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Old 11-23-2009, 11:17 AM
 
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I know there's different strokes for different folks, and I'm going to be the outsider here, but...

My favorite "city" is Jackson. I didn't grow up in Jackson, but I have always lived in Mississippi. Mostly smaller towns, ranging from 1,500-25,000 people, and now I live in Jackson with app. 176,000 people. I know most people think of Mississippi being made up of all small towns scattered around, which for the most part is true, but our capital city is starting to make a comeback (and without the help of the city council and mayor at the moment). Downtown Jackson has app. $2 billion of development going on currently, and I'm pretty excited about that. I'm a city guy, who likes to be able to get out to the country on weekends when I choose to. I have a house in a historic neighborhood of Jackson, the neighbors are great, and the quality of life is unlike (ie better) any in the Jackson metro area, including the suburbs.
You live there so you know best. But I have never liked Jackson and I am not sure why but, again, I never lived there. My son lived there awhile and I did spend quite a bit of time there. It seemed flat and boring scenery-wise. It isn't near the beach or the mountains. It has no architectural unity. It is so much generic mid-city in atmosphere--fast food strips-empty lots--spread out shopping. I know it has some nice little niche neighborhoods but it has a high crime gritty city surrounding them. I don't get the attraction of the reservoir or the suburbs like Madison which just seemed McMansiony and boring. It isn't near anything to write home about either. What am I missing?
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Old 11-24-2009, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Mountain West
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What about Olive Branch, Tupelo and Columbus? They are larger and look nice, especially downtown.
I don't know much about Olive Branch, aside from the fact that there are lots of new housing areas and there seems to be a lot of chain stores and chain restaurants.

Tupelo is very nice, probably one of the best 2 or 3 towns to live in in the state. Fairly progressive, for Mississippi, and the people there seem to try their best to make it a pleasant place to live.

Having lived in Columbus for 10 years, I wholeheartedly DO NOT recommend it as a place to live. There is just a backwards mentality here that has caused the population base to slowly erode. Tradition and religion govern every single facet of life here, and if you are not into those things, you may be miserable. Also, this is the LEAST friendly place that I have ever lived!!
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Old 11-25-2009, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Strathclyde & M√°laga
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I don't know much about Olive Branch, aside from the fact that there are lots of new housing areas and there seems to be a lot of chain stores and chain restaurants.

Tupelo is very nice, probably one of the best 2 or 3 towns to live in in the state. Fairly progressive, for Mississippi, and the people there seem to try their best to make it a pleasant place to live.

Having lived in Columbus for 10 years, I wholeheartedly DO NOT recommend it as a place to live. There is just a backwards mentality here that has caused the population base to slowly erode. Tradition and religion govern every single facet of life here, and if you are not into those things, you may be miserable. Also, this is the LEAST friendly place that I have ever lived!!
Thank you, I have heard pretty good things about Oxford in this thread so it must be the best too - Tupelo or the Oxford area.
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Old 11-25-2009, 11:50 AM
 
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It would be wise to visit your favorite towns in summertime. Summer MS is quite hell like, especially south of I-20. High Heat and humidity stay well into night time, no escape except locking yourself in an AC box. Northern MS is little bit kinder climate wise.
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:54 AM
 
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You can't live in Mississippi and complain about the humidity. that's like eating grits without eggs.

best city to live - Jackson

why? more things to do and see, more people to meet.

the Coast used to be the "spot" but Katrina changed all that.
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Old 12-01-2009, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Jackson, MS
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You live there so you know best. But I have never liked Jackson and I am not sure why but, again, I never lived there. My son lived there awhile and I did spend quite a bit of time there. It seemed flat and boring scenery-wise. It isn't near the beach or the mountains. It has no architectural unity. It is so much generic mid-city in atmosphere--fast food strips-empty lots--spread out shopping. I know it has some nice little niche neighborhoods but it has a high crime gritty city surrounding them. I don't get the attraction of the reservoir or the suburbs like Madison which just seemed McMansiony and boring. It isn't near anything to write home about either. What am I missing?
Most of what you describe seems to have been viewed from the interstates. I myself use the city streets much more than the interstates, so I do not have to stare at strip malls and gas stations. The generic businesses you speak of always line the main roads, ie I-20 and I-55. Lakeland Drive is also evolving into this model as well. To see the true character of Jackson, you have to get down to the street level. Mississippi for the most part is flat, but there are areas of Jackson that go against the grain. Downtown, Fondren, Belhaven, and Lefleur's Bluff all have significant elevation changes. The beach is only 3 hours away, much closer than say Chicago - not to mention the climate is near perfect for the beach. Architecturally, Downtown offers a good blend of historic structures with new modern buildings. I agree about Madison, but some people just seem to like new stuff even though new is not always nice.
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:29 PM
 
Location: poplarville ms
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Poplarville,Ms
moved here in 2003 from St. Bernard, La-daughter(15 yrs old at the time) took to it right away(was surprised) me took a couple of months was exhausted at first (was used to known grocery stores and other stores like Kmart and walmart right up the road 5-10 min away I remember telling my dghtr I was going to run to Winn-Dixie and Kmart and would be back in a couple of hours took all day )

Would not change a thing about Poplarville and moving here now-little quiet country town, no rushing , peope polite and friendly they wave at you using all five fingers ,will help you at the first sign or will ask if they think you do. Nobody is a stranger You might think at times you're in Mayberry Usa -- (when daughter was a junior in school had a project to do forgot to leave her money and I went out of town over night-she went w/a friend to get supplies -store person asked her what her project was on and if she had everything -she said wshe would be back the next day to get her supplies cause she needed me-person told her to get her supplies so she could get started and pay her when I came in-I could not believe this person trusted a stranger!!I went as soon as I got home and paid her right away!!) Other things like that have happened -
Love this place and would not go anywhere else
sorry so long got carried away -just not many places like this anymore!One other thing I have never seen or met in a long time the majority of teens and young adults here-well mannered,sincere and hard working !!
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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Default thanks!

thanks for actually answering my question, Scottslas.
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Old 03-02-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Hillsboro, OR
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Natchez is nice. Meridian is laughable.
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Old 03-02-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Strathclyde & M√°laga
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thanks for actually answering my question, Scottslas.
Which one?
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