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post #196 of 237
Louisville KY

Lafayette LA
post #197 of 237
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simi valley

OJ Simpson would agree
post #198 of 237
atlanta. how shitty it is is woefully underrated
post #199 of 237
^^^ +1, also Charlotte NC...annoying local accent, mind-boggling traffic and sweaty summers. Every time I think of the South, I have a vision of Dolly Parton look-alikes convention and Nascar
post #200 of 237
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^^^ +1, also Charlotte NC...annoying local accent, mind-boggling traffic and sweaty summers. Every time I think of the South, I have a vision of Dolly Parton look-alikes convention and Nascar

There are some pretty nice towns in the South, which are not filled with filthy rednecks. I've been pretty happy living in Athens GA for the last couple years. It's not really a "city", only 100k people, but it's a good place to live.
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There are some pretty nice towns in the South, which are not filled with filthy rednecks. I've been pretty happy living in Athens GA for the last couple years. It's not really a "city", only 100k people, but it's a good place to live.

You're right about Athens: it is very nice, indeed
post #202 of 237
I'm not surprised no one's mentioned it yet, but Charleston, West Virginia is beautiful. Anyone else been there? I was only there for a day, and could definitely see how it could get boring. Other than that I'd say that Birmingham, AL and Montgomery, AL are both underrated.
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The town does have that Brooklyn-esque feel to it from the old tobacco buildings that are being renovated, which is what gives Durham its unique character. You won't see that kind of warehouse district architecture in Raleigh or Charlotte. Lots of cool projects going on downtown, and in 10 years I expect Durham to be in a very thriving position.

You might, if you go to the warehouse district in Raleigh. And there are a couple converted tobacco buildings dt as well. I looked at 2 of them when i was considering buying there a few years ago.
post #204 of 237
No, Raleigh's warehouse district (the gayborhood) was mostly built in the mid 20th century. They aren't very decorative.

It is really nothing like Durham's turn of the century tobacco warehouses (which are of a more consistent architectural style as they were built by fewer players). There's also several converted textile mills in Durham which offer another style (lots of windows).
post #205 of 237
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I'm not surprised no one's mentioned it yet, but Charleston, West Virginia is beautiful. Anyone else been there? I was only there for a day, and could definitely see how it could get boring.

Other than that I'd say that Birmingham, AL and Montgomery, AL are both underrated.

wat?

I havent been there in 10+ years but been to Chaleston a few times and it was by far the worst capital Ive ever seen. So dirty and poor. I just felt...sad. Once you get outside the city the shanty's come up faaast.
post #206 of 237
Charleston WV is surreal: poor, weird (in an uncool way), yet strangely appealing, good to visit for a day or two... but to live there? That's suicide
post #207 of 237
Charleston is super small for a capital city; 50,000 people. The social circles are very small and you basically need to buy a plane ticket to go shopping. I guess the internet makes that much easier now though. There's also a pretty big wealth disparity; most of the true middle class that work in Charleston commute in from up or down the valley. Charleston proper is just poores and then upper-middle class and rich.
post #208 of 237
Huntington is the nicest West Virginia city.
post #209 of 237
Yeah, I mean, I just like the rich areas of most places, and generally ignore poor parts of town. I live in NOLA and refuse to go to the Quarter because poor people make me ill. I guess I just though a lot of the properties across the river were really dope. The minor league baseball stadium/team looked fun too.
post #210 of 237
I love Portland, Maine. I used to date a girl who's dad lived out there and I kept dating her longer than I should have because I loved visiting that area so much. The downtown is nice and compact, has some great restaurants, and a surprising art scene for a city its size. Wilmington, NC is another underrated place to get my vote. I used to live near there and would move back in a heartbeat if I could convince the wife. The beaches (along most of the NC coast really) are so much, cleaner, less crowded, and less expensive than what you will find in most of Georgia, SC, or Florida and the college seemed to supply a steady stream of good looking girls. My only complaint is that the housing stock, once you are right outside of downtown, is pretty bland.
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