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Old 03-12-2015, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Johns Creek area
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The river is too shallow.
The comment related to North Fulton folks?
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Old 03-12-2015, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Kirkwood
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Just being funny, if you didn't laugh then you're too up tight.
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:16 PM
 
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Topography is a reason one of the rail lines going to Atlanta was laid down where it was way back when. They laid the route along the watershed divide between the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico in order to minimize the number of bridges that would need to be built.

Human settlement, geographically speaking, doesn't happen in a vacuum. Atlanta came into existence because of the above-mentioned rail line [Terminus was the intersection of lines from Chattanooga and from Augusta]. Development happened organically around that nucleus, not the other way around. If railroad engineers in 1836 had decided that the high ground 10 miles further up the line was a more suitable location for a junction, then human settlement might have gravitated towards that spot, and we'd possibly be calling Dunwoody the state capital [maybe].

Is it real or fake? That depends on who you ask. Some see Suwanee Town Center, with its parking, vigilantly manicured green grass, storefronts on the ground floor of brand new 3 and 4-story buildings, bandshell, and townhomes as a really nice place. There's housing, and there's economic activity; who cares if it has only existed for 10 years. Others might look at it and wonder what was there before it was build [answer: woods], why they can't turn left to get in or out [seriously, I gotta orbit the whole place just to get to Mellow Mushroom], or why they just didn't build up the old downtown a mile and a half away.

Agreed - I'm just curious as to what is it about that northern area that made it unsuitable. Other than not being on the Eastern Continental Divide, that is. It has to be topography. It sucks to build railroad tracks uphill, but probably ideal for the Corps of Engineers to build a reservoir.
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:27 PM
 
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Agreed - I'm just curious as to what is it about that northern area that made it unsuitable. Other than not being on the Eastern Continental Divide, that is. It has to be topography. It sucks to build railroad tracks uphill, but probably ideal for the Corps of Engineers to build a reservoir.
Trains can only handle very small inclines. If someone wanted to build in an area that was not already relatively flat they would literally have to move mountains. In the past there was no great need to build rail in that area to justify the high cost.
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Old 03-16-2015, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Mableton, GA
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How about a water taxi service up and down the Chattahoochee? Silly, I know, but sounds kinda neat!
Hardy Pace, John Heard, Martin DeFoor, James Bell, and James Power did this with ferries in the 1800's:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Histor...e_Atlanta_area
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