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Old 05-24-2008, 02:03 PM
 
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as far as people saying that atlanta has more of a city feel than charlotte i dont really agree. i was born in atlanta and have family that still live there and dont really see much difference between the two cities. i think charlotte has almost as good of shopping and uptown charlotte is a great place to visite and live. there is also(contrary to what some people say) a great scene for youger people in charlotte. uptown, noda, plaza-midwood, southend, southpark, etc. charlotte is also a much prettier city with a more original feel. just my opinion.
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Old 05-25-2008, 04:17 AM
 
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I'm a New Yorker moving to Clt. Neither Atl. nor Charlotte feel like a city. They're both suburban.

The only places in the US that feel like real cities are NY, Boston, Philly, DC, Providence, Chicago, SF, LA and Miami.
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Old 05-25-2008, 05:07 AM
 
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I have lived in both places and would say that Charlotte would top my list for quality of life. I lived in Alpharetta before there was a North Point mall and it was very pretty with many horse farms. I moved to Woodstock and experienced a commute to downtown of sometimes 2 hours and that was 12 years ago. I love Atlanta and the things it has to offer, but the population growth, the traffic and the other things that go along with a big city overshadow the 'good things". Raising a family in Charlotte or where I live in SC just 5 miles from Ballantyne, is definately easier. As a single person, I would say go for Atlanta but Charlotte is more family oriented. Taxes, Traffic, Crime, Polution,......all things that go with big cities, have impacted Atlanta negatively. I still love to visit Atlanta and if you were choosing between Boston, NY, Dallas and Atlanta, I would say hands down Atlanta.
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Old 05-25-2008, 06:21 AM
 
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We chose to move to Charlotte over Atlanta (both of my sisters live there) because Atlanta was so much bigger and required a lot of driving. After having lived in LA five years with unbearable commutes, we chose to live in Charlotte, North Charlotte. We've been thrilled with our decision and have since had three children in the 4 years we moved here.

As for your critter concern in general, i can tell you that i grew up in FL where the critters are almost prehistoric sized. Fire Ants are rampant and along with them in the grass you also get sand spurs. It did not prevent us from playing outside. they have treatments you can put on ant hills and you just learn what to do about the critters. ie keeping the lizards around the house keep the big giant spiders away!

That said, I don't think my sisters have any problems with ant hills or other critters at all. So, i don't think this should be a concern for you in making your decision.

Hope it helps. The way we describe our decision was that it had all the great things of a big city, but it was more manageable.

Julie
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