I must say, I love me some Atlanta. Back in the day, Georgia was known to be more pastoral and quaint. Today, because of Atlanta, it is every bit as vibrant as any major state – perhaps more. Because of its high elevation, it is more pleasant than many other eastern and southern cities.
Much of the city burned to the ground during the Civil War so there isn’t much historic architecture to be found. In its place are all kinds of modernist structures. The fresh, diverse and eclectic architecture lends itself to a more progressive attitude than many would think.
There is a very vibrant media industry in Atlanta as noted when Ted Turner established CNN there. You know, that 24 hour news giant that everyone laughed at? No one will want to see the news 24/7 the pundits said. And now look at the news… it’s on constantly. Just ask the news junkies. Like me.
Kind of reminds me of when that brilliant IBM exec told the board members that no one would want to have a computer in their homes. And now we not only have them in our homes, but we walk around with them in our cell phones, PDAs, and laptops.
The same kinds of folk were always quick to say the old guard businesses would always rule the roost. But look what happened. Major banks that were around for a century collapsed. Who knew? But out of that sludge comes opportunity. When smart folks lose their jobs, they don’t take it as a loss, but as a new opportunity.
The high price of commercial rent can be a challenge not everyone wants to deal with. That’s why savvy professionals use meeting rooms to court new prospects and as a convenient, temporary space for larger projects. A different space – even in the same town can be a welcome change. Like I found out in Atlanta. There is a reason so many people call it Hotlanta, where you can get a room for as little as $25!