For a place billed as “The City Too Busy to Hate,” here in the land of “yes ma’ams” and thank-you notes, Atlanta has come in for a bit of knuckle rapping, making Men’s Health magazine’s list of “Angriest Cities” in 2011 and Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of “America’s Rudest Cities” last year.
Happily 2013 seems to be getting off on a kinder, gentler foot.
Federal data suggest Atlanta has been fairly deliberate about random kindness. A report just released by the Corporation for National and Community Service showed Atlanta saw a 4.6 percent increase in informal volunteering (doing simple things like helping neighbors) between 2010 and 2011. Atlanta ranked 23rd on a list of 51 major cities in terms of volunteer hours, a jump from #38 the year before.
From the heart-warming blog, Twitter and Facebook posts we’ve been seeing it appears many Atlantans are engaging in random (or not so random) acts of kindness.