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Old 10-29-2011, 12:23 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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To me it's not about boundaries, it's about feeling you get and the traffic you get once you reach a certain area on the interstates it's unmistakingly "Atlanta". When the interstates become 20+ lanes wide you know you are in a big metro region.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:29 AM
 
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Here is a map from ARC:

http://documents.atlantaregional.com/plan2040/docs/lu_UGPM2011adopted11x17.pdf

and some details:

http://documents.atlantaregional.com/plan2040/docs/lu_plan2040_development_guide_0711.pdf

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Old 10-30-2011, 09:54 AM
 
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Depending on where you live in Atlanta, you're going to have a different definition of exurb and suburb. The further out you live, the broader your definition, I would think.

I live in North Fulton and would never consider Alpharetta or Milton exurban...it's in the same county as Atlanta!! I consider Dawson County (North of Forsyth) exurban. Or any county less than 100,000 people.
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Old 06-28-2018, 01:40 PM
 
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I'm going to list a few farther-flung cities outside Atlanta metro, could someone chip in and advise if you see these cities as still being an "exurb"? Thanks!

Dallas/Hiram/Villa Rica?

Adairsville/Cartersville/Canton?

Gainesville/Lavonia/Toccoa?

Athens/Commerce?

Newnan/Peachtree City/McDonough?
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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I'm going to list a few farther-flung cities outside Atlanta metro, could someone chip in and advise if you see these cities as still being an "exurb"? Thanks!

Dallas/Hiram/Villa Rica?

Adairsville/Cartersville/Canton?

Gainesville/Lavonia/Toccoa?

Athens/Commerce?

Newnan/Peachtree City/McDonough?
Hmm. I sorta like using the terms "Atlanta" and "Metro Atlanta." Figuring out what kind of burb a burb is... well, we'd first have to agree on the definitions of suburb and exurb. I live way out here in Forsyth county. I tell folks I live in Metro Atlanta.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:42 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I'm going to list a few farther-flung cities outside Atlanta metro, could someone chip in and advise if you see these cities as still being an "exurb"? Thanks!

Dallas/Hiram/Villa Rica?

Adairsville/Cartersville/Canton?

Gainesville/Lavonia/Toccoa?

Athens/Commerce?


Newnan/Peachtree City/McDonough?
Yes to all but those bolded, that are not and never were part of the metro at all.
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Old 06-28-2018, 02:52 PM
 
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In my mind the difference between exurb and suburb is the percentage of people who commute to ATL from work. Also, I think exurbs have a distinct rural quality to them. By that criteria, Newnan/PTC/Fayetteville and definitely McDonough would qualify as a suburb. 20-30 years ago, these areas were still pretty rural and probably fit the definition of exurb. All of these places either have GRTA busses (or could have GRTA busses but for local resistance). Very little of Henry, McDonough and Fayette retain a rural feel.

Dallas/Hiram/Villa Rica--these areas are growing and are right on the cusp of exurb/suburb

Athens/Commerce and Gainesville/Lavonia/Toccoa are their own separate universes. To be an exurb, I think you have to have a definite link to Atlanta, but not so close that a significant portion of your population depends on earning income in Atlanta proper.
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Old 06-28-2018, 03:14 PM
 
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To be an exurb, I think you have to have a definite link to Atlanta, but not so close that a significant portion of your population depends on earning income in Atlanta proper.
I like defined rules like this that can be used to "qualify" cities for a certain label.
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Old 06-28-2018, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Flowery Branch is exurban Atlanta, but Gainesville just doesn't have a link with Atlanta. It's really its own place, and it's too far out.

Same thing with the 316 corridor. Winder is maybe outer fringe exurban, but Athens is definitely not part of the metro.

Toccoa/Lavonia? Are you kidding me? That's almost metro Greenville.
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:15 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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Toccoa/Lavonia? Are you kidding me? That's almost metro Greenville.
I almost said the same thing.
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