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Old 06-29-2014, 09:12 AM
 
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"the most liberal place in Mississippi" ??


that has an odd ring to it. Mississippi as a whole is in a time warp, even by southern/SE standards. Mississippi makes places such as around Birmingham AL look like San Francisco.

I would agree with Athens, and certainly Chapel Hill, although neighboring a much larger areas/pop
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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We live in Atlanta and travel to Oxford once or twice a year because we love the literary scene, especially Square Books; the great food - John Currence's restaurants, Taylor Grocery, etc; and relaxing pace of the town. While there is certainly an air of superiority amongst a segment of the population in Oxford, we've found nearly everyone we've run into to be very friendly and talkative. And with our eastern PA and LI accents, it's clear we're not Mississippi gentry as soon as we open our mouths.

That being said, we only visit for a few days at a time. Perhaps if we relocated there and tried to assimilate into the community as outsiders, we would not be welcomed as openly.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:38 AM
 
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I too lived in ATL for years. ATL is not some parochial small southern town. Nobody really cares where you moved from when you get to ATL, unlike smaller backward southern cities and towns such as Jackson, Birmingham, Montgomery. But in OXFORD they do care where you're from and WHY you're there. Smaller cities even like Huntsville, and Asheville don't behave like that.


No, if you MOVED there jpk, you'd find out quickly that "southern hospitality crap" is only meant for visitors. You'd just be another carpetbagger and get called "yankee" upon your establishing residence in OXFORD. Screw that place, The south and the nation is peppered with far better smaller towns in which to live - also in the colder Midwest and warm SW. Heck, I can think of a few coastal Mississippi towns that are better-certainly having a different culture and ethos.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:40 AM
 
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For the record, most of these people are FAR from "gentry" class. They just think they are. Most are just unreconstructed rednecks for the most part. Don't believe what you see and hear.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:53 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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We live in Atlanta and travel to Oxford once or twice a year because we love the literary scene, especially Square Books; the great food - John Currence's restaurants, Taylor Grocery, etc; and relaxing pace of the town. While there is certainly an air of superiority amongst a segment of the population in Oxford, we've found nearly everyone we've run into to be very friendly and talkative. And with our eastern PA and LI accents, it's clear we're not Mississippi gentry as soon as we open our mouths.

That being said, we only visit for a few days at a time. Perhaps if we relocated there and tried to assimilate into the community as outsiders, we would not be welcomed as openly.
Next time you're in town you may want to check out Thacker Mountain Radio. It's an old time live radio show, just like they used to do in the Good Ol Days. Lot's of fun!
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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For the record, most of these people are FAR from "gentry" class. They just think they are. Most are just unreconstructed rednecks for the most part. Don't believe what you see and hear.
I'm not gentry, and not (much of) a reconstructed redneck. And I still liked the place.
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:58 PM
 
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Some places just have a feel to them...places such as Asheville, again. Funky, progressive, lively...That's what I'm asking about.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Some places just have a feel to them...places such as Asheville, again. Funky, progressive, lively...That's what I'm asking about.

Again, Oxford has a small piece of that but that's just not it's thing. Somebody mentioned Boone, NC.

Oxford is still a neat place IMO.
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Old 06-30-2014, 08:10 PM
 
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Boone is nice. When you say a neat place, what do you mean? Can you give an idea to someone who hasn't been there yet? Thanks for your replies, everyone.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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There are a number of retirees who have settled in and around Oxford. I would wager that not all of them are Southerners.
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