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Old 07-06-2007, 07:09 AM
 
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Hey There,

I presently live in Seattle, but am seeking out new horizons.

I've been thinking about Athens. Figuring it's a college town, I'm counting on greater access to arts, culture and, ultimately, a local music scene.

What's the city like? The weather, climate, people and all. How about jobs and the cost of living?

Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Nos vemos!
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Old 07-06-2007, 09:40 AM
 
Location: Athens, Ga
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Athens is pretty cool. The music scene is fabulous with greeat bars and venues, we just had AthFest and there is something to do going on all the time. The city is very diverse because of UGA! We have 4 distinct seasons but not the bruatal cold and snow, of course right now the heat is fairly brutual and we really need rain. The cost of housing is pretty good, the rents are very high though because it is a student driven market but for purchases we are in a pretty stable market but leaning towards the buyer's benefit.

What employment sector are you interested in?
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:03 AM
 
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I recently moved back to Athens after living in Fort Lauderdale for 12 years and I love it here. I have found so much more to do here than existed in South Florida and the people are more tolerant here. The art scene is amazing and the music scene is second to none. We love music here and we mean all kinds of music. On any given night you can hear local acts or national acts in every genre, rock, folk, bluegrass, alternative, even classical. Plus you're only about an hours drive from Atlanta so you can get your "big city" fix if you need it. As far as rent goes there are some outrageous complexes which cater to the college kids but there are also some very resonable places. Personally I pay 450 a month for a one bedroom duplex in a very quiet neighborhood within walking distance to downtown and I love it.
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire, UK
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I grew up in Atlanta but my family has been in the Athens area since the late 1700s, seriously. In fact, I'm related to the Elijah Clarke that Clarke County (where Athens is located) is named for.

I'm saying this in the interest of full disclosure and admitting that I'm prejudiced: I love Athens. It's big enough to be a city but still has a small-town vibe. It's quirky - for example, have you ever heard of the "Tree that owns itself" Tree That Owns Itself - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia in Athens? The music scene is fantastic. The presence of the University of Georgia makes Athens a much more diverse and tolerant place than it would be otherwise and that's a good thing.

I've lived in England for most of my adult life and always head to Athens when I go back to Georgia for visits, partly to see my family and partly just to hang out. In fact, I'm going over in 2 weeks' time and am now starting to get really excited about it because I haven't been for a couple of years.

Drawbacks:

(1) It's hot. I mean hot. But then, it's Georgia, so you've probably sussed that out already.

(2) I obviously have no idea which side of the political divide you sit on but you're in Seattle, which is a pretty blue place. Athens is a blue oasis as well, but it sits in the middle of a mighty red sea, politically. I spent my life straddling those two worlds and never used to notice but I've been gone for a good few years and now I do. There are people with wide extremes of views and they mostly rub up against each other just fine (or maybe I should say they breathe the same air but don't really interact), but it's something you should know.

Athens gave us REM and the B-52s. That's always said a lot to me.
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Old 07-06-2007, 05:47 PM
 
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[quote=Michelle DeRepentigny;1014986]
"What employment sector are you interested in?"

I work in healthcare, specifically helping with radiological digital imaging. It's not as high-tech as it sounds, but is a skill, albeit a minor one.
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