Nashville, Tennessee

The City For Dreamers

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Nashville Skyline
Music Row
Music Row
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 Broadway
Centennial Park
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What's it like to live in Nashville

What is it like to live in Nashville, Tennessee?

I’m really excited to answer this question and the answer is yes, but let me tell you if you asked 2 years ago I would have said no!

I come by way of San Luis Obispo, CA, have traveled and lived all over. My husband who was in the music industry at the time was my reason for moving to Nashville. If you asked me when I was in my early 20’s if I’d be living in Nashville at 30, I would have laughed (possibly gaffawed loudly in your face). When I first moved here I hated it, and really had a hard time adjusting with the people.

What I learned was people are very relational here, and If they don’t know you they won’t go out of there way to get to know you. Everyone seems busy all the time, mixed with some serious Bible Belt legalistic views (not everyone but I somehow found them when I moved and started attending church). There were other factors that made it hard to adjust too, I had just retired from professional softball (been playing since I was 9, so I was basically lost), parents divorced, both grand-parents passed away, new town, and engaged to be married. Bazinga!

Nashville is great, if you have something specific you’re looking to do. It took me 5 years to finally muster up the energy to folllow my dreams to apprentice. There aren’t any taxes, it’s close to lots of hiking, cities, shopping, etc. My only issue is there isn’t a beach close, so I’ve had to make lakes and pools my sanctuary. Nashville reminds me of how LA was back in the 70–80’s where artists, musicians, and entrepreneurs could make it— that is no longer unless you have some money or family with money. To be happy here really depends on you as a person, and understanding it’s not easy moving somewhere new, BUT now there are so many groups and clubs that make it super easy to intermix. The food scene is coming along too, but unfortunately the wine we get here sucks.

What is it like to live in Nashville, Tennessee?

Here are nine key reasons:

Pretty good restaurant options
Good cultural, music, art, and family options.
Professional sports—Football and Hockey
College sports—Vanderbilt and University of Tennessee (SEC Football & Basketball, and Baseball specifically). David Lipscomb, Belmont, and MTSU also have great basketball teams.
Decent schools if you choose well.
Traffic is generally reasonable. This is about finding the right neighborhood.
You can find affordable houses.
Close to the rest of the Southeast.
Franklin, Brentwood, and other suburbs are great (12th South, Hillsboro Road, Green Hills). Franklin was rated #4 best city to live in. Its quaint and historic.

What do you like about living in Nashville and what do you dislike about living in Nashvile?

Like: a lot. Probably a lot more than I can easily put into words. I like living in a city, even if it's smaller like Nashville. I like the weird subsets of people you can find. I'm friends with musicians, scientists, artists, writers, teachers, nurses plus corporate and executive types. I like that no one wears a suit.

I love the nature around here. It's clean and beautiful.

The underground music scene is very creative and cool - the audio engineers, writers, guitar and equipment builders, etc. Basically anything ancillary to musicians (who I typically am not a fan of).

The art scene is weird and interesting.

I like the opportunity the city provides. It's booming and you can feel the energy. Whenever someone says "why don't you have XXX in Nashville" what they mean is "I haven't bothered looking for XXX yet." Yeah, we may not have off-the-boat Chinese food like San Francisco but we have a surprising amount of authentic food all over the city.

Dislikes: a little less but still a lot.

I really dislike the new trend of big city republicans that move here just for the low taxes. "We just like Nashville!" Then they complain about schools, side walks, roads, etc. They want to live a "liberal" big city life and have all the appearances of diversity but without the fiscal distaste of actually helping any of those people.

I love/hate the complete lack of government intervention in the city. It's hilarious to drive through Belle Meade and see some millionaire geezer power-walking in the middle of the road because there's no sidewalks. But you can also drive like an asshole through the city and you'll never get pulled over. I've NEVER gotten a speeding ticket in Nashville.

Lee Beaman and Steve Smith. The "libertarian" knee jerk fight against any government at all. Sidewalks, public transportation, infrastructure and schools are all vital parts of maintaining our growth as a city but we're bankrupt because we'd rather pay nothing than plant seeds to help ourselves tomorrow. The idea that what Nashville needs is austerity is absurd.

The race gap. The mechanics of enforcing it are gone but the damage is done and we're doing very little to help the poor out of the hole we dug them a long time ago.

It boils down to taxes and effective government spending. People are threatening to move because taxes went up 36%!!! But that's a difference of $400 in a city where equity climbed about $35,000 on average last year. People here want it all and they want to pay nothing for it.

What do you like about living in Nashville and what do you dislike about living in Nashville?

Like: a lot. Probably a lot more than I can easily put into words. I like living in a city, even if it's smaller like Nashville. I like the weird subsets of people you can find. I'm friends with musicians, scientists, artists, writers, teachers, nurses plus corporate and executive types. I like that no one wears a suit.

I love the nature around here. It's clean and beautiful.

The underground music scene is very creative and cool - the audio engineers, writers, guitar and equipment builders, etc. Basically anything ancillary to musicians (who I typically am not a fan of).

The art scene is weird and interesting.

I like the opportunity the city provides. It's booming and you can feel the energy. Whenever someone says "why don't you have XXX in Nashville" what they mean is "I haven't bothered looking for XXX yet." Yeah, we may not have off-the-boat Chinese food like San Francisco but we have a surprising amount of authentic food all over the city.

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