Recently I spent a Saturday in Cary, North Carolina visiting some friends. If you’re not familiar with this suburb, allow me to make a comparison. Alpharetta is to Atlanta as Cary is to Raleigh. If Alpharetta were looking for a sister city, Cary would be a good choice. They are an affluent burb of mostly relos. Cary is also home to some high tech companies such as SAS and Verizon. But unlike Alpharetta, Cary can boast a clever backronym!
I appreciate the humor and satire behind Cary’s backronym. In a lot of respects it is a fair characterization, something that could probably be said of Alpharetta too. But looking deeper I believe it reflects a negative attitude towards relos. And while I don’t see much of it today, some of Alpharetta’s indigenous residents feel animosity towards relos. You’ll occasionally see negative comments in local blogs or places like the AJC’s vent column.
Those who move here and are only critical of Alpharetta may be deserving of some scorn. After all, no one forced anyone to relocate here. You’re certainly free to gripe about things like traffic, uppity tennis moms or high density development. I should know, I’ve done my fair share of it! But when you gripe, please do so constructively.You’re not going to win any friends by hating on Alpharetta and talking about how life was so much better in Poughkeepsie.
At the same time, lumping all relos into this bucket isn’t fair. Most relos I know are very happy to be here. We’ve come to work in a thriving local economy and raise kids in terrific schools. Blaming all the woes of the world on relos, transplants or Yankees isn’t helping anything. And to be frank, treating neighbors like this isn’t becoming of a Southerner.
So I hope I haven’t offended everyone. Treat your neighbors with respect, even the transplanted northerners. And don’t complain about every little detail about life in our little burb. Instead put your efforts towards something more constructive, like coming up with a ten-letter backronym that spells “A-L-P-H-A-R-E-T-T-A.”