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Old 01-25-2022, 09:28 PM
 
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I have driven through the towns of North Mississippi this week and am rather amazed how this area is coming along.

One remarkable sighting was at night passing the new Amazon and Volvo facilities along Hwy 72 just outside Olive Branch. I heard my mind asking, "are we still in Mississippi?". Yes, indeed I was. And Google's facility is under construction in Southaven. (If it has opened yet, I'm not aware).

But mainly what I noticed was the clean, civilized and prosperous feel of the towns. Hernando's square is charming, which I already knew, but I've begun noticing little galleries and cafe's starting to pop up off the square. (It's almost as if they think they are Oxford...). Southaven and Olive Branch both are building upscale new town center style shopping developments, and high-end homes are popping up apace around the county. Wow.

Oxford speaks for itself, but each time I go I am still amazed by the natural beauty of the area and the historic elegance of the town. Hard to beat, anywhere.

Starkville is another one that gets better each time I visit. The Cotton District is filling in, bit by bit, and will soon connect directly with downtown, creating a single, walkable cultural district going from downtown all the way to Mississippi State's campus. And the campus is lovelier with each visit. Starkville isn't that far off from achieving critical mass and developing into a collegiate town that people from around the country will want to live in. I would say within 15 years they will have arrived.

Tupelo is another one that speaks for itself, ever the earnest striver in Mississippi that keeps outdoing itself. Downtown Tupelo continues to add brand-new buildings and feels clean and charming. Since Tupelo was virtually wiped out by a tornado in the 1930s, they are building their downtown from scratch. The entire city feels clean, safe, and prosperous - and with such a bright future.

Corinth is one that stays quiet but seems to be a sleeping giant. For a town of 14,000 people I am always taken aback by just how big it seems in terms of beautiful neighborhoods. They have a huge and very elegant historic district, but driving through town it shifts to the neighborhoods of the 50s and 60s era with huge, wooded lots, then to the 80s and 90s built around the country club, and then to the 2000s built around lakes. Downtown Corinth with its Mayberry vibe seems vibrant and confident these days. With its location just 15 minutes from Pickwick and easy drive to places like Nashville and Chattanooga, Corinth seems to have it all - and they know it.
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Old 01-26-2022, 08:17 PM
 
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Wow. Making me think I might actually want to visit Mississippi more. You've made these places sound really attractive. I've only been to Biloxi and Ocean Springs. Spouse did some consulting work in Laurel. Mississippi is still affordable and I believe the Magnolia state rates high on Forbes list of tax friendly states for retirees. Yet....that humidity
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Old 01-27-2022, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Southeast Arizona
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Senatobia, Pontotoc, Iuka, and Houston all deserve mentions here.
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Old 01-27-2022, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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North MS really is an underrated place. Clean, lots of potential for jobs, and some solid schools around. Interstate 22 is starting to pay off (contrary to what many people think, it takes 10-20 years for the benefits of an interstate to truly begin opening up). Desoto area is your typical suburban sprawl, but at least it's solid growth for people who want that. Oxford is a college town, will always be money there, and has access to Memphis. Same with Starkville, and the GTR area has plenty of jobs. X factor is always Tupelo, since it's the major metropolitan area that is sort of an independent 'anchor', and located right on I-22. If they could diversify their economy, sky is the limit.
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Old 02-21-2022, 08:59 AM
 
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Not in N. Mississippi, but....

We just spent weekend in Natchez. Beautiful city. Yet, some of the people who live there makes it one of the ugliest we've been to.

And yes, wife and I treat others the same as we expect to be treated. We engage friendly, but once you have an attitude, well expect it in return. In which some found out real quick.
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Old 02-21-2022, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Johns Island
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Not in N. Mississippi, but....

We just spent weekend in Natchez. Beautiful city. Yet, some of the people who live there makes it one of the ugliest we've been to.

And yes, wife and I treat others the same as we expect to be treated. We engage friendly, but once you have an attitude, well expect it in return. In which some found out real quick.
What happened?
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Old 02-21-2022, 12:15 PM
 
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What happened?
Attitudes. When we travel, we always have a smile. Always try to make a good statement because we don't want to give a bad representation from our state. Which is Louisiana. We are very respectable wherever we may roam because we're experiencing a new place, fresh faces...

I don't know if it was just a weekend thing or if they were rude in general.

However, we did meet a few people from town while out. Those people made a difference. One lady wanted to check out our vehicle because they never seen anything like it. I didn't know that I was a car salesman in my previous life! She said that she was looking for a vehicle with good gas mileage and will be on the search for one! Lol... there was a few more citizens that was asking me about it too.

Those people who were nice made a difference. But I'm not going to let a few bad apples spoil the bunch. Just those rude ones made it ugly. I shouldn't have called Natchez ugly. I'm sorry about that.

But we will return for a visit. I'm hoping next time we go, it will be a better experience.
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Old 02-21-2022, 03:43 PM
 
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Old 02-24-2022, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Tupelo, Ms
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North MS really is an underrated place. Clean, lots of potential for jobs, and some solid schools around. Interstate 22 is starting to pay off (contrary to what many people think, it takes 10-20 years for the benefits of an interstate to truly begin opening up). Desoto area is your typical suburban sprawl, but at least it's solid growth for people who want that. Oxford is a college town, will always be money there, and has access to Memphis. Same with Starkville, and the GTR area has plenty of jobs. X factor is always Tupelo, since it's the major metropolitan area that is sort of an independent 'anchor', and located right on I-22. If they could diversify their economy, sky is the limit.
Tupelo's still a micropolitan area for now. Later, we'll see the designation change.
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Old 02-25-2022, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of TN, AL and FL
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Tupelo's still a micropolitan area for now. Later, we'll see the designation change.
I know, I was basically just pointing out that it was the biggest city in the area, and most organic growth will likely be in and around it.
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