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10-01-2009, 09:29 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Durham, NC
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Great food in the area there, by far the best sushi I've had in the state. Also a place downtown that makes great pizza that has something like 60 beers on tap. I'm trying to remember the name but the beer list was impressive if you're into that. Cost of living isn't too bad, probably a bit less then here in the Triangle although IIRC wages aren't as high either. Scenic place to live to be sure, and there's some skiing in the area... even though it's rather mediocre skiing.
as for the cons, there's not much of a nightlife in the town from what I remember my one semester there.
Not a lot of sports either, with the Asheville Aces of the SPHL being the only local team I can think of.
Charlotte has the ECHL. As you mentioned, politics. Although there's a fairly significant conservative community there too, they tended to be a tad too right wing for my tastes. Old school Republicans and a large hippie community made for an interesting mix at election time to say the least.
If a local sports team and a big time bar scene isn't a big thing for you then it's a great place to live IMO.
Nope - the Aces went belly up a few years ago. The only local sports team are the Asheville Tourists, a low-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies playing in the South Atlantic League. They play at BEAUTIFUL and historic McCormick Field - notable in that it was the site of the shortest professional baseball game in history (just under an hour, if memory serves correctly), author Thomas Wolfe served as a batboy there, and the field was the site of Babe Ruth's infamous "Bellyache Heard 'Round the World." Also in close driving distance are the Greenville Drive, the low-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, also a SAL team. Their park, Fluor Field, is modeled after Fenway. I have mixed feelings on the team (the Drive are my former hometown team, the Capital City Bombers, who moved from Columbia, SC to Greenville, SC in 2005.
At any rate, I'd echo what others have said - it's an awesome city in a beautiful part of the state!
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