The Atlanta of the North

(I suppose the locals call it New York)

In addition to my previous enlightment on the comparison of Cafe Lalo to Intermezzo, I’m adding a few other comparisons in which Atlanta clearly comes out better. Seriously, there’s nothing like a trip to the Big Apple to make Atlanta seem like a wonderful city all over again. Even if it is grey and gloomy.

  • LaGuardia vs. Hartsfield-Jackson – as much problems as ATL has, it is far nicer, cleaner, advanced, friendlier, more user friendly than LaGuardia
  • Central Park vs. Piedmont – Not only did they rip off our great idea of having a big park in the center of the city, but they don’t even enjoy it as much. I mean, middle of Feb in Atlanta, there are plenty of people playing football, etc. In New York, it takes a strange “gate” exhibit to even get people to the park.
  • Pricing – In what demented world does a Corona cost $8? New York. Upper East Side. That’s where.

5 Comments so far

  1. Kendall Meeks (unregistered) on February 14th, 2005 @ 12:58 pm

    Daniel.. your posts are cracking me up! So basically, you are saying NYC is an overrated lackluster copycat of Atlanta, right?

    Any plans to post this stuff on the NYC blog?

  2. Daniel (unregistered) on February 14th, 2005 @ 1:32 pm

    I would post it there, but I don’t want the NYC Metblog to become just an overrated lackluster copycat of our Atlanta Metblog, you know…

  3. Thomas (unregistered) on February 14th, 2005 @ 1:38 pm

    Something to keep in mind:

    Central Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead in 1857. Our lovely Piedmont Park was designed by the Olmstead Brothers firm (sons of Frederick) in 1909. So Piedmont is either just a noteworthy copy, or an improvement on the original.

    That being said, as a tourist, I love Central Park. It has a more interesting sense of space that Piedmont lacks, because of the way it forms a valley between mountain-like skyscrapers. But you’re right … we make better common use of our Park, making our own recreation from the space provided.

  4. tom (unregistered) on February 16th, 2005 @ 1:11 pm


    Currently I live in California but thinking of relocating to Atlanta since it’s impossible for me to buy a house in CA. Is there anything you can tell me about Atlanta so that I won’t be too surprise/shock when I actually there.



  5. jolomo (unregistered) on February 16th, 2005 @ 6:49 pm

    Jazz clubs: back in the day it would have been laughable to compare Atlanta to NYC but with the loss of Visiones, Sweet Basil and others, Churchill Grounds by itself defeats the Big Apple. The Five Spot is a perfectly nice club and far cheaper than anything there (free), but it looks like Apache Cafe has largely given up on jazz and Red Light just barely qualifies. Churchill Grounds is a real treasure!

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