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Old 11-25-2007, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Greetings All, been in Atlanta a while and would like others' opinions on why we continue to "Call Atlanta Home." Would appreciate if members would share their comments... those who were born here, those who were brought here, and those who move here of their own volition. Looking forward to a lively and enlightening discussion... Thanks
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:09 PM
 
Location: PA
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I lived in Atlanta from 2001-2004. What I loved and now miss about Atlanta was the fact of having so much to do. Every month there seemed to be some sort of festival or get-together that was worth going to. It was also great because there was no snow and it seemed like it never got cold. I miss Atlanta for alot of things so I just can't ramble on in this post.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:24 PM
 
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1. The smell of the leaves in fall
2. The easy lifestyle
3. The mild winters and novelty of the occasional snow day
4. Overall Southern hospitality
5. The ability to find what I love about other cities if I look just a little harder
6. The access to most of the country in less than 4 hours
7. The fact that I want my children to grow up here
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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It isn't home. It is just the 5th of 5 cities I have resided in during the course of my life. Kansas is my home but I have not lived there since I was 20.
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Old 11-25-2007, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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I was born here in 1959 - much has changed! Many of those changes is why I stay. Atlanta has become a diverse city and I greatly enjoy that! Within 3 miles I can eat Mexican, Brazilian, Turkish, Greek, Italian (real), Polish, Indian, Jamaican, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, and more. I guess you can tell I'm food oriented!

We have some of the greatest Colleges and Universities in the nation and even the world. Our airport has flights leaving for all destinations at all hours. Our sports teams are in an out of contention for national titles and the music scene here is heating up again. We also know how to and love to laugh!

Within just a few dozen miles are the Blue Ridge Mountains, great lakes, a Six Flags, Stone Mountain, the High Museum, a world class aquarium, and so much more. Yes, Atlanta is finally growing up and what held me here for the last few years continues to get better and better.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Vermont, trying to escape
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It isn't home. It is just the 5th of 5 cities I have resided in during the course of my life. Kansas is my home but I have not lived there since I was 20.
I could have sworn the topic creator asked the ones who willingly called Atlanta their home. Hm, interesting.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:39 PM
 
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The simple answer is that I call Atlanta "home" because it's where I live.

The more complex answer is that it provides me with the opportunity to own a beautiful, brand new home in a great area without having to work like an idiot 60 hours/week to pay my mortgage and taxes. My kids go to a great school, love their teachers and friends, and enjoy seeing cows on their way to school while still being close to whatever they need. The work ethic is strong without being overbearing, and while still valuing family time as well as work time. And the fact that there's no snow or bitter cold to contend with helps too....lol.
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Old 11-26-2007, 03:48 PM
 
Location: NE Georgia
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I was a corporate transfer in 2004 from Chicago, which I was a corporate transfer in 2001 from New Jersey, which I was a corporate transfer from Richmond in 1994, which I was a corporate transfer from my West Virginia hometown in 1992 One company, many locations.

Each place has positives and negatives.

What I enjoy about Atlanta:
-The overall cost of living is less than all of the above, even inclusive of WV mostly due to overall taxation.
-The fact I can keep my car looking new all year long. Can't do that in the salt and slush north.
-Sweet Tea
-Fried Pickles
-My wifes is very happy. Happy wife, happy life.
-Southern roots / history as many of my ancestors served in the Stonewall Brigade. History is alive and well even with the onslaught of the revisionist.
-Atlanta Hawks, yeah I love'm and one day they will win the big one!
-Gwinnett Glad's, minor hockey at it's best.
-The mountains to the North
-Savannah to the South/East
-Pine Mountain/Calloway to the West
and
Atlanta, a city with so much potential just lacking in overall leadership.

What I do not enjoy

-Traffic, by far the worst I have ever driven, yes inclusive of NJ, NY, and the 5 in Cali. It's volume, plus insanity (speed) not a good match
-Crime, Atlanta is not overall utopia of safety (today's Mall shooting and 5 bank robberies in 7 days is a good example)
-Christmas here is just plain weird. I think Santa, Frosty, and snow angles. Not shorts, flip-flops, and A/C. Somehow blowup snowmen on dormant bermuda grass just don't look like Christmas
-Overall lack of "good" restaurants. If you have ever lived in Jersey or Chicago nothing here will come close. Good Italian anyone?

Overall the positives outweight the negatives, so I guess I will be calling it home for a long time to come.
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Old 11-26-2007, 06:45 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Originally Posted by Georgia View Post
I was a corporate transfer in 2004 from Chicago, which I was a corporate transfer in 2001 from New Jersey, which I was a corporate transfer from Richmond in 1994, which I was a corporate transfer from my West Virginia hometown in 1992 One company, many locations.

Each place has positives and negatives.

What I enjoy about Atlanta:
-The overall cost of living is less than all of the above, even inclusive of WV mostly due to overall taxation.
-The fact I can keep my car looking new all year long. Can't do that in the salt and slush north.
-Sweet Tea
-Fried Pickles
-My wifes is very happy. Happy wife, happy life.
-Southern roots / history as many of my ancestors served in the Stonewall Brigade. History is alive and well even with the onslaught of the revisionist.
-Atlanta Hawks, yeah I love'm and one day they will win the big one!
-Gwinnett Glad's, minor hockey at it's best.
-The mountains to the North
-Savannah to the South/East
-Pine Mountain/Calloway to the West
and
Atlanta, a city with so much potential just lacking in overall leadership.

What I do not enjoy

-Traffic, by far the worst I have ever driven, yes inclusive of NJ, NY, and the 5 in Cali. It's volume, plus insanity (speed) not a good match
-Crime, Atlanta is not overall utopia of safety (today's Mall shooting and 5 bank robberies in 7 days is a good example)
-Christmas here is just plain weird. I think Santa, Frosty, and snow angles. Not shorts, flip-flops, and A/C. Somehow blowup snowmen on dormant bermuda grass just don't look like Christmas
-Overall lack of "good" restaurants. If you have ever lived in Jersey or Chicago nothing here will come close. Good Italian anyone?

Overall the positives outweight the negatives, so I guess I will be calling it home for a long time to come.
I agree. For the most part a nice place but the horrible traffic here subtracts from alot of what the area does offer. Good weather is great if it does not take you 2 hours to drive home to enjoy it. I have driven in lots of "bad traffic" cities like LA, Chicago and even NYC and nothing is as bad as Atlanta is one its best day.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:14 PM
 
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I call Atlanta home because whenever I travel, I always feel welcomed back when I arrive in Atlanta because of the good will of most Atlantans. I noticed it the other day when I got on the Park and Ride van to go back to my car after being in Canada for a week - the driver lady helped me with my bags, asked if the temperature in the van was comfortable and said "Welcome Home" It doesn't get much better than that!
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