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Old 03-18-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: TEXAS
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I am an African American single female and cannot decide which city to relocate to.

Any current advice from locals or those who have visted NYC or ATL.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:50 AM
 
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Your financial status will play a large part in your decision, but assuming you can afford to comfortably live in either city, I would most definitely choose NYC.

I live in NYC, but grew up in GA, and am very familiar with Atlanta. Atlanta's negatives out way it's positives IMO.

What part of Atlanta are you looking to live in?
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:06 AM
 
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I am an African American single female and cannot decide which city to relocate to.

Any current advice from locals or those who have visted NYC or ATL.
Atlanta has a large population of black professionals and a happening scene for black professionals, unlike Manhattan. The cost of living is about 3x less.

This article gives some insight on the kind of lifestyle you can have on a $150,000 salary in Atlanta:

How to Be a Player - Most Fashionable Men in America - Esquire
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:23 AM
 
Location: TEXAS
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Your financial status will play a large part in your decision, but assuming you can afford to comfortably live in either city, I would most definitely choose NYC.
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I live in NYC, but grew up in GA, and am very familiar with Atlanta. Atlanta's negatives out way it's positives IMO.

What part of Atlanta are you looking to live in?



Thank you Rud for your feedback,

Someone told me for Atlanta to live North and north of downtown. But to stay within the Perimeter of 285. Outside of the perimeter is burbs that aren't as urban and more country like such as Norcross and Roswell.

I'll graduate with a MBA this year so I'll have to look for a job in both cities.
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Old 03-18-2009, 09:28 AM
 
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Atlanta has a large population of black professionals and a happening scene for black professionals, unlike Manhattan. The cost of living is about 3x less.

This article gives some insight on the kind of lifestyle you can have on a $150,000 salary in Atlanta:

How to Be a Player - Most Fashionable Men in America - Esquire
I am aware that ATL cost of living is cheaper but I heard from a guy who is an Engineer moved from ATL who said that he didn't make a lot of money there. He said the salarys tend to be less in the ATL jobmarket.

Not sure what to think, I guess it depends on where you work. I'll have to look for jobs in both cities.

I don't necessary have to live around a lot of African Americans.
I prefer diversity with a strong presence of African Americans but a blended population.
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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Atlanta is mostly a big suburb most people who say they live in Atlanta live in Duluth,Alpharetta etc,I'd move to NYC.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:41 PM
 
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Atlanta does have some good parts, parts of downtown have character and culture

But here is why I don’t like Atlanta:


1. Traffic, it’s TERRIBLE, and the public transportation is horrible, no one uses the MARTA b/c its does not get you to where you want to go, ATL is barely making strides to correct the public transportation problem even though ATL is on its way to becoming as huge as NYC one day (even though is more spread out and not land locked, that doesn’t mean we need to just keep building more parking lots!!)

2. Poor Areas, Atlanta, not unlike NYC has some run down parts, but NYC has enough culture and good parts to make up for it, IMO Atlanta does not

3. The "burbs" of Atlanta are rows and rows of cookie cutter neighborhoods in boring suburbia land, and you have a nice 1 hour drive (if no traffic) to get the fun, unique things in the city or right around the city

4. Cost of living, while it is cheaper than NYC, to live in where worth living in ATL, it’s not that much cheaper and you spend half your life in a car

5. Race divides: no matter where you go in this country, I have decided. you will run into segregation and raciest people, NYC is no different, imagine taking NYC and plopping it down in the middle of Georgia , and that will give you some idea of the divides in ATL
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Old 03-18-2009, 02:56 PM
 
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Atlanta does have some good parts, parts of downtown have character and culture

2. Poor Areas, Atlanta, not unlike NYC has some run down parts, but NYC has enough culture and good parts to make up for it, IMO Atlanta does not

3. The "burbs" of Atlanta are rows and rows of cookie cutter neighborhoods in boring suburbia land, and you have a nice 1 hour drive (if no traffic) to get the fun, unique things in the city or right around the city

4. Cost of living, while it is cheaper than NYC, to live in where worth living in ATL, it’s not that much cheaper and you spend half your life in a car

5. Race divides: no matter where you go in this country, I have decided. you will run into segregation and raciest people, NYC is no different, imagine taking NYC and plopping it down in the middle of Georgia , and that will give you some idea of the divides in ATL



Thank you for your feedback !!!

I know that no city is perfect but I rather weigh the pros and cons first, you know.

I live in Texas so I know all too well about the necessity of a car. Not having to rely on a car will be a culture shock for me. But I think thats what makes NYC unique for me coming from the south.

I know all to well about racial divisions but I know that racism exist everywhere. But the south is notorious for racial divisions and is much further behind the times as the East coast IMO.

I rather be in a city where there is not so much of the tension. Strong racial tension is what makes a place uncomfortable to live.
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Old 03-18-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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I actually find Atlanta to be quite nice..and I really enjoyed the strong professional African American presence there as well as their diverse social classes....and that prominent population is heavily diluted in NYC. Although I am a big fan of NYC, you may find the overall quality of life in Atlanta better, although NYC may provide better opportunities. Having that strong, educated, influential professional African American population makes a big difference I think.
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:32 PM
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The myth is that there is not a strong prominent population of educated, professional African Americans in NYC. It is just that, a myth. You will receive your MBA soon, so you will have access to this population, and I am pretty sure that you may already have some connections to go with now. To gain more access to the many events hosted by African American MBA's in the NYC metro region, research and contact some of the various groups, there are quite a few.

I am sure that you are also familiarizing yourself with this forum as well as the Atlanta forum. You will see many post in NYC forum that will suggest that all African Americans live in the projects, perform poorly in school, etc. Most of these post are by people that are not African American, and they would not know how to advise you, because that is the only impression that they would like to see. It is as if that is all they see, even though other images are right in from of their faces.

If you can take a trip to NYC before you move here, try to connect with some of the African American organizations for MBA's in general, and in your field of expertise. If you are inclined visit some of the larger African American churches in the area. Most have organizations within the churches for African American professionals in various professional careers.

Best wishes in your decision. Atlanta is also a very nice city. Most overt racism here is directed to those that are perceived as less educated, or poor. The racism toward the educated and privileged is more subtle.

Also remember your competition in NYC is global. People with excellent qualification live here from all over the world. This is true also of Atlanta, but it is so on a much larger scale in NYC. So the advice that Sobroguy gave about the heavily diluted population can really come into play at work. That is why I suggest the outside connections to other MBA's in the NYC region.
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