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Old 12-06-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Although I did attend an HBCU, it was not one of the local ones. In addition, my neighborhood is not predominantly African-American.

People have to bear in mind that we are not a monolithic race of people who always have to be around "us" to be happy. My main focus is on my family and my career. I don't need to have several HBCUs in my metro area or even several upper-middle-class "Black" neighborhoods around me to be comfortable. That is why I don't see a huge disparity between Atlanta and places like Dallas or Charlotte. The African-Americans there that I know are doing just as well and I am and are just as happy with their homes and neighborhoods.
True. Obviously the concentration of HBCU's and Black political and economic capital are really big reasons why Atlanta began attracting droves of African Americans to begin with, but I do think that other cities offer enough in the way of culture, amenities, and economic opportunities to attract and retain African Americans also.
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Old 12-06-2010, 04:19 PM
 
Location: metro ATL
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The only knock that I have against D.C. is the cost of living. Everyone that I know in and around D.C. are doing fairly well for themselves.
Yes, the COL is indeed a doozy. But it's still an awesome place and I hope to live there for at least a little while one day myself.
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Old 12-07-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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As I was mentioning earlier, I am a single, college educated black man in his mid-30s who is potentially looking to begin work on earning a Master's or Doctoral degree at Georgia State University next Fall. I am single, and looking to find an affordable apartment or condo intown (Isn't that how areas within the 285 beltway are described by Atlantans?) that's near MARTA lines (bus and rail), has safe parking for my vehicle, is in a safe neighborhood ( I know that no city has an absolutely safe area, but something close enough), and is racially and culturally diverse (I tend to be liberal politically).

Which neighborhoods would anyone recommend? Would $500-$700 per month get me into something decent? I like going to plays, watching sports---I am definitely going to get tickets for Hawks and Falcons games, though I am a diehard Lakers and Vikings fan...lol---and attending political forums. I also love bookstores, and read someplace that Atlanta has one of the most literate populations in the nation, which is a HUGE plus for me. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated in advance.
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Old 12-07-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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As I was mentioning earlier, I am a single, college educated black man in his mid-30s who is potentially looking to begin work on earning a Master's or Doctoral degree at Georgia State University next Fall. I am single, and looking to find an affordable apartment or condo intown (Isn't that how areas within the 285 beltway are described by Atlantans?) that's near MARTA lines (bus and rail), has safe parking for my vehicle, is in a safe neighborhood ( I know that no city has an absolutely safe area, but something close enough), and is racially and culturally diverse (I tend to be liberal politically).

Which neighborhoods would anyone recommend? Would $500-$700 per month get me into something decent? I like going to plays, watching sports---I am definitely going to get tickets for Hawks and Falcons games, though I am a diehard Lakers and Vikings fan...lol---and attending political forums. I also love bookstores, and read someplace that Atlanta has one of the most literate populations in the nation, which is a HUGE plus for me. Any and all suggestions will be appreciated in advance.
You may have to go slightly above your budget for certain areas but I'd suggest either Buckhead near Lindberg Station or the Decatur area. I lived in Buckhead while in undergrad at GSU and it was a fairly easy commute. It's reasonably safe and diverse.

On the other hand, since you make a point that you're liberal and have a thing for bookstores, you may want to look into Decatur. It definitely has that literate liberal vibe, at least in comparison to the rest of metro Atlanta. I will honestly admit that I'm a bit dubious of that "most literate" stat. In my opinion Atlanta lacks a really good bookstore like the ones found in other cities and the intellectual scene here doesn't seem all that well-promoted. Still though, you can probably find enough to keep you interested at least through grad school.
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Old 01-06-2011, 12:40 PM
 
Location: GA
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Go somewhere else. Try North Carolina. Depends if this is a good fit for you. For me it's not and I too am young, black, educated, and frustrated in this city. Don't more anywhere without a job and Atlanta's unemployment is so high it's crazy. Atlanta is played out, move to another city that in the midst of booming and will give you a fair chance.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: GA
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[quote=Big L -
People have to bear in mind that we are not a monolithic race of people who always have to be around "us" to be happy. My main focus is on my family and my career. ]

Big L,

I appreciate the comment that you made and wanted to tell agree with you that life is not about being so color focused. Life is about celebrating similar mindsets, different people, and enjoying others as individuals.

So agree
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Old 01-11-2011, 03:26 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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Go somewhere else. Try North Carolina. Depends if this is a good fit for you. For me it's not and I too am young, black, educated, and frustrated in this city. Don't more anywhere without a job and Atlanta's unemployment is so high it's crazy. Atlanta is played out, move to another city that in the midst of booming and will give you a fair chance.
You dont have to move to a "booming" city to have a happy life. Move to a city that is conducive to your lifestyle. If your looking for snow boarding, dont go to south beach. Or better yet if your looking to a tropical climate stay out of Chicago. Know yourself enough to know your ideal and make your move.
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Old 01-11-2011, 04:00 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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She's bitter about Atlanta...
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Old 01-12-2011, 07:54 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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Go somewhere else. Try North Carolina. Depends if this is a good fit for you. For me it's not and I too am young, black, educated, and frustrated in this city. Don't more anywhere without a job and Atlanta's unemployment is so high it's crazy. Atlanta is played out, move to another city that in the midst of booming and will give you a fair chance.
Why are you frustrated? Sounds like you're jobless. You'd be frustrated anywhere if that was the case.
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Old 01-12-2011, 10:04 AM
 
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I got my education in florida. I did move to atlanta because of the AA influence.It was either Atlanta,DC or NYC. Since I been here, Atlanta has lived up to its hype. I have never seen so many black educated young professionals in one area which never gets shown in the media. There is always one perception shown in media.
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