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Old 07-23-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Really? I have lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years and have visited Dallas quite a bit. I plan on moving there soon. There are definitely more Grubby areas in Atlanta than in Dallas. Dallas just seems to be cleaner with less hoods. You must have been in south Dallas. I like Atlanta, but it seems like there is always a hood within a block of you; even in the nice neighborhoods. Alpharetta, Johns Creek, etc. would be the exception. Don't get me wrong, Dallas has hoods; but definitely less than Atlanta and it seems to be a bit more consistant.

This is not the reason I'm moving. I just found it funny that you think Dallas is Grubby compared to here. Both cities are actually pretty similar with the exception of terrain, number of trees.
You are pretty much dead on with this post. I love in Dallas how you have that safe feeling of Alpharetta, etc. right in the heart of the city in Uptown, Knox-Henderson, etc. (Oak Lawn is very nice, but certain parts didn't get cleaned up in time before the economy went South). Dallas does hide its grit very well though. It is present, but not nearly as prevelant. The grit that Atlanta does have tends to get hidden better by the dense forestation of the city than what you would see otherwise. I also think the grit in Atlanta gives it more of the "city" feel people refer to when comparing the two cities. Same thing is commonly said about Houston feeling like a bigger city than Dallas, it is a lot more gritty.
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Old 07-23-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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You are pretty much dead on with this post. I love in Dallas how you have that safe feeling of Alpharetta, etc. right in the heart of the city in Uptown, Knox-Henderson, etc. (Oak Lawn is very nice, but certain parts didn't get cleaned up in time before the economy went South). Dallas does hide its grit very well though. It is present, but not nearly as prevelant. The grit that Atlanta does have tends to get hidden better by the dense forestation of the city than what you would see otherwise. I also think the grit in Atlanta gives it more of the "city" feel people refer to when comparing the two cities. Same thing is commonly said about Houston feeling like a bigger city than Dallas, it is a lot more gritty.
I agree.

So, what part of Dallas do you live in? I will be working in Plano, and trying to figure out where is a good spot to set up camp.
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Old 07-24-2011, 04:39 PM
 
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Thanks!

Looks like Dallas is a better option compared to Atlanta based on most of the criteria...
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Well thats just from my point of view. Others may feel differently. You can't go wrong with either.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:44 PM
 
Location: ATL
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Dallas is BORING
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:44 PM
 
Location: ATL
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I agree.

So, what part of Dallas do you live in? I will be working in Plano, and trying to figure out where is a good spot to set up camp.
Plano is a great city, I work in IT as well and its basically the OC of Texas.

Northern Richardson/Plano/Carrolton are places if you have a family.

I live in uptown (im 24 and single) and commute north out of the city in the mornings with no issue as traffic is all going INTO the city.

All depends what you are looking for, I like Dallas but I found the girls in my generation to be way to pretentious for my tastes.
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Old 07-24-2011, 09:06 PM
 
Location: At the Root
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Thanks!

Looks like Dallas is a better option compared to Atlanta based on most of the criteria...
To get more insight on the best areas for you there, you may want to start a thread in the Dallas forum where the locals can help you out.
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:30 AM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Dallas is BORING
No, it isn't.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta and St Simons Island, GA
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No, it isn't.
Not IME, either. There is plenty to do in the Big D.
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:03 AM
 
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I have an option to relocate (due to my job transfer) to Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX with following criteria in that order

a. Warmer tolerable weather year round
b. Cost of living/cost of home or rentals
c. Sr level career opportunities (IT/Corporate/R&D)
d. Affordable quality education for kids through public schools
e. Tolerable traffic during peak hours/availability of public transportation
f. Scenic beauty/easy access to recreation
g. Social life
h. Peaceful / reasonably less crime rate

What would be a better city to relocate? Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX
I've lived in both Atlanta and Dallas and I currently live in the mid-cities (an area between Dallas and Ft. Worth).

a. Current heat wave aside, I'd give the edge to Dallas here. I lived in metro Atlanta for two decades and I never did get used to the humidity there. I'd rather have a 100F day in Dallas than a 90F day in Atlanta.
b. About equal. If you want to live in a decent neighborhood, you're paying the same either way.
c. There are more opportunities in Dallas but there are also 1 million more people in the metropolitan area to compete for those opportunities.
d. You have another wash here. The only exception I can think of is if you have the cash to live in the Highland Park ISD. The Park Cities (Highland Park and University Park) are two actual cities surrounded by the city of Dallas.
e. Dallas. Easily. Dallas is constantly improving their road infrastructure by adding new controlled access highways and doing their best to stay ahead of the curve on existing highways. There are notable exceptions (US-75), but at least they're exceptions.
f. Scenic beauty? Atlanta. Access to recreation? If you can't find anything fun to do in one of the two cities, you're not trying hard enough.
g. Depends on what you're looking for. I enjoyed the Buckhead bar scene more than anything I've found in Dallas, but it's not like either city is devoid of a social scene.
h. Neither city is exemplary as far as crime is concerned. There are areas of high and low crime in either. Do your homework when considering an area.

I think a lot of your decision will come down to personal preference. To me the biggest knock on Atlanta is the traffic. I absolutely hated Atlanta traffic and am so glad to be rid of it. But then again, I don't commute to Dallas proper these days. There are areas of Dallas that are just as bad. Where specifically is each position located? Dallas and Atlanta each have huge metro areas.
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