Nashville vs Atlanta — the faux competition: The mayor of Nashville just emailed me (and a few thousand others, no doubt) a link to this story in today’s USA Today that continues the meme regarding some imaginary competition going on among Nashville, Atlanta and Charlotte for “big fish” status in the Southeast. (Upon reading the story, I’m assuming Florida — except for Daytona Beach — isn’t actually in the Southeast.) I’d like to once more say that being another Atlanta — or Charlotte, for that matter — is the last thing Nashville wants to be. In fact, I’d like to encourage people to ignore all this anti-Atlanta hype being generated about what a wonderful place Nashville is. Really. Ignore the anti-Atlanta hype about Nashville’s new symphony center. It’s swell, but, hey, it’s no aquarium! And pay no attention to yesterday’s anti-Atlanta unveiling of the new headquarters for Nissan USA. It may be nice, but Atlanta has Six Flags. Also, don’t forget, they had the Olympics there once.
Update: Also, please don’t interpret as anti-Atlanta that the folks who sell Whiskas and Pedigree pet foods are moving their headquarters from LA to Nashville (Dear BrandWeek: Shouldn’t the phrase ‘Goin’ Country’ be replaced with the phrase ‘Goin’ honky tonk hamlet’ — or, pehaps, ‘not moving to Atlanta’). (via: Nashvillepost.com)