Cooper-Young in Memphis (Midtown area) is pretty cool although small. I also like Hillsboro Village in Nashville and Virginia Highlands in Atlanta. All three of these areas are vibrant and completely unlike the other.
I really like the Highlands in Louisville, it is (I think) 3 miles long and has tons of bars/clubs cheap restaurants/expensive restaurants, quirky local shops...record stores etc...I dont have any pictures, I wish I did....but if you know about it, you know its pretty awesome.
I have never really attributed peircing and tatoo shops to a fun thriving area or 'COOL' ... maybe thats a new development ... I cant wait for wig shops to be 'IN'
Another really cool place is downtown Wilmington, NC. There are new condo developments, a riverfront walk, cobblestone and brick streets, bars, nice restaurants, the USS North Carolina battleship, historic homes, and historic tours. Outside of Raleigh, its my favorite city in North Carolina.
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