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Old 08-03-2007, 08:49 PM
 
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One alternative I would suggest is to go southwest of Atlanta to LaGrange, where you can be at the ATL airport within 45 min- 1 hr.

It holds good downtown art festivals and has a very manageable, relaxed lifestyle.

You will have to stay away from traditional "city cores" of even Athens and Asheville to avoid crime.

Something else. Have you noticed the Chattoochee Hill Country development of hamlets in Southwest Fulton? I think these will be interesting areas, with art scenes rapidly developing, if you want to get in on an exciting "ground floor" opportunity. You'll probably have a large impact as an individual if you yourself are talented.
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Old 08-03-2007, 09:14 PM
 
Location: Currently in Atlanta Cobb County
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Athens is a big musical city. College town with alot of artsy stuff but so is savannah they are the 2 your probobly looking for.
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Old 08-03-2007, 10:50 PM
 
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I lived in Athens.. right downtown.. and I really do not know where this perception come from that it is a high crime area. It is very safe.. even has a small town feel. The crime stats you are referencing are most likely petty property crimes.. like stolen bicycles... it is a college town.. But Athens is very safe.. It does have some lower income areas where crime is a bit higher but those areas are easy to avoid.
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Old 08-04-2007, 09:47 PM
 
Location: The Great City of Macon
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Yea Athens is a safe city, and crime is very low, but what city doesnt have crime.
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Old 08-05-2007, 09:20 AM
 
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Hi, You are just what Eatonton is looking for! the community here is a growing paradise for artists. The downtown area is about to undergo a complete renovation. It will be catering to artists from around the world but will Highlight local Talent. The old buildings are now being updated and prepared for new businesses and working artist galleries.

We need artists that work with any and all mediums. People that would like to live in a laid back but growing community. Your lifestyle here depends on you. You would have the choice of a high end lake home or a beautiful quiet country retreat, or anything between.

This is an area that offers a quiet afternoon walk in an old Antibellum neighborhood or a day of fishing in Lake Oconee. You find hardly any traffic and a very low crime rate. Unlike Atlanta or Savannah in so many ways. Yet close enough to both if you need to visit.
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Old 08-05-2007, 10:45 AM
 
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Blue Ridge, GA is also artistic - the downtown is being revitalized, there is a passenger excursion train that draws people form all over. There are several art festivals going on. Mountain streams and rivers, beautiful scenery and plenty of outdoor activity is also good. And you can be downtown Atlanta in 90 minutes if you want to. Also, if you want in on the ground floor try the twin cities of Copperhill & McCaysville just up GA 5 - 9 miles or so from Blue Ridge - they have a couple of Art Galleries now, artists are moving in and there is a river running through the middle of town with an old steel bridge. Its also kind of cool because the state line (a blue painted line) runs right through the middle of town (and through the middle of some buildings too) and there are alot of old historic homes and buildings left over from when the place was a mining town - which lends to an artsy, funky industrial feel like alot of intown neighborhoods.
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