Thinking of Moving to Atlanta. Pros/Cons?

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    May 30, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    I'm thinking of moving to Atlanta this summer. Been in LA for five years now and not really happy here. Anyway, been thinking of moving to ATL to be closer to family there and have better opportunities job wise. Just curious to hear what everyone's thoughts on living there. Yes I know the weather's great and its cheap to live there as compared to other cities, but more interested in the dating scene and what there is to do culturally. Thanks!
  • gjoseph

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    May 31, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Hi!! I don't live in Atlanta but have family there. Personally, during my visits I found the city to be culturally enriching with a-lot to do in Buckhead, Midtown, etc. The only con that I can think of about Atlanta is TRAFFIC! I absolutely hate the traffic there, and have encountered some of the wildest drivers in the city.

    But here's some resources maybe it can help you out in some way.

    http://atlanta.gaycities.com/

    http://www.atlanta.net/

    Sorry, if I wasn't of any aid....Good Luck!!
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    May 31, 2010 4:12 AM GMT
    gjoseph saidHi!! I don't live in Atlanta but have family there. Personally, during my visits I found the city to be culturally enriching with a-lot to do in Buckhead, Midtown, etc. The only con that I can think of about Atlanta is TRAFFIC! I absolutely hate the traffic there, and have encountered some of the wildest drivers in the city.

    But here's some resources maybe it can help you out in some way.

    http://atlanta.gaycities.com/

    http://www.atlanta.net/

    Sorry, if I wasn't of any aid....Good Luck!!
    That's what everyone here says about Atlanta (temporarily staying in a small town outside of Savannah) - they say Atlanta has the worst traffic they've ever seen.

    I doubt it's as bad as Miami, though. Those are some of the stupidest drivers I've ever seen..
  • rnch

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    May 31, 2010 4:21 AM GMT
    you'd be trading one plastic town for another plastic town. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 31, 2010 4:25 AM GMT
    Atlanta does have quite a few good looking guys but it was the worst traffic and some of the nastiest people i have ever dealt with while living in the south! I lived there for 3 years...and felt like my stay was way over stayed! The city is tragic actually with so many fake people its crazy! Look out west like san diego!
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    May 31, 2010 4:29 AM GMT
    I made the opposite move from there to san diego 5 years ago.

    Atlanta is a nice city with a good job market (usually), cheap real estate and lots of cool neighborhoods. There is a large population of gays so the dating pool will be larger. Taxes are lower than California. There is a pretty good night life, and lots of things to do If you like to travel it is a major hub so you can get reasonable priced direct flights to other places. The metro area is more sparse and people are more spread out.

    The weather is more extreme that coastal California. You will have to get used to thunderstorms, lots of rain, more heat and cold and humidity. Culturally it is different than the west and not as laid back as California.

    I lived there 12 years. The crowd of people can be kinda hard to break into like any large city, you just have to network.

    I could live there again if I needed to.

    Oh and yes the traffic is horrible. Try to live in the area you will work.
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    May 31, 2010 4:38 AM GMT
    Well I live here in atlanta (well actually south of atlanta about 30-45 mins), but I love it here. Compared to other states on the east coast that I lived in, it is definitely one of my favorites due to nightlife, the people, things to do, etc. Yeah traffic sucks here in atlanta, but its all about the time that you choose to drive in the traffic. 5 lanes + 1 HOV lane and there is still traffic. Regardless atlanta is the city where most want to come and stay. I would say stay outside of the city and travel into the city, great places to stay and not always stuck in the traffic. But I really would like to move out west and try it out there!
  • HankFit247

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    May 31, 2010 7:19 AM GMT
    Atlanta - Throw a stone in the air, your certain to hit a CrackHead.

    So if your into CrackHeads....
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    May 31, 2010 12:17 PM GMT
    The traffic is horrendous. That else aside I can't say much as I only visited the city so far to see the Georgia Aquarium and it was pretty decent.

    Southern hospitality is a big deal and unless you put ppl off on sight, ppl will do more than their share to make you feel at home/welcome. This is one big thing I LOVE about GA. Probably the only thing really.

    Nevertheless, your in the south and with that just remember ATL is one of the few open spots in the geographical region. Most everything else in GA is not as open minded and they are very much so anti-gay in some of the smaller towns.So if you and your future partner/BF were to go do something outside in the boonies just be on P's and Q's.

    Personally, I would live in TX before GA. I've lived in Texas before and Texas just seems to have more opportunities and a few hours drive can but you anywhere. It's also like they say everything is bigger in TX.
  • ManNMidtown

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    May 31, 2010 12:55 PM GMT
    I have lived in Atlanta for 10 years and I think it is a great city. One guy said you would be trading one plastic city for another. That is his opinion, but I have met just as many genuine, real people than any other city I have lived in, and as for crack heads like one suggested. If you want to surround yourself with crackheads, then yeah, there are plenty here. If you want to surround yourself with great guys, then there is an abundance of those here as well.

    The traffic can suck, but LA is not dream in that department from what I have heard. I have a reverse commute and I am home in 20 minutes in the afternoon.

    There are a lot of opportunities here with a very involved gay community. If you choose to plug in, it can be a great place to live.
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    May 31, 2010 1:04 PM GMT
    Pros
    1. Large gay community
    2. Beautiful midtown area -- actually parts of ATL is really beautiful
    3. Weather
    4. Sports city -- plenty of gay sport teams and also pro sport teams
    5. Real estate -- definitely cheaper than Cali

    Cons
    1. Plastic city
    2. Politics and religion -- getting more conservative in the ultra liberal city of Atlanta
    3. Traffic -- yes, please stay close to your work place area.
    4. Culture -- what culture? The arts are dying a slow death in this city
    5. Southern hospitality -- get use to the back-handed compliments. Nobody actually speaks the truth.

    The old decadent Atlanta is no longer exist. The 21st century Atlanta is actually quite boring.

    Good luck and have a "blessed" day icon_rolleyes.gif

    Side note: Why am I still here? (1) great job and (2) weather and outdoor activities



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    May 31, 2010 1:06 PM GMT
    n2briefs2 saidPros
    1. Large gay community
    2. Beautiful midtown area -- actually parts of ATL is really beautiful
    3. Weather
    4. Sports city -- plenty of gay sport teams and also pro sport teams
    5. Real estate -- definitely cheaper than Cali

    Cons
    1. Plastic city
    2. Politics and religion -- getting more conservative in the ultra liberal city of Atlanta
    3. Traffic -- yes, please stay close to your work place area.
    4. Culture -- what culture? The arts are dying a slow death in this city
    5. Southern hospitality -- get use to the back-handed compliments. Nobody actually speaks the truth.
    6. Air quality -- thick nasty polluted air plus hay fever season from hell. Get use to beginning of spring...... anti-hestimine will be your best buddy.

    The old decadent Atlanta is no longer exist. The 21st century Atlanta is actually quite boring.

    Good luck and have a "blessed" day icon_rolleyes.gif

    Side note: Why am I still here? (1) great job and (2) weather and outdoor activities



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    May 31, 2010 1:10 PM GMT
    Atlanta has horrible traffic. My only personal experience there.
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    May 31, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
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  • rnch

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    May 31, 2010 3:39 PM GMT
    theslyguy saidI'm thinking of moving to Atlanta this summer. Been in LA for five years now and not really happy here. Anyway, been thinking of moving to ATL to be closer to family there and have better opportunities job wise. Just curious to hear what everyone's thoughts on living there. Yes I know the weather's great and its cheap to live there as compared to other cities, but more interested in the dating scene and what there is to do culturally. Thanks!
    for a better alternative; try new orleans! cheaper cost of living than ATL, very gay friendly neighborhoods, cute shirtless gay guys this time of the year, who has bettter food or more fun events than new orleans??? icon_wink.gif
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    May 31, 2010 4:13 PM GMT
    It is a city in transition, much like it has been for the last 50 years. The core midtown gay community has become fractured with what we used to call yuppies flooding in to take new professional jobs in the city, what few new jobs there are these days.

    Perceived crime has escalated because it has focused in midtown and across the downtown connector into Atlantic Station, moving onto the Georgia Tech campus, which is south, with several shootings.

    On the positive side, the real estate slowdown has caused prices to drop dramatically and the city counsel has lost its power to shove section 8 housing into new developments.

    Buckhead is changing thank God. The crime and general trash that flowed into the old straight bars along Pharr Road and in that area on Peachtree are no more. These bars have been torn down and the development replacing the bar scene has stalled. Several boutique hotels in the area are either for sale or in foreclosure which makes good investment opportunities. Also, the state legislature is "partitioning" the tax base so that taxes paid in Buckhead no longer flow out of the area providing city politicians with cash to perpetuate the "no work job" on city payrolls.

    All is good. Come join us. I could write for hours on the cities dynamics.
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    May 31, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    Thank you everyone for all your great comments. Very helpful!
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    May 31, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    Hank247 saidAtlanta - Throw a stone in the air, your certain to hit a CrackHead.

    So if your into CrackHeads....


    Haha so true

    I went to school down in Atlanta, hated the school but fell in love with Atlanta but I think that had to do a lot with moving from Ohio. I always thought that Cali was open minded with a lot of gays so they'd be somewhat similar to me but no doubt it is awesome!!!
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    May 31, 2010 5:14 PM GMT
    GQjock saidicon_rolleyes.gif

    another-atlanta-housewives-blow-up-kim-a


    nene-leakes-real-house-wives-atlanta-fea

    That's my boo boo!


    ATL is great!
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    May 31, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    rnch saidyou'd be trading one plastic town for another plastic town. icon_rolleyes.gif

    You nailed it buddy once again. No culture...just asphalt