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Old 11-18-2010, 12:47 PM
 
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Let me just make a few comments here...

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Well, I grew up in suburb of Boston and can tell you that Atlanta is very different-

-There are very few, if any, safe places for college students to hang out, I really miss the pub atmosphere in the Quincy Market area of Boston. I will have to agree with this. We don't have an area like Harvard Square or anything like that. The closest thing we do have is Emory Village which is nothing more than a strip mall with a couple hangouts. There isn't any area of town which draws a significant amount of college students which is sad considering how many we have in this city.

-There is a lot less focus on education and higher learning. It shows. (Despite the state of GA being among the lowest in education, it's still difficult to find quality schools in ATL) The only time people actually care about universities is during football season. I wouldn't go that far(saying Atlantans don't care about education) but it is true that Boston has more academic clout than Atlanta. Of course it has more than just about any other city in the U.S. I will concede your point that our public education system is lacking.

-For much of the area, a ghetto is only 1 or 2 streets down from a nice area. Atlanta is very 'spotty'. This is true and something that has always bugged me about this city. Atlanta has some gorgeous areas right next to some very scary areas. A lot of the area south of I 20 ITP is downright depressing.

- Venturing outside of Atlanta and its suburbs will get you into 'Deliverance-land' quickly. Deliverance-land is actually pretty nice. If all you got from that movie/book was that rural Georgians are backwards rapists then you should probably give it another shot. And, rednecks are everywhere.

-Nobody uses public transportation. Marta is NOT the T. Marta's main function is moving homeless and criminals around the city. I will agree that it's not that great of a system and I wish more people did use it. A lot of people turn their nose up at it. However, I used it last night and I'm neither homeless nor a criminal.

-While much of Atlanta proper is a 'blue' area, much pervading local intolerances about other races, immigrants, and cultures dominate the area. This is a huge RED state. Be prepared to deal with people who don't think twice about scraping roadkill off the road and taking it home. (They call it field-dressing). That's just ridiculous hyperbole. Yes it's true that Georgia is as red as can be, that doesn't mean those folks are completely ignorant and backwards. Just because I disagree with someones politics I don't feel the need to denigrate them.

Unless you're talking about college football, no one cares about their pro sports teams here. (Compared to fervent Red Sox, Pats, and Bruins fans) Thrashers games are finally getting big, but again nowhere near what you would expect. Not quite. Compared to northeastern cities, we are a bit weak in our support but you can't say we don't care. Considering that most of the people who live in this city are transplants we do pretty well. And this being the south, is it really a surprise that hockey teams struggle for recognition. After all, I am still more interested in the sports I played as a kid and hockey wasn't an option. I think most people are.

-Race is a HUGE issue here, brought into everything. It's honestly ridiculous. I will agree that race pops up more than it should but I've heard that Boston isn't exactly "kumbaya-land" when it comes to racial harmony.

On the other hand, people are generally more pleasant (to your face anyway), and the speed of life a bit slower (minus driving in Atlanta). Taxes and cost of living is MUCH lower and we rarely see snow. Oh, what we call a 'dusting' is enough to close schools here. I'm not kidding. Yeah, we can't handle snow down here.

Granted, some people from around here may disagree with me on these points, but I present them as someone who has spent equal parts of her life living in Boston and Atlanta. I just wanted to throw in my two cents as well.
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Old 11-18-2010, 12:57 PM
 
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well, im looking to experience the southern culture. But if im working in downtown atlanta, i cant be in the boondocks or the commute everyday would be too long.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:07 PM
 
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well, im looking to experience the southern culture. But if im working in downtown atlanta, i cant be in the boondocks or the commute everyday would be too long.
Maybe the Smyrna/Vinings area would be an area to consider. A fairly direct commute to downtown/i75 and many opportunities for outdoor recreation, young professionals and you could explore North Georgia---find some Southern Culture.

http://www.northgeorgia.com/
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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For people to say marta is not used is, funny. its the 7th most used system in the usa....if you are a frequent marta rider you would know there are alot of business people who ride marta.. 250, 000 people is alot being that, this city supposed to be not so transit friendly..
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:11 PM
 
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Well, I grew up in suburb of Boston and can tell you that Atlanta is very different-

-There are very few, if any, safe places for college students to hang out, I really miss the pub atmosphere in the Quincy Market area of Boston.

-There is a lot less focus on education and higher learning. It shows. (Despite the state of GA being among the lowest in education, it's still difficult to find quality schools in ATL) The only time people actually care about universities is during football season.

-For much of the area, a ghetto is only 1 or 2 streets down from a nice area. Atlanta is very 'spotty'.

- Venturing outside of Atlanta and its suburbs will get you into 'Deliverance-land' quickly.

-Nobody uses public transportation. Marta is NOT the T. Marta's main function is moving homeless and criminals around the city.

-While much of Atlanta proper is a 'blue' area, much pervading local intolerances about other races, immigrants, and cultures dominate the area. This is a huge RED state. Be prepared to deal with people who don't think twice about scraping roadkill off the road and taking it home. (They call it field-dressing).

Unless you're talking about college football, no one cares about their pro sports teams here. (Compared to fervent Red Sox, Pats, and Bruins fans) Thrashers games are finally getting big, but again nowhere near what you would expect.

-Race is a HUGE issue here, brought into everything. It's honestly ridiculous.

On the other hand, people are generally more pleasant (to your face anyway), and the speed of life a bit slower (minus driving in Atlanta). Taxes and cost of living is MUCH lower and we rarely see snow. Oh, what we call a 'dusting' is enough to close schools here. I'm not kidding.

Granted, some people from around here may disagree with me on these points, but I present them as someone who has spent equal parts of her life living in Boston and Atlanta.
Hey, atleast we know how to pronounce chowder. We dont call it chowwwdaahh.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:13 PM
 
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Well, a little. Regarding the "rush-rush" or patience factors or pep-in-the-step I don't sense any real difference between Boston and Atlanta.

Between NYC and Atlanta, absolutely. But to me Boston also feels pretty laid back compared to New York.
Well, after living in both places (Boston+Atlanta) extensively, I would say they are very different.


Boston is more laid-back in comparison to New York--but it is still very much the Northeast/New England. And that, my good brother (or sister), says it all.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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Well, after living in both places (Boston+Atlanta) extensively, I would say they are very different.


Boston is more laid-back in comparison to New York--but it is still very much the Northeast/New England. And that, my good brother (or sister), says it all.
I'll defer to you. I've lived in New York but have only been a visitor in Boston. Again, the street life is obviously quite different in Boston, but in terms of doing business it didn't seem any different from the way we do things here.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:28 PM
 
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Yes compared to New York i think just about anywhere is more laid back. New York is not my cup of tea.
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:52 PM
 
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Lived in Boston for 5 years and Atlanta for 20. I'm one of those "rednecks" from the "boondocks" of south Georgia... (really, people who say stuff like that should look in the mirror to see who's ignorant...). I love Boston - outside of Atlanta, it's my favorite US city. It and Atlanta are two very different places. Boston and most other US cities are two very different places. I cannot name another city with two academic institutions on par with MIT and Harvard. I cannot name another US city with richer history. I also cannot name another city where I've been mugged in one of the nicest parts of town, either....
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Old 11-18-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Originally Posted by JC84 View Post
Well, I grew up in suburb of Boston and can tell you that Atlanta is very different-

-There are very few, if any, safe places for college students to hang out, I really miss the pub atmosphere in the Quincy Market area of Boston.

-There is a lot less focus on education and higher learning. It shows. (Despite the state of GA being among the lowest in education, it's still difficult to find quality schools in ATL) The only time people actually care about universities is during football season.

-For much of the area, a ghetto is only 1 or 2 streets down from a nice area. Atlanta is very 'spotty'.

- Venturing outside of Atlanta and its suburbs will get you into 'Deliverance-land' quickly.

-Nobody uses public transportation. Marta is NOT the T. Marta's main function is moving homeless and criminals around the city.

-While much of Atlanta proper is a 'blue' area, much pervading local intolerances about other races, immigrants, and cultures dominate the area. This is a huge RED state. Be prepared to deal with people who don't think twice about scraping roadkill off the road and taking it home. (They call it field-dressing).

Unless you're talking about college football, no one cares about their pro sports teams here. (Compared to fervent Red Sox, Pats, and Bruins fans) Thrashers games are finally getting big, but again nowhere near what you would expect.

-Race is a HUGE issue here, brought into everything. It's honestly ridiculous.

On the other hand, people are generally more pleasant (to your face anyway), and the speed of life a bit slower (minus driving in Atlanta). Taxes and cost of living is MUCH lower and we rarely see snow. Oh, what we call a 'dusting' is enough to close schools here. I'm not kidding.

Granted, some people from around here may disagree with me on these points, but I present them as someone who has spent equal parts of her life living in Boston and Atlanta.
Sorry, but you don't even live in Atlanta. Carrollton might as well be on a different planet.

With the exception of your snow remark, I completely disagree with everything you stated here.
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