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Old 02-14-2008, 01:08 PM
 
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Couldn't agree more. Back a year or two ago when Atlanta was trying to come up with a slogan for its new ad campaign ("Every Day is OPening Day" and "Opportunity, Optimism, ???" or something like that). It was KILLING me that they didn't just go with the "City of Trees" slogan that you hear occasionally. It is absolutely the city's best attribute and it is an attribute that no one outside Atlanta associates with the city because no one thinks of Atlanta as a green, outdoorsy city.

BTW, whenever a poster -- in ANY forum -- compares a city to a Texas city, you should expect the Texas defenders to come out strong for anyone who makes even the slightest criticism of Texas. Folks from Houston and Dallas seem to take it VERY personally.
Very true. You know what the attitude here in Texas is when they have bumper stickers that say ' You don't scare me, I'm from Texas'..
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:09 PM
 
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Here's a photo I found with Stone Mountain off in the background:

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Old 02-14-2008, 01:25 PM
 
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Here's a photo I found with Stone Mountain off in the background:

Great view..your making me homesick again. My last year in Dallas is going to be very long....
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Old 02-14-2008, 01:34 PM
 
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Dallas is hot and way too flat. It is very isolated from other major cities, oceans, mountains, etc. I have been to Dallas many times. It is a nice place, but it doesn't compare to Atlanta. There is a lot more to do in and around Atlanta. Both are great cities, but I give ATL the edge.
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Old 02-14-2008, 02:31 PM
 
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Dallas and Atlanta kinda look similar in a way. Dallas has MUCH less traffic, less racial, and lower cost of living. Atlanta is pretty, TONS of trees, and there seems to be alot to do there.

An earlier poster, Paddington really came down hard on Dallas, which is fine, but I've lived in Columbus, Ohio, and you couldn't pay me to live there again
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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Dallas and Atlanta kinda look similar in a way. Dallas has MUCH less traffic, less racial, and lower cost of living. Atlanta is pretty, TONS of trees, and there seems to be alot to do there.

An earlier poster, Paddington really came down hard on Dallas, which is fine, but I've lived in Columbus, Ohio, and you couldn't pay me to live there again
Lower cost of living? I don't think so. Like I mentioned previously, the property taxes are double compared to Atlanta; the electricity is about 2 to 3 time higher (.5/6 cdnts kilowatts vs .11/.13 in Texas). Also car insurance is slightly higher. The fact that there is no state tax does not alleviate home owners from the burden of high property taxes plus the high energy cost. Traffic is the only major negative against Atlanta. As far as racial, I find more here here in Dallas than Atlanta. There is more diversity in Atlanta than Texas..I do not think anyone can argue that...
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Old 02-14-2008, 03:47 PM
 
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The cost of living is definately lower in Atlanta..
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:01 PM
 
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[quote=turtleman;2829518][quote=turtleman;2829

The cost of living is definately lower in Atlanta..[/QUOTE]

Guess it's how you look at it.
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:04 PM
 
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We should start a campaign to get Shirly Franklin to start OUR marketing strategy instead of that LAME Every Day is Opening Day (WTF does THAT mean?).

Instead of trying to advertise Atlanta as a tourist destination they should advert it as a final destination.
What's important for a city to do is to make the city pleasant and exciting for its residents (city proper and suburban). Just about everything a city+metro area does should be for its residents (transportation, wayfinders, the attractions, beautification). The tourists will then soon come.

If you think about great cities (Chicago, Boston, Sydney, etc.)...their appeal is that they haven't been "prettied up for tourists." The attractions and attributes of the cities are for the residents and used by the residents each and every day.

Atlanta just needs to be Atlanta. Uncover its soul/originality/appeal (it's all there!) and run with it. Not think about what other cities are doing...just do what needs to be done and make the city great for the residents!
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Old 02-14-2008, 04:18 PM
 
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Agreed. The city would do better if it advertised in California and the northeast to bring new residents to the city who are fleeing ridiculous home prices, as opposed to an ad campaign that tries to draw tourists from Charlotte, Chattanooga, and Birmingham.
Advertising to the other southern cities should be done, but in a different way.

Outside of the American South, Atlanta should emphasize its Southerness (the urban manifestation of any and everything Southern!...GWTW, Southern Rock, Black Southerners, the Scot-Irish, Quilting, etc.), Trees, History (Civil War to Civil Rights), and the fact that it is the de-facto hub/center of Black American culture.

This would be for the rest of the nation and the world.


To the American South, Atlanta would emphasize its "Big Cityness"...nightlife, shopping, music, etc...things that one can't get anywhere else in the South.

I think Atlanta should focus on two slogans...

1. Urban Brilliance, Southern Style. (This can be written a variety of ways).

2. The City of Trees. (or alternatively The City in a Forest.)
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