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4546 Hartley Bridge Road, Macon, Georgia, 31216, United States
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Travel Tips for Macon

Downtown Macon Architecture

by TexasDave

Within a 10 square block area you can observe a wealth of different architectural styles and nicely restored buildings currently used for different purposes; retail, entertainment, museums, restaurants, etc.

Help!! I can't believe I live here!!

by specialk10

Oh, Macon... it has the potential to be a quintessential little Southern college town. Macon has a great small town feel, but has "bedroom community" amenities. But some of it's big city traits have been hard to overcome and the city is pretty much going nowhere fast.

First, the pros.

Macon is home to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Georgia Music Hall of Fame and the Tubman Museam - all very interesting.

Macon is also home to Otis Redding and The Allman Brothers. The music scene is still alive and kicking here, with a lot of little blues and jazz clubs where really good people just starting out get a chance to shine.

Macon has a few nice restaurants with superb cuisine, although the prices reflect it. You're thinking "Oh, small southern town, fancy restaurant, cheaper prices." Wrong. But some are worth it. Beats the hell out of driving to Atlanta. It also has quaint little restatuants with wonderful southern cooking where the tea is so sweet, your teeth rot with the first sip!

In antebellum times, Macon was a crossroads for cotton merchants. A lot of people made their fourtune here and thus, Macon has a lot of beautiful old homes. Many of the houses are actually private residences, but it's still worth it to drive by and look.

Macon comes alive in the spring with it's pink and white cherry blossoms. It's the cherry blossom capital of the world, in fact. A lively street festival each March commemerates these beautiful blooms.

The cons:

In my opinion, there really isn't enough to do or see here to warrant a trip unless you live here in the state and want to kill a Saturday (don't come on Sunday - everything is closed!). If you want to experience true Southern hospitality, there are many more towns in Georgia to do so (Savannah, Milledgeville, Madison, ...).

If you do visit, be very careful. Macon is a small town with big city crime. I actually feel safer on the streets of New York City than here in Macon. There are streets (Pio Nono Avenue) that I do not drive down at night. Downtown after dark is not a smart place to be. There are rapes, car jackings, and drive-by shootings abound. You have beautifully restored historic homes on one block, and the next black is ramshacke shotgun shacks. We live by a police/fire/ambulance station and hear sirens all night long, every night.

And, a warning for anyone who is considering moving to Macon -- I would not recommend it. We wound up here because it was a really good stepping stone in my husband's career. We are leaving as soon as possible. First, Macon is so segregated, it's scary. For the most part, whites don't talk to blacks and blacks don't talk to whites. Everyone stays in their own place. The city is suffering from "white flight" and, unfortunately, the black community likes it that way. There is no desire to work together for a better city.

The school system is a joke. They are some of the worst in the country. Citizens are forced to pay outrageous property taxes to fund these schools, and then have to fork out more money to pay tuition at private schools if they want their children to have any sort of a decent education.

Macon's mayor is a crook in the first degree. He has wasted the taxpayers' money and lined his own pockets -- there are just too many examples to list here. He has done very little to improve city services. He has done nothing to improve race relations and, in fact, has further segregated the city, something you wouldn't expect from a black man. Like I said, most are happy with the segreation, and the more white folks they can drive out of here, the happier they will be.

It's all very frustrating because no one seems to willing to do anything. The rich white folks stay in their gated communities and the poor black folk stay in their crumbling houses. It's black v. white and haves v. have-nots. Very sad.

And one more thing. It smells really, really bad most of the time because of the paper mills. Yuk.


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