Thursday, May 7, 2009

Two More Reasons not to Visit Atlanta

Out of the many thousands of reasons not to visit Atlanta, two more emerged this week. I would particularly recommend that college students make a point of enrolling elsewhere.

My advice: if you've never been to Atlanta, don't bother. Take it from someone who spent forty years of his life there.

Update: Another day, another college student shooting, only this time, the college student shot and killed one of his would be attackers (oh, sweet justice). Would that he had killed them both. This all occurred in College Park, a suburb south of the city. For those not from Atlanta, if you must send your kids to school in "the Big A," for God's sake, don't set them up in College Park. There are no colleges in, around, or near, College Park. A misnomer, much like Peachtree Street (no peaches).

And yes, full disclosure (as the journalists so annoyingly say) I not only grew up in Atlanta, but went to college there as well (Ga Tech). But nobody ever shot me, and I never shot anybody either. Salad days.


Anonymous said...

That's a little harsh, don't you think? I've lived in Atlanta for nearly 42 years and I can certainly point to some problems. But, thousands of reasons? Really?

Buckhead has more trees than all of Istanbul. Synagogues and banks are blown up more frequently in Istanbul. My mother-in-law was taken hostage in Istanbul, but never Atlanta. Religious minorities fare better in Atlanta.

Now, I know you weren't comparing Atlanta to Istanbul, but I am simply making the point Atlanta has some things going for it...

Black Sea said...

If you've lived in Atlanta for 42 years, I probably know you. The pool of people in Atlanta who were born and/or grew up there is almost vanishingly small.

Was I too hard on Atlanta? Well, come on, it's a blog post. It was sort of a toss off; I'm not really trying to be fair and balanced.

If it's any consolation, my wife would agree with you completely, and would argue that Atlanta is preferable in every way to Istanbul, but then again, she's a Turk, so what does she know?

Anonymous said...

We have a lot in common - my wife is Turkish too. I'll be in Istanbul next month. Want to meet for coffee?

Black Sea said...

Re: coffee and a get together, sure. If you view my "Complete Profile," you can click on my email address, and let me know when and where you'll be in Istanbul.

We will probably go to Bodrum for some R & R in June, but I'm not sure exactly when right now. Anyhow, contact me by email, and we'll work it out from there.

Black Sea said...

For anyone else who might be following these comments, my family and I spent last year's Fourth of July at Anonymous's in-laws' house. I teach at the same university as his father-in-law.

Just another one of those things.

TGGP said...

I lived in the suburbs of Atlanta for a few years. Didn't spend much time in the city though.

What subject do you teach?

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