I think our NBA team is actually slightly *less* dysfunctional, if anything. The Liberty can kick the Dream sideways, but give that time.
I moved to NYC in late '00 for a job (waves to Scott) and was in back in Atlanta by mid-'02. I tell people that I didn't get to see New York at its best -- the city was in mourning the entire second winter I was there -- so I am reluctant to condemn the city outright.
I think it's easier now to have the best of both worlds in Atlanta, in terms of city amenities and low rents, than it was even ten years ago. There are more neighborhoods now that provide the kind of things people love best about NYC -- being able to walk about and see new things, being within easy reach of clubs and bookstores and art galleries and 24-hour diners and random interesting stuff happening. The one thing I miss most is the vibrant film scene: we have great arts and music scenes, for our size and density, but something like the New York Asian Film Festival isn't feasible in Atlanta.
Also, I will set Little Szechuan and East Pearl against any Chinese and dim sum place, respectively, in New York.
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