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Old 09-05-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: northeast US
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We visited Mississippi for the first time this summer. We're an interracial couple and our biggest concern was race. We really loved Mississippi, especially the people, and would say we were treated very well everyplace we went. It's not the 1950's anymore, MS has moved into modern times, and IMHO has progressed more racially than has rural New England where we're from.

We did not experience culture shock, at least as visitors. A Starbucks or a strip mall in Hattiesburg isn't any different from a Starbucks or a strip mall in Suburban Massachusetts. What was truly shocking was the City of Jackson. We really were not prepared for what we saw and how things are there.

I happen to know for a fact that a lot of really good people live in Jackson, and I won't malign them, or their place. But to describe Jackson as a viable city, or Fondren as a relatively progressive or artsy place, as most people would understand the meaning of those words, is either deluded, wishful thinking or very dishonest.

I've lived in third world countries and a war zone so I'm not easily rattled. Jackson is scary. The streets are deserted of people even mid-day, on a weekday, in perfect weather, even around all the new construction area where the art museum is. We drove all the areas of Jackson, around Fondren, Belhaven, West & South Jackson, around JSU, and the length of Gallatin.

I'm very sorry, I wouldn't post this, but we were misled by posters on this an another site. Good people, yes, but Jackson is seriously depressed and an obviously dangerous place to be an outsider not in the know. People need to know that beforehand. It was heartbreaking - and the good people of Jackson surely deserve better.
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:01 AM
 
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Hi Mississippienne, Must be something in the food and/or water! It is very different than where I was raised, Bronx, NY or where I have previously called home, San Francisco and now NJ. I am so ready for a change. Everyone "warns" me about heading south. Do they mean I am an outsider or something? :-)
If they are talking about the pace, I am all for slowing down. What's they hurry? We're all headin' to the same place, aren't we? take care, MM
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:14 AM
 
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Hi Wiildufauve, I saw/read your post after my last post. Oh my, that is a shame. I understand what your a relating. It is all relative-to say an area has progressed or is moving in another direction is positive; but it sounds like Jackson really isn't there yet! I took my kids to Charleston, SC this summer.
I used to be a Flight Attendant and Charleston for me was a home away from home. That being said, at the time 25 yrs ago--it too was considered dangerous. We were warned all the time about going out and remaining watchful.
Fast forward to this summer, I could recognize areas from the past but generally all those dangerous areas where gone and replaced with numerous shops, cafes etc. And I dont mean little mom and pop places I mean very hi-end designer oriented stores! Back then--there was always the Citadel and various colleges in area but I never remember seeing so people out on the streets in the past....there may have been a really cool shop and nothing for blocks and blocks. Now it is really quite a bustling beautiful city. ..as I think back the potential was there; but never any people. So perhaps in time Jackson will indeed be transformed. It takes time and energy and suddenly the shift is made. It is sad that we have ignored that part of the US until Katrina hit. So it'll take time to make change but it can happen. take care, MM
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Old 09-06-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Central Mississippi
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We visited Mississippi for the first time this summer. We're an interracial couple and our biggest concern was race. We really loved Mississippi, especially the people, and would say we were treated very well everyplace we went. It's not the 1950's anymore, MS has moved into modern times, and IMHO has progressed more racially than has rural New England where we're from.

We did not experience culture shock, at least as visitors. A Starbucks or a strip mall in Hattiesburg isn't any different from a Starbucks or a strip mall in Suburban Massachusetts. What was truly shocking was the City of Jackson. We really were not prepared for what we saw and how things are there.

I happen to know for a fact that a lot of really good people live in Jackson, and I won't malign them, or their place. But to describe Jackson as a viable city, or Fondren as a relatively progressive or artsy place, as most people would understand the meaning of those words, is either deluded, wishful thinking or very dishonest.

I've lived in third world countries and a war zone so I'm not easily rattled. Jackson is scary. The streets are deserted of people even mid-day, on a weekday, in perfect weather, even around all the new construction area where the art museum is. We drove all the areas of Jackson, around Fondren, Belhaven, West & South Jackson, around JSU, and the length of Gallatin.

I'm very sorry, I wouldn't post this, but we were misled by posters on this an another site. Good people, yes, but Jackson is seriously depressed and an obviously dangerous place to be an outsider not in the know. People need to know that beforehand. It was heartbreaking - and the good people of Jackson surely deserve better.
Unfortunately, this is what I keep trying to say on here. I lived in Jackson for years and it was a thriving city back then. Now I wouldn't feel safe living anywhere in the city. I don['t think it's going to get better anytime soon either. Crime is awful and the public schools are awful. They just hired a new school superintendent. The old one was sued by a school principal for sexual harassment (settled out of court), but instead of firing him, they kept him on as a "paid consultant" and will be paying him $200,000 for the next year. They can't pay the teachers decent salaries though.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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Hi, if you give Mississippi a chance you will find it to be a wonderful place to live and nice area to raise a family. It is truely a well kept secret. We have a mild but tropical climate, low taxes, lots of churches and many friendly people. Music and art is a way of life here. Canton is an old and quaint small town that seems to have retained the look of a 1950s town. Not to worry, Madison and Jackson are just down the road and offer any and all of your needs. The Canton school public school district is not currently rated the best but it does have a good private academy. If you move 6 miles south to Gluckstat or Madison the schools are wonderful. That might be a consideration for you. Don't let Hollywood's picture of Mississippi sway you..... it's nothing like they picture it. Come on down...you'll be treated like family.
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Old 01-14-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: 60630
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Hi, if you give Mississippi a chance you will find it to be a wonderful place to live and nice area to raise a family. It is truely a well kept secret. We have a mild but tropical climate, low taxes, lots of churches and many friendly people. Music and art is a way of life here. Canton is an old and quaint small town that seems to have retained the look of a 1950s town. Not to worry, Madison and Jackson are just down the road and offer any and all of your needs. The Canton school public school district is not currently rated the best but it does have a good private academy. If you move 6 miles south to Gluckstat or Madison the schools are wonderful. That might be a consideration for you. Don't let Hollywood's picture of Mississippi sway you..... it's nothing like they picture it. Come on down...you'll be treated like family.
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