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Lawrenceville makes “Least Romantic Cities” list

Love is in the air at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse this Valentine's Day. Put *that* in yer pipe and smoke it, Foursquare.

Love is in the air at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse this Valentine's Day.

First, in the interest of fair and balanced reporting, let me tell you that I completely disagree with what I’m about to write.

Lawrenceville has made a national list of “Least Romantic Cities.”

Ow. It near about broke my heart to type that.

But here are the sad facts. Foursquare has rendered this depressing verdict. Foursquare’s Cupid Division, an outfit that does not actually exist but should, assessed data compiled by cities with at least 100,000 check ins (that’s the nifty function where you announce to the world your every move before you get around to tweeting it three seconds later).

Anyway, Foursquare decided that the cities with most check-ins at lovey dovey spots like French restaurants, wine bars, flower shops, lingerie boutiques and jewelers, could safely be declared the most romantic. Topping this smoochy-poo list was Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Disney World in other words), Napa and Venice, Calif., St. Louis and New York. The cities considered least romantic using those criteria were Beaverton, Ore., Bethlehem, Penn., poor ole Lawrenceville, Sterling Heights, Mich. and West Chester, Penn.

Hmmpff. Ok here’s where I take my earrings off.

Ann-Carol Pence and Tony Rodriguez

Ann-Carol Pence and Tony Rodriguez

Memo to Foursquare: Did y’all consider using check-in data from the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, where Gwinnett Magistrate Court judges will perform wedding ceremonies or vow renewals for free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Valentine’s Day? Mmmm hmm, that’s what I thought.

And I see where y’all consider fancy-pants French restaurants a plus in the romance department but how about bonafide biscuit joints like Little Barn? I think I saw the face of Jesus in a bowl of grits there once, for real.

And how about the Aurora Theatre, where “A Body of Water” is playing through Feb. 12?

The sad facts, according to Foursquare.

The sad facts, according to Foursquare.

The venue is a gorgeously renovated church building right off the square and brings quality theater OTP (that means Outside the Perimeter, Mr. Foursquare), thanks to the talents of  Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez, Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence and the rest of their gang.

The Aurora started out in a former hardware store in Duluth before making the move a few years ago, and is a jewel of the Gwinnett County seat today.

There’s never been a more ardent labor of love, a closer-knit crew, more dedicated supporters and .. oh Law, now I’m getting all emotional.

Anyway, like I said, Foursquare (which, kidding aside, is a pretty cool site) compiled these ratings.

As for me, I say: Viva LawrenceVegas!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

43 comments Add your comment

FamousNews

February 8th, 2012
2:48 pm

Well, as a tit for tat, Foursquare isn’t used by everybody. So, one could say that fewer people use foursquare in Lawrenceville than other places. Any number of factors can skew results [stats 101]. Nice article. Famous News Source

Grant Parker

February 8th, 2012
2:50 pm

This is a crummy survey. Surely Snellville is less romantic than Lawrenceville.

Gerhulk

February 8th, 2012
3:38 pm

@ Grant….I assure you that’s not the case considering I live in Snellville. I do enough for 5 men.

Pam McIntire

February 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Great article!!!

Grape Eater

February 8th, 2012
4:01 pm

How can a place called “Beaverton” not be romantic?

PDK

February 8th, 2012
4:03 pm

“Surely Snellville is less romantic than Lawrenceville.”

Hahaha. Good call, Grant. Have to agree that their criteria for “romantic cities” is pretty weak.

gene from snellville

February 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

Snellville lost most of it’s romantic charm about 5 – 6 years ago when Tasty Pig burnt down and moved to Grayson..

PDK

February 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

@ Grape Eater — It’s funny, I actually used to live in Beaverton, Oregon many years ago. While the name may imply a certain lasciviousness (haha), I have to say the Foursquare folks were pretty much right-on in terms of the romance quotient. It does, however, feature a pretty big strip club right in the middle of town . . . which brings us back to your original point ;)

Cindy Pitts Gilbert

February 8th, 2012
4:31 pm

Do you know how many couples have either met, gotten engaged or found their soul mate because of The Singin’ Bean in Downtown Lawrenceville, GA. I met mine there and have witnessed many others over the last 9 years! So sad. Four Square bites!

Jennifer Brett

February 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

Far as I know there was no Bean counting in this Foursquare compilation. Another outrage.

Jennifer

Jerry

February 8th, 2012
5:26 pm

Well saying Lawrenceville is a bit mis leading. The City limits of Lawrenceville is not as big as the mailing address so it’s a bit misleading. Lawrenceville has a wonderful downtown area. We have Huff’s flowers for sending something on Valentines Day. We have Domnicks which is a Italian restaurant, Local Republic is a great little secret here, with great food and wine. We have Nikko’s Wine shop, Sweets on the Square with great fresh baked cupcakes. We even have a Sparkle were you can have custom jewelry made. Romance is where your at and who your with, not where you check in at.

Reader

February 8th, 2012
5:39 pm

Stupid survey, 90% of the cities in this country can be the on the Least Romantic side.

Jennifer Brett

February 8th, 2012
5:40 pm

Jerry: That’s what I’m talking about!

Jennifer

Ally

February 8th, 2012
5:55 pm

I met my husband at a restaurant in Lawrenceville, he proposed to me at a restaurant in Lawrenceville, we got married in Lawrenceville and we live in Lawrenceville…I think I am going to tell all my single friends to move to Lawrenceville…lol

Jennifer Brett

February 8th, 2012
6:09 pm

Ally: Can you email me? I would like to hear more about your story!

jbrett@ajc.com

thanks – Jennifer

Lisa

February 8th, 2012
6:38 pm

Wow!! I plan on moving there this summer from Va…will have to see for myself…

tommy

February 8th, 2012
7:21 pm

I attended Central Gwinnett and lost my virginity at least 3x- downtown where Larry Flint got shot.

Abe

February 8th, 2012
7:28 pm

Say what you want, but the hottest event taking place in Metro Atlanta with a Valentines theme is undoubtedly going to be the “VALENTINES IN THE GARDEN” event taking place on Saturday, February 11 from 7 p.m. – until 11 p.m. @ the captivating Atlanta Botanical Garden. The evening’s activities include enduldging in samples of various chocolates and a glass of champagne, listening to relaxing jazz music, served light finger foods, and the opportunity to make your own distinct fragrance of perfume or cologne. Tickets are $30 per person. Call 404.876.5859 and/or check out upcoming events at http://WWW.ATLANTABOTANICALGARDEN.ORG

tommy

February 8th, 2012
7:38 pm

Abe,

The best things in life are free, like love, go plant a ficus…

Scratchin my head

February 8th, 2012
7:41 pm

What place on the list did Piggot Ark. fall into?…Just askin…have reservations there and they weren’t completely booked.

KG

February 8th, 2012
8:05 pm

The “square” or downtown Lawrenceville is awesome! Problem is, you have to drive through a Mad Max scene to get to it!

Allen May

February 8th, 2012
8:21 pm

Nothing says romance like a gun range in the center of town. Add multitudes of a*****e overzealous cops and I wonder why anyone visits there, much less lives there. On the positive side, the people that I’ve met there who aren’t religious nuts are quite nice.

Georgia laughingstock

February 8th, 2012
8:32 pm

Lawrenceville and West Chester don’t deserve to be included with Bethlehem, PA — it’s the armpit of the US.

Jerry

February 8th, 2012
9:11 pm

@Allen May. I guess you stay home a lot. Our police department does a fine job and the numbers our police chief put out there last night proves it.

rith there in the square

February 8th, 2012
9:13 pm

Just ask Larry Flynt how wonderful and lovey dovey Lawrenceville is!!!!!!! and they never did find the shooter- i’m sure the bass ackwards po-lice looked reeaaaaaal hard for him…

Freedom of Speech is worth taking a bullet for. Long live Larry Flynt and the fight for the 1st Amendment.

Jennifer Brett

February 8th, 2012
9:48 pm

A fair point, but that was in 1978 so if the shooter is still around hopefully he has repented sometime over the last 34 years.

Jennifer

johnny

February 8th, 2012
9:50 pm

the African American population is growing in L’ville which is the reason.

Lville Citizen

February 8th, 2012
10:17 pm

Wow@Johnny!!!! You just had to go there with race…huh????? Couldn’t just stand up for Lawrenceville and say something nice. Let me guess….you are intimidated by the African Americans….huh??? Maybe you should move……wait, THEY WILL BE THERE,TOO!!!!OMG!!!!

Larry Lawrenceville

February 8th, 2012
10:25 pm

“We’re into having sex, we ain’t into making love…”

Slick Rick Santorum

February 8th, 2012
10:32 pm

Where did Vatican City place on this list?

Hayseed Dixie

February 8th, 2012
11:00 pm

I’d go to Lawrenceville more often if I didn’t have to worry about the Lawrenceville Revenue Generators- I mean, uh, Police Force popping me for minor traffic violations every. single. time.

Seriously. 3 tickets in 3 visits. All ticky tack.

They are a tad overzealous there, and don’t get me started with Lawrenceville City Court.

I ain’t ever going back. I spend my money in Buford/Duluth/Suwannee.

Andrea M

February 8th, 2012
11:14 pm

Amen, yes, the Lawrenceville police seem bent on chasing out everyone.

There’s nothing more romantic than a traffic ticket and a cop with a seriously bad attitude on Valentines Day!

My husband is a retired policeman, and he was ticked off by the lack of professionalism.

We’re never going back to Lawrenceville either.

Jason

February 8th, 2012
11:36 pm

Most of these surveys are junk but as someone who use to live in Sterling Heights, I can tell you it is quite a bit like Lawrenceville. Well, except Sterling Heights has Dodge Park which can be romantic and for what is for the most part a bedroom community (Giggidy!), it is rather walkable. Other than those two things, both places are pretty boring, bland, and beige.

LG

February 9th, 2012
6:37 am

Growing up near Niagara Falls, there is nothing in all of metro Atlanta that is romantic – let alone Lawrenceville.

Fred

February 9th, 2012
7:44 am

So LG why the hell are you still here? You don’t want to be here and we sure as hell don’t need another yankee with a pissy attitude.

Matt

February 9th, 2012
2:38 pm

How is Lawrenceville the least romantic city? Ben Roethlisberger had no problem finding love there.

Prince Nigeria king

February 9th, 2012
3:15 pm

Well, i think it love is manifactured by the party and where they are. Think of just getting to a beach side in the eve with a cool lovely music with your dovey and with some wines….its sure gonna be real cool. I’m sure gonna find love if i was there but in Nigeria. I just need an Iv them i would make it there next time.

Tony C

February 9th, 2012
4:10 pm

Grew up in the ‘Ville, and I can testify to how dull it can get. But with a tight slampiece and a couple of 40s, one can still find magic in the most unexpected places.

The scene: majestic Rhodes Jordan park, dusk drawing to a barely perceivable close; the fowl have fled the lake for warmer climes and the children that usually populate the playground with their screeching tomfoolery have retreated to their middle class homes to once more spend the evening causing their parents to contemplate suicide.

I had recently taken up with a darling young thing, only 2 years my junior and imbued with the spark of life that only unsullied youth or hardcore amphetamines may confer. Luckily for my rampaging libido, hers was a mix of both.

The night had already gone quite well – an early dinner at Olde Towne, stealing beer from Quiktrip, some furious makeouts behind the Goodyear on Scenic – and I was ready to seal the deal and make her three times a lady.

The park bathroom proved to be quite the locale for our bacchanalian love nest (standing discomfort aside) and even in the sighing throes of our post-revelry, it even provided some excellent conversation pieces in the form of incredibly amusing, if somewhat uninspired graffiti.

I went on to marry that gorgeous woman, and to this day we still think back fondly on that night bestowed upon us by that MOST INDELIBLY ROMANTIC of cities:

Lawrenceville.

Prince Nigeria king

February 9th, 2012
8:16 pm

Ok get me called + 2 3 4 8 0 8 1 5 3 7 7 7 8. If You want a black man 36 years single. Prince.

James Litgoe from UK.

February 10th, 2012
12:15 pm

The entire Gwinnett SUCKS! I hate even to visit you guys. Dirty, boring and dark streets, bad food, restaurants are located in smelly buildings. Instead of being defensive, fix it.

JoAnn Camp from Snellville, GA.

February 10th, 2012
4:04 pm

I Love Lawrenceville. They have some great restaurants there. We love going to the Singing Bean on Friday and Saturdays when we can. My daughter loves to sing and it’s a great place for that.

GAPeach

February 13th, 2012
10:47 am

Holy crap – I’m moving from Lawrenceville to Snellville, lol!

Katie G. from Beaverton,OR

February 13th, 2012
2:53 pm

I’ve lived in Beaverton OR my whole life. Cant say I disagree with the list lol.