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"What is good about Atlanta?"


What is good about Atlanta? - 5/6/2006
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Cynthia
Wichita, KS

Can anyone tell me what they like/love about Atlanta? I am interested in also the suburbs or towns within 7-15 miles of the city limits. Where's the best place to settle down and raise a family that enjoys nature, outdoors, horses, etc.?

I greatly appreciate whatever you can tell me.
Cindy

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Rochelle
Morrow, GA

DO NOT MOVE TO ATLANTA!!!! - 12/4/2014

The worst place I have ever lived. There are NO jobs, too many people living in this one little area, people are ruder here than in NYC, rents are no longer cheap, people are not friendly, what else? I moved here because everyone kept calling Atlanta a mecca. Uh, no. Three years of my life wasted that I cannot get back. I am out of here the beginning of the new year and I wouldn't come back if you paid me. More hype than anything I assure you. So if you want to move where people aren't too bright or welcoming, the job market sucks, men have a bigger high heel collection than you do, this is your place! Me? back home here I come!. Hope this helps SOMEBODY from making the biggest mistake of their life. I warned you. :)

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Eric
Dahlonega, GA

Overrated - 10/9/2014

I've seen Atlanta described as pretentious, snobby, backstabbing, wannabes, generic, ghetto, and other less than flattering terms, and unfortunately they are all pretty much true. This city pretends that it is the same league with NYC, LA, and Chicago, but the only people who truly feel that way are those who've never been outside of Atlanta. Atlanta is Birmingham on steroids. Atlanta is a big fish in a small pond, and is completely delusional. Atlanta might be the NYC of the Deep South, but really, how big a deal is that? Craphole of a city.

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Sheila
Alpharetta, GA

RE: Do not move here if you don't do well in high - 8/22/2014

Atlanta is very green, but we do have orange, clay soil (used to make bricks). I am anxious to leave here as soon as possible. The summers are long, hot and humid. I long to open my windows and feel some fresh air, but that's not possible in the summer. The spring is much too short and, even though it may be pretty due to flowering shrubs, I still cannot open my windows because of all the pollen. In addition, I have allergies. The fall can be pretty, but, again, way too short. Cold weather comes too quickly. And, winters, though usually fairly mild, can be cold and still very humid. We do sometimes have ice storms. Because it is so hilly here, everything shuts down and grocery stores find their shelves have been cleared! You'll find most trees and shrubs have their roots growing close and even above ground level due to the heavy, clay soil. I need to get out of here! I've been here since January of 1992. There's a reason it's called "Hotlanta"! Even when it's 70 degrees in the morning, I'll find myself dripping wet when I'm outside because of this awful humidity. If spring, summer and winter weather is important to you, do not move to the Atlanta area. Midwesterners do not do well here at all.

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will
Atlanta, GA

no smart growth - 8/12/2014

I have lived in the area for a generation and it has grown by a factor of 10...yeah from 350K to 3.5million. A good ole boy mentality without a clue of how to grow a city that is not centered around SUV's clogging the streets and expressways.

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Randy
Chicago, IL

Laughable.... - 8/9/2014

I can't help but to shake my head with hysteria. I've patrolled every major city forum on this website. I've been visiting for years but decided to post my first comment. If you visit any forum about any city.......you're going to read more negative reviews than positive. It's in peoples nature to think negatively. It's easier. The "bad" reviews about Atlanta are way over the top. People seem to be looking for a utopia. It doesn't exist. Stop looking. Try to do the best you can with where you are.

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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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Phoenix, AZ

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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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