HELP! What's life like in Atlanta, Nashville, Gainesville???

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    Jun 25, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    What is it like living in Nashville or Atlanta or Gainseville, FL?


    I was recently accepted to do a 4-week (August) rotation at Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN. I am looking into doing residency in the Southeast once I graduate med school. I was wondering if Nashville is a good place to live, and how 'open-minded' it is to the gay population.

    Other places I've been accepted to are Emory (Atlanta)--but not until January, if I go--and University of Florida (Gainesville), if you'd like to respond to these.

    Chances are, if I like the program, I will want to go there for residency, but I want to know what it will be like to live there for 4 years.

    Thanks!!
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    Jun 26, 2010 12:24 AM GMT
    Miami and Ft. Lauderdale pwns them all.
    Gainsville: Never lived there, but drove through...nothing impressive.
    Nashville: Never lived there, but partied there. Seemed pretty gay friendly.
    Atlanta: Have quite a few friends there. They all hate it.
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    Jun 26, 2010 2:08 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidMiami and Ft. Lauderdale pwns them all.
    Gainsville: Never lived there, but drove through...nothing impressive.
    Nashville: Never lived there, but partied there. Seemed pretty gay friendly.
    Atlanta: Have quite a few friends there. They all hate it.


    Hate Hotlanta?!?!? Why??
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    Jun 26, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    morpheus85 said
    paulflexes saidMiami and Ft. Lauderdale pwns them all.
    Gainsville: Never lived there, but drove through...nothing impressive.
    Nashville: Never lived there, but partied there. Seemed pretty gay friendly.
    Atlanta: Have quite a few friends there. They all hate it.


    Hate Hotlanta?!?!? Why??
    Traffic.
    Although, I'd like to party there sometime...if someone else is driving. I drove through once and never want to do that again. Five hours in a four mile stretch of interstate is ridiculous.
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    Jun 26, 2010 12:50 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    morpheus85 said
    paulflexes saidMiami and Ft. Lauderdale pwns them all.
    Gainsville: Never lived there, but drove through...nothing impressive.
    Nashville: Never lived there, but partied there. Seemed pretty gay friendly.
    Atlanta: Have quite a few friends there. They all hate it.


    Hate Hotlanta?!?!? Why??
    Traffic.
    Although, I'd like to party there sometime...if someone else is driving. I drove through once and never want to do that again. Five hours in a four mile stretch of interstate is ridiculous.


    Yeah traffic is bad from what I hear in Atlanta. To the point people avoid it if at all possible. Ive heard Nashville can be pretty gay friendly. I've also heard they have better clubs and such than Knoxville, where I live. I know nothing of Gainsville.
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    Jun 26, 2010 12:54 PM GMT
    Atlanta traffic horrendous just as Miami drivers are fast-paced.

    I've not been to the other areas in GA, but where I'm at in Valdosta is not very gay friendly. Very backwoods here and not very many gyms either expect at the university, base, and 2 anytime fitness centers.

    Florida would be my pick as you could travel to the hot spots in Florida when you like if you have extra time.
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    Jun 26, 2010 10:59 PM GMT
    Anybody ever live in these places that have some specific advice about whether the place is good/bad/fun/boring? I'm looking for: places to live, things to do, outdoor environment, gyms, restaurants, general atmosphere, cost of living, etc. I may end up living there even after residency if I am offered a position with a group or a hospital.

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    Jun 26, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    Traffic.
    Although, I'd like to party there sometime...if someone else is driving. I drove through once and never want to do that again. Five hours in a four mile stretch of interstate is ridiculous.



    Yeah, I've driven through Atlanta before...well AROUND...it took forever at 3 PM!
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:12 PM GMT
    I lived in Gainseville for several years while going to school. Sure it is a small town, but it is perfect if you are going to school. Enough to do but not so many distractions that you are tempted to blow off school. The weather is nice and depending on where you live, you might be able to walk to most things. If you really need to get out of town, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville are all less than two hours away.

    Plus, U. of Florida is an awesome school. Of course, I might be biased! Go Gators! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    I grew up and lived in Atlanta for 18 years. I loved it. I moved to Austin a year ago, and still miss Atlanta from time to time.

    The city is VERY gay-friendly. The bars are cool (Blake's on the Park by Piedmont Park in Midtown). There is a gay bookstore named Outwrite by the Park. Several authors come and promote their books. I have pictures with John Amaechi the openly gay former basketball player. The Heretic was fun and had good music and required you to be shirtless on the dancefloor. Burkhart's was a hit and miss. There also is the Chaparral (latino on Fridays and hip-hop on Sundays), Bulldawg's on Peachtree (hip-hop black club), Mixx is new, Oscar's bar, Woof's sports bar, B.J.'s with the go-go boys, and Felix's.

    Joe's on Juniper is a gay-owned restaurant near Piedmont Park.

    And quite a few straight clubs are fun. They have their activities like the Santa Crawl to all of the straight clubs. Screen on the Green in Piedmont Park shows movies during the summer. They have an Oktoberfest.

    There is the Aquarium, the Underground, and Six Flags.
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:15 PM GMT
    sashaman saidI lived in Gainseville for several years while going to school. Sure it is a small town, but it is perfect if you are going to school. Enough to do but not so many distractions that you are tempted to blow off school. The weather is nice and depending on where you live, you might be able to walk to most things. If you really need to get out of town, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville are all less than two hours away.

    Plus, U. of Florida is an awesome school. Of course, I might be biased! Go Gators! icon_lol.gif




    Thanks, but I'm not necessarily going there for school. I'll be going (to whatever place I choose) for residency (working 80 hrs/wk) , and maybe longer if I like the place enough. So I'm looking for a place my bf and I could live for a good 4-5 years.
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
    lived in Atlanta 23 years. Grew up in GA. Atlanta is a sea of liberal thought in an otherwise red state. Yeah, traffic is bad, but if you live IN the city like most gay folks you won't deal with the commute which is the main traffic problem. There's always something to do. By most estimates, Atlanta has the second or third largest gay population in the country. A great and relatively affordable place to call home. Still own a home there that I rent out. Emory is a world class institution. Sorta partial to my Alma mater Georgia tech though :-). Atlanta is definitely preferable to Nashville in my mind, especially in acceptance of gay culture. But of course if you're at Vanderbilt and in medicine, you will have no issues with being out because both cultures (medicine and academia) tend to be pretty gay friendly. I loathe Florida so I find the suggestion that (the now straight) Miami/south beach and (yet again popular) fort lauderdale are 'better' places to live than Atlanta to be laughable. Visit Florida and then leave.

    Would be happy to answer any questions you have outside this thread.
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    Jun 26, 2010 11:51 PM GMT

    MorpheusYeah, I've driven through Atlanta before...well AROUND...it took forever at 3 PM!


    Yep, the commuting/freeway traffic here is nightmarish from about 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays, as rightasrain said.

    I'm also with him on Florida. As I told a friend a few days ago, I'd rather die prematurely than retire in Florida.

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    Jun 27, 2010 2:51 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidEmory is a world class institution. Sorta partial to my Alma mater Georgia tech though :-).

    Atlanta is definitely preferable to Nashville in my mind, especially in acceptance of gay culture. But of course if you're at Vanderbilt and in medicine, you will have no issues with being out because both cultures (medicine and academia) tend to be pretty gay friendly.



    Emory is associated with the hospital, so that's where I'd be working. I'm not sure if Georgia Tech has an anesthesiology residency program.

    And...you'd be surprised how un-gay-friendly the medical field is. To patients--yes, it's generally accepting. To people in the field itself (ESPECIALLY medical students/residents/doctors) it's better to keep your mouth shut. You really cannot afford to be discriminated against in such a demanding field, where you strive to achieve, and those above you in rank determine everything. It's not good to be known as "the gay/bi/lesbian doctor/resident/med student."
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:21 AM GMT
    Probably too hot for me. I'm going to Ft. Lauderdale this coming week - I'll be in the pool as much as possible.
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:33 AM GMT
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    sashaman saidI lived in Gainseville for several years while going to school. Sure it is a small town, but it is perfect if you are going to school. Enough to do but not so many distractions that you are tempted to blow off school. The weather is nice and depending on where you live, you might be able to walk to most things. If you really need to get out of town, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville are all less than two hours away.

    Plus, U. of Florida is an awesome school. Of course, I might be biased! Go Gators! icon_lol.gif




    Thanks, but I'm not necessarily going there for school. I'll be going (to whatever place I choose) for residency (working 80 hrs/wk) , and maybe longer if I like the place enough. So I'm looking for a place my bf and I could live for a good 4-5 years.


    I think you would still find the experience simlar to someone going to UF. Would you be doing your residency at Shands?

    Your boyfriend might get a bit board, especially if he is used to a bigger city.

    Still, I found living in Gainesville easy.
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    Jun 27, 2010 3:40 AM GMT
    Gainesville has me.

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    Jun 27, 2010 4:05 AM GMT
    morpheus85 saidAnybody ever live in these places that have some specific advice about whether the place is good/bad/fun/boring? I'm looking for: places to live, things to do, outdoor environment, gyms, restaurants, general atmosphere, cost of living, etc. I may end up living there even after residency if I am offered a position with a group or a hospital.

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    places to live in nashville:
    - east nashville (there are a couple of parks, access to the greenway, great restaurants, festivals -- like the upcoming "tomato festival" -- and sidewalks)
    - vanderbilt area (the village on 21st and around belmont)
    - downtown
    - the gulch
    - do NOT live in brentwood, franklin, hendersonville, or donelson. antioch is okay but east nashville is better as far as neighborhood stuff, gay friendly bars, and sidewalks, etc.

    things to do:
    if you like music, you will never be bored. there is live music downtown and in most outlying areas by world class musicians. there are major festivals that happen throughout the year...bonaroo, CMA, and a couple of others. honky tonkin' is a way of life, karaoke is an artform, and there are many gay bars...though there are just a couple of "main" ones.

    outdoor environments:
    several great parks in east nashville, and several throughout the city with waterways, bike paths, and hiking. nashville is becoming greener all the time with a greenway for walking/jogging/biking that winds its way through most of the city and most of the city has bike paths on the streets and the city buses have bike racks.

    gyms:
    the middle tennessee YMCA is HUGE. there are a shit load of locations spanning nearly 40 miles from north to south. no matter where you are you are close to a Y...and many of them are really good. we have golds and a couple others, but the Y beats them all hands down. the downtown Y is newly renovated as is the east Y. check out the website: http://www.ymcamidtn.org//.

    restaurants:
    depends on what you like. we have all kinds.

    general atmosphere:
    nashville is the belt buckle of the bible belt, but you see most of that baptist/church of christ stuff in williamson county (franklin and brentwood) and sumner county (hendersonville). if you stay clear of there, you will find that davidson county (nashville) is very gay friendly over all. it is still the south and there are still some who are rednecks, but it is changing and getting more and more easy to be gay here.

    i don't do the bar scene all that much, but i know all lot of my friends go to tribe, play, and blue jeans...lots of vandy students and belmont students, lots of young professionals, and everyone in between goes mainly to those three places.

    cost of living:
    i don't know about atlanta or other places in the south, but i think davidson county is pretty reasonably priced. gas is about $2.57 at kroger right now, a gallon of milk is about $2.50, the housing market is wide open and holding steady because of the health care industry...it wasn't too effected by the recent economic mess.

    the flood brought the community together. you might not have ever heard this, but during the flood there was not one arrest for looting or any violence at all. the city came together and dug itself out. it is a great community that way. the titans are very popular as are the predators. we are one of the few US cities in the running to get world cup soccer qualifying games here. we have the music city bowl, and vandy plays host to every SEC team at one point or other.

    let me know if you have more questions.
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    Jun 27, 2010 6:34 AM GMT
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    rightasrain saidEmory is a world class institution. Sorta partial to my Alma mater Georgia tech though :-).

    Atlanta is definitely preferable to Nashville in my mind, especially in acceptance of gay culture. But of course if you're at Vanderbilt and in medicine, you will have no issues with being out because both cultures (medicine and academia) tend to be pretty gay friendly.



    Emory is associated with the hospital, so that's where I'd be working. I'm not sure if Georgia Tech has an anesthesiology residency program.

    And...you'd be surprised how un-gay-friendly the medical field is. To patients--yes, it's generally accepting. To people in the field itself (ESPECIALLY medical students/residents/doctors) it's better to keep your mouth shut. You really cannot afford to be discriminated against in such a demanding field, where you strive to achieve, and those above you in rank determine everything. It's not good to be known as "the gay/bi/lesbian doctor/resident/med student."


    I'm a PA-C in internal medicine/HIV and I agree with you about the 'keeping your mouth shut' thing while in school and rotations/residency. But when you get out things will be different. No hospital on the planet could operate without all the gay and lesbian workers. I suppose i'm spoiled cause I work in a gay practice with all gay patients. Keeping it low key for a while is a good idea.

    Georgia Tech is a great school but engineering, science and business are focuses... Nothing 'medical' going on there although an undergrad student could cobble together a pre-med degree. I was just giving some props to THE university of Georgia :-)
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    Jun 27, 2010 7:33 AM GMT
    I think Gainesville and Nashville would both be excellent places: cultural bastions of the South. Although Gainesville is small, the community is excellent for work and the atmosphere is amazing. I was a Gator, so of course I'm biased. You will not have as good a nightlife as Nashville, but there are tradeoffs to both. Crime in Gainesville is virtually nonexistent and the university atmosphere is enhanced by the fact that it is simply "Titletown" with numerous football and basketball championships and the pride that that brings.
    Finally, Gainesville really fosters a very active lifestyle. It is the largest biking community in Florida, and arguably the Southeast. The streets are runner and biker friendly and the gyms both on and off campus are incredible. The UF Campus is sprawling with a beautiful lake and running paths throughout.
    Good luck on the decision.
    It is important to note that Gainesville is extremely different than Miami and Ft. Lauderdale: illustrating the vast differences in the state of Florida that often get overlooked. Gainesville is slower paced, natural beauty, woods and water; whereas South Fl (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale) is a fast paced party atmosphere with an enhanced environment. Two extremely different places that happen to have the same name for a state.

    Last, Atlanta has always been a illplanned city since Sherman burned his way through it. I visit for concerts and that is absolutely it. Bypass at every opportunity. Not much else to say about that.

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    Jun 27, 2010 2:03 PM GMT
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    sashaman saidI lived in Gainseville for several years while going to school. Sure it is a small town, but it is perfect if you are going to school. Enough to do but not so many distractions that you are tempted to blow off school. The weather is nice and depending on where you live, you might be able to walk to most things. If you really need to get out of town, Tampa, Orlando, and Jacksonville are all less than two hours away.

    Plus, U. of Florida is an awesome school. Of course, I might be biased! Go Gators! icon_lol.gif




    Thanks, but I'm not necessarily going there for school. I'll be going (to whatever place I choose) for residency (working 80 hrs/wk) , and maybe longer if I like the place enough. So I'm looking for a place my bf and I could live for a good 4-5 years.


    I think you would still find the experience simlar to someone going to UF. Would you be doing your residency at Shands?

    Your boyfriend might get a bit board, especially if he is used to a bigger city.

    Still, I found living in Gainesville easy.


    yeah i'd be doing work primarily at Shands. We're not from a big city, but I'd rather not be bored regardless.
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:07 PM GMT
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    yeah i'd be doing work primarily at Shands. We're not from a big city, but I'd rather not be bored regardless.


    I love UF, but Gainesville is a bit of a cultural wasteland to be honest. I came from a much more diverse city and the lack of stuff to do really close by is a big negative.
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    Jun 27, 2010 2:19 PM GMT
    Every city is what you make of it. I live just outside in Jacksonville. Gainesville has always been attractive to me. plenty of stuff to do. Close to a lot of natural springs, theme park about 2 hours north, beaches both east and west of Gville. Not too long ago it was the party capital.

    It being such a large university town it has a decent size gay population, until the summer months. Summer gets slower but still we are around.
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:31 PM GMT
    If you're black, a bear or a twink with attitude, then Atlanta is the place for you. Otherwise, skip it.
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    Jun 27, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    muscles4muscles saidIf you're black, a bear or a twink with attitude, then Atlanta is the place for you. Otherwise, skip it.


    Hahahahaha!!! I'm none of the above.

    Although I have been told I dance like a black guy....or I'm black in the pants....but idk.








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