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Average Ratings:
Artisticness: 4.0    Calmness: 3.5    Helpfulness: 4.3   
Intellectualness: 3.3    Neatness: 3.5    Outgoingness: 4.5   
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Artisticness: 3.12    Calmness: 3.09    Helpfulness: 3.00   
Intellectualness: 3.37    Neatness: 3.28    Outgoingness: 3.36   

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Name: Nellie | Age: 30 | Gender: Female | ZIP: 37212 | Resident for: 5-10 years | Added on: 2006-10-10
Artisticness: 2   Calmness: 4   Helpfulness: 4   Intelligence: 3   Neatness: 4   Outgoingness: 3   
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-What do you like about Nashville?
General friendliness of people (native Tennesseans)...and they influence other people to be pleasantly friendlier.

The Belcourt Theater! The only independent/art movie theater in Nashville!

Vanderbilt and Belmont: Universities make the town more vibrant with their cultural, political, and sports events.

The music industry brings bling and stars to the city (like Nicole Kidman, Kid Rock, etc.)

Local music scene (not including electronica and punk) is excellent. From beginner to legendary singer-songwriters, rock, bluegrass, everyone is a talented performer.

Historical aspect: civil war monuments, plantations (although I despise what they stand for), Jack Daniels distillery, Ryman Auditorium, etc.

Nashville is expanding upwards (new highrise lofts), new symphony hall, new downtown arts district...

Obvious diversity of religions outside of Southern Baptist and other protestant religions: Jewish Hillel, Catholic Churches, Buddhist Temple.

-What do you dislike about Nashville?
Not progressive environmentally, socially, or artistically. (Although just this Sept 2006, there have been town hall meetings for progressive city planning).

Conservative. Duh, it's the Bible Belt. Many projects are stalled because of conservatism. An example of the silliness: the statues of "naked people" at the Division Street roundabout had to be altered even thought it is art.

Not cosmopolitan: The definition is "having worldwide rather than limited or provincial scope or having wide international sophistication." Nashville is not an international city, even music-wise. It is more down-home than sophisticated. When a trendy or hip place opens (a club or condos), the advertiser always makes a comparison to Los Angeles or NYC. That annoys me. Most of the ethnic minorities are poor or refugees. The universities contribute to increase cosmopolitanism, but not at an international level.

Lack of ethnic diversity (although it has been noticeably increasing - see below) compared to NYC, LA, SF, Chicago (not as many transplants). I am American of Asian descent who grew up all her life in California, and when I first came to Nashville, people asked me how I learned to speak such perfect English.

Races are split up: Mostly white near Vanderbilt and Belmont, predominantly black on Jefferson Street/Meharry/Fisk areas, mostly Mexican and Vietnamese on Nolensville Pike.

Can't buy alcohol on Sundays.

Lack of local electronica music scene: big DJs come to town only once a month...or less. There is a local scene (Audity Central) and it's spinoffs, but they are only one entity. Lack of electronica/techno/ambient/house dance clubs without TVs playing sports (but Play and Virago are great). Too many hip-hop/top 40 clubs.

Lack of punk/industrial scene.

Zero museums of modern art.

No large biotech companies or softward industrial parks, which limits the number of technocrati who stay in Nashville.

-What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
I live in Hilsboro Village and love the restaurants there (Sunset Grill, Cabana, Trace). I hang out in The Gulch (RuSans, Watermark, Bar23), Church Street (Tribe, Red, Play), East Nashville (Plowhaus Artsits Cooperative, Lipstick Lounge, Radio Cafe). But mostly I like to travel (close enough to Chicago, Panhandle FL, New Orleans).

-How expensive is it?
Real estate in most areas is very affordable as of October 2006:

Downtown adjacent (right below the capitol)$220,000 to $260,000 for a 2BR/2BA townhome off of 8th Avenue North).

For one of those new downtown lofts (like the Viridian) you would pay about $250,000 for 640 sq ft.

Near Vanderbilt University (walking distance), rent for a 1BR/1BA apartment or condo will run from $675 to $1200 a month. A 2BR would be a better deal at $950 to $1600 a month.

Richland (off West End Ave.), Belle Meade and Forrest Hills are the million plus homes, but you get so much bang for the buck.

The Belmont runs $600,000 plus, but you are getting a large yard and more than 2,000 sq ft).

-Is it safe?
Yes, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't take precautions. Areas behind factories and storage facilities are dangerous in every city. Prostitution and drug dealing near the projects.

How is the weather?
4 seasons. Great autumn: 65-80 degrees F with clear skies. Cold winter: It only snows heavily for one week between the end of November and March, but it is cold (freezing). A lot of flurries (light snow). Rainy spring. Humid summer with thundershowers.

Additional thoughts? I moved to Nashville for graduate school. Because the city is growing, one individual can become a large voice and influence. You can easily start your own group in art or fashion because there are not many nationally talented people in this city in those arenas. I joined an artist's co-op easily and will exhibit soon. I would not have been able to do this in Los Angeles or NYC. (The only difficult industry would be the music industry as a singer or songwriter. Not many theater opportunities for actors.) Friendly, folksy, unpretentious. Almost a big city feel...except for the lack of clubs (but there are excellent restaurants) and underground/alternative art/fashion/music scenes. The best word for Nashville: unpretentious.


Name: | Age: 46 | Gender: Male | ZIP: | Resident for: more than 10 years | Added on: 2006-02-05
Artisticness: 5   Calmness: 3   Helpfulness: 5   Intelligence: 5   Neatness: 3   Outgoingness: 5   
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What do you like about Nashville?
Progressive,vibrant downtown,pro sports,good colleges,music scene(all types are represented). History, Arts, Culture.Restaurants.
What do you dislike about Nashville?
Traffic, urban sprawl, street layout, smog, weather extremes, esp. in winter.
What are your favorite parts of the city to live and/or hang out in?
West End,Hillsboro,Downtown.
How expensive is it?
Real estate getting pricey in some areas, but oherwise very affordable.
Is it safe?
Mostly, esp. downtown, entertainment and tourist areas. Several notorious high-crime areas(projects, drug, prostitution spots).
How is the weather?
Four seasons, can get below zero often w/ snowfall in winter very common. In \"storm-belt\", tornado area.
Additional thoughts?
One of the nicest cities I've expeienced. Incredibly friendly citizens, very cosmopolitan for the South. Always something to do. Artist & Intellectually stimulating yet still \"folksy\".


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