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Old October 12th, 2006, 03:10 AM   #1
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Asheville: San Francisco of the South?

I've read a lot lately about Asheville. It sounds like it's a mecca for gay men and women and for people pursuing "alternative" lifestyles. The NY Times, LA Times, SF Chronicle, Boston Globe, Washington Post have done articles about it. It's been referred to as a "gay mecca" on Bill Maher's (HBO), Keith Olbermann's (MSNBC), and John Stewart's (COM) shows.

I just visited Asheville recently and was surprised - as a ex-NYC resident that Asheville is as cool and progressive as people are saying. What do you think?
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Old October 12th, 2006, 06:09 AM   #2
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Asheville is very cool, but it is nothing like San Francisco as far as gay life is concerned. Key West is more of a threat to take that title.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 02:24 PM   #3
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UMM--You forgot Atlanta.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #4
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Atlanta is the San Francisco of the South....

Asheville is more like the Key West of the Appalachians.
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Old October 12th, 2006, 05:00 PM   #5
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Some people showing their age - before San Francisco was known for it's homosexual population, it was known for it's hippies. Hence, the nickname was for Asheville's large hippy population - which is still large. Where I live in now has a similar demographic, though they are more NIMBYish than anything else. But even though Asheville may have a larger gay population for a city it's size - I assure you the nickname is due to the hippy atmosphere that still hangs on there.

Great place though & the city is full of ex-Atlantans (which may be a bad thing ).
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Old October 12th, 2006, 05:01 PM   #6
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Yeah, probably Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami are the leaders in regard to gay population, though Asheville does have a huge counterculture population that is quite freaky......
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Old October 13th, 2006, 06:37 AM   #7
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UMM--You forgot Atlanta.
I don't see it; Atlanta is also nothing like San Francisco. I like Atlanta and it has a big gay population, but it isn't that much like San Francisco.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 07:35 AM   #8
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i wouldnt call it the SFO of the south.
there are a ton of gay people, and it has quite a community, but not like SFO.
its just really large considering the size of asheville.
but there's gotta be one mtn. city for the gays!
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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:44 PM   #9
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Yeah, probably Atlanta, New Orleans and Miami are the leaders in regard to gay population, though Asheville does have a huge counterculture population that is quite freaky......
Don't forget Houston which has a gay population of more than 250,000 people, and in my opinion is the gay mecca of the south.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 08:57 PM   #10
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atlanta has the gayest zipcode. so take that!
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Old October 13th, 2006, 10:28 PM   #11
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Don't forget Houston which has a gay population of more than 250,000 people, and in my opinion is the gay mecca of the south.
Okay, look, I think we all know that Albany, Georgia is the Gay Mecca of the South!!!
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Old October 13th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #12
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Don't forget Houston which has a gay population of more than 250,000 people, and in my opinion is the gay mecca of the south.

Oh, but Houston is not the South. It is only the South when it wants to compete with Atlanta.
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Old October 13th, 2006, 11:51 PM   #13
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I think that Asheville's downtown area is much more SF-ish than any I've seen in the South. Part of it is that Asheville, unlike Houston or Atlanta, doesn't have a boatload of glitzy, gleaming new arenas and museums and so forth (not that there's anything wrong with those things). The city is quite small, but it's pretty dense and has a very bohemian feel in some places. The combination of older architecture, hippie presence, and gay culture definitely make it a West Coast type of place.

The downside of course is A-ville doesn't have the sheer size of population that some other cities have. So you don't see massive gay clubs or large bohemian districts. But if you take proportions into account, Asheville feels MUCH more like San Francisco than Atlanta, Houston, or Miami.
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Old October 14th, 2006, 01:46 AM   #14
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I'm in Asheville quite frequently, and yes I think this is a fair comparison. Lexington Ave specifically REALLY reminds me of SF. Asheville is obviously a smaller city in the mountains, but the general feel is certainly there. Independent shops, restaurants, very open social place--pretty close. As mentioned--it's a little gritty too which gives it a similar feel. Atlanta is very buttoned up and corporate and new feeling to me, and although there are great quirky neighborhoods, large gay population, etc., it doesn't even come close to reminding me of SF.
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Old October 15th, 2006, 07:16 AM   #15
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I don't think I was saying that Atlanta is LIKE San Francisco....

Urban Myth's post mainly focused on Asheville's gay population and whether that factor qualified them as the "SF of the South".

If we're going strictly by that standard, Atlanta still wins hands down. Asheville may be funkier and have more of a hippy vibe than Atlanta, but the size, visibility, and political influence of Atlanta's gay community is unparalleled in the South.
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A friend of mine said everytime he used to go up to ashville he always got rearended by someone.
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Old October 17th, 2006, 05:01 AM   #17
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A friend of mine said everytime he used to go up to ashville he always got rearended by someone.
Then I guess Asheville is the prison shower room of the south.
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Old October 18th, 2006, 06:16 PM   #18
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Then I guess Asheville is the prison shower room of the south.
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Looks a bit tacky on a bumper sticker, though........
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Old October 19th, 2006, 03:05 PM   #19
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Neither Asheville or Atlanta are similar to San Francisco. Not even close.
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Old October 23rd, 2006, 05:10 AM   #20
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I think that Asheville's downtown area is much more SF-ish than any I've seen in the South. Part of it is that Asheville, unlike Houston or Atlanta, doesn't have a boatload of glitzy, gleaming new arenas and museums and so forth (not that there's anything wrong with those things). The city is quite small, but it's pretty dense and has a very bohemian feel in some places. The combination of older architecture, hippie presence, and gay culture definitely make it a West Coast type of place.

The downside of course is A-ville doesn't have the sheer size of population that some other cities have. So you don't see massive gay clubs or large bohemian districts. But if you take proportions into account, Asheville feels MUCH more like San Francisco than Atlanta, Houston, or Miami.
Very well said
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