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Old 07-29-2008, 06:05 PM
 
Location: Atlanta,Ga
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Thanks for the Map. Don't get me wrong, there is more crime here then my previous upper middle class neighborhood in Washington, however I don't feel unsafe. We know all of my neighbors, their cars, when people are coming to visit, and we have an off-duty cop that offers the extra police presence the city cannot provide. As a student , at Howard University, in the late 90's i watched the neighborhood transform. I am see the same characteristics in my area.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:10 PM
 
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I am really getting sick of this "affordable housing" codeword. Its just covering up what is really happening, which is mixing section 8 with high end developments. And yes, I believe it is an agenda to keep the city majority black, as well as a waste of tax dollars.

The bottom line is Atlanta has too much affordable housing. Thats why there is such a high crime rate, because the city is mostly made up of poor, low-income neighborhoods which naturally breed a lot of crime.
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Old 07-30-2008, 05:14 AM
 
Location: metro Atlanta
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This article was posted here, but apparently in another thread (unable to find it atm). This is the one I meant to reference in another thread about Gwinnett county turning down the MARTA transit in the 1990s.

Here is the article about the ATL suburbs' population is becoming more ethnically diverse while the population of the City of Atlanta is turning more white.

Governing: Atlanta/July 2008

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The Atlanta Regional Commission reports that in 2000, the white, non-Hispanic population of the 20-county Atlanta metro region formed 60 percent of the total population; by 2006, that had shrunk to 54 percent, not so much because whites were leaving — although four counties did see absolute declines in white numbers — but because of the arrival in the suburbs of African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Africans and Caribbeans. Of the 10 counties in the nation with the largest declines in white percentage of the population from 2000 to 2006, six are in the suburbs of Atlanta.
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Old 12-13-2009, 11:53 AM
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Atlanta recently had its last mayoral election. Kasiim Reed won that race against Norwood. From an article I read, race played a factor. Most of the Black population voted for Reed and most of the White population voted for Norwood. The OP mentioned something about the next mayoral race being a bit of a shock. This race didn't shock me. Politics involving race in Atlanta are nothing shocking.
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Atlanta recently had its last mayoral election. Kasiim Reed won that race against Norwood. From an article I read, race played a factor. Most of the Black population voted for Reed and most of the White population voted for Norwood. The OP mentioned something about the next mayoral race being a bit of a shock. This race didn't shock me. Politics involving race in Atlanta are nothing shocking.
Yeah, race played a factor - it always will in some quarters. Racial politics here are mild compared to some other regions of the country. What we need to remember is that roughly 15% of the black vote went to Mary, and roughly 15% of the white vote went to Kasim. The "race card" was never played though, which is a wonderful thing. Sure, there were some "code words" thrown around, but things were very much above board for the most part.

I've lived here long enough (20+ years) to feel that the City HAS changed for the better in many ways, race most definately included.

I can remember past races that were so ugly certain blacks were accused of "trying to pass" by their black opponents. A very ugly and divisive accusation, to say the least. We have come a long way from those days, imo.

This last Mayoral election really made me proud of the City, in several ways.

We also elected our first gay Asian City Councilman - something that is rare anywhere, especially East of the Mississippi.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:11 PM
 
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Now that Reed has won, I wonder if he will do something to make sure an election like this never happens again. One idea would be the consolidation of Fulton County and Atlanta, obliterating the gains in the white percentage. Another idea would be to keep annexing majority black pockets of South Fulton to keep the whites at bay.

Letting Buckhead de-annex would be too drastic to the city's financials, but I wonder if even this has been considered.

I could be wrong, but I just don't see "the Machine" siting idly by in the Mayor's office while the city's black majority (and Reed's voting bloc) erodes away. This election was a warning for what is to come if no action is taken to reduce the growing politcal clout of the white voting bloc.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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Now that Reed has won, I wonder if he will do something to make sure an election like this never happens again. One idea would be the consolidation of Fulton County and Atlanta, obliterating the gains in the white percentage. Another idea would be to keep annexing majority black pockets of South Fulton to keep the whites at bay.

Letting Buckhead de-annex would be too drastic to the city's financials, but I wonder if even this has been considered.

I could be wrong, but I just don't see "the Machine" siting idly by in the Mayor's office while the city's black majority (and Reed's voting bloc) erodes away. This election was a warning for what is to come if no action is taken to reduce the growing politcal clout of the white voting bloc.
What do black Atlanta voters want that white Atlanta voters do not?
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Old 12-13-2009, 09:24 PM
 
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Now that Reed has won, I wonder if he will do something to make sure an election like this never happens again. One idea would be the consolidation of Fulton County and Atlanta, obliterating the gains in the white percentage. Another idea would be to keep annexing majority black pockets of South Fulton to keep the whites at bay.

Letting Buckhead de-annex would be too drastic to the city's financials, but I wonder if even this has been considered.

I could be wrong, but I just don't see "the Machine" siting idly by in the Mayor's office while the city's black majority (and Reed's voting bloc) erodes away. This election was a warning for what is to come if no action is taken to reduce the growing politcal clout of the white voting bloc.

After I read your posts, I definitely realize I'm not that young anymore...
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Old 12-14-2009, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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That's a good question. Some folks act as if we black people are from Mars or something!

I like a high quality of life, safe streets, AND a government held accountable by the me the taxpayer just as much as anyone else, be it city, county, state or federal.

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What do black Atlanta voters want that white Atlanta voters do not?
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:03 PM
 
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Black voters and white voters want the same thing. But it is more complex than that. This election showed that people still vote along racial lines in the city. You cant just ignore the role race played in the voting patterns.
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