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Old 08-06-2015, 12:16 PM
Location: Vinings/Cumberland in the evil county of Cobb
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Sounds like the folks in Birmingham have been eavesdropping in the Atlanta CD Forum

...Atlanta more screwed up than Birmingham: Reader opinion

"Of course, Atlanta got a new airport and huge growth in the '50's and 60's when it was much more unified and then momentum took over.
But the Atlanta region is not united now and is paying the price.
As detailed in an article in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Metro Atlanta is a poster child of regional disharmony with 150 cities spread across 29 counties.
"Fulton County alone includes 14 cities, with largely white, Republican northsiders famously feuding with mostly black, Democrat southsiders. The city of Atlanta, with only 8 percent of the region's 5.5 million people, doesn't have the clout to unify the region."
Atlanta citizens have divided into two camps: OTP—outside the perimeter and ITP—inside the perimeter.
The OTP-ITP split highlights a divided metro Atlanta and has created "a slew of serious economic, government, business, political, and environmental divisions (that) threaten to strangle the region's growth, which lags that of several peer metro areas since the recession."
"Tax breaks seduce corporations across county borders. The Braves quit Atlanta for an eager Cobb County and will leave a hole on the edge of downtown. A road-and-rail referendum to fix traffic fails miserably. A few inches of snow and ice deep freezes the fallacy of counties working together."
Why would anyone in their right mind want to live in Atlanta? It is too big, unwieldy, and totally out of control. The quality of life there will only deteriorate."

Atlanta more screwed up than Birmingham: Reader opinion | AL.com

Old 08-06-2015, 12:22 PM
Location: Georgia
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There are valid points, many of which we complain about on here daily, but for a lot of those points they could look at themselves in the mirror and say the same thing.

*cues stereotypical Atlantan jab at Alabama*
Who cares, it's Birmingham! Atlanta's better!
Old 08-06-2015, 12:22 PM
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haters gonna hate.
Old 08-06-2015, 12:29 PM
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Being the 1st tier city for the entire SE (Excluding Miami), I would expect this from a neighboring state. I'm sure Charlotte has articles like this as well.
Old 08-06-2015, 12:35 PM
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They hate us cause they ain't us
Old 08-06-2015, 12:39 PM
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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If you have to say bad things about Atlanta to make Birmingham look better, well that's pretty sad.
Old 08-06-2015, 12:52 PM
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Originally Posted by georgiapeanuts View Post
they hate us cause they ain't us

Old 08-06-2015, 12:54 PM
Location: North Atlanta
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Old 08-06-2015, 12:54 PM
Location: Metro Birmingham, AL
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I read this article last night. All I could do afterwards is smh. MOST people in Birmingham have no ill feelings towards Atlanta why should we? I enjoy both cities for what they offer. I dont have to bash Atlanta to make myself feel better about being in Birmingham, or vice versa.

Sadly though this article does highlight how some here do feel about Atlanta, which in my opinion is pretty childish. These same people get bent out of shape when you mentioned that we in Birmingham could learn something things from the ATL.
Old 08-06-2015, 12:55 PM
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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Originally Posted by midtown mile girl View Post
If you have to say bad things about Atlanta to make Birmingham look better, well that's pretty sad.
Kinda like folks in Fulton saying bad things about Cobb...
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