Asheville vs. Johnson City

Asheville vs. Johnson City

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Amanda26

United States

#1 Sep 24, 2010
I was wondering how these 2 cities compare?
I am looking to relocate to a city with
mountains not a big city but small city.
I visited Asheville and I found it to be
expensive and some of the people are
bizarre like their from San Francisco!
I must say Asheville was quite cosmopolitan.
Is Johnson City as mountainous as asheville &
surrounding areas. Does it have architecture
like Asheville? I am hoping is has more
christian values. Please respond.

Since: Oct 09

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#2 Sep 25, 2010
Amanda, I am sorry to say, but Johnson City is not the place to be right now. No real jobs, no art deco architecture, no expressionism. Most of Johnson City is fast food and fast money for the owners of such. Johnson City is now and always has been a shady businessman's town. It didn't get the name of "Little Chicago" for anything less. I have been a lifelong resident of Johnson City and the only things that keeps me here are family, a semi-secure job, and rememberance of the good old days. If I had my druthers, I'd pick Asheville as the place to be. But then again, Asheville is a bit on the California side, if ya know what I mean. It was founded on the Vanderbilt money and it is a bit high dollar to live there. If you have money to invest, then JC is a top pick. If you have money, want peace and quiet and a reasonable amount of tolerance for weirdos, Asheville is cool. All in all, if you have other choices, they would probably be better. Just the facts, Ma'am.
Mountain Dew

United States

#3 Sep 25, 2010
I agree with Laffingravy, JC is NOT the place you want. I would either go to the north GA Mtns or around the Smokey Mtns if you want jobs and scenery. plus the ppl in those areas are more middle class too not scum of the earth.
wakeupandsmellth ecoffee

Ringgold, GA

#4 Sep 25, 2010
Sounds to me like you are looking for a small town that has christian values and not a lot of liberals. Johnson City has a lot of liberals here because of the University. I have lived all over the United States before moving back here to J.C.(the last place was Charlotte, N.C. will never do that again)) Johnson City ain't perfect but it's a lot heck better than other places I have lived. Anywhere in Tennessee is better than North Carolina in my opinion. I think a good place for you to check out would be Erwin,TN. It is right at the heart of the mountains. Has a real small town atmosphere and is relatively cheap to live. It is halfway between Johnson City and Asheville on I-26, so if you want to go to a bigger city and shop or get culture they are just around the bend. And it has breathtaking views of the mountains. Good-Luck on whatever you decide.
Tiffany Leonard

United States

#5 Sep 25, 2010
I love Asheville! It has prettier scenery than
JC. and much much better architecture.
East TN. is beautiful, but western nc.
is more beautiful more rugged and mountainous.
Asheville isn't far away but feels like
a thousand miles away.
Its somewhat cosmopolitan and celebrities
visit there. Go to mount mitchelle only
35 miles away from asheville highest mtn.
on east coast.

Since: May 10

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#6 Sep 25, 2010
laffingravy wrote:
Amanda, I am sorry to say, but Johnson City is not the place to be right now. No real jobs, no art deco architecture, no expressionism. Most of Johnson City is fast food and fast money for the owners of such. Johnson City is now and always has been a shady businessman's town. It didn't get the name of "Little Chicago" for anything less. I have been a lifelong resident of Johnson City and the only things that keeps me here are family, a semi-secure job, and rememberance of the good old days. If I had my druthers, I'd pick Asheville as the place to be. But then again, Asheville is a bit on the California side, if ya know what I mean. It was founded on the Vanderbilt money and it is a bit high dollar to live there. If you have money to invest, then JC is a top pick. If you have money, want peace and quiet and a reasonable amount of tolerance for weirdos, Asheville is cool. All in all, if you have other choices, they would probably be better. Just the facts, Ma'am.
Gravy...you have lost your mind......if you do not like it here....go someplace else. For your info.....Johnson City is listed as one of the tope 10 places in the USA to live.....do your homework before spouting off your mouth.........I was born here but have lived other places and nothing in this USA can compare to these TN mountains.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#7 Sep 25, 2010
Amanda26 wrote:
I was wondering how these 2 cities compare?
I am looking to relocate to a city with
mountains not a big city but small city.
I visited Asheville and I found it to be
expensive and some of the people are
bizarre like their from San Francisco!
I must say Asheville was quite cosmopolitan.
Is Johnson City as mountainous as asheville &
surrounding areas. Does it have architecture
like Asheville? I am hoping is has more
christian values. Please respond.
Johnson City is a nice plesant place to live. Some of the comments you here on Topix are from loosers. I was born here and for a short time lived in FL.....these TN mountains are very addictive. Most of the people here have good morals, there are some that don't but you find them everywhere you go. TN does not have a state income tax.....NC does....they tax everything you own.
Give JC or the surrounding area...Gray, Sulphur Springs, Jonesborough, or Kingsport a try....stay 1 month and I would bet my next paycheck you will stay. Let me know......don't pay any attention to these air heads about JC....Good Luck
Mason

Nashville, TN

#8 Sep 25, 2010
Amanda26 wrote:
I was wondering how these 2 cities compare?
I am looking to relocate to a city with
mountains not a big city but small city.
I visited Asheville and I found it to be
expensive and some of the people are
bizarre like their from San Francisco!
I must say Asheville was quite cosmopolitan.
Is Johnson City as mountainous as asheville &
surrounding areas. Does it have architecture
like Asheville? I am hoping is has more
christian values. Please respond.
If you are trying to decide between the 2 cities then I say to split the difference and move to Marshall or Erwin. From Erwin you are bout 45 to an hour away from Asheville and about 15 or twenty from J.C. thats a little lopsided towards J.C but I know the J.C area better and I dont know of any place between Marshall and Asheville i would live.
Mountain Dew

Nebo, NC

#9 Sep 25, 2010
Battleship wrote:
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Gravy...you have lost your mind......if you do not like it here....go someplace else. For your info.....Johnson City is listed as one of the tope 10 places in the USA to live.....do your homework before spouting off your mouth.........I was born here but have lived other places and nothing in this USA can compare to these TN mountains.
Your city and its people are Living on top of each other like bird box apartments! If you want privacy go to the Smokeys and live the good life. Hell I cant see my neighbors house at all, You wont find that ANYWHERE in Johnson City, TN

Since: Oct 09

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#10 Sep 25, 2010
Battleship wrote:
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Gravy...you have lost your mind......if you do not like it here....go someplace else. For your info.....Johnson City is listed as one of the tope 10 places in the USA to live.....do your homework before spouting off your mouth.........I was born here but have lived other places and nothing in this USA can compare to these TN mountains.
Battleship, kiss my ass. And for the record, it is not listed as you claim. Your top ten list (if were factual) would really be comprised of the opinions of well to do business owners, not the common folk. Like I said, my roots are here and that's why I am. Can you deny that employment in JC is lame, crooks run the show, and the place is overrun with the baser sort of people? Does the stench from Iris Glen (the in city dump) not settle on your side of town? Have you experienced the red tape involved in trying to open a small business? Homework my ass, I have been here since you were pooping in a diaper. Sure, the mountains are beautiful, but they are not exactly right here in town or in the back yard, now are they? The original poster asked if it is a good place to settle, and I told it like it is.
Independent

Johnson City, TN

#11 Sep 26, 2010
wakeupandsmellthecoffee wrote:
Sounds to me like you are looking for a small town that has christian values and not a lot of liberals. Johnson City has a lot of liberals here because of the University. I have lived all over the United States before moving back here to J.C.(the last place was Charlotte, N.C. will never do that again)) Johnson City ain't perfect but it's a lot heck better than other places I have lived. Anywhere in Tennessee is better than North Carolina in my opinion. I think a good place for you to check out would be Erwin,TN. It is right at the heart of the mountains. Has a real small town atmosphere and is relatively cheap to live. It is halfway between Johnson City and Asheville on I-26, so if you want to go to a bigger city and shop or get culture they are just around the bend. And it has breathtaking views of the mountains. Good-Luck on whatever you decide.
Asheville is a LOT more liberal than JC. you might want to do some homework. Also, housing is about double in Asheville what it is in JC
Independent

Johnson City, TN

#12 Sep 26, 2010
Actually, laffin, it was Money Magazine that rated the tri cities as a top 10 place to retire.

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#13 Sep 26, 2010
Independent wrote:
...it was Money Magazine that rated the tri cities as a top 10 place to retire.
If you're retired then things like the job market or pay scales don't really matter too much, you're retired and are pretty much spending money not making it while you enjoy the scenery living out your days relaxing for the most part.
Sure things are a bit cheaper here then other areas, and that's great for a retiree, more bang for the buck, but for those still working having to deal with low pay scales and low job availability along with having to pay for a lot of things retirees don't like family raising costs, it's not so easy to keep afloat all the time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knockin the area at all.
I'm just sayin a place to live and a place to retire are two different things.
wakeupandsmellth ecoffee

Ringgold, GA

#14 Sep 26, 2010
Independent wrote:
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Asheville is a LOT more liberal than JC. you might want to do some homework. Also, housing is about double in Asheville what it is in JC
Could you please point out in my post exactly where I said that Johnson City was more liberal or was more expensive than Asheville?
I don't need to do my homework, you need to read the post again. But just to make my point a little clearer, I wouldn't live in Asheville if you paid me too.
wakeupandsmellth ecoffee

Ringgold, GA

#15 Sep 26, 2010
Mountain Dew wrote:
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Your city and its people are Living on top of each other like bird box apartments! If you want privacy go to the Smokeys and live the good life. Hell I cant see my neighbors house at all, You wont find that ANYWHERE in Johnson City, TN
Uh, yeah that's fine if you want to live like a hermit, but I can tell you plenty of places around here where you can't see your neighbor.

Since: May 10

Location hidden

#16 Sep 26, 2010
laffingravy wrote:
<quoted text> Battleship, kiss my ass. And for the record, it is not listed as you claim. Your top ten list (if were factual) would really be comprised of the opinions of well to do business owners, not the common folk. Like I said, my roots are here and that's why I am. Can you deny that employment in JC is lame, crooks run the show, and the place is overrun with the baser sort of people? Does the stench from Iris Glen (the in city dump) not settle on your side of town? Have you experienced the red tape involved in trying to open a small business? Homework my ass, I have been here since you were pooping in a diaper. Sure, the mountains are beautiful, but they are not exactly right here in town or in the back yard, now are they? The original poster asked if it is a good place to settle, and I told it like it is.
No you did not tell it like it is.....would you like me to send you some cheese to go with your whine....as for kissing your a----. This shows your intelligence......jobs are hard to get everywhere....if you want to open a business...go get a business license and go for it.....everyone else does....or do you want someone to lead you there? Yes, as a matter of fact, I can look out my living room window and see the beautiful mountains I love so dearly.........get the log out of your eyes and quit feeling sorry for yourself and you can see things in a different light.....And YES, I am correct....Johnson City IS in the top 10 cities, of its size, in the USA, for the best place to live.......DO YOUR homework......
Mountain Dew

Nebo, NC

#17 Sep 26, 2010
wakeupandsmellthecoffee wrote:
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Uh, yeah that's fine if you want to live like a hermit, but I can tell you plenty of places around here where you can't see your neighbor.
Hermit? LOL I bet you probably Rent anyway?
Indigo Girl

United States

#18 Sep 26, 2010
Asheville is beautiful. Its elevation is much
higher than JC. and the mountains loom over
Asheville on a clear day. All of western NC.
is awesome. Asheville has amazing architecture,
restaurants shops and more things to do.
JC. is pretty, but lacks architecture, culture
and is somewhat narrow minded. Going to Asheville
i slike a world away from JC.

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#19 Sep 26, 2010
Battleship wrote:
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No you did not tell it like it is.....would you like me to send you some cheese to go with your whine....as for kissing your a----. This shows your intelligence......jobs are hard to get everywhere....if you want to open a business...go get a business license and go for it.....everyone else does....or do you want someone to lead you there? Yes, as a matter of fact, I can look out my living room window and see the beautiful mountains I love so dearly.........get the log out of your eyes and quit feeling sorry for yourself and you can see things in a different light.....And YES, I am correct....Johnson City IS in the top 10 cities, of its size, in the USA, for the best place to live.......DO YOUR homework......
Battleship, I call 'em like I see 'em. Have you ever applied for a small business license in the city? Let me give you the rundown on it. First, you apply for a license and may have to wait for the commissioners to approve a rezoning issue. If you are lucky nobody will oppose such. If you are lucky. Now, you start renovating and setting up your business laying out insurance, bonding,etc.. When you have decided it is time to open the doors, the red tape hits you. Suddenly you are informed that your business venture requires that you contribute to the community, either in the form of a "culturally designed" storefront or a fee of $5,000. In other words, you pay tribute.
Now, as for the top ten list...Money Magazine? That's a magazine devoted to those who do not work for a living. The investors and carpetbaggers. Oh, yep, if you are comfortably retired, JC just might be your venue. And, as for you kissing my a**, I won't embroider it with political correctness. Sometimes, only a good well used term will get the point across.
Time ex

Sandy Ridge, NC

#20 Sep 27, 2010
Battleship wrote:
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Gravy...you have lost your mind......if you do not like it here....go someplace else. For your info.....Johnson City is listed as one of the tope 10 places in the USA to live.....do your homework before spouting off your mouth.........I was born here but have lived other places and nothing in this USA can compare to these TN mountains.
Top ten for what? being a Gay Town?

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