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Old 09-28-2017, 06:32 AM
 
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I had no idea about any of this until reading this thread! It's hard to imagine any of these places being unincorporated, including Towson, Columbia & Rockville. It's actually pretty cool though.

I haven't been to Ellicott City yet, but have wanted to check it out for years. I hope they've recovered from that awful flood they had not long ago.
Rockville is incorporated; it's the county seat for Montgomery County, but it's only one of three incorporated cities in the county (Takoma Park and Gaithersburg being the other two). Pretty hard to believe that Silver Spring and Bethesda, at the least, are unincorporated.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:20 AM
 
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Rockville is incorporated; it's the county seat for Montgomery County, but it's only one of three incorporated cities in the county (Takoma Park and Gaithersburg being the other two). Pretty hard to believe that Silver Spring and Bethesda, at the least, are unincorporated.
And in addition to those cities there are incorporated towns and villages. Montgomery County actually has 19 municipalities but most are really just too geographically small and insignificant.

The worst is Chevy Chase, with a ridiculous number of useless municipalities with silly names. Just a bunch rich people trying to carve out their own little "kingdom"
  • Chevy Chase, Town of ;
  • Chevy Chase View;
  • Chevy Chase Village;
  • Chevy Chase, Village of, Section 3;
  • Chevy Chase, Village of, Section 5;
  • North Chevy Chase

The unincorporated areas, overall in the county, are far stronger than the incorporated ones. Rockville is the exception as its the "capital" of Montgomery so you know they wont let that go to shi+.
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:27 AM
 
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As far as new Georgia cities and schools, the state mandates that counties run the school systems so no concern of new cities running schools. The existing city systems were grandfathered in way back in the 70s, no city can establish a new school district apart from the county today.

I am trying to think of incorporated Atlanta suburbs that have failed in my lifetime. Mountain View in north Clayton, largely because of airport expansion. Lithia Springs tried incorporating and then it was court overturned (in Douglas County) 20 years or so ago. North Atlanta was incorporated in the 50s or 60s for a few years and went under but is now back pretty much in the exact spot as the city of Brookhaven.

There was a city by the name of Elizabeth that is now completely taken over by Marietta. Of course there is the infamous Chattahoochee Plantation that extended up and down the Chattahoochee in Cobb County to keep Atlanta from annexing into Cobb. Another old city I remember seeing on old time maps was the city of Constitution in SW DeKalb abutting the Atlanta city limits.

Historically, there were others I am sure but just listing what I can think of from maps in my lifetime. The incorporated cities had colored in boundaries that made them stand out. Elizabeth and Constitution might have been defunct but since they had one time been incorporated still showed up on some maps with their boundaries marked. I do believe some of Atlanta's current neighborhoods were once separate cities that merged or were annexed into Atlanta. Some of the river communities: Chattahoochee, Riverside, Bolton.... and areas like East Lake and/or West End. I'm fuzzier here.

Other than that, I don't see doom and gloom for any Atlanta suburban city. Most have weathered life and massive change just fine.

Someone correct this list or add to it.
So how will revenue be collected for schools and what geographical space can the county actually claim to run anything? I know they have offices in Atlanta but virtually, the county no longer exists.
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Old 09-28-2017, 04:56 PM
 
Location: East Side of ATL
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I had no idea about any of this until reading this thread! It's hard to imagine any of these places being unincorporated, including Towson, Columbia & Rockville. It's actually pretty cool though.

I haven't been to Ellicott City yet, but have wanted to check it out for years. I hope they've recovered from that awful flood they had not long ago.
I was shocked about Columbia. I'm unsure of why Towson was never incorporated since it is the county seat.
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Old 09-29-2017, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Georgia native in McKinney, TX
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So how will revenue be collected for schools and what geographical space can the county actually claim to run anything? I know they have offices in Atlanta but virtually, the county no longer exists.
It can do the things a county does and dissolve itself of providing municipal services. Let the cities provide municipal services, let the county do county business. They way it should be all over metro Atlanta. Counties should never have gotten into the municipal services. Municipalities should.
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