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Old 12-01-2014, 03:32 AM
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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Originally Posted by mega man View Post
Right?! How dare he have a mind of his own and go against popular opinion?

I don't think that Memphis is a greater city than Chicago, but I can easily see why someone would say that the former had more character than the latter.
I agree with this. The very first time I went to Memphis; I went without any expectations. I was going to my brother in law's graduation. To my pleasant surprise, Memphis had a great vibe! Memphis felt good! Admittedly, I was rather blown away by its unique energy. We had a great time!

Solely based on the author's criteria, which city is the better destination city is debatable.

There are certain things that make a city a truly great city to visit.

One is a unique charm that comes from the people. Charming isn't something that I'd call Chicagoans. Definitely, not charming. Memphians, overall, are charming. However, a Memphian will whoop your up, too.

The second is a truly unique cuisine that just canít be done right anywhere else. Debatable. Both have their tastes. However, I'll give Chicago the edge. I'm only aware of Memphis BBQ. Chicago has its own pizza, hot dogs, and popcorn.

Third is a unique sound that is done nowhere else quite as well as it is done in that one location. Memphis.

Fourth is a unique place in history. Debatable. However, I'll give Chicago the edge. Most people know of Chicago's "gangster city, Al Capone" reputation.

Fifth is a wealth of cool museums. Chicago, indeed!

Sixth is a special energy that canít be matched anywhere else. Debatable. I love Chicago's vibe. I can't quite describe it. However, since I've left, I always hear Stevie Wonder's Fingertips when I go back. It feels really good!

Seventh is breathtaking in-town scenery. Chicago, indubitably!


Old 12-01-2014, 06:33 AM
Location: Duluth, GA
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Originally Posted by Mutiny77 View Post
And I think most people know that Atlanta isn't a leisure/vacation destination and the city doesn't really market itself as such in the traditional sense.
...which was my takeaway from the original article.
Old 12-01-2014, 06:41 AM
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I think we are getting upset over really nothing - we have to admit that Atlanta isn't a tourist destination. However, it is a business destination and a destination for those looking to relocate. I think that's pretty darn good!
Old 12-01-2014, 08:31 AM
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Originally Posted by AnsleyPark View Post
I think we are getting upset over really nothing - we have to admit that Atlanta isn't a tourist destination. However, it is a business destination and a destination for those looking to relocate. I think that's pretty darn good!
I've always believe that Atlanta isn't a place to visit, it's a place to move to and live in, with or without a family. Memphis might have more character but I would absolutely not want to live there.
Old 12-01-2014, 08:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Pemgin View Post
Memphis is a fine town with a fair amount of character, but to say it belongs on a list of great American cities like New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, and even New Orleans, is very bizarre and enough to question his credibility, IMO. It doesn't have more character than Chicago. Again, IMO. It takes more than BBQ and Elvis.
I'm trying to figure out who includes Philly in that list. A Rocky fan? A cheesesteak fan?

Philly's not bad, but it doesn't belong with those others.
Old 12-01-2014, 08:57 AM
Location: The Greatest city on Earth: City of Atlanta Proper
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I would say that Atlanta is definitely not a destination in the same way NYC or San Fran is. It is however a destination for tourism for some types of people, while it isn't at all for other types of people. What's interesting/odd is that for those whom it is not, they do not have the ability to understand why it would be for anyone.
Old 12-01-2014, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by DJDeadParrot View Post
...which was my takeaway from the original article.
It's just such a horribly written article in so many ways.

And again, the city doesn't market itself as a destination in the way NYC, SF, NOLA, etc. do so what's the point???
Old 12-01-2014, 10:19 AM
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Shoot, I know a lot of people who come to Atlanta to visit. They shop, dine, go to concerts, museums and other attractions and just hang out.
Old 12-01-2014, 10:23 AM
Location: Tampa, FL
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One might even could make the argument that Atlanta has a leg up on other cities *because* of the fact that so many people flock there, even though there's no one specific thing that attracts them. I mean, people go to Vegas for the casinos, for instance. And people go to NYC for the museums and specific venues. Yet, people go to Atlanta "just because." That's pretty cool.
Old 12-01-2014, 10:37 AM
Location: Columbus,Georgia
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Originally Posted by southernnaturelover View Post
Maybe if you're a gay person who goes "clubbing". That does nothing for me.

I like to spend time up in Blue Ridge, and unfortunately it requires me driving thru Atlanta. If there were a way for me to bypass the whole metro area I would.
Maybe if you're a gay person who goes "clubbing". That does nothing for me.
I agree,that's why I still live in Columbus.
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