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horrible quality of life - 10/4/2006
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Dee
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta is not a good place for families. There is tons of things to do but you spend so much time working you can't enjoy any of the things it has to offer. People are rude the schools are bad( some better than others). Housing is very expensive(renting). And your kids grow up so detached because they move so much so they are going to different schools all the time. The never really make those lasting relationships that are made in a small city. Unless you are white collar and or a celebrity it sucks.

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Damian
Atlanta, GA

Love ATL - 7/7/2014

Atlanta is awesome, born and raised here, it is rich with culture and opportunity for education.

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j
Atlanta, GA

Midtown - 5/16/2014

Midtown Atlanta underwent a cultural renaissance starting with the Olympics and infrastructure improvements adding the rehabilitation of Piedmont Park and The Woodruff Arts Center and new restaurants reflecting the diversity of the population. As They say in the South, its all good.

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Richard
Lilburn, GA

The news about this place is spreading - 5/8/2014

I got this off a NY Times article, and I think it accurately sums it up - "I lived in Atlanta during the first phase of its rapid growth. I saw bad decision after bad decision made to serve the wants of the developers and business community. There are a lot of forward-thinking, good people in Atlanta, but their voices were mostly drowned out in the name of rampant development. Choking traffic, endless sprawl, and soulless neighborhoods were some of the results. There have been some efforts to change course, but so much damage has been done."

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Richard
Lilburn, GA

An absolute mess - 5/8/2014

Atlanta is a rat hole. I grew up in Chicago. I have spent considerable amount of time in Florida, and I moved to Atlanta from Southern California. The worst drivers in the world are in Atlanta. They drive like they are scared. They don't get in the middle of the intersection to turn left. Many don't know that you can turn right on red. Many require a mile clearance to make any turn. I have come to the point where if I am turning left and the driver in front of me won't get into the intersection to turn left then I go around them so I don't have to sit around for another cycle of lights. Job market sucks. I am in my third period of unemployment in 4 1/2 years. The place is still infested with rednecks - retarded selfish and childish rednecks. They did not think at all when the area was booming. They will allow 100 homes to be built in a lot that is really suited for 70 homes, and the new subdivisions have one way in and one way out without stop lights. The place is an unorganized discombobulated mess. I know every big city has problems, but they are correctable problems. Atlanta problems can't be corrected.

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Shaquana
Lawton, OK

Advice needed - 4/18/2014

I am currently in college at Langston University in Oklahoma. I have a son and I will be going to basic training soon for the army reserve. I plan on moving to Atlanta around October or November. How will I be able to handle school my son in daycare and working so I can provide for us are their many opportunities there as people say is it worth it.

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Jeff
Tallapoosa, GA

Honest Review - 4/14/2014

Atlanta is a nice, but very uneven city. In midtown, you could be driving down Peachtree, in awe of the beautiful downtown buildings, but take a wrong turn and on the very next street run into blocks of boarded up buildings with two men sitting on the back of a Cadillac passing a joint greeting you. The gap between rich and poor here is very noticeable. Atlanta gets particularly hairy if you venture off the beaten path; you'll notice that there is suddenly a liquor store on every corner, people on foot everywhere you look, and even the gas stations look poorly maintained. I use 'uneven' to describe Atlanta because not two miles from this part of town I just mentioned is a gated community, a well paved street, and a few large and expensive houses. It seems like the poor sectors are fairly well hidden, but it's easy to notice the wealthy communities. A lot of people have mentioned racism when talking about Atlanta. Atlanta is not a racist town, but there are plenty of racist people who live there. It depends on where you go. If you go to a very uneducated part of town, you're going to run into uneducated people- uneducated people are more likely to be racist, especially in a hot, melting pot town like Atlanta, where the traffic is bad, rent is high, and jobs are few. Racism goes both ways, too. It's not just whites hating on blacks or vice versa. Not everyone is racist, in fact, you'll rarely, if ever encounter racism in Atlanta unless you live there. You may get poor service at a gas station on the rough side of Columbus if you're white, or elsewhere in a close-knit white community if you're black. You MIGHT experience racism. After 15 years of living in and around Atlanta, I can name the 'racist encounters' I've had on just both hands. The way I see it, racism gets blown up big time on the internet, but walk around a bit and be polite, no matter your race, and you may get a slur thrown your way out on the street, but you'll be treated fine for the most part. Don't worry too much about racism if you're thinking of Atlanta, but be wary of employment. I'm honestly not a fan of Atlanta. It's too noisy a city with too many problems- traffic, yuppy-ism, rudeness, costliness, the list goes on. There's a lot to do in town if that's you're thing, but if you're not wanting hassle and unneeded stress, just commute. There are nicer places to live outside of Atlanta with better communities and better folks.

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amanda
Atlanta, GA

DONT DO IT FOR GODS SAKE - 4/11/2014

STAY AWAY FROM THIS PLACE , UNLESS U ARE A HOMOSEXUAL OR CRAZY ,,, I AM TRYING TO GET OUT OF HERE ASAP.

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Jermaine
Atlanta, GA

i love atlanta - 2/25/2014

I moved here from Chicago almost 6 years ago and have not regretted it one bit. My god brother is relocating here from Chicago and I cannot wait! He sent me the link to this site to see what I thought, and after reading some of the posts I'm sitting here in aw at some of the things I've read. I'm in aw because, in my 6 years of living here I haven't seen half of the negative things people post here. The troubling thing is, I fit into a lot of categories; i'm a northerner (Chicago), i'm a young Black male (under 40), i'm a gay black male, I have no college degree my list can go on an on. I'd like to address some of the statements I've read to give a slightly better description of Atlanta to future residents. Atlanta is a beautiful city, yes, does it have its share of problems yes. Racism against blacks, whites, indians, etc is here, yes. I can say that i haven't encountered it at all. I work for a Fortune 500 company, making a very nice salary commensurate with my experience and comparable to a person with a degree. In my years of living here, I've been approached by less fortunate individuals (aka "beggars") a couple times, but felt it my duty to help out with a meal or something to drink or just conversation. But i haven't been approached more than 5 times in 6 years. I've lived in gate communities, secure buildings, and undated communities and never once had a violent incident or burglary. Traffic here, yes its a headache at times, but coming from Chicago i'm used to it. I would say, native Georgians cannot drive, so i've adjusted i drive for me and them and pay attention to them and not the signal they may occasionally use. In Chicago the news was filled with murders and senseless violence, the news here is filled with accidents, senseless ones plus the usual crime. Some of the reviewers and posters here have made it seem like Atlanta is supposed to be the garden of eden, there's no city in America that will be the best. What matters is, how you take it and make it work. If someone like me with all the, hypothetical odds stacked against me, can and have made it work for me , then surely anyone else can. My advise, yes, read the negative postings, but be smart enough to read through them. People are quick to post negative, but it takes an act of congress to post positive. Anyone seeking to move to Atlanta, I say come on, Atlanta has the best universities, is a major hub for technology advancement and medical research, has the busiest airport, BEST restaurants, dining and shopping experiences. Atlanta is the best of the South, come and experience it for yourself.

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Jermaine
Atlanta, GA

A REALLY Honest opinion of Atlanta - 2/25/2014

I moved here from Chicago almost 6 years ago and have not regretted it one bit. My god brother is relocating here from Chicago and I cannot wait! He sent me the link to this site to see what I thought, and after reading some of the posts I'm sitting here in aw at some of the things I've read. I'm in aw because, in my 6 years of living here I haven't seen half of the negative things people post here. The troubling thing is, I fit into a lot of categories; i'm a northerner (Chicago), i'm a young Black male (under 40), i'm a gay black male, I have no college degree my list can go on an on. I'd like to address some of the statements I've read to give a slightly better description of Atlanta to future residents. Atlanta is a beautiful city, yes, does it have its share of problems yes. Racism against blacks, whites, indians, etc is here, yes. I can say that i haven't encountered it at all. I work for a Fortune 500 company, making a very nice salary commensurate with my experience and comparable to a person with a degree. In my years of living here, I've been approached by less fortunate individuals (aka "beggars") a couple times, but felt it my duty to help out with a meal or something to drink or just conversation. But i haven't been approached more than 5 times in 6 years. I've lived in gate communities, secure buildings, and undated communities and never once had a violent incident or burglary. Traffic here, yes its a headache at times, but coming from Chicago i'm used to it. I would say, native Georgians cannot drive, so i've adjusted i drive for me and them and pay attention to them and not the signal they may occasionally use. In Chicago the news was filled with murders and senseless violence, the news here is filled with accidents, senseless ones plus the usual crime. Some of the reviewers and posters here have made it seem like Atlanta is supposed to be the garden of eden, there's no city in America that will be the best. What matters is, how you take it and make it work. If someone like me with all the, hypothetical odds stacked against me, can and have made it work for me , then surely anyone else can. My advise, yes, read the negative postings, but be smart enough to read through them. People are quick to post negative, but it takes an act of congress to post positive. Anyone seeking to move to Atlanta, I say come on, Atlanta has the best universities, is a major hub for technology advancement and medical research, has the busiest airport, BEST restaurants, dining and shopping experiences. Atlanta is the best of the South, come and experience it for yourself.

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Jermaine
Atlanta, GA

Atlanta has been good to me... - 2/25/2014

I moved here from Chicago almost 6 years ago and have not regretted it one bit. My god brother is relocating here from Chicago and I cannot wait! He sent me the link to this site to see what I thought, and after reading some of the posts I'm sitting here in aw at some of the things I've read. I'm in aw because, in my 6 years of living here I haven't seen half of the negative things people post here. The troubling thing is, I fit into a lot of categories; i'm a northerner (Chicago), i'm a young Black male (under 40), i'm a gay black male, I have no college degree my list can go on an on. I'd like to address some of the statements I've read to give a slightly better description of Atlanta to future residents. Atlanta is a beautiful city, yes, does it have its share of problems yes. Racism against blacks, whites, indians, etc is here, yes. I can say that i haven't encountered it at all. I work for a Fortune 500 company, making a very nice salary commensurate with my experience and comparable to a person with a degree. In my years of living here, I've been approached by less fortunate individuals (aka "beggars") a couple times, but felt it my duty to help out with a meal or something to drink or just conversation. But i haven't been approached more than 5 times in 6 years. I've lived in gate communities, secure buildings, and undated communities and never once had a violent incident or burglary. Traffic here, yes its a headache at times, but coming from Chicago i'm used to it. I would say, native Georgians cannot drive, so i've adjusted i drive for me and them and pay attention to them and not the signal they may occasionally use. In Chicago the news was filled with murders and senseless violence, the news here is filled with accidents, senseless ones plus the usual crime. Some of the reviewers and posters here have made it seem like Atlanta is supposed to be the garden of eden, there's no city in America that will be the best. What matters is, how you take it and make it work. If someone like me with all the, hypothetical odds stacked against me, can and have made it work for me , then surely anyone else can. My advise, yes, read the negative postings, but be smart enough to read through them. People are quick to post negative, but it takes an act of congress to post positive. Anyone seeking to move to Atlanta, I say come on, Atlanta has the best universities, is a major hub for technology advancement and medical research, has the busiest airport, BEST restaurants, dining and shopping experiences. Atlanta is the best of the South, come and experience it for yourself.

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holly
Atlanta, GA

Very Dangerous city - 12/28/2013

I moved to Atlanta 2 years ago from San Jose, CA for a job in an area with a lower cost of living. Both are major metropolitan areas. The cost of living is lower, but the violent crime and traffic is horrible. I can't get used to it and plan on moving as soon as I'm able to. I'm using this site this time and research crime rates. All metros are not the same.

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steven
Phoenix, AZ

tghrt - 12/2/2013

thhst

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Joe
Atlanta, GA

Tell Me its a bad dream - 10/7/2013

I moved here in 2011. I've lived in California, Arizona, and Illinois. I am a single female with a 25 year old son living away from home. I have thought about moving away since about a week after I got here but I need my job and it's rough after you reach a certain age anywhere. The things that have affected me most are: no less than 10 times have I been approached by a beggar asking for money for gas or food. Sounds normal on the streets of Chicago or San Fran. But I'm talking at the pump at a station or in a Linens store, Target parking lot. Just crazy places. Then, the feeling my IQ has decreased by about 10 points because of those I work with. These are degreed people who seem to think that proves they are really someone. I'm thinking the degrees here are pushed through for statistics sake. In fact, I think some grade or high school Administrators are in hot water over this very thing now. Really low quality common sense and logic. People are slow - in mind and body here. There is a difference in laid back and slow. This is SLOW. Traffic here isn't bad - try driving in L.A. or Chicago. This is nothin'! But, the bad part of it here is the mix of us aggressive Northern drivers mixed with that SLOW, ILLOGICAL, NO COMMON SENSE, and it's a recipe for disaster. Everywhere is gated. - Being gated used to mean it was special multi bazillionaires keeping stalkers out etc...here...it's the norm because break ins are the norm. No area is immune. Why should I need a gate? Is it to keep me in or keep them out. And, they're broke most of the time...or the break-in is by your neighbor anyway. They've got the code too. There is no rental price ceiling as I understand it. So your rent can go up $200 from one yr to the next. I've noticed an upward trend matching that of a coastal apartment in Cali or Lincoln Park in Chicago. For what? The roaches? The spiders? Bad bug population-I've been thinking of collecting rent from them. The best part of Atlanta is the airport - it's big and you can get outta here for the weekend quickly. Other than those things noted - it's a great place (sarcasm)!

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Heidi
Atlanta, GA

Get Out Of Atlanta Before It Swallow All Your Life - 9/22/2013

150% agree. You covered a lot but might I add cliquish in every sense of the word, very limited men to choose from, someone is always trying to sell you on another house, condo, apartment, neighborhood its like like ENOUGH ALREDY! It's all the same. Funny, I have been trying to convince my spouse to let's go, almost broke our little gamily apart with conflict of work, stressful over worked managers, unpleasant leadership in the workplace, oh lets not forget the work bullies.......Well my spouse didn't see it at first he's from Alabama sweetest guy you can ever meet, once he realized he would always say, Alabama honey is right next door to this state and our thinking is world apart. Now we are hoping to find somewhere else that may be more suitable for us but our daughter who is 7, LOVES IT!!She attends a great public school which is Jackson Elementary in Buckhead but suffers a little socially but I was expecting school to be more divorced. Although she has been involved with after school activities it's just not enough. So as we're restarting for the last time, I hope our financial means will finally allow us to break free. I never experienced slavery but many times I felt like I was on someones cotton field...I'm sorry and I am WHITE!!!

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Tommy
Tallahassee, FL

Vile quality of life - 7/27/2013

Look, I grew up in the city, went to a prominent Catholic high school there . . . the place reeks of corruption, pretension, and sleaze. At my school there may have been 2 black folk in the entire place. Whites and minorities to this day STILL do not get along. Money, money, money is all that counts in Atlanta. Very sad because I enjoyed it growing up. It was a fun place, and not so crowded. Left in 2002. The only plus I will give Atlanta is that on occasion one will find a bit more economic opportunity. But you give up decency, respect, courtesy, and lifestyle for that . . . and it is not THAT much more than what one finds elsewhere. Not kidding. Leave the septic tank. Now. At once. Escape. And live : )

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Kelli
Atlanta, GA

Not for the faint of heart - 5/16/2013

Atlanta, GA, much like Austin, TX, is a liberal haven in a red state. If you are from a blue state expect to read billboards stating such slogans as "Listen to talk radio 90.8 (fake), liberals HATE it!". Upon first arrival I was quite apprehensive about the jokes Atlanta DJ's would toss out, such as one using Ethiopian children as a punch line. While in a Walmart an older Caucasian woman began innocently enough by asking my opinion on which product was better before rolling out offensive anti-Jewish opinions without provocation. I was weirded out for the first year or two, often choosing to move closer to the city as I figured I'd have less run-ins with the old guard. Well, it's been almost 8 years now and I'm still offended and looking to move. If you're not bothered by peoples personal politics on race/ethnicity/culture or lack thereof, Atlanta will be a great place to live. It's cost of living is low in comparison to most large cities, there's an active club scene, and the job market isn't bad. But if you're easily offended by random ignorance, be warned.

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jane
Atlanta, GA

Don't Move to ATLANTA. Dont' BUY REAL ESTATE HERE - 2/5/2013

Do not buy real estate or move to Atlanta. Sounds really cheap and lures you in until you realize you will never find work here that will support you for the long term. Hucksters, scam artists exist just as well on a street corner as in the corner office or in your realtor's office, and there is NO LAW TO PROTECT YOU! It is a huge problem with hucksters wanting to take your money, from the nice Southern talking blond bimbo real estate agent and her mansion and wealthy husband/fammily to her associate who makes the mortgages happen. Then, you will find yourself hundreds of thousands under water, with an HOA (they are hard to avoid here) who takes hundreds of your dollars every month and NEGLECTS the property. There are some really arrogant people who have money who look down on the rest of us while they're living high on the pile of shit hog here. Don't even think about moving here. You will have trouble getting out because you will run out of financial means to do so. Oh and when you do find a job, expect to be treated like a piece of shit. Remember, they mastered slavery here and while you may be free they still act like they own you, I don't care the color of your skin. The saddest part is when Northerners move here and turn into the oppressive boss. Pathetic.

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jay
Atlanta, GA

Dont move to ATL - 2/1/2013

Garbage city, bad attitudes, dating stinks, too many desperate people,shady pay scale, lack of union prescence which means they make their own flunky rules for greed and abuse.Dont do it this is a beautiful country with so many other options for your family.Most who love it there no nothing else but Atlanta.Good for a weekend trip only.

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cj
Portland, OR

smog? - 1/26/2013

How bad is the smog in Atlanta? I'm considering a job transfer there, but I do have asthma. It couldn't be any worse than LA right?

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Romero
Atlanta, GA

Anyone Considering to move to Georgia think again - 1/6/2013

I am from Georgia and it is not the place!! Jobs here you would not find, the pay is low!! You can not live off what they give you. I have had a few friends move from Georgia and they doing much better. Lord will I will be moving myself and family from here May 2013. Crime,Rude People, and Racisim is in America period. Atlanta is not the place to be its a struggle I have applied to job openings here and in another state. I receive a response in the other state not Georgia. For many years I have stalled about moving this year I am out of here. I am not stating this out of bitterness nor out of work but some of the blogs statements about Georgia is not the place is so true. One thing I can say positive about Georgia its better looking then some other states I have been Georgia should be consider like Florida a tour attraction but not a place to live

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