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Old 11-28-2006, 02:11 PM
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I drove from Orlando to Atlanta for Thanksgiving. The worst traffic I hit was coming out of Orlando at 2:00 pm in the afternoon, and then again coming home at 7:00 pm in the evening. Once I got past Ocala, it was smooth sailing all the way into Atlanta. I drove straight through downtown Atlanta and downtown Orlando coming and going.

Now, I've driven to Atlanta hundreds of times, and I know that Atlanta can have bad traffic, just on this trip it I'm sure I hit it right. But, overall, Atlanta's traffic is no worse than Orlando's, and at least you have options and alternative routs. If you want to see somethign right out of the "third world", try merging from 7 toll lanes into 3 in the course of 1/8th mile, in the middle of a construction zone every day! Or, take your life in your hands and drive I-4 through the tourist district during rush hour, with ongoing road construction. You know how many British tourists are out there driving on the left-hand side of the road? Or absent-minded tourists weaving in and out of traffic, not knowing which side of the road to exit on? Or backing up on a 5 lane highway because they missed their exit??? There's a good reason Orlando's the road-rage capital of the US.
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Old 11-29-2006, 10:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jeweloflight View Post
It's not anything wrong necessarily with Carrollton, I guess it depends on what you want. If you're going to school there, I suppose that's reason enough. It's just nothing there, it's a hick town with not much going on and you'll have a nice little drive to Atlanta if you want to go into the city for any reason. Good luck with that.
Oh I would'nt have problems going into ATL from Carrollton for a good time. I'm pretty sure I won't be bored, but I rather party last & get on my studies first.
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Old 12-19-2006, 05:22 PM
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I'm not trying to hijack a thread here, but everybody says Carrollton is a pretty boring area...I might be moving down there within the next few weeks. Currently in Northern Virginia...

whats good/bad about Carrollton, being a 20 year old male with no social life? haha. I haven't even been able to spend any time in Carrollton before, I've just driven through, and spent a few hours there before driving back up to Virginia...
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Old 12-20-2006, 02:14 PM
Location: Sterling, VA
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I've lived here all my life, but after visiting places like Maine, California, and even North Carolina, I have realized what is missing here. Good old-fashioned hospitality.
Employees at stores would rather huddle behind their counters than offer me help, even if they aren't busy doing anything. Many drivers have no conscience, nor any sense of self-preservation. The people are detached and completely dependent on technology for entertainment. Status is determined by the size and/or price of your vehicle, hence the 21st century Hummer/SUV/full-size pickup proliferation trend.

The economy here has cooled down, and few people are crossing the country to move here anymore. There is still a significant influx from neighboring states, but by-and-large, we are not the hot destination we used to be.

Come to think of it, you're right regarding a lack of things to do. All there is to do is shop, go to movies, and eat at restaurants. But all of the businesses, restaurants, and stores are chains.

And people here are dangerously obsessed with image.
A very suffocating and stuffy environment, indeed.
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:57 PM
Location: Columbus Georgia
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I'M from Columbus Georgia and I often wonder why our soilders that are station here end up moving here. My husband has travel pretty much his whole life and when I complain about moving he says the samething over and over again there is no place like Georgia any where. But I have not travel so I wouldn't know. But I can say this when we visit friends and family members I'm always ready to get home usually the next day,lol. go figure. We are in the perfect spot really 89 miles from Atlanta and less then 10 miles form Alabama and 14 miles from Flordia, the only thing we don't have is Snow at least not often enough for me, which. But as my husbands states we have the ocean on one side the mountains on the other and the casinos on the other side and then there is Flordia. I know we have over 10.000 new soilders moving to Fort Benning in the next few months and I can say I feel better knowing they are here. They just open just the second largest Sam's Wholesale Club and the second largest Super Walmart in the world, and that truly stunned me knowing that we have the second largest in the world,I guess living here I didn't realize how big it's gotten. Along with 42 other new stores, it was not like we needed them so I'm concerned about the trafic that's to come. We can honestly say we have every store there is to have. We both have our in-laws looking to move here and they are located in Tennessee and on the coast.
God Bless!
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Old 06-30-2007, 10:19 PM
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Atlanta is great if you like an hour +/- drive to go ANYWHERE just about ANY time of day. Public transport is pathetic, doesnt even go all the way to the stadium (without getting off the train and taking sep bus).

Also, BORING. By the time you get home, nobody wants to go all the way back out, g forbid its raining, then the town goes lame. No nearby beach (sorry but panama city and destin are 5 hrs and more boring than staying at home). No mountains nearby. No outside activities, you must drive everywhere, even to bar hop! On that note, they have zero tolerance in atl which means if you are caught driving after even one drink, you are dui.

Crime, not so much on the north side. But if you live on the north side, everyone calls you a snob. Plus it sucks cuz you really do live by other snobs. They act all friendly to get a scoop and then go tell everyone you know, only the bad stuff. Southside is famous for bad crime, on the news lately is poor Clayton where they have apparently had hard time selling homes b/c of the crime.

Lots of foreclosures (HUD alone has over 900/month in GA and not good deals, no equity & trashed & really sux to get 1 in your hood cuz often others follow then good luck selling).

Untimed traffic lights, WHY EVERY LIGHT? If they would just time them correctly everyone could get home.

No real culture, mostly complaints about that dam civil war again, its like, yeah, we already know they burned the houses and won the war, ok next?

Singles, Ugh, great if you are a single male. I would say the ratio is like 8 single hot females for every 1 average joe w/the attitude to match. If you are a single male, 30s, drop me a note as I know lots of eligible batchelorettes, lots, I mean LOTS.


Jobs, employment is weak, I've heard of companies going out of business alot, lay offs, low pay. So people change jobs alot, hence the driving an hour to work thing as it may be 3rd job since moving into home.

Cars a status symbol? Not so much, I mean, I see nice car envy, alot. But if you are driving around, you rarely, if ever, see the same people twice. So, who even remembers what kind of car you drive? But yes, lots of nice cars around town, is that so bad?

Also, No one in Atlanta is from Atlanta, maybe thats another issue. The real southerners are in South Georgia, sweet as syrup.

What is good about it, Oh, yeah, nice flowers.

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Old 06-30-2007, 11:47 PM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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yeah, I would say it's time for me to leave. Unfortunately, my wallet and bank account do not agree with my mind's concept of "time to leave".

I'm in my early 40s now and moved to Atlanta when I was 18. I've seen the enormous growth here and decline in many areas that it has caused. Every few years I moved a bit further out (I'm in West Cobb now) but within a couple of years, the growth, traffic, and crime catch up to where I move. I'm tired of moving and having it catch me soon after, so the only realistic way to get away from that pattern is to move FAR away from Atlanta.

Savannah is too hot and humid. Columbus, Macon and Albany are just a bit too small and lack as much to do as I'd like. I've given thought to Chattanooga, but the way things are expanding here I wouldn't be surprised if 25 years from now Chattanooga isn't a suburb of Atlanta much the same as Cartersville is today! Still, I've known two people who have moved up there and they like it. The aquarium and other attractions and places to eat are just enough to keep you entertained, and if you feel you really need a larger city for the day or weekend, you're only two hours from Atlanta OR Nashville, so you have two choices for a day trip. Plus it's just far enough north that you get some snow in winter, and I do miss that (grew up in WV).

So yes, the call to leave is in my head. Now I just have to save up the $ to make it happen. Atlanta's fine for the 18-25 year olds who want the big city atmosphere and excitement, but once you hit 40-something you tend to lose that desire a bit (at least I did). Time for something slower.
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Old 07-01-2007, 04:21 AM
Location: Stuck in NE GA right now
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Hot humid ugh keeps me indoors along with the allergies I've developed living in GA.

It's now 6:20 am and I've just got in from walking the dogs...it's already too hot and sticky and I'm driping.

Back out to my beloved NW...give me that High Plains any day

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Old 07-01-2007, 07:34 PM
Location: still in exile......
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I am a Tennessee native, but have lived all around. I used to dream about coming to "Hot Lanta" and now that I've been here for three years, I'm running out of steam. The traffic is a mess, but for the most part, I have bared it. The public transportation system, lack of highway space, the "good 'ol boys" mentally, lack of a coast line and overcast, rainy days have given me about all I can take.

I've been here since '03, and have spent most of my time here in school. The cost of living is decent, but the pay sucks!! As a nursing student, and hopefully one day a practitioner, I'm looking to head out of here soon. I'm plain bored.

I'm thinking of heading out west in a year or so; maybe California. I love warm wheather, 300 days of sunshine, beaches, mountains and never running out of things to do. I'm already over the Cali cost of living sticker shock, so go there. More of a concern than that would be missing my church, friends and family, but I need a new start.

Anybody else feeling supressed and suffocated in the ATL?
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Old 07-01-2007, 07:36 PM
Location: still in exile......
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Hot humid ugh keeps me indoors along with the allergies I've developed living in GA.

It's now 6:20 am and I've just got in from walking the dogs...it's already too hot and sticky and I'm driping.

Back out to my beloved NW...give me that High Plains any day
What part of GA? Where I live, it's like 65 at that time of the day during the summer.
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