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4 reasons Millennials are flocking to Atlanta for arts and culture

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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It’s no mystery that the Metro Atlanta housing market is among the most accessible in the U.S. to Millennial buyers, what with its relative affordability and diverse housing stock.

But how does the ATL’s unique culture play a role? Below, we have spotlight four of the top cultural reasons that Millennials are flocking to the area:

1. A Dynamic Arts Scene – Metro Atlanta has one of the most dynamic art scenes in the country. As Matador Network explained in a recent article, the art scene in the area is varied, and includes such institutions as:

  • The Goat Farm Arts Center, which can accommodate more than 450 artists and creatives in its facility, which is a rehabbed industrial complex originally built in the 1800s.
  • WonderRoot, an arts organization that fosters social change through is support of local artists.
  • The Creative Hub Atlanta, a co-op space for independent filmmakers.
  • Living Walls, the City Speaks, which aim to color vacant buildings with murals.
  • The Krog Street Tunnel, a dynamic space filled with original graffiti artwork.
  • And finally, the annual Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, which is the largest temporary public art project in the South (pictured above).

2. A Dynamic Music Scene – In addition to Crossover Entertainment, which has worked with top names in music (including Elton John, the Allman Brothers and Beck), Atlanta also has many notable music venues, including EARL, Masquerade,  Variety Playhouse and The Basement. Throw in some great vinyl shops and Eddie’s Attic – the venue where John Mayer started out – and you have one rich music scene to play with.

3. A Dynamic Comic Convention – A nirvana for fan of science fiction, fantasy and comic books (Atlanta’s answer of Comic-Con, basically), the Dragon Con convention just celebrated its 30th anniversary, and it was huge in many ways: more than 77,000 people attended the five-day fest, up from 60,000 last year; more than 400 actors, artists and other creatives were featured; and finally, the fest’s fundraising arm collected $98,000 for the Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency, and since 2012, has raised nearly $500,000 for other charities.

4. A Dynamic Film Scene – Last week, CrossRoadsNews reported that Valhalla Film Studios is planning a $70-million renovation of a 53-acre warehouse in South DeKalb, and it was only the latest news in what has been a cinematic renaissance for Metro Atlanta. Indeed, since 2008, more than 140 movies and TV shows have been filmed in the area, including “The Hunger Games,” “The Walking Dead,” “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Homeland.”


Photo Credit: Robert Neff, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Sculptures_Atlanta_beltline.jpg

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