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Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:09 PM

What's Nashville like?

I just applied to a job in Nashville, and I'm wondering what locals think of it beyond what I read on the Internet? Is it expensive? Any BoHo artsy-type neighborhoods? I see the mayor is a Democrat

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Reply What's Nashville like? (Original post)
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 OP
Buckeye_Democrat Aug 2020 #1
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #14
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #2
redstateblues Aug 2020 #5
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #12
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #13
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #15
SheltieLover Aug 2020 #16
Laelth Aug 2020 #3
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #11
redstateblues Aug 2020 #4
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #10
yellowdogintexas Aug 2020 #6
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #9
Docreed2003 Aug 2020 #7
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #8
70sEraVet Aug 2020 #17
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #19
Lars39 Aug 2020 #18
XanaDUer2 Aug 2020 #20

Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:10 PM

1. I've only driven past it recently...

... but I was shocked by all the traffic and how much it's grown!

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Response to Buckeye_Democrat (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:22 PM

14. Thanks!

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:16 PM

2. Very expensive to live there

I'd looked at rentals a couple of yrs ago, but did not end up moving there.

Likely areas ourside of the immediate metro area that are more reasonable, but when you get outside of the metro areas in the south, you have the redneck factor.

Look around online & see for yourself what pricing is like for housing.

If you enjoy country music, you'll love it.

Vanderbilt Univ is a gorgeous campus, filled with brilliant minds!

Good luck!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:30 PM

5. There is a thriving alternative music scene in East Nashville

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Response to redstateblues (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:21 PM

12. Thanks!

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Response to SheltieLover (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:21 PM

13. Thank you

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:28 PM

15. Yw!

Please let us know how the process goes? Best of luck! 👍

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Reply #13)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:29 PM

16. It is really pretty there

And closeish to Asheville! 😍👍

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:24 PM

3. It's beautiful--hilly and green.

Itís moderately expensive. Itís not as expensive as LA, San Fran, or New York, but itís easily the most expensive city in Tennessee. Itís liberal (for Tennessee), but itís not Atlanta (which is far more liberal by comparison). Itís population is well-educated, comparatively. The climate is great, actually. Itís got a good airport (but nothing like Atlantaís from which you can get a direct flight to nearly anywhere). The traffic sux, but itís not as bad as Atlantaís (by comparison). Itís got a vibrant music scene. In particular, if you like Country Music, Nashville is that genreís national capital. The water is good (much better than Atlantaís, by comparison). The air quality is adequate (a little better than Atlantaís).

I am not a native. I went to college in Atlanta and have visited Nashville multiple times. Thatís the basis of this response. Hope you find it useful.

-Laelth

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Response to Laelth (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:21 PM

11. Thank you

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 02:29 PM

4. Nashville is a blue city in a red state

East Nashville has a lot going on, and it's the most affordable part of town There is a alternative non country music scene there. Before the pandemic, Nashville had a ton of new restaurants. There have been a lot of STEM jobs, which have accounted for a lot of the growth, but it's driven up prices of everything as well. Downtown and mid town are expensive. I've lived here since the 80s so I may be biased, but I think it's a great city.

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Response to redstateblues (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:20 PM

10. Thanks!

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 03:02 PM

6. I lived there for 16 years from 1971 to 1983

Blue county; last non Democrat from the 5th Congressional District was sent to Congress around 1850s. State Capitol.

Several of the neighborhoods have gentrified since I left. I lived in East Nashville near the river and in Madison.

Great barbecue, lots of little Meat and 3 cafes and Nashville Hot Chicken.

One school system for the entire county. There are 7 universities, 2 medical schools and a school of dentistry.

It's a metropolitan combined city - county government.

I would say the Bo-Ho neighborhoods are East Nashville and the university areas. Fine arts abound thanks to so many colleges/universities.

Not sure about public transportation; it was declining when I lived there.

The entire Mid-South is humid; because of the Cumberland River Nashville is very humid.

It is about 35 miles south of the frost line and when conditions are right it will snow, sometimes heavily. There is a joke that snow removal is two guys in a flatbed with salt shakers ... because it is so hilly, snow days are at home days for many; ice storms are fairly bad there as well. However, there are definitely 4 seasons.

Metro Nashville is so diverse that over 100 languages are represented in the public schools

Largest concentration of Kurds in US - something like 10,000

Pro football team; pro hockey team; AAA baseball team.

Very green and lush. Lots of lakes nearby for water recreation.

Four hours to the Great Smoky Mountains. 1 1/2 hours to Mammoth Cave National Park; 3 hours to Louisville. 3 1/2 (roughly) to Memphis. Jack Daniels distillery maybe an hour, which you can tour but you can't buy the whiskey because it is a dry county. NASA in Huntsville about 90 minutes south.

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Response to yellowdogintexas (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:20 PM

9. Thank you

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 03:14 PM

7. We live in the Nashville burbs

Nashville certainly is a cosmopolitan town. The city itself is a blue dot in a sea of red. The city has a vibrant music and arts scene, and not just country music. In non Covid times, you can find music any night of the week and Art walks several months out of the year. Nashville has so great restaurants as well. If you are into sports, the city has NFL and NHL, as well as MLS. Additionally, the symphony is incredible and has a beautiful concert hall and the Frist Center is a very nice art museum that hosts a variety of exhibits on rotation. There is always something going on.

Cost of living depends on what and where you are looking. We moved from New England and experienced a significant drop in the cost of living, but it could be higher depending on where you are moving from. As others have said, East Nashville is a great area but has a bit higher living cost because everyone wants to live there. There are other areas of town that are more affordable and offer their own benefits, and, despite traffic, once you learn your way around it's pretty accessible.

Happy to help answer any questions you might have.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #7)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:19 PM

8. Thank you

If I hear back about the job I may take you up on that

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 06:49 PM

17. We moved to Nashville from New England over 30 years ago.

It's a very family-friendly city - great library, parks, nature trails. Many first-rate hospitals and universities. In spite of the music reputation, there is an economic diversity which helps the city to weather economic crises. East Nashville (which has already been mentioned) is the happening area. But a couple of the adjoining areas are still affordable (Madison, Donelson, Hermitage).
Good Luck.

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Response to 70sEraVet (Reply #17)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 07:36 PM

19. Thanks!

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Response to XanaDUer2 (Original post)

Thu Aug 20, 2020, 10:29 PM

18. Since no one else has mentioned it...allergies!

Nashville is in the center of a bowl, with the sides being the bluffs and high hills. This allows the pollen and pollution to congregate. So your allergies get worse or you get them for the first time.

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Response to Lars39 (Reply #18)

Fri Aug 21, 2020, 07:36 PM

20. Good to know, thanks!

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