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Old 04-07-2015, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Germantown, TN
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Hello All,

Many have told me that Atlanta is just a bigger Memphis. I've received that response from Atlantans and Memphians.

So here is the dilemma. We've been together for 5 years. I've moved once before, leaving behind a good job, and basically starting over. It was very rocky at first after the move but we got through it. His main focus was making sure my daughter was in a good school.

I moved from an extremely small city (Little Rock, AR) my daughter and I to live with my boyfriend of 5 years in Germantown TN. He is originally from Memphis. He found a great school for her and a cheap townhome close to the school. We've been here for 2yrs. I'm working from home with a start-up company as a marketer. Salary + commission is great(very spoiled). Plus I'm learning a lot. The company almost tanked in November but they went out of their way to save my position. They even paid me while the company was down. Now I'm rebuilding the start-up and going through the motions.

Now he has started a company in Atlanta with 3 other partners and they are doing pretty well. The business will have been open for 1yr this August. The majority of his time is in Atlanta because of the business.

His mind is set for a move to Atlanta. I've been looking through this forum as well as other places online about Atlanta public schools and getting a feel for what living downtown would be like with a 11yr old and a dog. Honestly, I think its a horrible ideal to move now.


My kid loves her school as do I. K-8 Public Elementary Schools are very hard to find. It would be silly to leave that to move to Atlanta wherein there are not a lot of good schools to choose from in the Downtown or nearby areas.

I wanted to post a thread to get some incite on the Atlanta downtown/midtown area. I have been looking mostly in the Inman Park/Candler/Edgewood/Midtown area. This is closer to his work and technically the only (public)school I see sending my child to is Inman Middle School. The townhomes/homes in this area are ridiculously expensive.

We are not the Jones! I don't want to live beyond my means at all.

Are the public schools declining? If so, why?

Living downtown/midtown is ridiculously expensive, right?

Atlanta is said to be very lucrative in new jobs, and great opportunities for minorities right now. How true is this statement?

Any words of advice would be extremely beneficial to me and my family.
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Old 04-07-2015, 11:23 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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First clarify what is meant by the term "bigger Memphis."
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:31 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Although I have never lived in Memphis, I have visited quite a few times even as far back when a child and went on summer vacation with my parents. I do not find Memphis and Atlanta at all alike. Memphis is more like Savannah, GA.

I live in Midtown, but I do not have children. I would not say the area is not family-friendly, but I do not think it would be my first choice in the metro area to raise a child.

While I like downtown, I definitely would not go with it to raise a child. Something is a little off as it has not reached it's full revitalization potential. There are restaurants and a variety of businesses, but most places close early and I find it to be a bit inconvenient to run basic errands like groceries or the drug store.

Atlanta will definitely be more expensive than Memphis. Also, you said you were spoiled by your current company; I would definitely drop that expectation for Atlanta. Competition is steep, and people can be very cut throat so there's very little of the old school system of working for one company until you retire.
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:35 AM
 
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Outside of large Black populations, musical legacies, and being the cities where MLK was brought into the world and taken out of it, I don't get the "Atlanta is just a bigger Memphis" reference at all. Atlanta is much more progressive, rapidly-growing, seeing tons of investment in the city proper as well as the 'burbs, has a significantly larger business base, has tons more to see and do, etc. It's such a silly thing to say so if that's your present mindset, you honestly may be better off just staying in Memphis.
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:37 AM
 
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Although I have never lived in Memphis, I have visited quite a few times even as far back when a child and went on summer vacation with my parents. I do not find Memphis and Atlanta at all alike. Memphis is more like Savannah, GA.
I think Memphis is more like a bigger version of Macon myself.
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Old 04-08-2015, 02:49 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I think Memphis is more like a bigger version of Macon myself.
That's interesting. I have only passed through Macon; I have a friend who lives in Hampton. To me, it seems like Memphis, Savannah, and New Orleans share something in common. Sounds like I'd probably like Macon then.
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Old 04-08-2015, 05:32 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I think that Charlotte or Nashville are a better comparison to Atlanta. Memphis I might compare to St Louis.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I've raised three children in Midtown, one of whom attended Inman. Great life. Great area of town. Very good school.
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Old 04-08-2015, 06:13 AM
 
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They are not even in the same ballpark as one another. And that is not to put down one vs the other.

I do wish we had casinos close by.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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As said above, Inman Middle is supposed to be top notch.....Midtown, Candler Park and Inman Park are all zoned for Inman and all are beautiful neighborhoods full of nice people, close to great parks and restaurants.

I've only been to Memphis once and outside of the BBQ I wasn't impressed. Sorry to say it but the areas I saw were rundown with lots of abandoned shopping centers and buildings. Atlanta is constantly growing and moving forward, I didn't feel a sense of progress in Memphis, hopefully I'm wrong.

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