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Old 08-31-2015, 11:01 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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Let's be honest here, was Marta Heavy Rail Subway Inception and Creation back in the late 70's the reason Atlanta is the Major Metro Area it is today? Was it the Major Reason It blew way past it's counter parts in the South of Compairable size like Birmingham, Louisville, etc. Was it the reason so many North Eastern and Midwesterns flocked to Atlanta, especially during the late 80's and Early 90's, especially to Dekalb County... (It was a Southern City with a Subway System), Comfortable and reasonable. Did this HRT Subway Infrastructue Attract Mega Business and a Constant High Rise Office Tower Expolsion.. In my Honest Opinion, i think so... As hard as Marta has proving itself to the region, it is Truly Atlanta's back bone and Atlanta or Georgia would not be what it is today with out Marta HRT.... This would be a Totally different place period.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Ono Island, Orange Beach, AL
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It is not the singular reason that Atlanta is what it is today, but is certainly one of the more important ingredients in the recipe.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Downtown Marietta
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It helped, to be certain, but considering that Fulton and DeKalb (the only counties with MARTA rail) have added 695k residents since 1970 (heavily skewed to the portion of North Fulton that does not have heavy rail), while the other three core counties - Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton - have added over twice that amount (1.5M) over the same period (the vast bulk of it in Gwinnett and Cobb), I don't think you can call it the primary driver. Additionally, you have seen another half million or more growth in the exurban counties, which definitely have very little overlap with MARTA.

I think inexpensive land and housing, the world's busiest airport and several large, increasingly important headquarters (Home Depot, Coke, Delta and, until fairly recently, an independent CNN) are the biggest drivers.

That said, clearly getting more rail would help move things along even more.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:38 AM
 
Location: O4W
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It helped. Similar to a man willing the lottery would "help" him attract more women
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:46 AM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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It helped. Similar to a man willing the lottery would "help" him attract more women
Lol,,, Yep
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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It blew way past it's counter parts in the South of Compairable size like Birmingham, Louisville, etc
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Atlanta was already beyond those metros.
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Old 08-31-2015, 11:54 AM
 
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If there was one singular thing that put Atlanta well ahead of the pack, it was the airport.
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:02 PM
 
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:11 PM
 
Location: ATLANTA
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If there was one singular thing that put Atlanta well ahead of the pack, it was the airport.
I have to Agree that the Airport had a Major hand in it as well
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Old 08-31-2015, 12:20 PM
 
Location: ATL -> HOU -> DAL
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Airport, sunbelt, cheap land. Most of the growth until recently has been outside of the city and largely outside of an rail line's influence. You can kinda count the 400 corridor but that's just partial service. Had probably no effect (I can't imagine how it would) on Cobb or Cherokee, same with most of Gwinnett, parts of Hall, Forsyth, Barrow counties. Same with the rest of the metro. It seems like it's only been the last 10 years or so that intown and near MARTA has been a priority for a sizable amount of people. Yes, there were always those that wanted that, but most wanted away.
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