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Old 11-20-2007, 08:59 AM
 
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Well Steve-O, I live in Chicago purely by choice, so you can see what my decision was. I like have four distinct seasons, but I recognize that this isn't for everyone.
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Old 11-20-2007, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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One thing Chicago has that Atlanta doesn't is water. If you're considering Atlanta wait a few months to see what happens with their water situation. They're almost out and their only plan at this point is to pray for rain.
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Old 11-20-2007, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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The cost of living in Atlanta and Dallas is NOT 1/2.
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This site gives a good idea of how they compare.

But money isn't everything either.
Atlanta is the smallest of the three. It has some of that southern charm, and the weather is usually pretty good. The people are friendly, but there are still race relations issues. Their night life leaves a lot to be desired, and crime can be pretty high in the city core. I've always enjoyed visiting, but I'm not sure I'd want to personally live there.

Dallas is the second biggest, and embodies that Texas feel (that is in no way meant to be a derogatory statement) There is a bigger is better mentality, and it is a fairly conservative place. The weather is good if you like mild winters, and most people are very friendly. I didn't find their food or nightlife to be memorable. I probably wouldn't go back.

Chicago is the biggest of the three and has that east coast feel. The city is old and has incredible architecture, but the infrastructure can be a little aged. The people are varied, but there are race relations issues here too. Yes, the weather can be harsh- if you don't like cold, I would run fast from here. The spring and fall are lovely though. You really get all 4 seasons. There is more nightlife than you could ever experience, the restaurants are fabulous. But yes, it's expensive- nothing compared to many of the east and west coast cities though.
Please note- I like Chicago and we lived there for a long time. There are things about Chicago I truly miss but winter and race relations are not among them. Being in an interracial marriage, I can tell you that Atlanta is much better in the racial area than Chicago.

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Old 11-20-2007, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Like others have said, if you like big-city living, Chicago is your choice, hands down. Dallas and ATL offer lots, but not like Chicago. Expect warm summers and cold winters in Chicago, expect hot summers and mild winters in the other 2 cities. And dont fall for the myth that ATL and Dallas are super-sunny destinations. Their annual sunshine percentage is only 5% more than Chicago's.
Not really if you look at the average sunshine per day. Atlanta sets just to the EAST of the time zone border thus we get an hour more of light than Chicago does. One of the things that depressed the hell out of me in Chicago was when it gets dark at 4PM in the winter time.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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One thing Chicago has that Atlanta doesn't is water. If you're considering Atlanta wait a few months to see what happens with their water situation. They're almost out and their only plan at this point is to pray for rain.
That is the plan. And if that fails, I am going into the water business a with my new product called "Chicago Tap Water"! Even if we had lots of water here in Atlanta, it is not as good as drinking Chicago tap water. Chicago's tap water is the best in the USA I think.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Well Steve-O, I live in Chicago purely by choice, so you can see what my decision was. I like have four distinct seasons, but I recognize that this isn't for everyone.
That is true. The only drawback to that is that 8 months of that is ONE season- winter! It was 52/78 degrees here today. What was it in Chicago?
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Warm strip mall! That was so funny it made me spit out my coffee.

Dallas and Atlanta have sort of a less dense suburban feel to me. And there are almost as many parking lots as buildings downtown in both of these cities. Dallas has that DART light rail train, but it's certainly not much of an option to get your around town on a regular basis. Public tranportation is dismal in both Dallas and Atlanta.

If you want to drive your car everywhere you go, have more space, and enjoy better weather, Atlanta and Dallas are good options. So yeah, pretty much living in a warm strip mall! If you want to live in a bustling big city, pick Chicago if you can handle the cold.
Atlanta has a good transit system. Not as far reaching as the CTA and METRA but good. We have subways and busses that go to most places here. They don't come every 5 minutes like the CTA but they don't break as much or have as much labour strife as the CTA either. And MARTA subways are quiet and carpeted. CTA trains are usually dirty and noisey.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:33 PM
 
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That is true. The only drawback to that is that 8 months of that is ONE season- winter! It was 52/78 degrees here today. What was it in Chicago?

winter is 8 months long???
wow.
what was I thinking when I moved here?

p.s. right now it is 51 degrees on the lakefront.
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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winter is 8 months long???
wow.
what was I thinking when I moved here?

p.s. right now it is 51 degrees on the lakefront.
When did you move here?

The snow is coming Wed. or Thursday lol
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:38 PM
 
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When did you move here?

The snow is coming Wed. or Thursday lol
I moved here at the end of June from Tennessee.
But I knew what I was in for, I spent my first 12 years on the OTHER side of the big lake. I've been much happier since it's gotten cold... i generally hate it when it gets above 70, no joke.
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