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Old 12-23-2014, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by ATLTJL View Post
I get that, but the OP said this:
I read the full context of the post as that they may decide not to get a car as one option.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:05 PM
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I just recently graduated from college (nearly 2 weeks ago) and I want to move to Atlanta. Right now, I live in Birmingham, Alabama, approximately a 2 and a half hour drive to ATL, so not very far. I choose Atlanta because I've gone to the city a few times and I think it's beautiful city. Also, I'm a southerner from a rather small town and Atlanta has all the amenities I'm looking for. Although it's a bit bigger than Birmingham, it still has that southern feel I'm looking for. Right now I'm living in the suburb of Homewood with my parents, which is about 5 miles from downtown Birmingham.

A few things I'm looking for when it comes to relocating to Atlanta:

  • A nice, safe environment that has a proportional amount of younger adults (I'm 22 years of age). I do realize that no place is crime-free, but a place with a relatively low crime rate would be nice.
  • Also a place that is affordable. I would say maybe up to $1,200 a month for rent? (I'm not really up for the whole roommate thing, which I know may be helpful when it comes to paying for rent, so if my budget is a bit unrealistic, feel free to offer any suggestions).
  • A place where public transportation is reachable and reliable. I don't have a car as of now, hoping to have one soon, but in case I don't. (The public transportation in my city is pretty crappy, so I was always lucky to borrow my parents car or get a ride from friends).
If you are thinking of moving to Atlanta and living without a vehicle, one word of advice: DON'T.

While Atlanta's public transportation system may be far better and far more extensive when compared to a metro area of about 1 million like Birmingham, the transit network in Atlanta, while slowly improving from a recent period of steep decline and severe cuts to bus and train service, is still somewhat substantially lacking for a large major metro area of about 6 million people.

(...Atlanta's main transit system, MARTA, currently only serves two counties of a nearly 30-county metro area and a 40-county metro region.)

For whatever reason, we seem to get a lot of inquiries from people who want to move to Atlanta with no car and no job waiting for them once they move here....Two REALLY MONUMENTALLY BAD ideas.

Don't be in a hurry to move to a large major metro area in Atlanta with a job market that is slowly and steadily recovering but still shaky in many sectors....And especially don't be in a hurry to move to a large major metro area like Atlanta without a car (in addition to seeming to not having yet been hired to a job in Atlanta).

Using public transportation is good for special occasions (like for special events in the city where traffic may be bad and parking may be limited) or if it is convenient for certain errand runs or what not (...and in a spread out automobile-oriented city/metro area like Atlanta, many errand runs will not be conveniently accessed by transit), but being dependent upon transit to get around with no personal vehicle back-up is not a recipe for success, either financially, professionally or socially.

Because of the spread-out automobile-oriented nature of the Atlanta metro area and because many (if not most) employment (and social) opportunities may not be located within easy reach of transit (if they are located within reach of transit at all), you need to own a vehicle.

You will need to own a highly-dependable vehicle and you will more than likely need to have a job lined up before moving to Atlanta to have the best chance of financial, professional and social success after moving to Atlanta.
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Old 12-23-2014, 07:12 PM
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Get a car if you are unsure, but you can live in Atlanta fine without a car if you choose. I have done it before and will be going back to it next year.

If your daily commute is done without a car then it is cheaper to not own a car. Just take an Uber / Lyft for those occasions when you need them. Even owning a car I often find myself taking them to avoid the cost and hassle of parking.
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