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Old 03-22-2007, 08:06 AM
Location: VA
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I remember flying into Atlanta in the "good old days" in the 1970s and was so impressed with the beauty of the area. There was so many trees and forested areas in the greater Atlanta area. Move ahead to the year 2007 and much of the beauty and forest cover is gone. I am just amazed how how many trees have been cut down in the greater Atlanta area in the last 30 years. Maybe millions.

Does this bother anyone but me or do you just see it as part of progress?
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:15 AM
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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It's bothersome, but there's not a lot you can do about it. Many of the elected politicians here (as elsewhere) are buddies or related to developers and they have that, "You scratch my back I'll scratch yours", mentality. Hence, the reason there are few if any regulations requiring a certain amount of greenspace is kept unharmed on each site, and, the reason you see tons of subdivision ad signs littering the sides of the roads that are left alone.

Overall, Atlanta is still a very "green" city compared to places like Dallas or Houston, but it's getting more sparse as time and development continues.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:27 AM
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I've bought all the land that I can afford to hold (aside from my "homestead" very little, due to property taxes). I don't believe in telling others what to do with their own property, but yes, it has been sad to see so much clear cutting in recent years.
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Old 03-22-2007, 08:39 AM
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The area stretching from the Gwinnett county line (at Lawrenceville Hwy and Jimmy Carter blvd) all the way to the Fox Theater still looks pretty much the same as it has for decades in terms of trees/greenery and developement. This is the area where I feel at home. I wouldn't even consider living in Gwinnett, where they never met a tree or a forest they didn't want to cut down (have you seen "Scenic Highway" lately?).
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Old 03-22-2007, 04:53 PM
Location: NY to FL to ATL
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I live in Gwinnett and have not seen so many trees since I lived in the boondocks in upstate NY.
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