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Old 10-01-2013, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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OK, maybe it's because I'm from Atlanta, but I never go to ANY city looking to be entertained downtown. If it has a great downtown, HOORAY! But that's not gonna be my first place to look!

Would anybody actually think to go to downtown Miami? NO! Downtown Orlando? NO! Downtown LA? NO! Downtown (CBD) New Orleans? NO! Downtown Vegas? HELL TO THE NO!
Maybe it's because you are used to your city not having all the entertainment and such concentrated downtown. And not that all cities have everything in their downtown either, but still I think people expect more out of Atlanta's downtown. It should be better than what it is.
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:43 AM
 
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Go to Birmingham or Huntsville. Those are terrible downtowns.
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Downtown is pretty walkable. I worked there for eight years. I just think that for a city of this scale people expect more out of it.
I do agree with this especially since we have a large skyline. Hopefully in the next 10 years I would be able to walk from CNN to 17th st and not see anyparking lots and dead areas
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:44 AM
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But given that downtowns are usually the place to be in most major cities, how would a vsistor know that?

If you are planning a trip and know nothing about the city, how would you know to ask what places other than downtown to see? From a tourist/visitor perspective, how would you know that a major citiy's downtown isn't bustling and that the city is not pedestrian friendly? How would you know that if you don't know anyone in the city already? Why would a major city not be pedestrian frienldy? When you are used to sidewalks everywhere, it wouldn't occur to you the another major city doesn't have everywhere because you think sidewalks are "normal." Atlantans expect visitors to assume thingsouldn't assume normally.

Yes for northerners from other major cities, these just aren't questions you would think the ask because we are used to everything being right there. Sure it's fine that Atlanta's not like northern cities. The thing is, you don't know that until you actually get here.
They would know by asking. The OP, with 343 posts, obviously knows about this forum, so why didn't they come here and ask us? Sounds like they wasted their money on a trip to Atlanta all because they didn't do their homework. Why would anyone travel in the first place if they think everyplace is just like home?
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Old 10-01-2013, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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They would know by asking. The OP, with 343 posts, obviously knows about this forum, so why didn't they come here and ask us? Sounds like they wasted their money on a trip to Atlanta all because they didn't do their homework. Why would anyone travel in the first place if they think everyplace is just like home?
Why would anyone expect a city of this scale to not have a good downtown?
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Why would anyone expect a city of this scale to not have a good downtown?
Are you serious? There are DOZENS of major American cities that have less-than-stellar downtowns. Anybody who travels even occasionally and knows anything about ... hell, ANYTHING would know that!

But despite all that, the fact is that Downtown Atlanta is not nearly as bad as you (or the OP) is making it out to be. It manages to entertain thousands of visitors every day ... even if one person from Philly failed to see it.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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I'm guessing Tampa isn't among the cities OP has been to.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:21 AM
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Why would anyone expect a city of this scale to not have a good downtown?
Traveling to places based on uninformed expectations is a good way to lose a lot of money and have a bad time.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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I'm guessing Tampa isn't among the cities OP has been to.
Any city in Florida for that manner.
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:48 AM
 
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I said the same about LA and every TX city but I did prior research on those cities b4 I went
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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Traveling to places based on uninformed expectations is a good way to lose a lot of money and have a bad time.
It's not an uninformed expectation. It's a normal one. But you don't know that about Atlanta if you don't already know the right questions to ask.
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