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Old 12-21-2015, 12:28 PM
 
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Atlanta might be "overrated" in terms of being a black mecca, but it's the only majority black city in the world to get "Alpha" status and be ranked top 50 internationally on most lists. There a sense of power that blacks have here that you can't find in Houston or Dallas. Black culture seeps into the soul of Atlanta. When I moved here from California when I was 12, I lived around mostly middle class blacks. I didn't know blacks were so economically disadvantaged around the country because I was sheltered around living in successful middle class black suburbs.

To me, there a difference between being a great place for a black American to live and being a Black Mecca where black culture permeates the air. In Black Meccas, there's a somewhat false sense that you're not a minority. Only Atlanta and D.C. to me are current day black meccas.

Houston, and especially Dallas can't be black meccas because black culture doesn't permeate the air or is the dominant culture. When you think of Atlanta, you kind of don't think about white American culture at all these days. You think of MLK, Civil Rights Movements, Hip Hop/Rap, BET Awards, etc. Kind of like how with Seattle, you think of Grunge music or Nashville with country music.

A black person can be successful anywhere in this country, but only very few places can offer black Americans a sense of identity and a cultural haven where you know your peers are also doing well...where your brothers and sisters paved the way to make a successful city.

And if you look at population stats:

Population Growth of Black and/or African American Population (Alone) from 2013 to 2014:
01. Atlanta CSA: + 59,034
02. Houston CSA: + 32,923
03. Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex CSA: + 29,318


This is Atlanta's black growth in some of it's weakest growth years in decades and this is Houston/Dallas's black growth in their strongest years in decades. Atlanta's black population growth still nearly doubles Houston and more than doubles Dallas's.

There's something about Atlanta that continues to stand out to blacks that no other city does.

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Old 12-21-2015, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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^^ That's not Dallas and Houston's strongest years, I don't think.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:32 PM
 
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Atlanta might be "overrated" in terms of being a black mecca, but it's the only majority black city in the world to get "Alpha" status and be ranked top 50 internationally on most lists.
And DC, although it has a Black plurality now.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:33 PM
 
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^^ That's not Dallas and Houston's strongest years, I don't think.
For Black growth or growth in particular?

I wonder if there's a list that shows Black growth by year by metro area out there. Most tend to do it by decade.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:35 PM
 
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^^ That's not Dallas and Houston's strongest years, I don't think.
2013-2014, both Dallas/Houston gained about 150k+ residents if I'm not mistaken. Houston's slowed growth won't show until the next MSA stats come out.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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What is Grudge music?
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:38 PM
 
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Yeah, the Houston MSA grewed 156,371 from 2013-2014. That's about it's highest growth year. Dallas grew 131,217 from 2013-2014. Atlanta only grew 88,891 from 2013-2014. It's used to seeing 100k+ growth years as it's normal.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:39 PM
 
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What is Grudge music?
Meant to say grunge music. Typo.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:41 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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You make a good point. I think most of the "overhypeness" stems from people who thought a good job would just automatically land in their lap if they moved to Atlanta. Sure the COL is cheaper than in Northern big cities in particular, but if you have little in the way of education or skills, you'll have little in the way of opportunity--in Atlanta or anywhere else. And then there's the fact that the city's nightlife, while still quite vibrant and easily among the best for Blacks anywhere, is a bit tamer than it used to be.
Speaking for myself, the job thing was a non-issue during my time in Atlanta. In my experience, though, the business atmosphere was heavy on soft skills and light on talent. You could prove yourself to be a completely substandard worker, but as long as you got along with the boss man, you had a promising future at the company. I just didn't fit into that culture.
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Old 12-21-2015, 12:52 PM
 
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Speaking for myself, the job thing was a non-issue during my time in Atlanta. In my experience, though, the business atmosphere was heavy on soft skills and light on talent. You could prove yourself to be a completely substandard worker, but as long as you got along with the boss man, you had a promising future at the company. I just didn't fit into that culture.
Well I'm not in the private sector and didn't work in the city proper or any of the core counties when I lived there, so I can't speak too much on that. But that doesn't sound too different from corporate culture just about anywhere from what I've heard...the whole "it's not what you know, it's who you know" thing.
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