Atlanta, Georgia - Page 3
Here are the things I liked about Atlanta:
1) Spring/Fall weather
2) Scenery/topography (metro Houston is relatively flat and boring)
3) Really great cheap dining options
Aside from those things, I can't think of anything that it has to offer over Houston.
If I recall correctly, a lot of your complaints about Houston revolve around the fact that you live in a really shitty part of town. In this market, you should be able to cut a decent deal for an apartment in a nicer area. There are a lot of great developments in the Galleria/Post Oak and Kirby/Westheimer area where a lot more of the good stuff is.
Just don't like it
What is it that you are looking to improve about your situation? Describe your dream setup, and then maybe we can recommend a few places for you to check out. I acknowledge that I'm a bit biased, as I grew up in Houston, and I live in what I feel to be the best area/neighborhood in Houston (for my needs), but I realize that's not what everyone aspires to experience.
Fall and Spring is very nice in ATL, although this spring seemed to have alot of storms/tornadoes. Winters are cold, but probably not as cold compared to Virginia. This past winter was a weird one as we got a big snow storm that eventually turned into 6 inches of just ice that pretty much shut down the metro area for 4 days.
Summer is hot.
I've lived here for 4 years, I like alot of things about it except that there's no beach. Although you're 5 hours or less from Savannah, Charleston, Destin. And about 7 hours from Tampa/Clearwater and Daytona Beach. So you have choices of beaches to drive to for a weekend get away.
If you're into cars/motorsports you'll find enough to do with that. They recently opened or are about to open Atlanta Motorsports Park, which is a new race track that's really nice. Porsche is going to be opening a new U.S. head quarters facility right next to the airport that is projected to rival the German head quarters.
I think there's good food here. It's a large enough city to keep you busy and small enough for you to discover and easily access all the cool places.
I moved to Atlanta from Chicago over 25 years ago. Used to travel a lot and every other place seemed like a step down to me.
This used to be a DINK city but no more. They got older and had their sex trophies. Now it's hard to go into a restaurant without having to listen to screaming rugrats.
im tellin ya man. nashville is awesome. Great place to live. Id pick here over atlanta...even if i had to take a pay cut.
Well I'll definitely have to visit there
Tennessee sounds great too and it's high up on the list of potentials as well. My GF is Latina though, do they have issues with Hispanics over there?
Yes we have lots of Issues with Latina's Here in Nashville. We love to love them and have the Sexxy dance with them...
I have lived in Atlanta and Charlotte. Both are great cities. Atlanta is enormous, but if you are coming from Houston you are used to that. Traffic is bad, but that's any large city IMO. Lots of things to do here, and many very neat neighborhoods. Midtown is a cool area. Other neat neighborhoods "in town" are: Vinings, Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills/Emory, Decatur, East Atlanta, Inman Park, Grant Park, Poncey-Highlands, Lindburgh. There is another neighborhood in West Atlanta off Bolton that is in the middle of a gentrification. I have several friends who live there are love it but half the neighborhood is sketchy. Most large law firms are in Midtown or Buckhead. Buckhead is not what it used to be. It is now very commercial and we only go there on the weekends for dinner sometimes or to shop (which is what pretty much everyone else is doing there).
I live right outside of the perimeter (I-285) and can get to pretty much any of those areas mentioned above within 35 minutes once I get out of my neighborhood.
Charlotte is the opposite of Atlanta. It is fairly small in area (an about 20-25% of the population) but has lots of neat little neighborhoods as well. Stay away from the east and north sides of town, within I-485 (east of Independence generally). Outside 485 to the east and north it gets better. Charlotte is laid out like this - lots of old neighborhood with a park in the center. Charlotte has a ridiculous amount of parks as well as a greenway that is supposed to run from Downtown all the way to South Carolina by the time it is done. Some nice "in town" neighborhoods include South Park, Sedgefield, Uptown (yes, really), Myers Park/Queens University area, Dilworth, Cotswold, Elizabeth, Sardis. Up and coming neighborhoods include NoDa (North Davidson, it is the artsy area of town) and Plaza-Midwood. Within I-485 but not really considered Charlotte is Matthews. It has its own little downtown area but is only like 10 miles from Uptown Charlotte. Very quaint and also a desirable place to live. Charlotte has good food (good ethnic food too), professional sports, concerts, theater, shopping. If we had to move away from Atlanta again, we would move back to Charlotte.
So, both Charlotte and Atlanta are awesome. Can't go wrong with either.