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Old 11-23-2011, 09:54 PM
 
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How do these metro areas compare.

I have heard Roanoke and Blacksburg are redneck/hick? Is this true?
Why does Western NC get hype, but not so much in VA if they are both close to mountains?
What am I missing here about these cities.
I have heard NC is more liberal as a state than VA is outside NoVa.

I am pretty unfamiliar with this area of the country, fill me in.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:20 PM
 
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I am pretty unfamiliar with this area of the country, fill me in.
For starters, you might want to change your title.

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How does Western VA (Roanoke/Blacksburg) compare to Western NC (Asheville, Charlotte)

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How does Western VA (Roanoke/Blacksburg) compare to Western NC (Asheville, Boone)
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:36 PM
 
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For starters, you might want to change your title.

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How does Western VA (Roanoke/Blacksburg) compare to Western NC (Asheville, Charlotte)

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How does Western VA (Roanoke/Blacksburg) compare to Western NC (Asheville, Boone)
I agree. Although Charlotte is considered western NC, it appears as though you want to compare the Appalachian regions in both states and Charlotte is not Appalachian.

I'd say that western NC gets more hype mainly because of Asheville. It's pretty much an anomaly for a Southern Appalachian town, being all hippy and liberal and what-not.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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Fine, put Boone...include Charlotte too if you want or Gastonia, whatever. Just the general regions, no need to be picky.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:46 PM
 
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I'd say that western NC gets more hype mainly because of Asheville. It's pretty much an anomaly for a Southern Appalachian town, being all hippy and liberal and what-not.
Are Roanoke and Blacksburg not like this I am guessing? If so, what are they similar to? I've been to Charlotte/Asheville/Raleigh/Richmond/DC/Greeneville/Spartanburg/Chattanooga/Knoxvile. Have not been to those Western VA area cities though, nor Boone. Boone seems very small compared to a Roanoke/Blacksburg. I know Charlotte is bigger but still... those are the 2 biggest cities in each of the respective states, FWIW.
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Old 11-23-2011, 10:52 PM
 
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Are Roanoke and Blacksburg not like this I am guessing? If so, what are they similar to? I've been to Charlotte/Asheville/Raleigh/Richmond/DC/Greeneville/Spartanburg/Chattanooga/Knoxvile. Have not been to those Western VA area cities though, nor Boone. Boone seems very small compared to a Roanoke/Blacksburg. I know Charlotte is bigger but still... those are the 2 biggest cities in each of the respective states, FWIW.
Although I've not been, I'd say that Blacksburg and Boone are similar in that both are mid-tier college towns as opposed to the upper-crust college towns of Charlottesville and Chapel Hill. Neither Roanoke or Blacksburg are tourist destinations like Asheville.

And what cities are you referring to when you say "those are the 2 biggest cities in each of the respective states"? I'm guessing you mean within the regions of the states under discussion.
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Old 11-23-2011, 11:21 PM
 
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Although I've not been, I'd say that Blacksburg and Boone are similar in that both are mid-tier college towns as opposed to the upper-crust college towns of Charlottesville and Chapel Hill. Neither Roanoke or Blacksburg are tourist destinations like Asheville.

And what cities are you referring to when you say "those are the 2 biggest cities in each of the respective states"? I'm guessing you mean within the regions of the states under discussion.
2 biggest in Western VA and 2 biggest in Western NC, are Roanoke/Blacksburg and Asheville/Charlotte respectively.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:53 PM
 
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I can't comment much because out of the five cities mentioned so far, I've only been to Charlotte, but Asheville/Boone fits much better with Roanoke/Blacksburg. Charlotte is a major metropolis that isn't at all mountainy. Great city -- I think throwing it in there with Asheville would probably make Western NC win each and every time, but it is kind of its own region in the state. NC is roughly divided into the Mountainy part, Charlotte, the Triad (Winston-Salem and Greensboro), the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham), Eastern NC (anywhere east of 95). I think theres a name for the south-central part of the state too but it's not coming up offhand.

Anyways, your cities picked aren't a good comparison because Charlotte isn't very similar to any of those cities and including it in any region probably would put that region ahead (especially when you contrast a cool, mountain city like Asheville with a metropolis like Charlotte -- the best of both worlds).
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Old 11-25-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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I can't comment much because out of the five cities mentioned so far, I've only been to Charlotte, but Asheville/Boone fits much better with Roanoke/Blacksburg. Charlotte is a major metropolis that isn't at all mountainy. Great city -- I think throwing it in there with Asheville would probably make Western NC win each and every time, but it is kind of its own region in the state. NC is roughly divided into the Mountainy part, Charlotte, the Triad (Winston-Salem and Greensboro), the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham), Eastern NC (anywhere east of 95). I think theres a name for the south-central part of the state too but it's not coming up offhand.

Anyways, your cities picked aren't a good comparison because Charlotte isn't very similar to any of those cities and including it in any region probably would put that region ahead (especially when you contrast a cool, mountain city like Asheville with a metropolis like Charlotte -- the best of both worlds).
You are focusing too much on the size of the cities instead of the overall vibe. Asheville is more liberal than Charlotte for instance.
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