hey, i've lived in Denver too, and now live in East Atlanta (east atlanta cockin' hammers!). If he's applying to work in Marietta, you'll most likely end up living there, and I can't tell you crap about it because the only time I go to Marietta is for holidays with boyfriend's parents. But I can tell you a little bit about Atlanta -- the traffic is the worst I've ever seen in my life. It is so terror, headache, torture inducing that every time it looks like we're going to get stuck in rushhour traffic, i take a valium. (note -- this stuff about the traffic is only about driving from Atlanta --> Marietta or Atlanta ---> Alpharetta, which is most of the workday commute.) The sprawl is incredible and repulsive. The public transportation is not good. The pollution levels here are way higher than what you've seen in Denver, although the cities are similar in population. I haven't seen stars since the summer. There are no peaches here either, that's a total lie.
That's all the bad stuff.
The good stuff:
amazingly cheap booze, everywhere. All over the EAV, L5P (little five points), the Old Fourth Ward -- chock full of bars & good music clubs that will all get you wasted for cheap, and always have good local & popular artists.
amazing, amazing parties. from Big Boi & his proteges (Janelle Monae, Yelawolf) warehouse parties to Dungeon Family parties, the local party scene is incredible.
great local music -- if you're into southern rap or heavy metal. some of the best of those worlds come out of Atlanta. also a great indie/alternative dance scene.
there are lots of intramural leagues for all kinds of sports around here. We live a couple blocks from Grant Park -- there are always kickball teams, Ultimate teams, playing there in the warm weather.
it is an amazing place to be an upwardly mobile black person. I think this is the only place in the country where black people with Ivy League degrees come looking to live and work, and it is the only city I've lived in where the majority is represented in the face of everything. The mayor, the chief of police, etc are all black. It's the only city of it's kind like this, and it's aptly called 'The Black Mecca.' There are tons of major companies here -- Coca Cola, Tuner Broadcasting Systems (we make your Adult Swim here!), CNN, etc. It's also perfectly located to travel across the southeastern united states without much issue -- we're going to Tallahassee next weekend, our roommates take weekends off and go to Charleston, it's only 6 hours on a train to DC, etc. It is also incredibly interesting to just look at.
One of my favourite places to go is the Cemetery near our house, and hangout on the raised memorial "in honour of the confederate dead" and look at the skyline. It is very much southern. There is an accent, there is a vibe. It is also very
young. If you are parents, Alpharetta or Marietta is probably a safe bet. Not that you can't raise children here, it's just more difficult. It is most surely a 20something yuppie/professional city. I live with 3 other people in our 3 bedroom house, and not a single one was raised in the city, they were all raised in Alpharetta or Marietta.
A couple of my favourite places in Atlanta (proper):http://www.theporterbeerbar.com/
(only one vegan item
but incredible beers, including vegan & gluten free beers)http://www.fivespot-atl.com/http://www.97estoria.com/http://www.frontpageatlanta.com/
(my bar for watching NOLA Saints or LSU tigers ball)http://clatl.com/
-- the only weekly paper we read
i think i've rambled enough for tonight