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Dionysis, Other/Just Looking in Albany, GA

Is there any way to get objective information about Albany?

Asked by Dionysis, Albany, GA Thu Aug 11, 2011

It seems that with few exceptions, we have people who either really hate the place, usually citing racism and crime, or we have realtors reading from basically the same sales pitch talking points, who really cannot be considered objective. It would be nice to hear from someone offering an objective take on the place.

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Objective information can be obtained from many sources, Dionysis, including the local police precincts where you are looking, the Chamber of Commerce and the Internet. The link below in web references is as good as any. Realtors and brokers are limited by what they are allowed to share with you concerning the demographics of the area, crime stats, local school make-up, etc. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Michael Hammond
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2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2011
I am from Albany. I still have family down there and I visit often. A lot of the people I went to high school with have chosen to raise their families there. It's a very Bible Belt town, and there is not much to do after 9:00 at night. Crime is pretty bad there, and a lot of people choose to live in Lee County, right next door, where the schools are better and the crime is not so bad. My family lives in Rawson Circle, which is a pretty little neighborhood of 1930's rennovated bungalows. I'm not really sure what you want to know about Albany, and I don't know where you'd get objective info, just trying to give you my objective as possible opinion. Personally I hated living there because it was boring and a lot of the people there are raging conservatives and can be small minded. But that's Georgia, unless you're in Atlanta.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2011
The closest you're going to get to an objective assessment is by asking someone who doesn't stand to make money from convincing you that Albany is full of rainbows and unicorns. We've been stuck here for over 5 years, I'm not in the business of selling anything, and I can tell you: This is hell. Flat, buggy, ugly, black-on-white racism and hatred, incompetent and unprofessional people everywhere. The big "draw" is the Riverquarium, which should tell you something: You can see that stuff in your own yard for FREE. There are three types of people here: Angry blacks, white liberals desperate to appease the angry blacks, and people wanting OUT at almost any cost.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 15, 2012
Safe answers from Michael and Cathy - no careful Realtors will take "objective" stands, because all objectivity in real estate is based on hyperlocal specificity - "subjectivity."

Right? You know that Dio...can I call you Dio for short?

So, I first visited "All-benny" during the floods of the Flint River in 1994 - I was in the roofing business, and we had a busy Summer. Somebody told me to visit The Monkey Bar, featuring live monkeys behind a glass wall, but they closed a year or so before my arrival, much to my chagrin.

I've been sold on the value of the jewel of Southwest Georgia, ever since...well, the real jewels are Barney and Tye-Tye, but I digress.

Further digression - that annual Rattlesnake Roundup down in Whigham is a fine source of southern entertainment.

Back to Albany - The Marine Corps, Procter and Gamble and M&M Mars all have facilities in Albany, and between those 3 they probably employ 10,000 people - maybe less - I don't know for sure. But, if Albany is good enough for these selective organizations, then what could possibly be wrong with Albany that "location, location, location' won't fix?

I've heard that the new downtown revitalization is looking sweet.

Dio - objectively, you need a check up, from the neck up, so you can stop your stinkin' thinkin'...
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 11, 2011
The Albany Ga Police department has a crime stats page. They also will privide you with a custom crime analysis report, crime map or other statistical information.
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