Atlantan? Georgian? Both? Neither?

2004 marks my 18th full year as an Atlanta resident; long enough that I now consider myself native. I know there are folks out there that would challenge my street cred, but let those of you born at Emory or Crawford Long cast the first stone.

I’ve lived here long enough to remember a time when natives and transplants were in relatively equal supply, and a time when I was still considered a “Yankee”. I’m over the term “Yankee”, by the way, since I’m neither a fan of that ball club (Go Braves!) or originally from the Northeast. I was once a Midwesterner, dammit, and now I’m a Southerner. A Georgian. An Atlantan.

I wonder how many other folks who live here would proudly proclaim this city to be their own? I’m always willing to offer up the fact that I’m a happy resident of the capital of the new south. To echo a previous post and to quote Rhubarb Jones (No, really. He said it on the MDA telethon umpteen-thousand times), I’m glad I live in the “city too busy to hate”.

The whole point of this post, then, would be to pose the question “How many of you consider yourselves Atlantans?” Sure you live and work here. You’ve even gone to the trouble of joining a community blog here (since Fark, MetaFilter and BoingBoing haven’t returned your calls). But are you an Atlantan? A Georgian? Both? Neither? And will you ever attain that status, whatever it entails?

No identity crisis here. Maybe it’s because I’m about to pass my fifth anniversary with that big cable network on Techwood, but I can honestly say I am an Atlantan. Traffic, smog, Braves, Boortz and all. Atlantan through and through.

4 Comments so far

  1. Jen (unregistered) on September 8th, 2004 @ 11:19 pm

    Even though I’ve only lived in Atlanta for two years, I do plan on making it my permanent home, so I consider myself an Atlantan. On the other hand, I’ve lived all over Georgia for the past ten years and don’t consider myself a Georgian. Perhaps because I’ve still spent more time in California than I have in Georgia. Or maybe I’m just biased towards the rest of the state.


  2. Dave (unregistered) on September 9th, 2004 @ 8:40 am

    I’ve been here 8 years now? I consider myself an Atlantan. Maybe that’s because I didn’t really want to call Warner Robins home? In any case, after moving here for school I quickly had that “Yeah, I’m not going home again” feeling and really liked this city. I’m sure when I’m gone from here I’ll still tell people I’m from Atlanta (or “Alanna” if I get the pronunciation correct). Maybe even get a cool nickname like “Atlanta Dave” or something!


  3. Seth (unregistered) on September 9th, 2004 @ 10:11 am

    I should have also noted that, being a UGA alumnus, I also consider myself a Georgian, especially during football season.


  4. Steve (unregistered) on September 9th, 2004 @ 2:02 pm

    Good entry – I figured the ‘how many other folks who live here would proudly proclaim this city to be their own?’ was somewhat rhetorical in nature, but it got me to thinking, and I did realize rather recently that I’ve adopted this city as home. It’s an easy fit – I’m from Nashville, TN, and there are similarities, but Atlanta has that dose of the cosmopolitan, of culture that gets blocked at the city limits to Nashville and eaten alive and screaming behind the guard shack by the Country Music Polizei. At the moment my opera singing travels aren’t taking me further than Alabama, but even if they take me to NYC, I have no desire to call anyplace else home.



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