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Old 06-19-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Moving to Roseburg, OR
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We are moving there, and I was wondering how conservative it actually was. I lived in a hugely blue collar, conservative city growing up and they forced the strip clubs to shut down, and a Hooters opened up and shut down the same year. This is purely a curiosity question. My wife and I are semi regular church attenders with two little ones. We are not looking to see if our Hedonist lifestyle will cause an uproar. We are just wondering if due to the huge "rocket geek" population has pushed the culture towards a California theme, or is it remains a place where facial piercing get stares and gasps.
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I'm pretty sure there are a couple strip clubs in the Huntsville/Madison metro. I know there is a Hooters on University - possible catering to the out of town business travelers who use the hotels up and down University.

Otherwise, as has been mentioned in previous threads, there are a lot of people from other parts of the country - however many (most?) of them may have semi-conservative backgrounds (military? DOD? NASA?).

Not sure I understand this: "We are just wondering if due to the huge "rocket geek" population has pushed the culture towards a California theme" as when I think of California I think of a place less likely to draw stares and gasps.
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Old 06-19-2010, 08:29 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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It's a mixed bag. Generally runs toward the conservative but more so outside of Huntsville.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Politically, I'd say it's conservative-leaning moderate, which based on the Alabama perspective of the conservative/liberal spectrum means Huntsville is pretty split, often coming down on the side of more conservative democrats or liberal/moderate republicans. I'm not seeing many Tim James signs in the city. One of my favorite sights, actually, is a corner downtown where on one corner you have peace activists, and on opposite corner you have a group with "support our troops" signs.

Culture-wise, I'd say it's fairly conservative. For example teens dress FAR more appropriately IMO here than they do in California.

I'm a geek FROM California and even in California I don't think the geek population is the source of facial piercings and heavy tattoos. I think of Cal geeks as people who dress and act pretty conservatively at work and such, but get a little freaky-deaky in their private lives.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Moving to Roseburg, OR
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When I think of Cali, I think of the folks that push for the rights for people that want to marry their pets and such. Maybe the "Rocket Geek" wasn't the right term. I just wondered if the outside population coming to work in Huntsville pushed the balance from "bible thumpers" to more towards a "hedonistic" atmosphere. But I am sure those analogies aren't appropriate also.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I just wondered if the outside population coming to work in Huntsville pushed the balance from "bible thumpers" to more towards a "hedonistic" atmosphere. But I am sure those analogies aren't appropriate also.
Closer to the bible thumpers - everybody goes to church and a lot of stuff is closed on Sundays.
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Old 06-19-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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Very conservative! Huntsville is a red county along with all the counties around it. It's too much.
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Old 06-19-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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Huntsville isn't exactly known for hedonistic lifestyles... between church and security clearances it's kinda tough.

Saying that, there are all kinds here. Conservative, but by and large live and let live unless you get in someone's face...
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:25 PM
 
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Conservatives will say its moderately conservative. Liberals will say its just plain conservative, with a sprinkle of liberals from out of state.

A democrat down here is farther right than a northeastern republican.
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:50 PM
 
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For example you would never see nothing like this in Huntsville.
Birmingham branch of NAACP holds Sweet Tea Rally at Kelly Ingram Park | al.com
But they try to put Alabama in one box .Radical conservatives.

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