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Possible Move to Atlanta GA
Bill McGuire, Photographer, Assistant
Granada Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 3:10 PM on 05.17.07
->> Hello guys, I know this is sort of off topic, but I am in need of some opinions.. My current job here in LA is ending (non-photo) and I have two offers. One is to stay here in LA and the other is to move with current company to GA which they would pay plus I would make more money.. a little more backround is that I do have a family here which would move with me, but I just wanted to know if Atlanta is a good place to raise kids in? or atleast better than LA... any opinions would be greatly appreciated... anyone who has lived in both places???

Oh yea, I have to make a decision very quickly.

thanks
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 7:54 PM on 05.17.07
->> I am from North Carolina and lived in Atlanta for 2 years back in the 70''s. I would not hesitate to bring up kids there. Much better than LA.

Atlanta is a jewel of a city! They have the best hot dog place in the world; The Varsity Drive In. What other reason do you need?

"What'll 'ya have!"

Phil
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Kevin Liles, Photographer
Griffin | GA | USA | Posted: 8:19 PM on 05.17.07
->> It's not bad, unless you don't like traffic — I just spent the last two hours going across town. What part of Atlanta would you be living? I would suggest living as close to work as possible. Did I mention the traffic?
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Michael Schwarz, Photographer
Decatur | GA | USA | Posted: 8:51 PM on 05.17.07
->> Hey Bill,

I think you'll like it here, especially if you choose well when it comes to finding a place to live. If you want to email me privately with the location of your job and age of kids, I'll try of offer some useful suggestions.

You'll find the cost of living much more reasonable here. The Atlanta Metro area is huge and as mentioned already, traffic is horrendous. It is not the small, friendly town that it once was.

Another thing to be wary of, if there's anyone in your family that has any allergy issues, look out. A lot of newcomers are stunned by how much pollen there is in the air here during the spring.

Finally, the coolest restaurant in town is Rathbuns and the best bar is Manuel's. Just my opinion of course. I'm not even gonna bring up BBQ, but certain photographers who shall remain anonymous have been known to consume enormous quanitites of ribs at Daddy D'z.

Good luck.
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John H. Reid III, Photographer
Gates Mills | OH | USA | Posted: 9:30 PM on 05.17.07
->> Bill,

I've been going to Atlanta since I was 3 months old. When I was a child I spent the summers there with my Grandparents, with many fond memories. As Michael says, it's not the small town it once was (my relatives tease me that "all you Yankees come down and ruined our pretty city,") but it's still a great place. The traffic can be tough, but southern California traffic is no picnic, either. I'd recommend it highly.

Kevin and Michael - to give you an idea how long I've been visiting Atlanta, when I was a child my Grandparents lived in Northwest Atlanta. To go to my Aunt's in Marietta (which at the time was the end of the earth) we had to take a one lane bridge to cross the Chatahoochee (this would have been about 1964.) Of course now it's I-75. For years I remember seeing the little bridge below the highway.

Phil - for me at the Varsity it's two "nekkid" dogs! (For those not familiar, that's plain, no chile , cheese, etc.)
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David Johnson, Photographer
Social Circle (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 10:04 PM on 05.17.07
->> Atlanta is like LA or any large, metropolitan area. There are some bad parts of town and there are many great parts of town.

If you are actually talking about living in the city of Atlanta, then it would probably be a very urban life style. Most people who claim Atlanta as home don't actually live there but in one of the surrounding communities.

Where your employer's office is would make a difference in where you live. Atlanta's commutes are not as bad as L.A. We do not have rush hours that last 22 hours, but we do have our traffic woes.

Your pay increase would be a big plus as the cost of living in Atlanta is less than LA. You would get a comparable house for less (or a larger house for the same money). Gas is less. The ground does not shake often, but we have more thunderstorms.

Children can grow up great just about anywhere with loving parents. Good school districts and some not so good -- a good realtor will be helpful. Atlanta has lots to offer for activities. We are land locked. You will be about 5 hours from the ocean, but when you get there the water is warm. There are many lakes, hiking and biking, camping, etc.

Ya'll come on over and check us out.
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Todd Kirkland, Photographer
Dallas (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 10:17 PM on 05.17.07
->> I'll have to agree with pretty much everything thats been posted so far. It can depend on what part of Atlanta you are talking about. I just so happen to know a pretty good realtor if and when you get to that point. Shoot me an e-mail if needed.
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John Reed, Photographer
Auburn | AL | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 05.17.07
->> Bill-

ATL is all about location, mainly being close to your office. I do business on the SW side of Atlanta and live in Auburn, AL, however I can leave my house and be at my client's office, or the airport in one hour. The other side of the city is a different story, depending on traffic.

Prices for a house down towards Peachtree City, LaGrange, etc, have been impacted by the new KIA plant. However, the school systems are great.
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Bill McGuire, Photographer, Assistant
Granada Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 12:29 AM on 05.18.07
->> OK I guess I should of given a little more detail.. I currently work for Coca Cola so I will be somewhere downtown.. I didnt get a chance to visit that office before I chose the job (needed to make a snap decision). Any advice on where to live would also help.. I dont know exactly where the office is, so those of you that do know would be helpful...

As for traffic, I live with it everyday... I drive on LA parking lots everyday and I have gotten used to it.. its amazing what you can get used to thou right???
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Eric Isaacs, Photographer
Santa Barbara | CA | USA | Posted: 2:47 AM on 05.18.07
->> Hi Bill,

I grew up in Granada Hills (used to play on the 118 before it was open to cars) and later lived just north of Atlanta for ten years. I loved the Woodstock/Alpharetta area and recommend it highly.

I was happy to be gone from "the valley" though I occasionally visit my parents there. Traffic sucks more in LA than Atlanta (at least last time I was in Atlanta) but that depends a lot on what time of day you do your driving. I was lucky working in healthcare with 12 hour shifts, I didn't have to be at work until 11am and left at 11pm. Very little traffic at either end but even in rush hour traffic, LA seems to stand MORE still than the ATL crowd.

The Coca Cola Corporate office building is pretty much in the heart of downtown Atlanta (right near techwood homes if I remember correctly) It's not the greatest of neighborhoods but its also not far from some good times. Underground Atlanta, World Congress Center, and other stuff.

If you are into outdoors stuff you really can't beat Atlanta though the ocean is a bit farther than Malibu is to the Valley.

Best of luck!

EMI
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Tommy Metthe, Photographer
Abilene | TX | | Posted: 3:03 AM on 05.18.07
->> Bill,

I grew up in Atl, and like everyone else has said it's a wonderful town. Coke's HQ is in the heart of downtown, so there probably isn't any way to get away from the traffic. The good news is the traffic in Atl is probably no worse than LA, however, it's probably no better either. Many of the suburban school districts are pretty good.

The north side of Atlanta has been growing like a weed for the last 15 years. East Cobb County has many good schools. It seems like there are new schools sprouting up every year.

Here's a link that may help:

http://reportcard2006.gaosa.org/k12/Schools.asp?Action=ShowSchools&ID=ALL:ALL
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Hassel Weems, Photographer
Locust Grove (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 3:52 AM on 05.18.07
->> I agree with everything that's been said to this point, except the best hot dogs are 90 minutes South of Atlanta in Macon at Nu Way. Go to the one on Cotton Ave.

There are many old downtown and midtown factory buildings being converted into lofts. We were at a friend's new loft last night. Very cool space, indoor parking, etc. These types of lofts are opening everywhere. There are several that cater to artists with affordable studio space.
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David Griffin, Photographer, Photo Editor
Concord | NC | USA | Posted: 4:10 AM on 05.18.07
->> Sorry guys, best hot dogs are in Avondale Estates at Skips (hopefully its still there).
Did not mean to go off topic with this, but could not resist.

I lived in Gwinnett County for 12 years. I loved it, but have noticed HUGE changes since I left. Went to college in LaGrange, but that is too far for a downtown Atlanta commute.

Stockbridge is a great area and is very easily accessible to all Interstate travel.

Good Luck!
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Bill McGuire, Photographer, Assistant
Granada Hills | CA | USA | Posted: 11:35 AM on 05.18.07
->> thanks for all the great responses so far but can I add one last question for everyone... I am into riding dirt bikes and quads and wanted to know if there were any places to do so..

again thanks for all the great responses
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 12:22 PM on 05.18.07
->> Dirt bikes and quads? All over the place. Those rednecks are INTO it! (I'm a redneck too, so...) Just find the Honda bike dealership and they can point you to where the tracks are.

Phil
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 4:24 PM on 05.18.07
->> "It's not bad, unless you don't like traffic"

He's moving from LA to Atlanta and you think he'll be freaked out by the traffic?

Unless he's been trapped in a small house in The Valley for the past few years I Don't Think So,
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Tami Chappell, Photographer
Metro Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 5:22 PM on 05.18.07
->> Bill
I think you will find that Atlanta will probably offer everything you want and some that you don't (like Michael said pollen, traffic) of which you are probably used to. I have lived in virtually every section as I was born and raised here.
If you are working at the corporate offices downtown then it is located in the Ga. Tech area not far from the Ga. Dome and Philips arena. Alot of families with children live outside in the metro area which is huge like LA. But others live inside metro and are happy with their children's schools. Coca-cola is right off 75/85 going into downtown. I would say where you live certainly will depend on what you can afford. Anywhere downtown is much more expensive that downtown so it depends on your salary. I would check out the link that Tommy said about the Ga. report card and then look at www.georgiamls.com
Don't hesitate to drop me an email for any questions.
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Chris d'Aquin, Photographer
Lawrenceville | GA | USA | Posted: 9:04 PM on 05.19.07
->> Bill,

I have lived in Atlanta for two years now, and I love it. Compared to New Orleans and Houston (where I lived for 19 years), the summers are very warm but not scorching hot (nor overly humid). Allergies are hit and miss anytime you move. My wife had horrible allergies in Houston and Virginia, but does much better here.

You can check out cost of living differences at a website like Homefair.com.

And there are plenty of areas to offroad!
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Michael Springfield, Photographer, Photo Editor
Smyrna (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 8:34 AM on 05.20.07
->> Hi Bill,

I guess I will chime in here too. If you are going to be working for Coke then you will want to take a look at living in the mid-town area if you want to live close to work. Atlantic Station is a new experimental development that the entire country is watching. It has housing, shopping, and office complexes all in a very compact area. Also there are lots of new condos in the Spring St., Peachtree St (careful about Peachtree as there are over 300 in the metro area), 10th, 14th street areas. If you want to move a little farther out then housing prices drop sharply. Look on the NW side in the Smyrna/Vinings areas. Contact me if you move to those areas because I know most of the back roads in that area as I used to work in midtown. The North and NE sides of town are good but traffic from those areas are also the worst.

On a final note I too know an excellent realtor as well. Contact me and I will give you her name.

Also you can't go to the Varsity without getting a Chili Burger and a Frosted Orange. Check out Mary Mac's Tea Room for true Southern Cooking. Its been around for over 50 yrs and is not far from the Coca Cola HQ.

Good Luck. Let us know when you get here and we will all have to meet for a beer.

Michael
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Michael Springfield, Photographer, Photo Editor
Smyrna (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 8:45 AM on 05.20.07
->> Oh Bill,

One more note. If you do move to Atlanta there are some unspoken "rules". The #1 rule is: In the winter you must watch the news every day. If the weather many even mentions the word "snow" you are required to proceed immediately to the nearest Kroger (Publix or any other grocery store doesn't count) and buy the following items: Milk, Bread, Eggs, Bottled Water. It doesn't matter if you just when to the grocery store yesterday you are still required to do it today. It could be a law. I don't know.

John III,

I am going to date myself here. I remember when there was no I-75 and the only way into the city from the NW was US41. And the tallest building downtown was the "Blue Dome". It was on a pedestal then and the Hyatt was built around it.

Michael
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Tami Chappell, Photographer
Metro Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 2:52 PM on 05.20.07
->> And the "blue dome" had guards on the elevators so that people wouldn't ride to the top and jump off into the lobby of the Hyatt cos it was rumored that it happened. And I actually remember living off mayonnaise sandwiches during a particulary nasty ice storm in the early 70's that closed down the metro area for a week. This was before Alpharetta had a grocery store.
So yes be prepared for the pandamonium during nasty winter weather which happens about every 2 years. Funny though how there are only a few thousand Atlantans left but the whole city freaks out!
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Jason Nix, Photographer, Assistant
Atlanta - Sandy Springs | GA | United States | Posted: 5:30 PM on 05.20.07
->> Hope you enjoy the ATL if you decide to move, I've been living here for a little over a year, but have worked and played here since i was a kid, and I must say I wouldn't live anywhere else.

Mike's Hot Dogs in Sandy Springs has the best hot dog. Corner of Hammond Drive, and Roswell Road.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 5:37 PM on 05.20.07
->> Phil
You must no nothng of hotdogs Katzs in NY NATHANS IN NY WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ???? ATLANTA is a fine city but for hot dogs NYC
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 5:38 PM on 05.20.07
->> Phil
You must know nothng of hotdogs Katzs in NY NATHANS IN NY WHAT ARE YOU THINKING ???? ATLANTA is a fine city but for hot dogs NYC
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David Johnson, Photographer
Social Circle (Atlanta) | GA | USA | Posted: 10:05 PM on 05.20.07
->> Does Nathans make you stutter?
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