southern than this area despite its geographic location. I think most counties/cities that are further inland tend to trend more towards their southern roots while the coastal areas and bigger cities like Hampton Roads tend to be more of a blend of cultures.
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