Druid Hills in the house! Well I used to live there, about four years ago, after living in Boston and Central Coast California. As a native Texan it was nice to be back in the south - people are similar attitude-wise to us, and friendly.
Having said that, Atlanta traffic is shit. The roads around DH, like Briarcliff, and Ponce, were probably sufficient in the 1970s but woefully inadequate for the modern day (like having only two lanes in some places. Honestly, it was so bad, that if I wanted to go to Lenox Mall, I either would go in the early morning or late at night - it was murderous from 3-7 pm. The highways aren’t much better either; 75/85 traffic is always bumper to bumper, and the same for 285. However if I traveled on 20 I rarely had huge traffic issues.
MARTA’s value is questionable because of the cross-shape. If you are going someplace on the cross, great. If not, you’ll either have to cab it, take a bus, or walk it. But I do feel that MARTA to Hartsfield is probably the best subway-airport connection around.
VA-Hi is pretty good but I always thought it was a little pricey. I like to eat so Five Corners and Ponce are favorite places, as well as Decatur. I also have a soft spot for Doc Chey’s across from Emory. I was married in my late 20s when I lived in the ATL so I never ventured out to Buckhead, which always struck me as a fast-paced, single, upmarket sort of scene. If I went out it was typically to bars in Decatur, Va-Hi, or places on Ponce heading downtown.
Atlanta is a nice town but as monstro notes, natives are a rarity. I once read that Atlanta is among the cities that has the fewest number of natives living there of all the major metropolitan areas in the US. It is mighty green; again, I read somewhere that there are more trees per capita in Atlanta than in any other US city. A friend from California stated that he had never seen so many joggers in one place, so you might also surmise that folks like to stay fit. The other half eat at the Varsity on a daily basis
Based on your username, I figure you will head to Athens. You will definitely see rural Georgia on the way there, and when I visited Athens it was always in the summer, so it was quiet.