BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITIES PART 2:ATLANTA AND AUSTINby Kim Coston

BRIGHT LIGHTS, BIG CITIES PART 2:
ATLANTA AND AUSTIN

1. moving-truckTo continue our series on amazing alternative cities to live in, we have an outstanding double-A combination this week: Austin and Atlanta. And yes, gridiron fans, it’s the home of the 2017 Super Bowl 51 contenders, the Atlanta Falcons.

High on culture quotient, big university towns, amazing music entertainment-festival-food scenes, and affordable cost of living compared to other urban centers. Universities, research facilities and high-end hospitals attract lots of foreign brainpower, infusing demographics with spicy international flavor.

city of atlanta signATLANTA, GEORGIA
Southeastern U.S. regional hub and capital city of Georgia, Atlanta has jobs, major shopping, great food, nightlife and entertainment, cool universities; Georgia Tech, Savannah College of Art and Design. For Sports there’s the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks. All with an affordable cost of living and legendary dogwood trees. But the Big Atlanta Story this week: the Falcons are in the SUPER BOWL!

atlanta falcons insigniaFast Fact: The ATL Beltline transformed 22 miles of abandoned prime railroad tracks, into a convenient network of parks and trails around the city. 

Jobs
Lots of HQ’s and jobs: Home Depot, Porsche, Mercedes and more.

Food
Excellent foodie scene, far more reasonable prices than many places.

atlanta apt livingInternational Diversity
Five hundred Indian restaurants hints at significant communities of foreigners.

Festivals
Shaky Knees: May 12-14, Sweetwater: April 21-23,
Atlanta Jazz: (free) Memorial Day weekend, Music Midtown:
September to name only a few.

HipHop Music Production Central
Atlanta is home to hip-hop heavyweights Gucci Mane, Young Jeezy, Lil Yachty and Migos. “You see rappers and celebrities just driving around. And every night — Whether NBA or NFL superstar — they are out there in those clubs,” says Kevin Lee, aka Coach K. “Atlanta is wide open.”

Film-TV Production Hub
If this is what you do — or want to do, scram down there fast while stellar Georgia state tax breaks are still on.

 

austin city signAUSTIN, TEXAS
Young, vibrant, hip, arguably one of the coolest historic cities, Austin is the state capital of Texas.

With 100+ music venues showcasing affordable and free live music nightly, Austin has earned its stripes as the Live City Music Capital of the World.

Within a few walkable — and bike-able — downtown blocks, you also have the Lady Bird Lake hike-bike trail, and a throbbing, amazing chain of live music venues and humming nightlife.

ladybird lake

jobs imageJobs
Growth forecast 2017-2019: 13.3%+. There are Tech, biotech, energy, environmental, film-TV, music production and other employment opportunities. Headquarters for: Dell, IBM, AT&T and Whole Foods.

Food
#8 on Travel + Leisure Magazine’s list of “The Best Cities — Food” (Nov. 2016).

Festivals
SouthbySouthWest aka SXSW March 10-19,
Austin City Limits October 6-8, 13-15

Entertainment
The foundation of Austin’s musical legacy dates back to the early 70s: the Armadillo World Headquarters was both a nightclub venue and incubator, sparking the migration of music producers from Nashville to Austin, originally just by organizing concerts for: Ry Cooder, Captain Beefheart, Taj Mahal, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Flying Burrito Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Commander Cody.

Finally Austin’s music scene seduced Nashville catalyst Willy Nelson to move to Austin. Willy’s Austin City Limits is still the longest running music TV program — it never stopped and still airs on PBS. Check it out here: http://acltv.com/anthology/

willie nelson in austinInformation
City of Atlanta, Georgia
atlantaga.gov
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
metroatlantachamber.com
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
georgiachamber.com
Official website of the City of Austin, Texas
austintexas.gov
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
austinchamber.com


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