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Old 09-13-2015, 02:50 PM
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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Originally Posted by jsvh View Post
Yep. I looked that up before posting. To me that just shows how possible that is to happen. Also, Miami and Atlanta in decades past goes on that list too, totally achievable growth for CoA IMO.
It's totally do-able for Atlanta city proper. However, it will take a lot more development of mid-rise and high-rise complexes. It will also take a lot more revitalization of the most suffered neighborhoods that half-emptied during the bust. Midtown isn't close to it's capacity yet and neither is Downtown. These two still have empty lots and buildings that could be turned into residential space. There's space for more Glenwood Park-like developments too. Brownstones, townhouses, etc. will have to be built on many empty lots. Just look how empty the city is south of I-20. 1.5 million is a huge number, but Atlanta can easily add hundreds of thousands. Yes, there will be lots more traffic, and that cannot be helped. Atlanta's traffic inside the city comes nowhere close to NYC, Boston, or DC. Every city has traffic clogged streets the bigger they grow. Atlanta will be the same. No matter what you say, think, or do.
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Old 09-13-2015, 04:32 PM
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An absurd building boom would have to start now. I'm talking rates of 80k-100k apartment units a year. Do you know how many highrises/midrises that is? An average highrise is about 250-300 units. Same as a midrise. It would require 300-400 highrises/midrises a year on average. Right now we're building about 10k apartment units and even then, only a delivery about 6k units a year is occurring and we call this a pretty big boom. We're not a Chinese city. You'll only see those rapid rates in Asian or African cities.

Do you see now? Atlanta is not that desirable. Let's be real. If we wanted to be more realistically, Atlanta would add up to 400k over the next 20 years, but that requires at least 20k person growth every year which I still don't see doable.
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Old 09-13-2015, 05:56 PM
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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Originally Posted by alco89 View Post
The city won't grow that much in the next 20 years, everyone knows that. I'm thinking the planning director is just throwing numbers out there really implying that the city has the area capacity for 1.5 million people.

Regardless, with estimates showing the metro growing to 8 million in the next 15-25 years, we do need to be ready! As far as the metro area is concerned, West ATL, SW ATL, and comparatively underpopulated SW Fulton will be the logical areas to look to. I'd like to see our leaders in these different jurisdictions prepare for this growth by improving crime, infrastructure, and schools.
The 1.5 million figure is an extreme number. It's not going to reach that lofty number. A few hundred thousand new residents will do wonders though.
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