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Old 08-16-2007, 01:25 PM
 
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I have lived in the city for 13+ plus years. This includes both in and out the perimeter - in almost every direction. While Atlanta has the associated pluses of lower cost of living, ample sports, shopping, and entertainment, options. I will say the uncontrolled growth, and general infrastructure problems contribute most to the negative comments about the city. For example: Many of my friends moved outside the city to have better housing, reduced crime, and improved schools. It is not uncommon to find people commuting 50 to a 100 miles to the city for work. Hence traffic. As a midtown resident, I often am asked to escort or drop off local friends who are afraid to walk 3 blocks in midtown, Va Highlands, or now Atlantic station. Crime and the growing (or displaced) homeless population, continue to drive many residents further from the city. The changing face of Atlanta represents the bipolar nature of its growth. Homes in my midtown neighborhood are worth half to a million dollars, around the corner on Ponce De Leon you have access to all the crack dealers and transvestite prostitutes your heart desires. I think if we had massive reform in city, and state government, that focused on improving quality of life issues. This city could be the crown jewel of the south that it claims to be. Most northern transplants find the areas around Atlanta to be the best fit. The one plus side to urban sprawl is that more companies are operating outside the heart of the city, cheaper rent is good for everyone. This will be a plus to suburban job seekers.

In response to the clsmith15's post. Your stories are more common than you may know.

"I have found a great many of the people here to be lacking in morals and ethics and to have great difficulty with honesty and truthfulness."

I have witnessed the same thing, but I feel that it does not accurately represent the population of the city. I think so many of our neighbors are under more
stress than they realize. The problems of the city affect all the residents in one way or another. My advice to anyone thinking about moving to the area is to just do your homework. Examine life both inside and outside 285. Find what works best for you and your family. Best of luck to all!
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Old 08-16-2007, 03:58 PM
 
Location: NW GA
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[quote=nomen;1293859] think so many of our neighbors are under more
stress than they realize.QUOTE]

These particular neighbors were under the stress of methamphetemines.
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Old 08-17-2007, 09:10 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Much better - even though I want to leave Atlanta now. Been here 13 years and time to move on. But was very good to me. Tons of jobs and reasnable property taxes and insurance and real estate prices. I do prefer a more european-american city though.
I feel the same way. I moved here 14 years ago from Westchester. It has been a good place for me to raise my son because of all of the subdivision living (easy access to other kids) and much lower cost of living, but now I want to live somewhere that isn't as violent as the Atlanta area has become. I live in a nice neighborhood, but I still get discouraged everytime I watch the local news.
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Old 08-17-2007, 03:00 PM
 
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Where was this are where your daughter was told n****s were not allowed in their pool






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Our family has been in the Atlanta area for 7yrs. We have done very well here. Being from NYC and Ct of course there are things that I miss. I believe that it would be the same for someone who was in NYC from GA.

What saddens me is how some parts of the area are very segregated and openly, blatantly racist. At least in the North racism isn't as open. Yes you may get a short answer but not ignored.

I have even spoken to co-workers who have never had another race at their home. There are those whoses children do not play with other races. Our family had an incident when we lived in a rural area where a little girl told our daughter that "n****** can't get in our pool".

This hurt to the core and we thankfully moved from the area. My advice to anyone coming from up North. Do not move to far out to a rural county the culture shock will be intense. I do not care how cheap the house it will take its toll.

I believe that yes we could have done well up North but our quality of life would have suffered.

As an African-American I believe I have every right to be here in the south. I am excited about buying land in honor of my ancestors who were enslaved and cheated. Knowing that they contributed greatly to what the South is made of.

I also believe that as a human God owns this country of ours and I am not aware of a passport being needed to travel or move through it.
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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I feel the same way. I moved here 14 years ago from Westchester. It has been a good place for me to raise my son because of all of the subdivision living (easy access to other kids) and much lower cost of living, but now I want to live somewhere that isn't as violent as the Atlanta area has become. I live in a nice neighborhood, but I still get discouraged everytime I watch the local news.
stop watching news. are you directly affcted by the crime in ATL?
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Old 08-17-2007, 05:23 PM
 
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stop watching news. are you directly affcted by the crime in ATL?
Agreed. You can find horrible news in any major metro area. Not saying that Atlanta might have more than some other areas, but unless you're living in the projects, it's not directly affecting you. We're 30 miles from downtown, and it's like another world out here- if I didn't drive into downtown for work, I wouldn't know that Atlanta itself even existed.

Bob
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:49 AM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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stop watching news. are you directly affcted by the crime in ATL?
Well, there was a triple homicide in a home in Powder Springs recently, ten minutes from me. And not all of the violent news is coming from downtown Atlanta. Much of it is now occuring in the surrounding counties. I realize that you will find that to be the case if you live near any major city. That is why I am looking for a nice place to retire to that is not too close to a major city, but is not podunk either.
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Old 08-20-2007, 10:03 AM
 
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Well, there was a triple homicide in a home in Powder Springs recently, ten minutes from me.
And 9 out of 10 times, they'll find that the person who commited that crime knew the victims (was a relative, boyfriend, etc.), so it doesn't matter if it happened next door to you- the chances of you being a victim of such a crime are the same no matter where you live, since it's based on who you associate with, not where you live.

Bob
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Old 08-20-2007, 11:40 AM
 
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Agreed. You can find horrible news in any major metro area. Not saying that Atlanta might have more than some other areas, but unless you're living in the projects, it's not directly affecting you. We're 30 miles from downtown, and it's like another world out here- if I didn't drive into downtown for work, I wouldn't know that Atlanta itself even existed.

Bob
We are relocating early next year and I was just wondering, where do you live? I get so discourage when I hear about all this crime and I expect that because ATL is a "city". However, I'm also aware that every place will have the good and bad parts. Based on how you describe it, that sounds like the place I want to live. I want to be away from the city.
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:28 PM
 
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We live in Canton, which is about 30 miles north of "downtown" Atlanta. Some other towns out this way include Woodstock, Holly Springs, and Ball Ground.

Bob
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