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I attended CEDIA this year and while I thought the show was good. I think Atlanta was a poor choice to host it and am not looking forward to returning to the city next year.

I live in the DC area and frequent the city at night. Atlanta at night makes me feel as though I need a Taser and a BIG Stick, just to walk from my hotel (The Ellis) to a restaurant a block away.

I was hit up for money probably 10-15 times while I was there. One night I went into the hooters to grab a beer and watch the game and a man in a pimp suit came in to practice his monologue. I watch as he stood there for 40 minutes practicing while a police officer sat behind him playing on his i-phone. He never ordered anything he just stood there talking for 40 minutes.

Bottom line Atlanta kinda Sucks. Anyone else think so?

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I wasn't at Cedia, but have been to Atlanta Downtown.

I will say I enjoyed the southern hospitality by most all the folks in the hotels and resturants, (Glady's & Ron's shout-out!) I agree the DTWN ATL area is not friendly or give you a sense of security when walking around.

I have been to DTWN Denver where Cedia was last year and I would say Denver far exceeds the ATL area for any convention
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They need a Giuilani to come in and fix that place.

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Never saw Downtown Atlanta. I was in hotels, convention center and restaurants with taxis and shuttle buses to get from one to the other.

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ATL isn't too bad, as long as you know where to go, and where NOT to go...but that's the same for any big city, DC, NY and LA included. Even my old haunt, SF, has seedy and unsafe areas one should stay out of.

Now, Georgia is another thing altogether.

As they say, the only thing wrong with Atlanta is that it's in Georgia

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As they say, the only thing wrong with Atlanta is that it's in Georgia

Who says that besides anti-Southern bigots who are so insecure that they rely on some assumed geographical based superiority to feel better about themselves.

I see that that you make a point of letting everyone know that you are originally from SF. Sorry your home state is run by children who bankrupted the state.

Concerning Atlanta, it is like any other city. I don't care for any of them, but for you to say DC is safe at night is laughable.
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Been to Atlanta several times for various conferences.

Never felt unsafe walking around downtown. I once walked about 2 or 3 miles looking for a restaurant.

Pretty much an average city to me. Only thing I don't like about it is the high humidity during summer.
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They need a Giuilani to come in and fix that place.



Good ole Giuliani is going to fix everything? By what making everything illegal? That is just taking away everything.

Atlanta has it's problems. GA has it's problems. What state doesn't have problems? Let me know so I can move. I am in Florida. LOL.
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They need a Giuilani to come in and fix that place.

They can have him. NYC has had enough by now.

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Who says that besides anti-Southern bigots who are so insecure that they rely on some assumed geographical based superiority to feel better about themselves.

I see that that you make a point of letting everyone know that you are originally from SF. Sorry your home state is run by children who bankrupted the state.

Concerning Atlanta, it is like any other city. I don't care for any of them, but for you to say DC is safe at night is laughable.

First of all, it's a joke that I have heard many Southerners repeat, including many native Georgians. And where did I defend SF? Or even California? It just happens to be where I am from. What does the financial health of the state have anything to do with the subject of this thread?

I never said DC was safe at night. Did you READ my post? I said every city has places that are safe and those that are not, including DC. I have been to DC many times, and there are lots of places you can walk around at night that are safe. Ever been to Georgetown (it is part of DC)? Maybe YOU don't feel safe, but then that would be YOUR insecurity.

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Being from Detroit, I would say that your description sounds downright beautiful!

To heck with Guiliani.....we need Gen. Patton around here.....

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Being from Detroit, I would say that your description sounds downright beautiful!

To heck with Guiliani.....we need Gen. Patton around here.....

Or John Wayne...

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First of all, it's a joke that I have heard many Southerners repeat, including many native Georgians.

That's odd, as a native Georgian (living in metro Atlanta) for all of my nearly 40 years, I've never once heard that joke. Not once.

As to the OP, if you were hit up for money 10-15 times I would call Guinness, that must be some kind of new record. I'm guessing that convention badge was swinging high and wide for everyone to see...

It would seem as if there's a particular element of Atlanta that you don't like, one that doesn't have much to do with the cities amenities or handling of the convention in general.
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I agree with the OP that Atlanta has its challenges, but your observations are duly noted. I'm here to help reinvent the city, so I will relay your feedback to city influentials. I have been here all of one week and I have to tell you I have been pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and food quality of ATL.

Like CSonntag I hail from S.F., and I fled the boredom of that city.
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At least in Atlanta you can legally carry a concealed weapon (with a license) to protect yourself. Try that in Dc, NY, SF, LA, etc. In those cities the only ones with protection are the criminals.
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At least in Atlanta you can legally carry a concealed weapon (with a license) to protect yourself. Try that in Dc, NY, SF, LA, etc. In those cities the only ones with protection are the criminals.

That would actually be a reason for me to stay away from that city.

I never felt a need to carry a weapon in NY or SF or LA (I go to these cities almost every year).

If I need to carry a weapon to feel safe, that is not a city I want to visit.
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I agree with the OP that Atlanta has its challenges, but your observations are duly noted. I'm here to help reinvent the city, so I will relay your feedback to city influentials. I have been here all of one week and I have to tell you I have been pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and food quality of ATL.

Like CSonntag I hail from S.F., and I fled the boredom of that city.

Yes, southern hospitalilty has won me over. And considering that SF is considered a food lover's paradise, I am pleasantly surprised at the food quality in Atlanta as well...except for the occasional place that insists on frying everything....

However, the good food is mostly limited to ITP (inside the perimeter), with only a few gems to be found in the 'burbs.

By the way, I would not consider SF boring, just predictable...

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I agree with the OP that Atlanta has its challenges, but your observations are duly noted. I'm here to help reinvent the city, so I will relay your feedback to city influentials. I have been here all of one week and I have to tell you I have been pleasantly surprised by the friendliness and food quality of ATL.

Like CSonntag I hail from S.F., and I fled the boredom of that city.

Ubercool, what's your job function in Atlanta? Public Relations/Buiness Development?

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I did like the food. Not that its isolated to Atlanta, but that Teds Buffalo place was awesome. Best burger ever!

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I've lived in Atlanta and work for a company based there. I could go on for pages why I despise the place, but the people that live there seem to really love it (as I've been told several times: "It's close to the beach!"), personally I have no idea why, but it is pointless to try and argue it one way or the other.

The panhandling in downtown around public events can get pretty amazingly aggressive. You either have to be an absolute hard-ass or you get 20 singles, gather the panhandlers and throw the singles up in the air and let nature take its course. The city seems to have absolutely zero interest in doing anything about it. And Atlanta wonders why they didn't get the NASCAR hall of fame

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I work downtown and am not to fond of the city. CEDIA was in the least revitalized part of the city though. If it had been somewhere in mid-town I think your opinion would have been a little more positive. But Atlanta does have some major issues to overcome to get back to what it once was as far as being a friendly host city for tourism...as for CEDIA my biggest compliant is that I couldn't get into CEDIA...
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