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Seeking information on Atlanta peaking in terms of population and jobs, Atlanta economy, Atlanta one of top 5 cities in United states, Atlanta hub of business activity

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Old 01-11-2009, 02:09 PM
 
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Or has it peaked already?
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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Really, what we are looking at here is a very suprising and interesting trend. People are moving into the city at increased rates every year. With more density, the city only gets better. I truly believe that asking that same question would be like asking when NYC, Chicago, Washington, etc. would peak because this level is where the city is heading.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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Really, what we are looking at here is a very suprising and interesting trend. People are moving into the city at increased rates every year. With more density, the city only gets better. I truly believe that asking that same question would be like asking when NYC, Chicago, Washington, etc. would peak because this level is where the city is heading.
Would you want to live in a place like Little Five Points?
Nice place to visit...but..
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Or has it peaked already?
By what criteria or metric? Population?
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:25 PM
 
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By what criteria or metric? Population?
population and jobs.
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Old 01-11-2009, 02:28 PM
 
Location: Marietta, GA
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Difficult to tell in this economy. Things have and will slow for the next year or two, but I think you'll see growth in the metro area pick up again after that.
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Old 01-11-2009, 05:00 PM
 
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population and jobs.
It's no more possible to answer that than it is to say whether the US economy itself has peaked. That's something that's only going to become clear over the next 10-15 yrs., if not longer.

Keep in mind, Atlanta is one of a number of so-called Sunbelt cities that have been growing by leaps and bounds throughout the post-WWII period. Something tells me the likelihood of any of these cities -- much less the one that's been the poster child of them and the powerhouse growth machine for 25+ yrs. -- is going to just stall out and stop growing is very low. But you never know, stranger things have happened. I'm just saying, I wouldn't put my money on it. Anyway, it's going to be quite a few years before we can even begin to see whether this is the case and that's partly because we may be in the midst of the worst recession since WWII.
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Old 01-11-2009, 06:50 PM
 
Location: West Seattle, WA
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Would you want to live in a place like Little Five Points?
Nice place to visit...but..
No one lives in Little Five Points...it is a business and entertainment district. The people that live in that immediate area either reside in Inman Park or Candler Park. I would live in either in a heartbeat, and I know many people that do and love it. I get the sense that you base your opinion on limited knowledge of the area.
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Old 01-11-2009, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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If Atlanta peaks at some point hopefully there will be a Georgia leader with the vision to spread the wealth and prosperity to the other Georgia cities as well, like Savannah, Valdosta, Macon, and whatever else. No more of this southern bubba crappiness.
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Old 01-11-2009, 08:19 PM
 
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I've read in various places that it is important (and wise) to look at Atlanta as the capital/hub city of a country...the country being the American South. The rise of the American South after WWII is very similar to the Newly-Industrialized Countries (NICs) of the world, the "Asian Tigers," and somewhat similar to what is going on now in China, India, and Brazil. The American South was largely an impoverished, agricultural-based region (or country!) prior to WWII. It is not really accurate to compare it to most of the rest of the U.S or to Western+Central Europe.

Here is my point--Atlanta has become the de-facto capital/economic center of a "country"...and a "country" that is still growing/emerging. Whether the American South is growing or not, Atlanta will always see growth due to the fact that it is the hub of the American South. The main comparison given out is Atlanta and Sao Paulo...and that Sao Paulo will always see growth no matter what is happening in Brazil (I think another good comparison is Mexico City).

This is something Atlanta has over the other Sunbelt cities. This is why Atlanta is seen as one of the five most important cities in the U.S. (New York, LA, Washington, Chicago, Atlanta). This is also why Atlanta is predicted to eventually be in the Top 5 or 6 in population in the U.S.
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