Okay, so, here’s the thing: we’re going to Atlanta for the ASAs this year. We all know that. And, as with any ASA, there are all kinds of reasons either to go or not to go. I get that. Heck, I often look for good excuses to skip the ASAs. The thing is, though, why do so many of us seem so annoyed about the fact that the ASAs are in Atlanta specifically? Seriously, I’ve lost track of the number of sociologists I’ve heard refer to the city with a sneer in their voice, as though Atlanta is somehow beneath their dignity. But why?
Is it because it’s going to be hot and muggy in August? Nah, that can’t be it. I mean, doesn’t anyone remember the last ASA in Philadelphia? It was hot as anything and large segments of the city smelled like raw sewage to boot. Is it the expense? Because I didn’t hear this magnitude of complaining about New York and that place nearly broke the bank for some of us. Is it the lack of good public transportation? Okay, that’s fair, but I’m hearing this complaining from people who routinely stay at the conference hotel itself. Is it the hotels? They look fine to me and anything has to be better than that Washington D.C. ASA when the hotels were so far apart that we had to get shuttle buses to move people between them.
So, really and truly, I just don’t get it: what’s so darned bad about Atlanta?
As a side note: I should disclose that I lived in Atlanta for a while and do, actually, like the city. I'm also originally from the south, which may or may not matter to some folks. Additionally, I fully recognize that we've been to Atlanta for the ASAs recently but you could say the same thing about San Francisco, and nobody seems to mind that too much. I do, however, agree with Jeremy that it would be nice to get a southern city besides Atlanta into the rotation once in a while.