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"Small Town Life, but Close to Everything"


Small Town Life, but Close to Everything - 5/17/2007
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Sherry
Macon, GA

After moving to Macon 28 years ago, moving to Atlanta for several years and then back to Macon again, I have gained a renewed appreciation for the "small town" appeal that Macon offers. There are no hour-long commutes to work in heavy traffic, no outrageously priced real estate markets, no driving all the way across Atlanta to reach your favorite stores or restaurants. Even though Macon has grown tremendously in the last ten years and offers a variety of fine restaurants, entertainment, shopping, festivals, museums, colleges, universities and Southern heritage points of interest, the city has been able to maintain its small Southern-town charm and pace of life.

Macon is centrally located in the state and close to everything.
Want to spend time at the beach? Savannah, Jeckyl Island, and the Atlantic coast are only about four hours away. Florida and Disneyworld; about six hours away. The North Georgia mountains and Octoberfest? Four hours North. The Atlanta Symphony, Ballet, Atlanta Braves,Martin Luther King Memorial, Atlanta Falcons, High Museum of Art? About an hour's drive from Macon.

I have been blessed to raise two children here, operate my CPA firm for the last twenty years, be a part of a wonderful church and spend some special times with friends and family; all in MACON. Yes, like all cities, Macon has some problems, but it has been a great place to live.

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Lisa
MacOn, GA

Macon, GA - 10/14/2012

graduation rate at Southwest HS is up to 38%!! Difficult to sell a house when people moving to Macon look at the public education system, high crime yet highest percentage of churches per capita in the nation, lousy public education, ghetto mentality, cliquish if you are not born here, having been here almost 20 years, originally from the Northeast, I can not wait to leave!

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Lisa
MacOn, GA

Feels like a developing nation - 8/24/2012

It is the least progressive place I have ever lived; it has the most amount of churches per capita, yet the 8th highest crime per capita in the nation. Many gangs, ghettos, low graduation rates, high teen pregnancy rates, the entitlement attitude, section 8 infiltrating gated communities, ambivalent attitudes towards pets, progress, it is like living in an impoverished time warp! They will never bring fortune 500's here, the only plus is the cheap cost of living, but the resale value of homes has greatly diminished, graduation rate from public high school is 45% and illiteracy is 33%. I feel like I am serving in the Peace Corps, except most developing nations have better work ethics!

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karen
Macon, GA

Macon...what it once was and what it is now.. - 11/26/2009

I have lived in Macon almost all of my life; by almost I mean that I lived in Warner Robins for about a year and a half almost 17 yrs ago. I remember as a child living near in the Bloomfield area; I grew up on Woodcrest Rd., it was a very nice neighborhood, all of Bloomfield was nice then. My parents had friends who had bought homes in Village Green and back in the neighborhoods behind it. What happened to macon? Its dangerous on every corner or side of town, the schools we went to as children aren't even safe enough for our kids to go to now. How come Warner Robins hasnt let the ghetto take over their city, but Macon has given in to the ghetto and the trash that comes out of it? Maybe we should set standards here, make these idiots keep their pants up, turn their car stereos down, clean up their neighborhoods, get off welfare, teach them how to use proper english, and learn how to act civil when out in public. East Macon is completely ruined, Fort Hill is supposed to be a historic site, but what tourist would feel safe there, i'm from here and wouldnt feel safe. South Macon is infested, Village Green, Rocky Creek Rd, Houston Ave., any and every apartment complex standing. West Macon is in danger, slowly but surely the infestation is growing, Lake Wildwood which is comically called Lake WildHood., North Macon will just bring it to full circle. Its sad, my kids cant believe the pictures of what macon was like when i was growing up versus what they have to see today. We need new officials in office that care what it looks like, and we definitely need new law enforcement officials that arent too burdened down with a few hundred pounds that want to make a difference instead of just a dollar. Warner Robins is right down the road, its thriving, people are flocking out of Macon to get there, their schools are better, they have alot better lawmen out there, why cant we adopt their views and ideas and clean macon up?

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Valerie
Macon, GA

Macon advantages - 8/9/2009

Macon has: Three highly rated colleges/universities: Mercer University, Wesleyan College,and Macon State College. The Georgia Music Hall of Fame The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Cherry Blossom Festival Moderate climate. Spectacular Springs, cherry blossoms, azalias and dogwoods

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Grego
Grand Junction, CO

Honest Feedback Please: - 8/14/2008

Someone give me honest feedback...I am a middle-aged African American, professional...easy-going outdoors person who loves City and Country life...I have a beautiful young Hispanic wife and 12 y/o stepson... I'm in government service she is A Holistic Beauticain...Do you think we can thrive in Macon?

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Johnny
Macon, GA

Nice Relaxing Little City - 12/3/2007

Macon is a really nice place to live. When you enter a grocery store, people will greet you and say hello. As you know, this is hard to find now days. I would recommend living in Macon to anyone. The healthcare is great as well as the cost of living. There are plenty of restaurants. South Macon (Rutland/South Bibb) offers a nice country setting not far from the city.

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douglas
Macon, GA

city political structure - 8/20/2007

there are between 12 and 15 city commissioners in macon as a consequence getting anything accomplished in this very parochial theater is a major feat. The city's downtown, a place where a true revival of macon could occur, has not found the necessary leadership to pull it up to the level that it could become, that of a vibrant downtown with a resident population to support it. The state of georgia has attempted to right size the city's goverment structure but has not succeded to date. Macon's outer communites especially those in the northen areas thrive and much of the new development is occuring there.

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Kimberlee
Commerce City, CO

Reply To Poster C - 6/5/2007

If you are stuck or trying to get out of Macon it sounds like you must not be smart or educated enough to have a good enough job to pay for your departure or you would already be gone. Am I right?

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Sherry
Macon, GA

Small Town Life, but Close to Everything - 5/17/2007

After moving to Macon 28 years ago, moving to Atlanta for several years and then back to Macon again, I have gained a renewed appreciation for the "small town" appeal that Macon offers. There are no hour-long commutes to work in heavy traffic, no outrageously priced real estate markets, no driving all the way across Atlanta to reach your favorite stores or restaurants. Even though Macon has grown tremendously in the last ten years and offers a variety of fine restaurants, entertainment, shopping, festivals, museums, colleges, universities and Southern heritage points of interest, the city has been able to maintain its small Southern-town charm and pace of life. Macon is centrally located in the state and close to everything. Want to spend time at the beach? Savannah, Jeckyl Island, and the Atlantic coast are only about four hours away. Florida and Disneyworld; about six hours away. The North Georgia mountains and Octoberfest? Four hours North. The Atlanta Symphony, Ballet, Atlanta Braves,Martin Luther King Memorial, Atlanta Falcons, High Museum of Art? About an hour's drive from Macon. I have been blessed to raise two children here, operate my CPA firm for the last twenty years, be a part of a wonderful church and spend some special times with friends and family; all in MACON. Yes, like all cities, Macon has some problems, but it has been a great place to live.

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Ivette
Macon, GA

Cant wait to get out - 1/10/2007

In my 9 years of living here I have discovered how small minded the people are here. There are so many conservative backwoods country bumpkins in this town. There seems to be alot of ignorance here with no ambition to open their minds and learn something about the changing world! If you are liberal at all, dont move here.

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Abhd
Chester, GA

Macon is dying - 9/24/2006

This city has nothing - well, it has abundant crime, horrendous public schools, tremendous poverty and political corruption. If you find three Wal-Marts to be indicative of culture, then you might like this cesspool. The weather is nice, though, when it's not too hot or threateningly tornadic. But there is a church on every street corner and a ton of preachers, people go there on Sundays before they hit the Waffle House and the Super Wal-Mart. Woo hoo. Stay far away from this place, far away. Those of us here are either stuck or trying to get out.

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Mike
Macon, GA

Good Quality of Life - 5/7/2006

Macon, GA has a good quality of life because of High Buying Power Index due to Good Median Household income in relationship with the Low Cost of Living Index. Living on the North side of Macon gives you Estate Style Living with shopping and conveniences close by. People are friendly and stress levels are low.

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kim
Macon, GA

Macon - 4/19/2006

Moved here about a year ago from Atlanta. Lots to like--no traffic, clean air, low cost of living. Plenty of doctors and hospitals. Shopping and good restaurants are limited. Definitely does not have the cosmopolitan feel of larger cities. Overall, public schools aren't great, although there are exceptions. Lots of private schools. Like any city, Macon has advantages and disadvantages.

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Makeydah
Orlando, FL

CONSIDERING A MOVE TO MACON... - 4/4/2006

AND SO FAR IT SEEMS PRETTY DECENT AND AFFORDABLE. WOULD LOVE ANY INPUT FROM SOMEONE ON HOW IT REALLY IS!

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