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Old 09-26-2015, 10:52 AM
 
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I was listening to local radio station here in Baltimore where a businessman from Atlanta called in describing all the great developments taking place in the city and how the Atlanta area is quickly becoming the "New York of the South."

How much truth is in his statement?

 
Old 09-26-2015, 10:56 AM
 
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Let's not do this again.

Atlanta ( New York of the South? )
Atlanta is No New York: Getting Behind the Obvious
 
Old 09-26-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: The big blue yonder...
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Don't let that saying lead you to have the wrong impression of Atlanta...

Atlanta and New York City are NOTHING alike...

Simply put, there is no New York of the South. Doesn't exist.
And there is not Atlanta of the North either. Doesn't exist. 2 cities that are not in the same world of categories.

Both large cities, but very very different in so many more ways than they are alike that if you ever come down to Atlanta expecting a "New York style urbanism" city, you're going to be mistaken, surprised and disappointed because of your own preconceptions of what you think you can expect from the city.

Throw all that info away and start over
 
Old 09-26-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: Historic West End
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Oh Vey! Not again
 
Old 09-26-2015, 12:43 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Originally Posted by Psykomonkee View Post
Don't let that saying lead you to have the wrong impression of Atlanta...

Atlanta and New York City are NOTHING alike...

Simply put, there is no New York of the South. Doesn't exist.
And there is not Atlanta of the North either. Doesn't exist. 2 cities that are not in the same world of categories.

Both large cities, but very very different in so many more ways than they are alike that if you ever come down to Atlanta expecting a "New York style urbanism" city, you're going to be mistaken, surprised and disappointed because of your own preconceptions of what you think you can expect from the city.

Throw all that info away and start over
Totally Agreed!!! Lol, Chicago is more like NY than any other City in the US to me and it still has some major difference.. Atlanta will never be a New York or vice versa.. bad info
 
Old 09-26-2015, 01:10 PM
 
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The cities that have the most in common with Atlanta are Houston, Dallas, Tampa, and Charlotte...nothing in the Northeast. Philadelphia is somewhat similar population size-wise but it's so much more historic and dense.
 
Old 09-26-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU
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I don't think NY of the South implies Atlanta and NYC are alike. Just like Chicken of the Sea doesn't imply poultry in the middle of the ocean. Atlanta is the population, economic and transportation center of the traditional south (excluding Texas). This isn't about finding what cities are more alike. Chicago and NYC are definitely more alike, but Chicago is midwestern and doesn't represent what Atlanta is for the south. It's more about what a city represents and does for a region. Atlanta has been THE destination in the south. There are other metros catching up like Nashville and Charlotte but if you want to end up in a city in the south with a strong economy, you go to Atlanta. (Again, excluding DFW and Houston, they have more of a draw on Louisiana and Arkansas, Atlanta has more of a draw everywhere else across the south).

They are in different categories, and that's kinda the point, Atlanta is the closest you'll get to NYC in influence in the south.
Wells Beach is the Destin of Maine. Completely different levels of beach? You betcha, but it's the equivalent beach in Maine (totally made that up, but you should get the point). Atlanta is the equivalent of NYC in the south, even if they are completely different.
 
Old 09-26-2015, 02:39 PM
 
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The comparison is misleading. It does seem to imply that the two cities are similar or comparable. When in reality they aren't. The only way that analogy fits is Atlanta is arguably the biggest major metro of the American south, in the way New York is the biggest major metro of the American north. Even then a few cities in Texas could probably rival Atlanta for that distinction...but lets not go there.
 
Old 09-26-2015, 03:25 PM
 
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It's just a reference to Atlanta being the economic engine and really the "capital" of the South in many ways. I don't think it's intended to say that Atlanta is comparable to NYC, but simply that it's the main city in its region.

Of course no US city compares will to NYC. I cringe a little every time I hear Atlanta referred to that way.
 
Old 09-26-2015, 03:28 PM
 
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I don't think NY of the South implies Atlanta and NYC are alike. Just like Chicken of the Sea doesn't imply poultry in the middle of the ocean. Atlanta is the population, economic and transportation center of the traditional south (excluding Texas). This isn't about finding what cities are more alike. Chicago and NYC are definitely more alike, but Chicago is midwestern and doesn't represent what Atlanta is for the south. It's more about what a city represents and does for a region. Atlanta has been THE destination in the south. There are other metros catching up like Nashville and Charlotte but if you want to end up in a city in the south with a strong economy, you go to Atlanta. (Again, excluding DFW and Houston, they have more of a draw on Louisiana and Arkansas, Atlanta has more of a draw everywhere else across the south).

They are in different categories, and that's kinda the point, Atlanta is the closest you'll get to NYC in influence in the south.
Wells Beach is the Destin of Maine. Completely different levels of beach? You betcha, but it's the equivalent beach in Maine (totally made that up, but you should get the point). Atlanta is the equivalent of NYC in the south, even if they are completely different.
I think that even among the "big 4" cities of the South - Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta - Atlanta is the most centrally located therefore is often seen as the capital of the region. It's not that Atlanta larger or more important than the others, but it's more of a historical perception and is largely due to geography.
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