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Old 08-10-2010, 05:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Well, just like any culture, there are aspects about "Southern" culture that I'm not a fan of. I'm not the Republican-Protestant type so that's often a source of my frustrations with this area but more than that I miss the art scene and fun things to do in a city... for me Carrollton is just ...awful... but I'm currently looking for a job in or around ATL
Like WriterDawg85 said, I, too, also grew up here (Dunwoody) and am hardly "Southern". In fact, hardly anyone I knew growing up had southern accents and most of my friends were either Catholic (like me) or Jewish. The point, basically, is the closer into town you get, the more diversified a population you will see and, given that this is such a transplant city, you will find tons of people from the north, or not too far removed from there.
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Old 08-10-2010, 10:43 AM
 
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I moved from the NYC/NJ area 15 years ago. I spent 4 years in Florida, and going on 11 now in Austin TX. My advice is to "STOP" looking for where you came from, and "START" to enjoy at deeper levels where you "NOW" are. Life and people are filled and brimming with richness(other than money,) and if you can adjust your own inner judgment system of expectations, I think you will enjoy yourself and life all that much more.
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Old 08-10-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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As an Aussie, Atlanta was certainly a big culture shock for me. I still don't really fit in, even though I know over the years I have changed somewhat. But I'll never really be a 'Southerner', and I'll probably never really 'get' the people here outside a superficial grasp. The people and the culture are simply too different. That's fine, though, it doesn't bother me, it's just the way things are.
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Old 08-10-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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While intown Atlanta certainly is no NYC or Boston in terms of density, life in Carrolton is a far cry from life in the City of Atlanta.

For the international transplants, I know boatloads of folks who absolutely love it here coming from Spain, Germany, and elsewhere. It's really just a matter of 1) recognizing that in order to enjoy the city you're at, taking it for what it is and 2) getting active in the actual city.

There is too much to do here, and I've been in the A most of my life, to really be bored. I missed Atlanta terribly while I lived in NYC, I wouldn't replace my life here for one in Boston (which I've visited numerous times) nor would I choose most other cities over Atlanta because I knew how to make this my home and absolutely love it.

Depending on your type of environment (older vs. youngish, gritty vs. chic, etc.) you can enjoy any one of the many Atlanta hoods. There are publications that'll point you in a lot of directions as far as activities. One of my faves is creativeloafing for the more alternative, hipster set. Rollingout for events catered to the Black Atlanta community. The Sunday Paper, which tends to lean more conservative. Or the good ol' AJC and accessatlanta.com for most of everything. All of these have an online presence and you can find the papers in most grocery stores.

Good luck and hope you can find a bit of a home here!
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Old 08-10-2010, 04:39 PM
 
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I'm not the Republican-Protestant type so that's often a source of my frustrations with this area ...
I definitely hear ya there. Can't imagine there's much welcoming of independent thought out there in Carollton, sad to say.
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:59 PM
 
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you can find great deals on apartments and jobs on craigslist.com..im sure most people are warm and friendly an just dont show it.
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Old 09-14-2010, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Near Athens, GA
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get the "H" outta Carrollton.....that is your total problem, IMO. Definitely Midtown< Brookhaven< Buckhead<Highlands!
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:24 PM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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I definitely hear ya there. Can't imagine there's much welcoming of independent thought out there in Carollton, sad to say.
Actually Carrollton is a college town, which makes it more liberal than your typical small town in the south.
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Old 09-15-2010, 09:26 PM
 
Location: West Metro Atlanta
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get the "H" outta Carrollton.....that is your total problem, IMO. Definitely Midtown< Brookhaven< Buckhead<Highlands!
You live near Athens and you are telling someone to get out of Carrollton ? At least Carrollton is closer to Atlanta.
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Old 09-16-2010, 09:47 AM
 
Location: Decatur
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Go to a Thrashers game. I'm not even a huge hockey fan, but it's SO MUCH FUN!!!
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