Much thanks to James and Maigh for getting me set up to write here on the Atlanta Metblog. My name is Ben, and I guess for my first post I’ll just tell y’all a little about myself. I normally write over at my own blog, Terminal Station. There, I tend to focus on real estate and local politics. I probably take myself too seriously. So for the Metblog, I’m going to try and focus more on the things about Atlanta that I love.  I figure the audience should be a lot wider, so I’ll get to introduce folks to a few things. We’ll see how it goes.

I am a native of Atlanta, and grew up in Virginia Highlands, where I still live. I’ve also briefly lived in Peachtree Hills and Grant Park. I am mostly a product of the Atlanta Public School system, although I finished my last three years at a private school. My father’s side of the family has roots in the South that go back to the Revolutionary War, while my mother’s family came to this country as a result of the Mexican Revolution.  Currently, I am getting an MBA at GSU.

I didn’t truly fall in love with Atlanta until I moved away to go to school in Michigan. At the time I was probably like most teenagers – I wanted to get as far away from home as possible. I was tired of hot summers and mild winters. I wanted to see real snow. There was nothing to do in Atlanta, anyway. I wanted to be an architect, but there was no way I was going to Tech. Besides growing up a Georgia fan, my general feeling about Atlanta was, “Get me out of here.”

So I went up north where they said I talked slow and where all my liberal friends were obsessed with union politics. There was no Waffle House, and no Krispy Kreme (at least not in Ann Arbor). People weren’t as friendly, either. And man, was it cold. I didn’t realize that the snow never melted, it just got brown and piled up on the side of the road. Overall, I loved my time in Michigan, but it definitely gave me some perspective.

When I came back to Atlanta, I was able to really appreciate what it had to offer. I absolutely love all the little neighborhoods in-town. In my opinion, that is where the true heart of this city lies. If you haven’t spent some time wandering around the pre-war suburbs, you are missing the soul of this city. I was a history major in college (the architecture thing didn’t work out), and I really get into that aspect of the city, as well.

Most of all, though, the people here are fantastic. For friendliness and a welcoming attitude, I haven’t found their equal anywhere. I know I would enjoy living in many places, but I think it would be very hard to beat the sense of community I get here in Atlanta.

I could go on, but that should suffice for an introduction.

8 Comments so far

  1. james hervey (jeherv) on December 1st, 2008 @ 2:38 pm

    welcome aboard!!!!!

    i have always enjoyed talking about the city with you. seeing it through a native’s eyes is fascinating. glad the rest of the readers here will get that opportunity.

  2. maigh on December 1st, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

    Welcome welcome welcome, Ben!

  3. Karsh (atl_karsh) on December 1st, 2008 @ 4:43 pm

    Welcome to the fold! I’m a writer ’round these parts too (although you wouldn’t tell given the last few months). But now that I’m freely emancipated, I plan on writing more. I’m especially interested in reading some future entries about the city’s more historical aspects and such.

    Again, welcome!

  4. abby on December 2nd, 2008 @ 11:24 am

    Welcome Ben! I’m thrilled to see you guys resurrecting the metblog. Thanks!

  5. Will (atl_will) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 3:05 pm

    Cheers, Ben. Welcome to the show.

  6. james hervey (jeherv) on December 2nd, 2008 @ 5:28 pm

    YAY! abby it’s good to see you here commenting :-))) can you get "george" to come back and comment too?

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  8. abby on December 4th, 2008 @ 11:39 am

    hahaha I’ll see what I can do ;) Burdell’s never short on commentary, perhaps he can be persuaded to write it down

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