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Old 12-12-2010, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Nova, D.C.,
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I am interested in your opinions of the "real" Atlanta. What is it like to live there, the culture, people, employment outlook, is there any Art culture museums, etc. How are the rents? What is it like for a 40 something single woman. What are the positives and the negatives. Thanks!
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:42 AM
 
Location: International Spacestation
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I am interested in your opinions of the "real" Atlanta. What is it like to live there, the culture, people, employment outlook, is there any Art culture museums, etc. How are the rents? What is it like for a 40 something single woman. What are the positives and the negatives. Thanks!
The positives are the local airport, population numbers & city branding. One thing for sure people actually attend local events, which is a plus for me. Once you actually live in Atlanta, if you have funds, Hartfield is becoming my favorite, place because it gives me the ability to leave & escape the types of people that are high numbers in Atlanta. Its STILL very much the south. At the age of 40, I would not recommend it.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Once you actually live in Atlanta, if you have funds, Hartfield is becoming my favorite, place because it gives me the ability to leave & escape the types of people that are high numbers in Atlanta. Its STILL very much the south. At the age of 40, I would not recommend it.
And I question this entire line of thought.

You have obvious problems with Atlanta. Giving out false information masked as your personal opinion is NOT helping anyone seeking accurate info on moving here.

Perhaps you would be happier back in Jacksonville?

And btw, it might help your agenda if you learned how to properly construct conversations.
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:45 AM
 
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I am interested in your opinions of the "real" Atlanta. What is it like to live there, the culture, people, employment outlook, is there any Art culture museums, etc. How are the rents? What is it like for a 40 something single woman. What are the positives and the negatives. Thanks!
I've been looking for the "real" Atlanta since I got here. I've heard rumors that the real Atlanta died sometime in the 90's.

The culture is pretty much all over the map, literally. There is some truth to the OTP/ITP paradigm to some extent. People usually behave halfway decent for a large city. It can be challenging socially due to how spread out the city is.

The cultural scene is ok depending on what you are looking for. There seems to be a plethora of high brow and low brow entertainment opportunities but it's my opinion that the city is sorely lacking in middle brow, and even more so in unibrow options. In all seriousness, I think this city could use a couple more decent art museums. The High is ok but the feel of the place is stale and clinical and exhibit turnover is slow. The art scene is relatively anemic for such a large, important city.

Rents run the gamut from dirt cheap to way overpriced. I agree with Fly as far as Atlanta not really being the best option for the 40(especially single)+ crowd. Atlanta is a VERY young city, both in demographics and feel, in my opnion. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Hell, I'm barely in my 30's and sometimes I feel too old for this place.

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:03 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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I've been looking for the "real" Atlanta since I got here. I've heard rumors that the real Atlanta died sometime in the 90's.

The culture is pretty much all over the map, literally. There is some truth to the OTP/ITP paradigm to some extent. People usually behave halfway decent for a large city. It can be challenging socially due to how spread out the city is.

The cultural scene is ok depending on what you are looking for. There seems to be a plethora of high brow and low brow entertainment opportunities but it's my opinion that the city is sorely lacking in middle brow, and even more so in unibrow options. In all seriousness, I think this city could use a couple more decent art museums. The High is ok but the feel of the place is stale and clinical and exhibit turnover is slow. The art scene is relatively anemic for such a large, important city.

Rents run the gamut from dirt cheap to way overpriced. I agree with Fly as far as Atlanta not really being the best option for the 40(especially single)+ crowd. Atlanta is a VERY young city, both in demographics and feel, in my option. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Hell, I'm barely in my 30's and sometimes I feel too old for this place.
You need to get out more.

Anyone that feels this way in a metropolitan area of almost 6 million people is simply not looking around hard enough. Period.

Sorry to sound so harsh, but come on.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:18 AM
 
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You need to get out more.

Anyone that feels this way in a metropolitan area of almost 6 million people is simply not looking around hard enough. Period.

Sorry to sound so harsh, but come on.
Well, I'm sure I'm not the only person that feels that way. I've lived here long enough and experienced enough cities to be pretty confident in my opinion. Atlanta = Meh
It's not exceptional in anything.

Now take off your cape before you trip on it Captain Atlanta.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:34 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Well, I'm sure I'm not the only person that feels that way. I've lived here long enough and experienced enough other cities to be pretty confident in my opinion. Atlanta = Meh
It's not exceptional in anything.

Now take off your cape before you trip on it Captain Atlanta.
And you need to take off your "Negative Nancy" coat. I am as well-traveled as anyone that posts here. Thankfully, this is not your usual Northern, "older & colder" city, and I am thankful for this on a daily basis.

If life doesn't suit you here, MOVE THE F&^K AWAY!. This place grew up in a different time and place - that is what makes us distinctively different from most large metro areas. If you can't handle this, why are you still here?

If you think this place is so horrible, just exactly what do YOU suggest to make it better?
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:38 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta is a VERY young city, both in demographics and feel, in my opinion. That can be a good thing and a bad thing. Hell, I'm barely in my 30's and sometimes I feel too old for this place.
I know exactly what you mean. I'm 36 and I swear it's like I turned my back for five minutes and everyone my age got married, bought a house and started having kids and staying home. Meanwhile I'm living in a building that seems to be entirely populated by people at least ten years younger than I am, and most of the radio stations here make me want to fling myself out a window.

But that's just me. Some people can move to a tiny town and have 20 new friends in a month. Others just can't seem to fit in anywhere, even in a place this big. I can easily imagine someone moving here at 40 and doing just fine, assuming that person has a gig lined up or several months worth of money in the bank, anyway. If you're a line of work that more or less requires socializing or going to meetings of a professional association, that would help a lot.
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Old 12-13-2010, 06:23 AM
 
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Now take off your cape before you trip on it Captain Atlanta.


You just made my morning with that comeback. Captain Atlanta! And you just KNOW she's wearing a skintight peach colored leotard under that sparkly cape.

Back to the topic at hand and to the OP: you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Captain Atlanta is so biased towards the city that he would tell you to live in a shelter in Five Points if it meant you would move here. I live in Boston and due to my job I am FORCED to travel to Atlanta about twice a month. Sister, it ain't happenin here. Stick to the older Northern cities where you can walk around and where dense neighborhoods hold communities together. Atlanta is one giant strip mall with no natural boundaries that spreads all over the place. It's too hot in the summer, spring and fall and not warm enough in the winter to make it a cool destination place like Florida or California.
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