Relocating: New Orleans or Nashville?

  • Parker817

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    Feb 02, 2014 1:13 AM GMT
    Hey guys - I need advice, so I am coming to my favorite group of friends, strangers and trolls with this one.

    I just found out that I have to relocate for my job. I'm picking up the territory of Louisiana, Tennessee and Mississippi. I've traveled to these areas before, many moons ago...but I don't really know much about living there.

    I'm pretty set on living in a city, and without knowing anything about them I'm looking towards New Orleans or Nashville. New Orleans, because I know there's a gay scene and I have family that's a few hours away. But a lot of people are pushing me towards Nashville. I really don't know, but I have to start making trips down there to figure this all out.

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    Feb 02, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    Nashville, overall, it has a lower crime rate and has better cost of living than New Orleans.
  • WhoDey

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    Feb 02, 2014 8:11 AM GMT
    N.O. has a gay scene, but most of the guys there are just visiting....
  • A_shirtGuy

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    Feb 02, 2014 3:59 PM GMT
    Nashville. Great city with a lot to do. Plus, the summer heat is not as bad as it is in New Orleans.
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    Feb 02, 2014 4:08 PM GMT
    I was born and raised in Nashville. It really is a wonderful city, and it is exploding more than ever.
  • rnch

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    Feb 02, 2014 5:53 PM GMT
    WhoDey saidN.O. has a gay scene, but most of the guys there are just visiting....




    Stuff and Nonsense!


    A quick visit to the gayborhoods next to/adjoining the French Quarter A.K.A. "marigny" and "Bywater" will prove that WhoDey is sadly misinformed.
  • rnch

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    Feb 02, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    blkapollo saidNashville, overall, it has a lower crime rate and has better cost of living than New Orleans.



    Perhaps on the first, depending on what part of town......but doubtful on the second.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 02, 2014 5:59 PM GMT
    New Orleans is expensive but great entertainment all the time. It supports a culture that likes to be out of the home much like NY but without the snobbery. And not just a gay culture. Music, food, entertainment. The town is a tad claustrophobic and focused on the evening. Nashville is a terrific town but you live a suburban lifestyle though with some entertainment leaning towards country. If you like being outside doing athletics, running, tennis, golf, bikes, etc, Nashville is better.
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    Feb 02, 2014 7:23 PM GMT
    http://www.bestplaces.net/crime/?city1=54752006&city2=52255000

    After living in Nashville for the last 20 years. I'm more than ready to get out.
    It seems it is only a bit more safe than New Orleans.
    I find though that attitudes and people in general have become more nasty. (Forget the "Friendly Southern Hospitality")
    And most can't drive worth a crap, even in good weather.
    This is just my experiences and observations.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 02, 2014 7:29 PM GMT
    Why not check out Memphisicon_question.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 02, 2014 7:31 PM GMT
    Having been to all those places I would say Nashville. Its nicer, alot going on. Its all the bible belt so there is that. But of the three, I would go Nashville.
  • Parker817

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    Feb 02, 2014 7:43 PM GMT
    Wow, you guys are not making this easy!!

    I will be traveling there for work for the next couple months until I move, so I'll have to check them all out. Thanks for the suggestions - more advice/insight is welcomed!
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    Feb 02, 2014 7:46 PM GMT
    Parker817 saidWow, you guys are not making this easy!!

    I will be traveling there for work for the next couple months until I move, so I'll have to check them all out. Thanks for the suggestions - more advice/insight is welcomed!


    In Nashville the gay bars are on Church street. If you stay at the Loews Vanderbilt you can walk to them.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 02, 2014 7:52 PM GMT
    Two other cities to look at: Jackson MS, and Baton Rouge LA. Don't let their medium size fool you. Both are vibrant, growing cities and both are relatively close to New Orleans and Memphis. Jackson isn't as stubbornly conservative as much of the rest of Mississippi. The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level. It is highly unfortunate because New Orleans and the neighboring old river towns are very beautiful and interesting places. Baton Rouge is also very low laying but above sea level. Something to seriously consider when making a relocation decision.
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    Feb 02, 2014 8:44 PM GMT
    I've never been to Nashville, but I spent a week in New Orleans for work. I had a decent time there, after overcoming the worst bout of food poisoning I've experienced in my life.

    New Orleans is probably the most affordable place in the US where you can lead a nice "city" lifestyle.

    Either city will have amazing music!

    The biggest difference to me would be that I need hills if not mountains to be truly satisfied and there is virtually none of that in New Orleans, and a reasonable amount in Nashville. If I had to pick a place in any of those three states, I'd pick Knoxville, but that could make it difficult to reach clients in Louisiana.
  • rnch

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    Feb 02, 2014 9:16 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said...The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level...




    As are parts of New York City and sections of Washington D. C. among other cities.....

    The pumping capacities and the Defective,Faulty Federal Core Of Engineers levies are much improved since 2005; when the collapsed levies flooded New Orleans.

    Hurricane Katrina did NOT flood New Orleans! The day AFTER the hurricane passed by; the Defective, shoddily built Federal Core of Engineers flood control levies burst. THAT flooded most of the city.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 04, 2014 6:22 PM GMT
    rnch said
    roadbikeRob said...The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level...




    As are parts of New York City and sections of Washington D. C. among other cities.....

    The pumping capacities and the Defective,Faulty Federal Core Of Engineers levies are much improved since 2005; when the collapsed levies flooded New Orleans.

    Hurricane Katrina did NOT flood New Orleans! The day AFTER the hurricane passed by; the Defective, shoddily built Federal Core of Engineers flood control levies burst. THAT flooded most of the city.
    If you can call concrete walls that are now used as highway overpass guardrails "levees". Please keep in mind that most of Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond all sit mostly on solid, dry ground with only small, scattered patches of wetlands and low laying areas. New Orleans and all its suburbs are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils. This in itself makes the New Orleans Metro Region very highly susceptible to violent weather events. Very sad but true.
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    Feb 04, 2014 6:26 PM GMT
    I like both places. I've visited New Orleans, and it is a wonderful place. My husband is from Nashville, so I've been there many times.

    It really depends on what you want. If you want to go to a place that has a vibrant economic future, I'd chose Nashville. I really like the changes there over the past several years. But in terms of history, architecture, food and culture overall, New Orleans wins.
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    Feb 04, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    Depends on what you want. Are you planning to put down roots or is it a temporary move? Do you like change? Do you want to experience a city with a culture vastly different than any other in the US or do you want to experience a city that is no different than Peoria, Cincinnati, etc. I could see having difficulty choosing between Nashville and St. Louis, but the opportunity to choose between New Orleans and Nashville? The answer is obvious.

    I have to imagine the gay scene in New Orleans is more open and accepted than the gay scene in Nashville.
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    Feb 04, 2014 7:10 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    rnch said
    roadbikeRob said...The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level...




    As are parts of New York City and sections of Washington D. C. among other cities.....

    The pumping capacities and the Defective,Faulty Federal Core Of Engineers levies are much improved since 2005; when the collapsed levies flooded New Orleans.

    Hurricane Katrina did NOT flood New Orleans! The day AFTER the hurricane passed by; the Defective, shoddily built Federal Core of Engineers flood control levies burst. THAT flooded most of the city.
    If you can call concrete walls that are now used as highway overpass guardrails "levees". Please keep in mind that most of Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond all sit mostly on solid, dry ground with only small, scattered patches of wetlands and low laying areas. New Orleans and all its suburbs are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils. This in itself makes the New Orleans Metro Region very highly susceptible to violent weather events. Very sad but true.


    Yes, the major problem with living in New Orleans is the constant snorkling. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • rnch

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    Feb 04, 2014 7:16 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]roadbikeRob said...If you can call concrete walls that are now used as highway overpass guardrails "levees". Please keep in mind that most of Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond all sit mostly on solid, dry ground with only small, scattered patches of wetlands and low laying areas. New Orleans and all its suburbs are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils. This in itself makes the New Orleans Metro Region very highly susceptible to violent weather events. Very sad but true.[/quote]




    Typical uninformed New York Yankee response.

    Not ALL of New Orleans and it's suburbs "are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils".

    "Haters gonna Hate" icon_exclaim.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:41 PM GMT
    rnch said[quote][cite]roadbikeRob said...If you can call concrete walls that are now used as highway overpass guardrails "levees". Please keep in mind that most of Boston, New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and Richmond all sit mostly on solid, dry ground with only small, scattered patches of wetlands and low laying areas. New Orleans and all its suburbs are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils. This in itself makes the New Orleans Metro Region very highly susceptible to violent weather events. Very sad but true.





    Typical uninformed New York Yankee response.

    Not ALL of New Orleans and it's suburbs "are situated on sinking swampland that is mostly sand and silt soils".

    "Haters gonna Hate" icon_exclaim.gif[/quote]What hateicon_question.gif What I am saying is true fact. It is very sad but it is true. The New Orleans Metro Region is very low laying with large parts of it below sea level. The soils underneath are mostly sand and silt. Why do you think that after putting up levees along the Mississippi, geologists have noticed the elevation of both the city proper and many of its suburbs gradually sinking. It is a process known as subsidence which occurs when sandy and silt soils are no longer fed by floodwaters from either Mississippi River or Lake Pontchartrain. Sad to say but cities like New Orleans, Metarie, Kenner, Westwego, Gretna, Arabi and many other communities in that portion of SE Louisiana do not belong there because of the inferior geology underneath them. That land was not meant to be built on, instead that whole peninsula was meant to be a wetlands which serves as a protective barrier from fierce storms coming off the Gulf. New Orleans, Metarie, Kenner and those other communities should be on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain where the land is a little more solid and higher in elevation and most importantly not as susceptible to natural subsidence. This is not uninformed New Yorker opinion, I am just stating the proven facts.
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    Feb 04, 2014 8:50 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidTwo other cities to look at: Jackson MS, and Baton Rouge LA. Don't let their medium size fool you. Both are vibrant, growing cities and both are relatively close to New Orleans and Memphis. Jackson isn't as stubbornly conservative as much of the rest of Mississippi. The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level. It is highly unfortunate because New Orleans and the neighboring old river towns are very beautiful and interesting places. Baton Rouge is also very low laying but above sea level. Something to seriously consider when making a relocation decision.


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    Did you actually just recommend the poor guy move to Baton Rouge or Jackson Mississippi??? What did the OP ever do to you? Dude.....Jackson is a fucking hell hole with absolutely NOTHING to do. People sit on the hoods of their cars at the Piggly Wiggly on Saturday night, listening to the radio for entertainment. Not to mention that place is homophoic as fuck. And Baton Rouge isn't much better.
  • rnch

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:57 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    roadbikeRob saidTwo other cities to look at: Jackson MS, and Baton Rouge LA. Don't let their medium size fool you. Both are vibrant, growing cities and both are relatively close to New Orleans and Memphis. Jackson isn't as stubbornly conservative as much of the rest of Mississippi. The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level. It is highly unfortunate because New Orleans and the neighboring old river towns are very beautiful and interesting places. Baton Rouge is also very low laying but above sea level. Something to seriously consider when making a relocation decision.


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    Did you actually just recommend the poor guy move to Baton Rouge or Jackson Mississippi??? What did the OP ever do to you? Dude.....Jackson is a fucking hell hole with absolutely NOTHING to do. People sit on the hoods of their cars at the Piggly Wiggly on Saturday night, listening to the radio for entertainment. Not to mention that place is homophoic as fuck. And Baton Rouge isn't much better.




    On this post SP and I can agree.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Feb 04, 2014 8:59 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    roadbikeRob saidTwo other cities to look at: Jackson MS, and Baton Rouge LA. Don't let their medium size fool you. Both are vibrant, growing cities and both are relatively close to New Orleans and Memphis. Jackson isn't as stubbornly conservative as much of the rest of Mississippi. The only bad feature of New Orleans and a large part of Louisiana is the topography. Most of Louisiana is very low laying and large parts of New Orleans and its neighboring suburbs are below sea level. It is highly unfortunate because New Orleans and the neighboring old river towns are very beautiful and interesting places. Baton Rouge is also very low laying but above sea level. Something to seriously consider when making a relocation decision.


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    Did you actually just recommend the poor guy move to Baton Rouge or Jackson Mississippi??? What did the OP ever do to you? Dude.....Jackson is a fucking hell hole with absolutely NOTHING to do. People sit on the hoods of their cars at the Piggly Wiggly on Saturday night, listening to the radio for entertainment. Not to mention that place is homophoic as fuck. And Baton Rouge isn't much better.
    Baton Rouge is a beautiful city, it is definitely not homophobic and backward like you falsely proclaim. Yes it can be a bit boring but Baton Rouge is a very decent city to reside in and it is not too far from larger cities. Just because Baton Rouge and Jackson don't have anything that YOU like to do doesn't mean they are horrible places for a gay man to reside. Not all young, gay men are into stupid dance clubs and the latest gossip about the celebrities. I am waiting now for you to find fault with Memphis, TN since that is considered a rather conservative city.