Ask The Audience: What’s The Best Thing About Your City?

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

I have a friend in town and I’ve been showing him all the best things about Nashville. As most people are when I show them Nashville, he’s in love with the city. Nashville has a certain vibe that I’ve not seen anywhere else I’ve ever been. The music venues suit nearly every musical genre you could possibly think of, and the mix of people who are from here and are not from here is really amazing.

Add to that our beautiful green hills and you’ve got an awesome place. So, Home Eccers, I’m asking you today: what is it that you love about the city you live in?


  1. KTHunter on July 20, 2009 at 11:10 am

    I live in Chattanooga, just over Monteagle from you. Nashville is great… we were up there just a few weeks ago to see Celtic Woman in concert.

    I love Chattanooga. It is big enough to always have something to do and small enough to get from place to place rather quickly. Plus, if you DO happen to run out things to do, there are plenty of other cities just a day trip away (Nashville, Atlanta, Knoxville, Huntsville). I grew up near Knoxville and have lived in Atlanta and Boston. But I keep coming back here. I came here to go to UTChattanooga and am just attached to the place. Family is only a day trip away. The winters are fairly mild… summers get sticky and humid but not as hot as other places… we have a river running right through town and a beautiful park on the bridge that crosses it that has no car traffic on it… plenty of places to hike and ride bikes… great places to canoe/kayak are a short drive away (Ocoee and Sequatchie and Hiawassee). And there are mountains everywhere. If I ever go anywhere where I can see more than 12 miles in any direction, I get dizzy…

    I admire many other cities, but this has become my home.

  2. Angela on July 20, 2009 at 8:52 am

    There is not much I like in the town I live in. It is like some one took a suburb and tossed it into the prairie of SD. People are rude here, gas in more expensive, foods more expensive and the family we moved here to be closer to moved less then a year after we moved here. I am close enough to my family where I usually end up going back every month or so… this can also be a bad thing. I would rather go back for a week or two instead of just weekends here or there. We do have amazing wildlife here and sometimes seeing that makes all other things seem not so bad.

  3. Amber on July 20, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Another Tucsonan here… I love the mexican food 🙂 I could live with out the 110 and 45% humidity today. But it only last a little while. Other than this time of year you can you be outside ALL the time. Probably 320 days a year its beautiful! I was born and raised here and there is so much awesome country around us its unbelievable. I also LOVE that you can go 4-6 hours in any direction and get a totally differant climate and enviroment. 4 hours north White Mountains, 6 hours west San Diego and Beach, 6 hours South Mexico and Beach, 4 hours east mountains of New Mexico. Love it!!

  4. Becca of the Diaper Cakes on July 20, 2009 at 12:09 am

    Queen Creek, Arizona. Suburban sprawl if ever there was. But I will tell you that I love my neighbors and the good folks that live here (we are all transplants, I think).

    I don’t really like too much about the town, itself. It was all built in the last ten years and lacks the character of my Southern Virginina hometown.

    I like that I can shop easily and this makes my business (those diaper cake thing a mobs I do) really a lot easier (I shop for each specific custom cake). I like that mail gets here pretty quick and gets to my destinations pretty quick. I like that I can go up in the mountains to go camping with my family. I like that we don’t have miserable winters (and the heat really IS a dry heat). I like that at least my husband’s family is close by so my girls have SOME grandparents they know (sigh….).

  5. JRae on July 19, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Being able to order any type of food at all hours! (NYC) 🙂

  6. Tara on July 19, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    In the winter, in my lovely Tampa, the sky is blue and cloudless and the temperature hovers around 72 degrees most days. I am so spoiled by this weather that when it dips below 65 I wear a wool coat. Below 60, there is a hat & gloves involved.

    The summer is hot and miserable, but when I get hot and cranky I remember those beautiful “winter” days then go inside in the air conditioning to wait it out.

  7. gracie on July 19, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Fort Wayne IN — has one of the top library systems in the country!! — and it has the second largest collection for genealogy research in the country (the first being the mormon chruch)

    our children’s zoo is excellent as well, we have a good park system, and a few small museums

    lastly: it’s really cheap to live here

  8. Maranda on July 19, 2009 at 2:36 am

    I love the history of my town. I live in a community rich in california gold mines. We have still a few active mines including the 16 to 1 mine. It definately makes for some interesting field trips! I love the fact that it is still a “small town” yet so close to the “big city”. I am about 50 miles east of Sacramento and almost eaqual in distance to Lake Tahoe. Its a beautiful place with a lot of wonderful places to go and things to see. I think that the only bad thing about the community here would be that there isnt much for the teen group to do unless they are outdoorsy types.

  9. Stacy on July 19, 2009 at 1:56 am

    Hmm…well, I moved here because my husband wanted to get out of the “big city”–his idea of a big city is your average suburban sprawl. So we moved up to the mountains, about an hour and a half away. We live in a tiny town in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California, called Forest Falls. There are about 1,000 full-time residents. At first, I really struggled with the move because I liked the city where we had been living. Also, I was spoiled by not having to deal with real weather and seasons until coming here. However, a couple of years after we moved, I started taking walks and hikes to lose weight, and I really did fall for this place. The skies are so deeply blue, and the colors of the mountains and trees complement them so beautifully. Almost all year the views are great, and we have a terrific ridgetop view from our house. So it’s the natural surroundings that I think are the best part of living here.

  10. Karen on July 18, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Human diversity! It makes for a very cosmopolitan and outward-looking city. I teach at a school where no one demographic “group” makes up even a quarter of the student body. It’s a very rich experience for the staff and for the students.

    According to the 2006 census, 50% of residents in Toronto are foreign-born, and 47% are of a visible minority, of which the largest three groups are “South Asian” (12%), Chinese (11%), and Black (8%).

  11. Meredith on July 18, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    I love Nashville’s library system. I just request the new books on my list, and pick ’em up at my local branch.

    When my in-laws visited, we took them to the magnificent main branch downtown and showed off the marionette performance of Cinderella (free) followed by a picnic in the European style courtyard.

    Art, culture, entertainment, information, convenience–we love our library!

  12. Southern jezeBelle on July 18, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    I love Nashville….which is good since we are most likely moving there next month! We’ll find out Monday if Mr. B gets the job!

  13. Layla on July 18, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    This post made me tear up. I hate just about everything about where I live now. Nashville (well, Franklin) is home, and I miss it SO much.

    *sigh* I suppose I should count my blessings. Where I am now is also where my husband is (we were long distance for 4 years before we got married, and I have several friends with deployed husbands, so I know this is a huge blessing), and I do love Notre Dame. Everything else about South Bend bites, though.

    • Heather on July 18, 2009 at 7:43 pm

      Layla, it is so hard to live somewhere that doesn’t feel like home. Try looking for things you could like.
      I found this site through your county’s chamber of commerce. I hope you can find things you do like:

    • Meredith on July 18, 2009 at 8:32 pm

      Layla, I think Amy @ Momadvice is in the South Bend area, if you don’t follow her already, maybe you can pick up some ideas.

      I agree, though; once you’ve lived in the gracious South, it’s hard to live anywhere else.

    • Layla on July 19, 2009 at 11:03 am

      That website is great, Heather — we’ve had some out-of-town visitors and have used it to plan activities for them. That’s sort of the problem: South Bend is great to visit, but once you’ve seen it, there’s just not that much on-going, especially during the summer when the students are gone.

      I shouldn’t have been quite so down on the place. Besides, we’re out of here in May. It doesn’t help my mood that this past week was COLD. Once summer shows up (the 3rd week of August) and football season is looming, I’ll like it again. 😉

      • Heather on July 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm

        Oh, I get it. There are a lot of good things about St. Paul, MN, but I couldn’t see them for missing the South so badly.

  14. twadlund on July 18, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I live in Tucson Arizona where’s it 105% right now, so at the moment its a little hard to tell you why I love my city. After Being born and raised here, then moving around the west coast during my college years, I did gain a lot of respect back for the desert. Unlike Phoenix, Tucson has little to no traffic. You can do outdoor activities 365 days a year. It is gorgeous here all but about June-Aug…Tucson is more of a big town than a city. The University of Arizona keeps the vibe in town young and somewhat exciting. The hiking here will challenge most states. And finally Tucson is pretty close to some pretty cool places. San Diego, Las Vegas, L.A., New Mexico, Utah etc…

    • Heather on July 18, 2009 at 7:37 pm

      My mom grew up in Tucson and still has family in Benson and Phoenix. I’m hoping to take a trip out there with the kids in the next few years.

  15. Nancy on July 18, 2009 at 6:33 pm

    I’m not in a city. I live in Colorado, in a pine forest. I love the clean air and the big dramatic skylines. I love the view of the mountains and the snow in the winter. I love how it is cool in the summer and how it is rarely humid or sticky. I love sitting on my back porch in the summer time, with no mosquitoes to bother me.

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