I grew up in and around Atlanta, but I left Georgia for good several years ago. I recently visited some family in Atlanta, GA who are still crazy enough to reside there. Well, they actually live in Kennesaw, but these days that is considered Atlanta.
I’ve actually lived within the city of Atlanta before, but now that I’ve experienced the best of both worlds of the big inner-city life and the inconvenient yet calm countryside life, I’d have to choose living in the country 10 times out of 10. Living in a major city like Atlanta, GA is incredibly overrated in my opinion and while I visit my family there about once a year, I’d never move back there or inside of any major city permanently. Things have drastically changed for the worse since I left Atlanta in 2013.
Here are some ranting reasons why I loathe visiting Atlanta, Georgia and would never move back:
#1. Atlanta traffic is terrible
Atlanta is a gigantic melting pot of a city without a single identifiable uniting culture where people migrate to from all over the world, so you get to experience different types of drivers everywhere you go. In Atlanta traffic, it’s every man for himself. In other words, “Move over, you speed limit obeying loser who can’t afford a $500 speeding ticket!”
Traffic has always sucked in Atlanta, but it has become much worse over the past few years. When I was a teen living in Kennesaw, GA, the traffic wasn’t nearly as bad as it is today. Fast forward 15 years and pair that with a rapid increase in population and you get a much worse traffic experience.
My recent driving experience in Atlanta has led me to believe that all drivers there are under the influence of drugs, clinically insane, and most likely stopped learning after middle school. It seems like all of the drivers have to be first in line (i.e. racing to the red light), and if they don’t get their way instantly, they will cut you in line and possibly put your life at risk. If you’re not going at least 20 miles per hour over the speed limit, you’re going to have a bad time driving on Atlanta highways. Try going the speed limit and count how many times people honk at you for obeying the law. A couple of years ago, my buddy picked me up from the airport and he was driving 100mph on the way home like a complete moron, and then someone passed us because that wasn’t fast enough. I honestly feared for my life and that describes Atlanta drivers in a nutshell.
If you’re the lucky person who gets pulled over like a needle in a haystack for going 20+ miles an hour over the speed limit, you get to enjoy paying not only one exorbitantly priced ticket, but two! Say hello to the “Super Speeder™️” ticket payment plan introduced to the Georgia citizens by the shapeshifting reptilian humanoid hybrid money grubbing ex-governor Nathan Deal.
Finally, there are so many bad drivers in Atlanta that the overly aggressive driving mentality spreads like a telepathically transmitted subconscious disease to your brain the longer you reside within a 100 mile radius of the city. For the simple reason that there are thousands of automobile collisions every month in Atlanta, you can do very well financially by being a good mechanic or collision repair specialist.
#2. Atlanta population increase is huge
As everyone knows, Atlanta’s population is skyrocketing each year. When I lived in Kennesaw, I’d rarely experience homeless people asking me for money. Last weekend I had three people ask me for money within a half hour. Two out of the three were females who were visibly impaired on some type of big-pharma concoction. There is a huge drug problem in Georgia and don’t get me wrong, homelessness was a huge problem when I worked and lived inside of Atlanta, but it seems to be spreading exponentially to the outer limits of the city now as economic conditions continue to worsen. Some of the homeless people are incredibly aggressive and cause fear to arise in some people. As an Atlanta veteran, I just ignore the rude homeless aggressors and keep walking while simultaneously watching my six. You don’t want to let your guard down in Atlanta.
Also, with the rise of population, the cost of living is increasing. Property taxes are going up due to the partially taxpayer subsidized gigantic Atlanta Braves stadium compound. How many baseball stadiums do the Braves need? It’s not like they’ve earned a new stadium. If I remember correctly, it started with the Fulton county stadium, then Turner field (which still exists), and now the new SunTrust stadium. Don’t even get me started on the wonky traffic lane adjustments near the new baseball stadium. The Windy Hill road traffic lane adjustments are some of the worst traffic engineering designs I’ve ever seen.
Last but not least, the airport is a congestion nightmare and I’ll just leave it at that.
#3. Atlanta has strict emissions and poor air quality
With a huge population comes strictly controlled emissions and poor air quality. I remember walking to the top of Kennesaw mountain one time and I could see the smog above the city of Atlanta which was only about 30 miles away from my standing point at the top of the mountain.
Another downside of having to abide by strict emission control laws are the car repair costs. Is your car emitting too much toxic waste? Have fun paying that $1,000+ dollar repair and then doing it again in a couple of years when the catalytic converters on your must-have Audi go bad.
A good thing about living way out here in the country is that you don’t have to deal with all the emissions control or code enforcement hooblah. If I want to install straight pipes on my car, build a new shed, shoot guns, store a car in the grass, plant a big garden, or whatever else I want to do, I can do it without anyone giving me flak. Hell, it’s actually quite common to hear rounds being fired on the weekends here. I love that sound. Can you hear it? That’s the sound of freedom, baby.
Anyways, emissions and code enforcement regulations are stupid freedom encroachments that are huge downsides of city-living. My step dad once put a boat on concrete stepping stones because of a moronic busybody neighbor calling the code enforcement gestapo on us for storing a boat in our backyard. As it turns out, you can’t store a vehicle on grass in Cobb county Georgia, so he just put a few stepping stones under the tires to subvert the code regulation. Psh…
#4. Atlanta has some of the most rude people
Atlanta is filled with people that migrate there from all over the world. There is no single identifying trait for someone who is “from Atlanta.” For this reason, I think a lot of the city has somewhat of a “screw you” attitude and the people are generally out for themselves above all else. When you get to Atlanta, get ready to experience a lot of rude customer service and rude people in general. Sure, there are exceptions, but the average person is unsurprisingly rude, and I’m a respectful southernly mannered person that’s very easy to get along with.
Atlanta sucks, but maybe it’s just all big cities in general that suck
In closing, moving away from the big city of Atlanta was one of the best choices I’ve ever made. It took me a while to get used to living in the country because you feel like you’re missing out on the big city lifestyle, but you’re not missing out on anything at all. Living in big cities is one of the most overhyped lifestyles that is propped up by big media. The people who run the world want you to live in “stack ‘em ’n’ pack ‘em human filing cabinets” like condos and apartments. That lifestyle is way overrated. I like waking up in the morning and not hearing police sirens while looking out the window to see a nice big field with cattle in it. Maybe the city life is for you, but I’m over it.