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Unread 05-19-2007, 12:16 PM
 
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Default Louisville or Nashville better for liberals?

Hello everyone. My husband is currently interviewing with companies in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. We're liberal New Yorkers (and Unitarians). Any idea which southern city might suit better? Thanks!
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Unread 05-19-2007, 01:07 PM
 
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Hello everyone. My husband is currently interviewing with companies in Nashville, TN and Louisville, KY. We're liberal New Yorkers (and Unitarians). Any idea which southern city might suit better? Thanks!
Both are fine cities. Nashville is growing faster and has a bit healthier economy, but Louisville has a good job and housing market too. Louisville seems to have less traffic, and has a much denser core with nice urban neighborhoods. Nashville is more sprawled out, although downtown is quite nice and the West End around Vanderbilt is gorgeous.

I think Louisville has a bit more of a Midwestern/Southern mix than Nashville. Overall, the two towns are similar sized, although Nashville has more tourism related industry with country music.

I think this is really a toss up. You would be fine in either city. I am very partial to Louisville, and stand by my assertion that my neighborhood, the Highlands, is among the most liberal in this particular midsouth region of the country:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hig...8Louisville%29

The neighborhood actually is composed of a dozen smaller ones, and wikipedia give you a short blurb on a few.

Another liberal area is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Louisville

"Old Louisville is one of the most liberal neighborhoods in Louisville, as evidenced by the General Election results in 2004, where it voted for John Kerry by a 60% margin and against a proposal to amend the state constitution to define marriage as "between one man and one woman" by a 66% margin (the proposal passed 75% to 25% in Kentucky)"

There are several Unitarian churches in the city. Here is one in Old Louisville:

http://www.firstulou.org/index.html

Louisville, surprisingly, is a very hip city. Here is one of our weekly alternative rags:

http://www.leoweekly.com/

Pick it up at one of our locally owned, indie stores:

www.keeplouisvilleweird.com

Feel free to ask anymore questions.
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Unread 05-19-2007, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN (USA)
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I've been to Louisville several times and liked it but I can't really tell you too much about the city. I definitely agree with the poster above about Louisville having a more established core. It grew to be a big city before Nashville did. However, like fellow New South boomtowns Atlanta & Charlotte, Nashville seems to be growing at a feverish pace right now and it's core is truly exploding with development. The growth has a great deal of positives but negatives as well (like traffic). You should check out some of the great projects at both cities at Urban Planet. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Politically and socially, Nashville is the middle of the spectrum with the city itself being considerably more liberal than its' many suburbs. There are some great liberal neighborhoods in East Nashville, Hillsboro Village, Elliston Place and a burgeoning gay district along Church Street. I hear Sylvan Park is quite nice as well. Nashville doesn't have the massive amounts of older housing stock like Louisville does but, if that's your thing, I recommend checking out Germantown. It's an incredibly interesting area that's flourishing near the Bicentennial Mall right off downtown. If you're looking for a newer, hip urban area, then you may want to check out the Gulch. There are building tons of lofts and high-rise condos in that area and you could walk to the nightlife in the area as well as Broadway and 2nd Avenue.

Nashville is a larger metro area and, as such, has a little bit more of certain amenities like pro sports. Otherwise, the two cities are pretty comparable. I will caution you about expecting most people in either city to be very progressively liberal like they are in NYC or even in a college town like Ann Arbor. You're likely to find your niche in both places. I'm pretty liberal myself and have never had a problem in either town as the people are very friendly. I'm actually excited about moving back to Nashville from Ann Arbor. However, if you go to either city with a negative outlook about people with different viewpoints than your own, then you may have problems. It's a matter of treating people with the respect you expect. Good luck!

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