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Old 12-11-2008, 11:54 AM
 
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On a smaller scale Birmingham has Vulcan.

Even Huntsville has those Saturn V rockets. Everybody knows it for rockets and Space Camp if nothing else.

Atlanta doesn't engender any particular image. I guess from a historical perspective given that it was founded by the railroad maybe there's something there. Of course, railroads aren't exactly thriving.

It seems to me that Atlanta has always lacked an identity. Or maybe it has too many identities and that's why they have such a hard time coming up with mascots and such. The best statements are simple and basic, otherwise they don't catch on. Atlanta seems to have a habit of trying to mimic others, rather than carving out it's own identity.
How many people recognize Vulcan as symbol of Birmingham outside of Alabama??? Very few.

Atlanta's identity is the Civil Rights Movement, the Olympics, the Civil War/Battle of Atlanta/burning of Atlanta, its international corporate headquarters, etc., etc., etc...there are lots of strong identities with this city.

All of those monuments I posted photos of earlier...there were tons of tourist photos among the ones I looked through - so I think maybe visitors are more familiar with icons and landmarks in Atlanta than the residents.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:57 AM
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Apparently millions of people disagreed with you about that song...

Right, name three.

Jermaine Dupree and Janet Jackson don't count.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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"The chairman was a Frenchman--no other city has failed to receive a 'Well Done'.
Juan Antonio Samaranch was Spanish and a real tool as I recall. I like the idea of recycled water. I think if Atlanta came up with something new and innovative to resolve its water crisis it could certainly make a name for itself. Potable water will be the "fossil fuel" of the future. There will be wars fought over it. If Atlanta could somehow be on the cutting edge of water technology it could be absolutely awesome.
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Old 12-11-2008, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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How many people recognize Vulcan as symbol of Birmingham outside of Alabama??? Very few.
That's why I said "on a smaller scale." Most people know Birmingham for Bull Connor and probably always will.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:01 PM
 
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That's why I said "on a smaller scale." Most people know Birmingham for Bull Connor and probably always will.
Who the hell is Bull Connor? I seriously doubt most people associate Birmingham with that person...
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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Right, name three.

Jermaine Dupree and Janet Jackson don't count.
Idiot...millions of people bought it and it was played incessantly...don't try it just because YOU didn't like it. It's ok that you don't have taste.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:06 PM
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Do you really expect Atlanta to build an Eifel Tower or a Gateway Arch?
I was just offering examples because you (or someone, maybe it wasn't you) asked. There are plenty of important and renowned landmarks on a smaller scale than the examples I offered.





No one expects Atlanta to build another great wall of china, but since all ideas are ridiculed, and most are pathetic copy-catting, I propose our new landmark be a giant jackass.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA (Dunwoody)
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there are lots of strong identities with this city.
Is there an echo in here? At least three people have said the exact same thing. The problem is that from a PR perspective it is better to have just one. None of Atlanta's 'identities' are strong enough to dominate. Because there are so many it's like not having one at all.

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Who the hell is Bull Connor? I seriously doubt most people associate Birmingham with that person...
*smdh*
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:08 PM
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Idiot...millions of people bought it and it was played incessantly...don't try it just because YOU didn't like it. It's ok that you don't have taste.
Seriously?

I'm an idiot with no taste because I don't like an Atlanta jingle?

Good point, genius.

I suppose the millions who buy Britney Spears and Ashley Simpson cds have good taste, too.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:17 PM
 
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Juan Antonio Samaranch was Spanish and a real tool as I recall. I like the idea of recycled water. I think if Atlanta came up with something new and innovative to resolve its water crisis it could certainly make a name for itself. Potable water will be the "fossil fuel" of the future. There will be wars fought over it. If Atlanta could somehow be on the cutting edge of water technology it could be absolutely awesome.
Yes, Juan. Haven't thought of him in a while--but he had the disdainful attitude associated with France.

I hope we can resolve the water crisis and then build something spectacular.

Growth, research--moving forward. That's a good identity.
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