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Old 06-28-2010, 07:50 PM
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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I was going to run in here and say Memphis as well. I think it and Jackson would win this thread. Though the Alabama cities like Mobile and Birmingham could be mentioned.
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Old 03-02-2014, 08:40 PM
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Winston-Salem, NC is a good choice.
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Old 03-03-2014, 08:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Thomas R. View Post
Of "relatively large cities" Jackson, Mississippi seems to have the highest percentage "born in state." If you want bigger Birmingham, Alabama is apparently 82.7% "born in state."


Interesting chart. The other cities on the list near Birmingham are considerably smaller............apparently it's somewhat unusual for a city as large as Birmingham to be comprised of so many "natives"...........but this just proves what I've always known - that Birmingham is basically an incestous pool, and the best thing that could happen to that city is for a bunch of non-southerners (even better if they're not black or white) to move to the city.
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Old 03-03-2014, 10:09 PM
Location: Durham, NC
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Originally Posted by LovinDecatur View Post
No, it wasn't a joke. I'm well aware of Raleigh's growth and the changes that come with that, which is why I'm always surprised at how much Southern flavor it has retained. I believe that was what the OP was inquiring about, wasn't it?
Most people in Raleigh don't even have southern accents anymore.
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Old 03-05-2014, 07:10 AM
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most unchanged ? Memphis is about as "unchanged" aka "backward" (if you're not moving forward and standing still, then you're pretty much backward)...also Birmingham Alabama which is an easy choice too ! ditto places like Jackson Mississippi or any other city in Mississippi!
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:30 AM
Location: Savannah, GA
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This is an old revived thread from 2010. In addition to that, I believe the OP only posted once anyway.

Those two things aside, I guess I'll chime in on this.

I've heard that over the very recent past (say the last year or two) that Birmingham has begun a revival of it's downtown. Looks as if it has finally been discovered, so perhaps the stagnation it has experienced has started to change.
I would choose New Orleans over Birmingham anyway. It gets a lot more tourists, but it doesn't seem to change very much (besides Katrina).

For smaller towns on the list, the list is a bit larger.
Montgomery, Jackson (MS), Columbus (GA), Macon or Meridian. Take your pick.
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Old 03-05-2014, 09:46 PM
Location: Little Rock, Arkansas
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Originally Posted by bchris02 View Post
Ditto for Little Rock, Arkansas.
Little Rock is not that bad compared to Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL.

Downtown has changed and it is much better now.
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Old 03-27-2015, 04:02 AM
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Have you considered the extremely lovely and picturesque small city called Meridian, Mississippi? It was a thriving city in railroad days and persons from all over the USA and world went there to work in that industry leaving the current population not descended from the roots of your typical southerner. Merchant princes from Europe came and built fine and lavish stores downtown many of which have been restored into chic condos now. Fine places to eat abound and housing is very affordable. Three major Medical Centers are in the town. There is a Naval Air Station there and Navy personnel covet being stationed there and it is a popular place for Navy pilots to retire to adding to the eclectic mix of people. Often they will buy a house there and keep it even if they are sent away to other duty posts for years before they retire so they can easily come back there to retire. There are Dutch people there in some numbers due to a company from Holland that had their US division there from many years. Anderson Coopers dad/Gloria Vanderbilt's late husband was from there and Anderson Cooper maintains strong ties to his relatives in the area and is known to be in town several times a year over family visits. Several celebrities come from the city of Meridian including the actress Sela Ward who maintains a home there. The famous speaker maker Hartley Peavey of Peavey Electronics is from there and lives there also and many of his rock star clients and friends come to the area often. It is not unusual at all to spot old and young rock stars out shopping or eating in a restaurant because they are in town visiting him. It is a very fine and fun town with something of a European look and feel since so many first generation Americans from the Continent built it and it is extremely intact architecturally.
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:15 PM
Location: Miami, Floroda
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Birmingham AL
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Old 03-27-2015, 12:27 PM
Location: BMORE!
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Baltimore outside of the gentrified areas.
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