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Atlanta - A city without a soul?


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#1 of 37 Kevin Alexander

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Posted September 29 2003 - 10:03 AM

Most major cities like Chicago, L.A., Philidelphia, N.Y., Boston, and Dallas all have a dominate "personality" that people (people who live there, as well as outsiders) can relate to. I have lived here in Atlanta for 11 years now, and I cannot identify any over-riding "spirit" or "personality" among the people here at all. Some may view Atlanta as being the "capitol" of the South, but Atlanta doesn't really seem like a southern city in the traditional sense. Most of the residents of this city, like myself, are from other states in the northeast, the midwest, from other southern states, and many from other countries.

Because of this influx of people from so many backgrounds, some feel that Atlanta has lost its southern identity. It seems that there are more people here from NY, Detroit, and other countries even than there are native Atlantans. This is evident at most of the Atlanta Falcon football games that I attend at the Georgia Dome. There are sometimes more people who root for the opposing teams than there is for the hometeam Falcons. Not only that, but they really make a point of "rubbing their noses in it". That is unheard of in places like Dallas, Chicago, Green Bay, and Philly. Those fans are passionate about the hometeam - even when they're losing. Even though I'm not from here, I can understand how this might be disappointing to the native population here.

About the only thing that comes to mind about Atlanta is the countless bars and "gentleman's club" establishments (a.k.a. booty shakin' clubs) that litter the downtown area. There is one thing though that Atlanta has plenty of, that is shared w/ no other city in the U.S. that I know of....beautiful women of every background. I lived in Michigan, Dallas, Brooklyn, and spent lots of time in Los Angeles; but Atlanta, GA has some of the most beautiful women that you'll find anywhere in the U.S. at any given time. I'd be curious to know what some of you that have spent time here think of Atlanta, especially those of you who live here. Is Atlanta a city w/o a soul/identity?
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#2 of 37 Kirk Gunn

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Posted September 29 2003 - 10:35 AM

I definitely know what you mean. When I first moved to Maryland, I was located in the Gaithersburg/Rockville area. I just never fit in and could never find the area's focus (besides never-ending traffic and strip malls).

Fortunately my job moved further east and I discovered Annapolis ! I would love to stay and retire here, it's just too darn expensive...

We did a project and got some out-of-state consultants in. One was from Atlanta and she was suh-weet ! (but I'm a married spud, I'm a married spud....)

#3 of 37 Patrick_S

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Posted September 29 2003 - 10:42 AM

L.A. has a soul? Don't get me wrong I like visiting L.A. a lot but I'm not certain it has a soul, unless of course narcissism can be considered a is a soul.























Ok that was just a joke; like I wrote earlier I really do like the L.A. area and have always enjoyed my trip down there.

#4 of 37 Kevin Alexander

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Posted September 29 2003 - 10:47 AM

L.A. has the whole Hollywood glamor thing going where everyone who aspires to be a celebrity goes to seek their first big break (or something very similar). That's what I, as well as everyone else, thinks of when L.A. comes to mind.
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#5 of 37 Steve_Tk

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Posted September 29 2003 - 12:14 PM

Atlanta has changed a lot. I've lived here all my life. It started changing as it became the "Hub of the south". It also is growing very fast. There are no physical boundaries to stop it. Who knows how big it's going to be in 20 years, but it might scare those of us that live here. I've heard about what they are predicting, and I don't like it. I don't want it to be the NY of the south.

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Posted September 29 2003 - 01:59 PM

I love ATL. I went there twice last year, including during the holidays. I briefly considered moving there.

Without a soul? I don't know... from what I have seen, it grooves. The nightlife is excellent.

Plus, it has a large number of well to do people of er... hum... negroid descent Posted Image.

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#7 of 37 Jerry F

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Posted September 30 2003 - 02:20 AM

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It seems that there are more people here from NY, Detroit, and other countries even than there are native Atlantans.


That is very true. It's also what I tell everyone who comes here and complains about how bad the drivers are down here...Posted Image

#8 of 37 Patrick Sun

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Posted September 30 2003 - 02:53 AM

Atlanta is a town full of transplants. It's pretty rare to find native Atlantans.
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#9 of 37 Todd Hochard

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Posted September 30 2003 - 05:47 AM

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Atlanta is a town full of transplants. It's pretty rare to find native Atlantans.
It's no different in Orlando. I only know a handful of people who were actually born here (or even in FL for that matter). I think this is the crux of most big cities' problems, particularly those of the South.

I'm originally from Western MD/WV, and a very much a "small-town" personality at heart. I cay say this- I wouldn't miss it one bit if another NY/NJ native never moved to Central FL again.Posted Image Posted Image
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#10 of 37 Craig S

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Posted September 30 2003 - 05:50 AM

Kevin, take your post and make the following substitutions:

Replace "Atlanta" with "Houston"
Replace "Atlanta Falcon football" with "Houston Astros baseball"
Replace "Georgia Dome" with "Minute Maid Park"
Replace "downtown area" with "the entire city"

And basically the entire post would still be true. So you're not the only major city in the US with this identity crisis.

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#11 of 37 Paul McElligott

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Posted September 30 2003 - 06:01 AM

Ted Turner bought Atlanta's soul and colorized it.
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#12 of 37 Steve_Tk

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Posted September 30 2003 - 07:22 AM

One thing is for sure. A lot of people are moving here because they are tired of the snow up north. I can't blame them. You will never find me owning a snow shovel that I have to use to dig my car out of the snow.

#13 of 37 Joe Szott

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Posted September 30 2003 - 09:07 AM

Kevin,

Thanks!

I'll keep murmuring to myself how heartless Alanta is tonight as they grind my poor Cubbies into the dirt. Chicagoans are passionate and loyal to their teams, no doubt. Why? Damned if I know, I expect all the polish sausage permenantly alters our brains as children. First MNF with Green Bay and now I have to watch this tonight.

Ugghh! Get me a beer and a brat, stat!

#14 of 37 Josh Lowe

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Posted September 30 2003 - 09:29 AM

I think it has a lot of personality, but you have to look around to find it. Soul? I dunno about that. I guess if you consider P. Diddy, Ludacris and Germaine Dupree you could say the soul of Atlanta is about rap now.. bleh.

#15 of 37 Mark Schermerhorn

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Posted October 01 2003 - 02:45 AM

The US has quite the transient population. I haven't seen any studies comparing it to other countries though.

I lived in Minneapolis until last February. I think Minneapolis has the highest percentage of natives out of the top 20 metro areas in the country (I have a vague recollection of a study on this). It has a certain soul but at the same time you get less exposure to different kinds of people, although that isn't a problem if you go to the local colleges. I think there are a few reasons for that: the city is a wonderful place to live, but the winters are a nightmare. Thus people don't want to leave and no one wants to come Posted Image

Is there anyone from Phoenix here? I've never been there myself but from what I've read/heard the city sounds like the definition of souless. Built in about 10 years, full of ex Californains and others trying to escape crowded cities and expensive houses, only to create the same situation there.

#16 of 37 Dave Poehlman

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Posted October 01 2003 - 03:12 AM

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Atlanta is a town full of transplants. It's pretty rare to find native Atlantans.

That's probably why the town's personality seems so homogeneous.

I lived in Ft Worth, TX for a couple of years and I never really got a "feel" for the place. A majority of the poplulation where I lived were military personnel who were from somewhere else and I don't think anyone had the feeling they were there to stay. Also, I lived in a sea of apartment complexes on top of apartment complexes which probably contributed to the transient mentality.

#17 of 37 Dome Vongvises

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Posted October 01 2003 - 04:48 AM

I don't know. I always thought of Atlanta as the "Dirty South" for some reason. Posted Image

#18 of 37 Steve_Tk

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Posted October 01 2003 - 05:09 AM

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I always thought of Atlanta as the "Dirty South" for some reason


I hate that some people think of it as that. Damn you rappers.

#19 of 37 Josh Lowe

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Posted October 01 2003 - 08:09 AM

Well.. it is kind of dirty. And it is in the south.

Maybe the "somewhat messy" south? Posted Image

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Posted October 01 2003 - 08:18 AM

Hey no dirt. Didn't you hear? When the Olympics were coming to town, Atlanta went around, found all the homeless people and offered to give them a bus ticket to anywhere in the United States they wanted to go. The only stipulation was that it was a one way ticket, and they didn't give them any money to get back. That's smart!


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