U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Nebraska
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Closed Thread Start New Thread
 
Old 04-07-2009, 02:42 AM
 
Location: Macao
15,945 posts, read 36,154,437 times
Reputation: 9478

Advertisements

Is Lincoln, Nebraska a progressive city?

It sounds like IOWA, MINNESOTA, WISCONSON are progressive states. I have an impression that Nebraska may be as well?

How about LINCOLN in particular? Capital city and a college town....anything at all like Madison, WI., etc.?

How is LINCOLN, NE?

 
Old 04-07-2009, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
1,362 posts, read 4,199,776 times
Reputation: 526
Nebraska is probably the most backwards state ever. It's like they're trying to be the deep south sometimes. Lincoln and Omaha (more so Omaha) are the only bastions of progressiveness. Everywhere else may as well be in the 1800's.
 
Old 04-07-2009, 07:40 AM
 
Location: Chicago
3,340 posts, read 8,704,420 times
Reputation: 1215
oh dear, here we go..........................
 
Old 04-07-2009, 09:34 AM
 
Location: Downtown Omaha
1,362 posts, read 4,199,776 times
Reputation: 526
I'm not even going to touch on that issue in particular, but there are many other ways that NE just doesn't get it. They won't legalize casinos when the 14th largest casino market in the country is right across the river from it's biggest city and it's citizens are giving all of that money to Iowa instead of Nebraska.

You've got a state senator now who wants to pretty much close down strip clubs and sex shops and put extra strain on couples that want to get married. Not to mention how overwhelmingly the state votes solidly republican and against their own interests.
 
Old 04-07-2009, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Macao
15,945 posts, read 36,154,437 times
Reputation: 9478
Wait, Iowa has casinos? That's interesting. They play poker there?
 
Old 04-07-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
252 posts, read 635,564 times
Reputation: 177
Living the agri-centered life in Nebraska, I have found a lot of very 'progressive' and tolerant friends. And, consider Ernie Chambers' long stint in the legislature.

There are similarities among Lincoln and Madison WI. Maybe some with Minneapolis, however, I don't see Al Franken wanting to live here, anytime, soon. MN and WI are great places with a varied pop. as is NE. As a whole, we understand and share the humor of Garrison Keillor.

It is true that if you are a renter and jobber and are young, Lincoln will seem a whole lot more progressive than outstate and rural NE

And, to our detractors, when people are ready to bring an entrepreneurial spirit out here, we'll take you. Kearney is a University town and the surrounding area is always in the market for new ideas albeit it is statistically, red. I think you would find most people who live in Kearney to be socially liberal, but fiscally conservative--where is that not true, these days?

Last edited by roots'nbulbs; 04-07-2009 at 10:25 AM..
 
Old 04-07-2009, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Western Nebraskansas
2,707 posts, read 5,357,035 times
Reputation: 2415
Quote:
Originally Posted by DTO Luv View Post
Nebraska is probably the most backwards state ever. It's like they're trying to be the deep south sometimes. Lincoln and Omaha (more so Omaha) are the only bastions of progressiveness. Everywhere else may as well be in the 1800's.
 
Old 04-07-2009, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Macao
15,945 posts, read 36,154,437 times
Reputation: 9478
I was just looking at Obama/McCain...Nebraska does look solidly RED with two specks being Lincoln and Omaha.

Drastically different from say Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Dakotas, Michigan, etc. which has quite a bit more blue.

Hmm...actually I knew a girl from Lincoln and she was very cool and hip and Minnesota liberal/open-minded...I had the impression perhaps Nebraska had that same upper midwest sensibility...

But, the more I read about it, the less I think so..maybe there was a reason that girl I knew escaped to Minnesota.?

But I am still interested in the possibility of Lincoln, NE...

I also saw elsewhere that SPORTS and FOOTBALL are huge in Lincoln? If so, I am getting a better sense of Lincoln prioritities...forgive me, hope I don't offend anyone, just trying to figure if Lincoln is a possible fit or not...
 
Old 04-07-2009, 12:48 PM
 
1 posts, read 8,510 times
Reputation: 14
Default Liberal Lincoln?

I lived in Lincoln in the mid 1990s and the town made Nashville (my hometown) look like NYC in terms of liberalness. There are a few spots here and there that are environmental and leaning towards hip, but they are small sections of Lincoln and Omaha. I was wearing Docs there (a fashion of the time) and when I walked to school at the university, locals would drive by and scream lesbian at me. I thought it was particularly funny perhaps because I am straight and had always thought Nashville was intolerant. I rearranged my opinion after moving there. I also experienced more open, blatant racism in Lincoln than I ever did growing up in the South. That said, there is a strange mix of people in Lincoln. For example, there is a significant asian population proportionately, which helps lend more diversity to the city. Overall though, if you stray outside the city center (which is pretty small), you are surrounded by farmland and rural, middle america which tends to be conservative. I was glad to get out of there because as a native southerner, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I was never able to get comfortable with the lack of tolerance I found there. Even the university is relatively conservative -- considering what you usually find. I attributed that to the fact that the majority of the students come from rural, farming backgrounds and their attitudes reflect that of their parents. Just an opinion. It could have changed drastically since then, but I don't think so since one of my close friends still lives there.
 
Old 04-07-2009, 02:22 PM
 
300 posts, read 1,055,142 times
Reputation: 103
Football is what I would consider the most popular sport in the state. We also love baseball, basketball, volleyball and hockey. Though, I think hockey is more popular in Lincoln and Omaha.
Nebraska is mostly red, but not horribly so. I'm pretty darn liberal, and I've met tons and tons of people that see things the same way I do. You just have to find your niche. Omaha and Lincoln and by far the bluest places in the state. And with the younger generation coming of age, the balances are starting to shift. Even if ever so slightly.

Lchamp - I'm sorry to hear that you had to deal with all the negativeness. In my 23 years living in Lincoln, I have NEVER come across anything like that. I know quite a few gays and lesbians and they've never dealt with that type of intolerance. Atleast not in college.
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Closed Thread


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Nebraska
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2019, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top