*Now* You Tell Me…

Sue and Bob (names changed to protect the innocent) moved to Atlanta a few years ago from Boston and knew exactly two people in Atlanta. Not especially close friends, they were still relying on them for random, useful bits of information.

When they selected a bright, large apartment near the Krispy Kreme on Ponce, their friends gave them the thumbs up.

Thanks for that, a-holes.

OTOH, my sister lives in Austin and has a friend coming to our fair city in August to scope it out. Said friend is hoping to move here, and I plan to drive her around the in-town neighborhoods, warn her about Stone Mountain (prepare to be underwhelmed), help her find a temple and figure out what really makes her tick to see if I can help plug her in.

My point? A question: what do you wish someone had told you before you moved to Atlanta, or what did you find out the hard way? I wish someone had warned me that “downtown” wasn’t a real “downtown” back in 1994, and had taken more time to ensure that I fully understood blue laws.

5 Comments so far

  1. Roxie (roxie) on July 13th, 2009 @ 3:03 pm

    Great question. I can’t help (lived here all of my life)..but I suggest you take her to Sublime Doughnuts on 10th instead of KK..or after KK.

    I know alot of ppl complain that there’s nothing to do in Atlanta. I’m sure you can show her how to figure that out. There’s LOTS to do here. You just have to look!


  2. bking on July 13th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

    My experience has been that those who complain about nothing to do are often those who grew up here or who have lived here for a long time. Both of these categories include me, of course. I think what happens is that we take all the stuff to do for granted, and get settled in routines, and forget how much is really going on.

    But as to Maigh’s point, I obviously can’t speak to what I wasn’t told. Among the things I have found out the hard way, though – never try to go to and then leave Lenox Mall on a Friday afternoon. When that little voice in your head says, "It can’t be THAT bad, right?" tell yourself, "YES, it will be worse."


  3. BOHO Moe (mmoebes) on July 13th, 2009 @ 11:30 pm

    I wish I’d been told in 1997 that I could afford to buy instead of rent. I also wish I’d known about Fat Matt’s bbq sooner.


  4. heder on July 14th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    I wish I hadn’t been so scared to live ITP. It took me 3 years to get up the nerve to leave the suburbs and now I love city life!

    Oh, there’s SO much to do and see here! My parents have been visiting twice a year (for at least a week at a time) for the last 6 years and we still find new places to go. I even created maps to keep track and to share:

    http://tinyurl.com/AtlantaFun
    http://tinyurl.com/AtlantaEats
    http://tinyurl.com/AtlantaShopping


  5. jett on August 10th, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

    I wish that I had known that people here have commitment issues. I am not speaking of romantic relationships, but just general flakiness. I have loved Atlanta since being here starting in 2001. But, I have never been in a city that is more afraid of making concrete plans than this one. It is like playing Hot Potato. “Don’t end up with the set plans when the music stops, or you are stuck with a semi-interesting evening at this restaurant instead of that one.”

    Really, though, Atlanta has great music flowing through it at all times. I recently went to Dallas, and don’t get me wrong Texans, but the minute I got back to Atlanta, I saw the pride people feel in the aesthetic of this city comparatively. It is nice to live in a good-looking place that believes in recycling.



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