Containment Area for Relocated Yankees

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.”

4 Responses to “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees”

  1. GA Jim May 19, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    A Lucky Person Has A Really Extraordinary Town To Appreciate!

  2. DRW May 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    Hah! I grew up in Cary (a reason I ended up in Alpharetta?) I think some of the original tension between locals and relos originated when IBM moved a whole bunch of folks from NY en masse, sort of creating an instant community of relos with common backgrounds. The perception was the new transplants wanted to make things just like it was back home. IIRC, regional differences at the time were a lot bigger than now, adding to the mutual culture shock.
    * “Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees” is an alternate backronym

  3. Cool Papa Bell May 23, 2011 at 10:38 am #

    Let me know when you want one for MARTA.

  4. Mr.Bill August 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Been in Cary all my 52 years , it USED to be a nice peaceful town . Not more more thanks to YOUZ GUYZ , pack your bags you Yankee trash and got to Jersey , PA or New York where your sorry ass came from !! Your Not Wanted Here !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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