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  • beaujangle

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    Aug 03, 2013 9:57 AM GMT
    Wow, I'm surprised it's such as 'green' city. It surely looks gorgeous esp during the autumn season

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    Aug 03, 2013 10:09 PM GMT
    True, i live in the area just north of town. Lots of trees everywhere. Biggest problem we have is downed trees during bad storms on houses and powerlines.

    Yea, but its nothing compared to where you live though.. New Zealand is a place id like to see sometime.
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:28 PM GMT
    Atlanta is not a bad place, but it's always done quite well in over-promoting itself as a cosmopolitan city. The funny part is that the city gets away with it. The city has reasonable cost of living compared to other major cities. The air quality is relatively good. The really bad aspects are the traffic, lack of good public transportation, and summer humidity. Some other good qualities include mild winters, a great air transportation hub, and great restaurants.
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:30 PM GMT
    ummmm....No....
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    Aug 03, 2013 11:44 PM GMT
    Of the biggest 20 or so cities, it's rank cost of living is ranked as the best. I'd agree having lived and been to many other cities. Great food. Very diverse, probably most diversity the South next to Miami (that place is like another country lol). The bus transit is ok but overall public transit is bad. Traffic is bad (place is a big circle) but no that of a Dallas and I, like many other, just would speed to make up for time. Summer is summer. Hotlanta isn't as humid as Charleston or Houston but its still gets hot. In 4 years of living, saw snow once.

    It is like a junior version of a mega city. I loved it, no place is perfect so you take the good with the bad. This place was def mostly good. Miss it
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    Aug 04, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
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    The people who made this video should be sued for fraud. Yeah, they have some trees, if you can get to them for the traffic.
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    Aug 06, 2013 12:25 PM GMT
    I was offered a job in ATL. I said "Hell No!"
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    Aug 06, 2013 1:14 PM GMT
    ATL definitely has its spots, now.

    It's a travel/tourism video, so they'll certainly show you the best of the best and hide the worst of the worst. When you attempt to travel between many of the locations presented in the video, you'll get a taste of the latter.

    There have been a lot of positive conservation initiatives in the last two decades. But for the longest time, the city (within its boundaries, not counting places like that Stone Mountain Park) ranked at/near the very bottom among US Cities in area-based tree cover, making its "City in the Forest" or whatever kind of a running joke among locals.

    Air Quality is improving here, but a lack of meaningful transport initiatives (thanks largely to intra-regional balkanization) isn't helping air quality in terms of traffic congestion. That and water quality issues (and the inequalities borne from being situated in the Confederate-minded State of Georgia) keep it from earning any worthy "green" city labels.

    The work on trails and park improvements/expansions and tree-lining streets have made the city itself much more pleasurable especially in the places where the town expects visitors (and new homeowners). A lot of it is led and funded by non-profit civic groups in friendly coordination with the city government.

    Minor spellcheck from the video, the Museum of Natural History is called "Fernbank", not "Fernberg."
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    Aug 06, 2013 2:55 PM GMT
    nabob7729 saidThe air quality is relatively good.


    Not true. Atlanta is in fact one of the most polluted cities in the country.

    http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/states/georgia/fulton-13121.html
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    Aug 06, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    villain4hire saidOf the biggest 20 or so cities, it's rank cost of living is ranked as the best. I'd agree having lived and been to many other cities. Great food. Very diverse, probably most diversity the South next to Miami (that place is like another country lol). The bus transit is ok but overall public transit is bad. Traffic is bad (place is a big circle) but no that of a Dallas and I, like many other, just would speed to make up for time. Summer is summer. Hotlanta isn't as humid as Charleston or Houston but its still gets hot. In 4 years of living, saw snow once.

    It is like a junior version of a mega city. I loved it, no place is perfect so you take the good with the bad. This place was def mostly good. Miss it


    I would NOT consider ATL "very diverse" at all. It's still quite segregated!
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    Aug 06, 2013 3:56 PM GMT
    My biggest gripe about Atlanta is the attitude. If I had to rank the top most pretentious cities in the U.S., I'd have to give the #2 position to Atlanta (#1 going to Dallas of course.) When you ask a gay guy from Atlanta where they're from, you're likely to get "Hotlanta." icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Aug 07, 2013 7:02 PM GMT
    First off I would never respond to living here as HOTLANTA. That is a given being it's the south.
    Yes we have traffic, but as far as being a visitor, if you come to Atlanta and stay in the city proper and don't go venture to some suburb you don't experience it as much.
    The gay community here is way more diverse. Yes you have plenty of stand and pose going on but you get that when people have more income because of the affordable living. We have a great leather community and host one of the largest prides in the country.
    Our push to be more mobile is coming with expansion of the Path and the Beltline which connect numerous neighborhoods and attractions and are non-motorized accessible.
    So fly in for the morning, get a sample of our foods, find a bar or club that fits your fancy. Get a room or a friend for the night and fly out the next day.
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    Aug 07, 2013 10:19 PM GMT
    Atlanta is pleasant enough as a place to live. The in town neighborhoods are like living in a forest. The parks give you plenty of open space for recreation.

    A tourist will find it very frustrating though. Except for the manufactured attractions of World of Coke, CNN and the Aquarium which are walking distance from one another, everything requires a car and preferably a local friend to drive you.

    My partner still has a home at Ansley Park which is a great location. We like having friends come to visit as long as they can be entertained with food, drinks and a place to run and hang in the sun. But if they want to see something of cultural interest, we'll usually board a plane and go elsewhere.
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    Aug 07, 2013 10:47 PM GMT
    SixSixAtl said
    nabob7729 saidThe air quality is relatively good.


    Not true. Atlanta is in fact one of the most polluted cities in the country.

    http://www.stateoftheair.org/2013/states/georgia/fulton-13121.html
    Oh Hush! I mean it!
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    Aug 07, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    Latenight30 saidFirst off I would never respond to living here as HOTLANTA. That is a given being it's the south.


    I don't think they're referring to the temperature. They're referring to themselves. icon_neutral.gif
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    Aug 07, 2013 11:18 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidbeijingtrafficjam2.jpg
    The people who made this video should be sued for fraud. Yeah, they have some trees, if you can get to them for the traffic.


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    Aug 09, 2013 2:16 PM GMT
    gayinterest said
    Scruffypup saidbeijingtrafficjam2.jpg
    The people who made this video should be sued for fraud. Yeah, they have some trees, if you can get to them for the traffic.


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    Not a real pic, not of ATL anyway. BUT, the state has been working to make one of the suburban interstates 13-lanes in both directions (some would allegedly be HOV and transit lanes, but still). No way would I drive in something like that even if the traffic was flowing!
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 15, 2013 5:11 PM GMT


    Love my hometown. People who don't like it -- good! Stay the fuck out, we don't wantcha haha. Too many damn Yankees invading already.
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    Aug 15, 2013 7:04 PM GMT
    gayinterest said
    Scruffypup saidbeijingtrafficjam2.jpg
    The people who made this video should be sued for fraud. Yeah, they have some trees, if you can get to them for the traffic.


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    That's not Atlanta-- That's Houston, Texas during an evacuation because of an impending hurricane. I dont know why scruffy would post this pic and claim that's Atlanta traffic.

  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:00 PM GMT
    Import saidThat's not Atlanta-- That's Houston, Texas during an evacuation because of an impending hurricane. I dont know why scruffy would post this pic and claim that's Atlanta traffic.


    Liars gonna lie.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:07 PM GMT
    failscarf said
    TroyAthlete said
    Import saidThat's not Atlanta-- That's Houston, Texas during an evacuation because of an impending hurricane. I dont know why scruffy would post this pic and claim that's Atlanta traffic.


    Liars gonna lie.


    Why tho?


    With certain people it seems to be pathological.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    Atlanta really doesn't interest me, but Savannah, Georgia is one of my favorite places.





  • madsexy

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    Aug 15, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidbeijingtrafficjam2.jpg
    The people who made this video should be sued for fraud. Yeah, they have some trees, if you can get to them for the traffic.

    OMG I don't know if that's really Atlanta or not, but it looks all too familiar to me. I went to Atlanta twice for an interview last year, and the traffic made Chicago's loop traffic seem like a rural town! It was so bad that the first trip I had over two and a half hours to get to the airport from Alpharetta after my interview. I'm pretty sure I wasn't even close enough to the airport to see out of the car when my plane took off! I got there EXACTLY 3 hours - got out of the car at the airport, not through security or anything. The driver said "It's always like this! You can just never tell." The next trip, for the second interview, I allowed four and a half hours and was at the airport three hours early!!! Amazing.

    I'll give Atlanta this, though. It is beautiful and green there, particularly that drive up to Alpharetta.
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    I did a reverse image search on that traffic jam photo and came across this blog post which I thought was interesting:

    http://www.bricoleurbanism.org/whimsicality/when-photoshop-is-so-good-its-bad/
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    Aug 15, 2013 10:52 PM GMT
    I've been here 18 years now, but know I won't retire here. But I have a great job and a good network, so no need to search yet. One saving grace for the future is the BeltLine http://beltline.org/. Think NYC's High Line, but 22 miles long (being finished in pieces). Great linear park area with transit eventually. Spurring lots of development already.