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.
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)
- 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.
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.
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//
depends on what you like. we have all kinds.
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.