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Old 11-25-2012, 08:20 AM
 
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I am thinking about relocating in a couple of years to Selma from NJ. It seems to be very historical there which is what I like. Can someone tell me more about it? Is it a good place for kids to grow up? Friendly people no matter where you come from?? Thx
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:40 AM
 
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Do you have a job lined up? Unemployment is very high in Selma.

I can see the historical allure of moving to Selma, which operated a major Ordnance and Naval Foundry during the Civil War.
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:38 PM
 
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Default Selma?what's it like?

It's a dump. Every time I post that some place I'm familiar with is less than Heaven, someone comes forth to inform me what a great place it is. Even so Selma is a dump and likely will still be so when Gabriel blows his horn.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:01 PM
 
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I really hate to harsh on the place, but it is really a terrible place to work/raise kids. Either you're in with a very small group of elite, or you are just rabble. No meaningful jobs, no amenities and poverty. It's an historic place, to be sure, but visit only. You'd be better off living in a more attractive small town in Alabama such as Montevallo and visiting.
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Old 12-01-2012, 06:23 AM
 
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Thank you soooo much for your replies!!!! and for your honesty!!!

I don't have a job lined up but I work from home so the employment issues there wouldn't be an actual issue for me. I was in awe of the beautiful historical homes and the prices seemed too good to be true! Now I undersand why but that is probably the case where the beautiful homes that are actually affordable are not necessarily in places you would want to live ((

I grew up and live at the Jersey Shore and feel that I am ready for a change in a few years. Plus I would like to feel I can get more for my money that I work so damn hard for. NJ is so expensive. Ugh!!!

I don't like asking this question because it sounds so stereotypical, but I will anyway...lol. If I moved to Alabama would they not like me because I am from NJ??? Unfortunately, it seems like sometimes you have to be concerned about things like that.

cpg35223, you mentioned Montevallo. Just curious, is that historical. I love old homes.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:38 AM
 
Location: The South
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You may get some friendly ribbing cause you are a yankee. I spent some time in NJ many years back and folks up there weren't bashful about calling me a hick. You just roll with the punches.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Among Alabamians, Selma doesn't have a very good reputation. You can find older homes for sale in smaller towns like Andalusia and Brewton, and it would be a much more pleasant place to live.
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:13 PM
 
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People will accept you for what you are. Parts of Alabama are somewhat "backward" to many people, however, some of the more "progressive" areas of the Nation haven't proven to exactly be bastions of intelligence and wisdom given the economic condition some of them find themselves in. Accordingly, an attitude of superiority won't be welcome. People who move in from other areas and try to remake Alabama communities into the one they just left aren't going to blend in either. Alabama has always been a "live and let live" kind of place, though it's changed a lot over the years. Just relax, take it easy.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:00 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Among Alabamians, Selma doesn't have a very good reputation. You can find older homes for sale in smaller towns like Andalusia and Brewton, and it would be a much more pleasant place to live.
When a town in Alabama doesn't have a good reputation even among Alabamans, that's a pretty good sign. Went to Selma once. Was in Montgomery and saw a sign that said "Selma 50 miles" or something and thought, "What the heck?" I didn't even make it all the into town. The outskirts were dreadful. Never saw the famous bridge.

There are lots of places in Alabama (and indeed throughout the South) that are famous for historic reasons, but you would never EVER choose to live there. Tuskegee is another, and it's worse than Selma.

PS -- Why do so many people up north think that they won't be accepted if they move down South? Don't they realize that half the folks down here are all from up north?!
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Don't they realize that half the folks down here are all from up north?!
That might as well be the case in Georgia, but definitely not in Alabama. (especially in places like Selma and other small towns in AL)

Indeed, Selma is in the heart of a depressed area called the "Black Belt" which also includes places like Tuskegee. Its interesting how a few miles can make the difference though. You can find growth and/or progressive areas not far from Selma and Tuskegee. Auburn and Montgomery for example.
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