Glass towers of Buckhead
Atlanta has its own new shiny enclave of modernized prosperity, SUVs, national chain dining, glitzy shopping, and general conspicuous consumption. It's Buckhead, and it's the New South with a vengeance. Sometimes it feels like Dallas or Houston, sometimes it feels like Cleveland or Minneapolis - it's one of those new "edge cities" which modern sociologists study and which urban designers despair of. There's no there, there.
Some really bad public art...
Some really bad public art near my house. Yes, this is an actual commissioned work of art and not an unfinished construction project. This is not representative of Atlanta in general, it just happens to be the only other picture I have scanned in.
Just look at the picture Directions from Atlanta, Georgia
Take I-20 west to Thornton Rd (exit 44)
Turn right on Thornton Rd (Hwy. 278)
Follow for about 20 minutes
Cross over hwy. 101 and rail road tracks
Go exactly 5.5 miles past rail road tracks
Turn right at the Airport sign (Airport Rd.)
(Airport Rd. is directly across the street from a Cowboys Convenience Store)
Airport Rd. forks immediately, stay left
ASC is 1/4 mile on the left
To each is own
Buckhead is a part of town which is full of nightclubs. If you're into stuck up, gold diggin, slutty women. Or sleazy guys who spend more time in front of the mirror than the women, Buckhead is the place for you. However, if you are a little more classy, you might want to check out Virginia Highlands. It varies bar to bar, but to be safe, no hats, sneakers, or jerseys.
MARTA sucks! Imagine this: you're stuck with a token machine. It won't let you get a token. Therefore, you go to the kiosk. You complain about the token machine. The clerk says to a woman behind you, "Give this woman another dollar." You would be shocked. Right? It's fine if the woman is willing to give you another dollar, but you would be infuriated at the people who work here. What about that guy who was arrested for helping a man by giving him a token. How about this: the token machine is broken. You have your family with you. The kids are playing around, and you're worried about when the train is coming. The clerk takes so long to get a token for you the train already left. (This was in the Dunwoody and Sandy Springs station.) What's wrong with MARTA! Of course, I have to handle with this because I'm a native. One time, the train was being emptied for a reason I never learned. I waited over half an hour until the next one came. The trains are always late, or at least take excessively long. The stations are cleaner than the trains, which have graffiti. You might have to take a bus instead. It's a lot more useful to use the subway inside Atlanta, not in the suburbs. The stations further away from Atlanta are for families going on a trip or for people who are that dumb to book a hotel that far away. It doesn't get to the malls, which are mostly outside 285. (That's the big highway around Atlanta.) Instead of taking the long ride on MARTA from the north of Atlanta all the way down to the airport in the south, I'd rather drive. On the other hand, if you live near the East/West line you have to transfer at Five Points, the central station in the heart of Atlanta. Overall, MARTA is not my favorite.