Piling On

To write some big diatribe against the NY Sun’s Bloomberg’s piece on Atlanta transplants from New York would miss the point.

Are there things about Atlanta that pale in comparison to NYC? Absolutely.

Are they fundamentally different than some of the things my Midwestern parents complained about in 1988, the first full year we lived in Marietta. Not really.

Are you really surprised that there’s “culture shock” at work here? Certainly not.

My take: so long as we can agree on moving Atlanta forward toward some uniqe vision (ie NOT NYC-South) then I’m OK with any “progress” the displaced are willing to help affect.

Other than that, I really don’t care how they did it in New York.  (Sorry for paraphrasing a bumper sticker).

I’m all for more water near downtown, but I think we’re too late (and too far south) for TVA assistance and the drought might but a cramp in our style.

This one’s being debated everywhere, but I got the meme from Lori, per usual.

4 Comments so far

  1. shirley on July 15th, 2008 @ 10:33 pm

    Seth, this is actually a Bloomberg article written by Atlanta bureau chief Steve Matthews.

  2. Seth (mostlymuppet) on July 16th, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    Corrected. Thx, Shirley.

  3. alphac2005 on July 17th, 2008 @ 9:32 am

    The topic of New Yorkers moving here always makes me cringe, here’s why. I grew up in the tri-state, family members in CT, NY. It drives me nuts to hear over and over how New York is so great, I can’t do such and such here (insert any city that they have moved to that isn’t NYC), can’t find a good piece of pizza, and so-forth. Nothing tops the statement that New York is the greatest place in the world. If you feel so darn strongly about NY, then why the heck are you here? The lower house price and cost of living can’t be nearly enough to justify the move if you listen to many.

    I moved down here a decade ago and I’m thrilled to be here. I just don’t understand those that endlessly talk about where they come from and how much better it is. If it is, then move back.

  4. blurdo on July 21st, 2008 @ 11:07 pm

    The article is interesting because all? of the people they quoted live in the burbs and not in Atlanta. I’m betting that they lived actually in New York and wouldn’t be happy if they moved out to New Jersey or Connecticut either.

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