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Old 07-24-2018, 01:35 PM   #1
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Default Considering a move to GA; what should I know?

Hey folks,

I'm considering making some major changes in my life during the next year, one of them being a potential move from Seattle to the Atlanta area. I know a few people in the SE, but I was hoping to get more information about Atlanta and the SE in general, but through Subaru-colored lenses.

So, learn me, please!

Where should I be looking to live or avoid living? Do's and don'ts of the SE, etc.

Thanks!
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Old 07-25-2018, 04:05 AM   #2
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state income tax
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:12 AM   #3
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Ahhh, yes, that is something I didn't consider.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #4
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Born and raised in the Spokane area, currently living Valdosta.

Things to consider:
-the traffic is still horrible
-the food is different
-the weather is a huge change it's hotter and more humid
-not only state income tax, the ad velorum tax, costs you 7% of your vehicle to register it the first time, and then $20 per year after (on your birthday no less)
-Quality of life could be different. Not bashing Atlanta at all, it's just different. You're at least a 3 or 4 hour ride to the ocean, but the beach makes it worth it. It also depends on what you like to do for fun. ATL has good live music scene, lots of big acts come through, sports, great neighborhoods for social life.

All in all. It's not different, just a huge change from Seattle.
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Old 07-27-2018, 11:56 AM   #5
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Born and raised in the Spokane area, currently living Valdosta.

Things to consider:
-the traffic is still horrible
-the food is different
-the weather is a huge change it's hotter and more humid
-not only state income tax, the ad velorum tax, costs you 7% of your vehicle to register it the first time, and then $20 per year after (on your birthday no less)
-Quality of life could be different. Not bashing Atlanta at all, it's just different. You're at least a 3 or 4 hour ride to the ocean, but the beach makes it worth it. It also depends on what you like to do for fun. ATL has good live music scene, lots of big acts come through, sports, great neighborhoods for social life.

All in all. It's not different, just a huge change from Seattle.
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Old 07-27-2018, 07:27 PM   #6
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You will learn a different kind of english.
You will find that barbecue is a noun, not a verb.
You may meet folks whose family members have more than one familial tie to each other.
I-285 is described in Dante's Inferno.
If you see a single tree stump in a pasture there is probably a stump-broke mule somewhere nearby.
Tennessee is just over an hour away and is a great place to spend the weekends.
The Subaru Douglasville PDC and ATL training center is just west off I-20 in Lithia Springs/Douglasville.
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Old 08-01-2018, 03:03 PM   #7
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ATL traffic is horribad. If you can live & work outside of 285, I'd recommend that.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:06 PM   #8
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This is all great input, thank you! How's the Subie/import scene down there? Are there enough cars in the region that you don't have to go to the dealer to replace things, find good used parts?
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Old 08-12-2018, 03:47 AM   #9
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This is all great input, thank you! How's the Subie/import scene down there? Are there enough cars in the region that you don't have to go to the dealer to replace things, find good used parts?
It really depends on where you live. I moved to Fayetteville, about 25-30-min south of Atlanta and it takes me at least 1-1.5 hr just to get to any sort of meet since they are mostly held in what seems to me like North Atlanta.

There's recently been a small gathering of 5-8 in the Southern areas, but there's only a few of us.
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Old 08-12-2018, 12:29 PM   #10
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hey I work in Fayetteville and live over in PTC
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:14 AM   #11
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It really depends on where you live. I moved to Fayetteville, about 25-30-min south of Atlanta and it takes me at least 1-1.5 hr just to get to any sort of meet since they are mostly held in what seems to me like North Atlanta.

There's recently been a small gathering of 5-8 in the Southern areas, but there's only a few of us.
It seems like everything car related is in North Atlanta; meets, cars for sale, everything lol.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:50 AM   #12
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Georgia....Road Atlanta, Atlanta Motorsports Park, Roebling Road all in the state...Barber Motorsports Park, VIR, Charlotte all a couple hours away...

Great mountain roads in northern GA, Tennessee & the Carolina's, great white water activities there as well.

Southern charm

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Oppressively hot in the summer, locals can't drive in rain, sleet, snow or ice and ATL will be deadlocked...LOL

Traffic in & around Atlanta...crazy
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:53 PM   #13
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The Subaru car scene is great here. We have one of the best Subaru tuners in the southeast. Doug at DBW Motorsports. The subaru community is great down here. You can come join us at WRXAtlanta on FB group page. We also have a couple specialized subaru shops in Georgia.
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Old 08-08-2018, 12:49 PM   #14
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They forgot to mention that every other street in ATL is named Peachtree so navigation can be a wee bit tricky.
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Old 08-14-2018, 02:44 PM   #15
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Move north of atlanta out of the metro area and you won't have emissions. I live in Gwinnett County, traffic sucks but you are close to everything.
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:27 PM   #16
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Really loving all this feedback, keep it coming!
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:21 AM   #17
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6 Star Subaru just east of Atlanta proper is great! You gotta love a place that has a dog with the run of the place. Seriously, we got great service there and had some major work done.
http://www.sixstarsvc.com/?gclid=Cjw...BoCzFMQAvD_BwE

Also, what others have said about the north side seemingly having all the car action is largely correct, but there are frequent, less formal cruise nights and shows at parking lots all over. You just have to tap into them. Once you start going, you hear about the next one.
Someone mentioned Fayetteville. There is a cruise night every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Publix shopping center that is one I make on a semi regular basis since it's nearby.
Also, Summit Racing has regular car shows/cruises during the summer. They are located just south of the city on I-75.
Here is one that goes all year, 1st Sunday morning of the month all year round...Probably the largest regular car gathering in Georgia. It's on the north side but not too far and Sunday morning is probably the best day to go into that area....It's a traffic nightmare most days.
https://www.caffeineandoctane.com/

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Old 09-14-2018, 12:39 PM   #18
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Does anyone live in/near, or have an opinion on, the Mableton area? I had a friend who lives there and was wondering what it's like.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:43 AM   #19
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Does anyone live in/near, or have an opinion on, the Mableton area? I had a friend who lives there and was wondering what it's like.
I don't live too far from Mableton. It's on the western perimeter of the Atlanta Metro area...which covers several counties. Mableton is going to be a little more industrial/commercial leaning towards rural. Not exactly bright lights/big city/fine dining type culture.
If you like laid back and quiet, it could be for you. If you like clubs, concerts and so forth, not going to be much like that going on.
On the other hand, it's only a half hour or so to downtown Atlanta, Braves stadium is in the neighborhood.
It's basically one of the many bedroom communities in the Metro area.
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Old 09-21-2018, 05:04 PM   #20
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I don't live too far from Mableton.
Great! Thank you so much for your perspective!
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Old 09-14-2018, 02:29 PM   #21
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Just want to clarify this up front but my next question isn't meant to bait anyone...I'm genuinely curious.

There's all this stuff about racism floating around about these southern states. I live in New York City where racism exists but it's not as accepted as other parts of the country. I'm from South America but my ancestors are from India. In certain parts of the South I could be labelled as Muslim or a terrorist based on my skin tone. Is this a huge concern in the Atlanta area? In NYC most people are respectful of different cultures. I've never been to Atlanta specifically but it seems like it's a major metro area.
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Old 09-15-2018, 02:30 AM   #22
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fullah, You don't need to be concerned about that. I am Black and have lived in Alabama and Georgia all my life, as did all of my parents, grandparents and great grandparents. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s when it was much more prevalent and even then we never had any great problems.
Does racism exist here? Have I ever been exposed to it? Of course it does and I have... but the majority of people here are just like they are the world over... They just want to live, work and raise their families in peace.
There is a fairly large Indian population in Atlanta actually. I work with quite a number of Indian nationals and also American citizens of Indian descent, many of whom work jobs here or own their own businesses. In fact, there are a significant number of Indian business owners here. There are also large Asian and Hispanic communities here.
Bottom line, you are not going to stand out in Atlanta (or even the surrounding states) for being non-white.
Only in some of the really isolated northern parts of the state would you be mildly unusual and get some attention.

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Old 11-04-2018, 11:21 AM   #23
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where can I move that like 20-40mins outside of atl but not have emissions lmaoo
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Old 11-06-2018, 11:37 AM   #24
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OH, that's another good question:

What are the emissions/inspection laws down there? Where I currently live, anything older than 25 years is exempt from testing and we don't have any visual inspections...
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Old 03-15-2019, 07:48 PM   #25
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What are your thoughts on Kennesaw? Quick search of zillow shows a bunch of houses under the $250k price point, some even in the low $200k range. Public schools in the area seem to have good ratings.
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