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Old 10-19-2006, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Georgia
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Very true Outdoor.
Georgia just passed Jersey in population closing in on 9 million. According to the US Census they are projecting Georgia's population to exceed 16 million in the next 10 years. Not counting the 2 million illegals bringing it to 18+ million.
Considering Fulton, Gwinnett, and DeKalb already have more population than Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island combined, you can only guess where they will be moving to.
You can freekin' keep it...Along w/all the McMansion, subdivision development garbage, and corporate chain garbage/Big Box on every corner...Personally, I can't wait to get the HELL OUT OF GEORGIA!

And hopefully they will continue to attract all the illegals and corporate garbage, make GA a haven for all this, since the people here seem to like it so much, and keep the 'nice' areas of the country the way they are ;-)
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Old 10-20-2006, 05:13 AM
 
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First of all, let's not forget that Georgia is the largest state in the South area wise. New Jersey is a tiny state compared to Georgia.

Second, Atlanta is not all of Georgia. Yes, it is a large sprawling city, but its not going to gobble up all of Georgia, or even North Georgia for that matter. I wouldn't live in the Atlanta area either, but I like the suburbs of NorthEast Atlanta, and I love North Georgia.

Having been born and raised in Orlando Florida, I've seen the same kind of sprawl happening to Orlando as has happened to Atlanta. Much of it I don't like, because this IS NOT the same town that I grew up in. I grew up in a highly segragated small town, where Blacks lived in one area, and didn't mix much with Whites. Hispanics were unknown to us then. If your family was wealthy, most likely the had large orange groves or cattle land. Many of the small towns in Georgia remind me a little of what downtown Orlando used to look like when I was a child. Orlando used to be every bit as "southern" as any small town in Georgia.

But, I still live here. I probably wouldn't have continued to live here if the area didn't grow. In fact, I had planned to move to Atlanta and begin my carreer there many years ago, and would have if Orlando remained stagnent.

Atlanta is the New York City of the South - you can love it and hate it at the same time. Orlando is the "Atlanta" of Florida. I love it and hate it, much for the same reasons Georgia natives love and hate Atlanta.
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Old 10-23-2006, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Triangle, North Carolina
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First of all, let's not forget that Georgia is the largest state in the South area wise. New Jersey is a tiny state compared to Georgia.

Second, Atlanta is not all of Georgia. Yes, it is a large sprawling city, but its not going to gobble up all of Georgia, or even North Georgia for that matter. I wouldn't live in the Atlanta area either, but I like the suburbs of NorthEast Atlanta, and I love North Georgia.

Having been born and raised in Orlando Florida, I've seen the same kind of sprawl happening to Orlando as has happened to Atlanta. Much of it I don't like, because this IS NOT the same town that I grew up in. I grew up in a highly segragated small town, where Blacks lived in one area, and didn't mix much with Whites. Hispanics were unknown to us then. If your family was wealthy, most likely the had large orange groves or cattle land. Many of the small towns in Georgia remind me a little of what downtown Orlando used to look like when I was a child. Orlando used to be every bit as "southern" as any small town in Georgia.

But, I still live here. I probably wouldn't have continued to live here if the area didn't grow. In fact, I had planned to move to Atlanta and begin my carreer there many years ago, and would have if Orlando remained stagnent.

Atlanta is the New York City of the South - you can love it and hate it at the same time. Orlando is the "Atlanta" of Florida. I love it and hate it, much for the same reasons Georgia natives love and hate Atlanta.
I don't know about that. GA is the fastest growing state in the South. There are developers galore here. As far as North Georgia goes one could just look at areas such as Dawsonville, Jasper, etc. A 200% population increase in the last 5 years.

Another example is where I live. I'm 42 miles from the Atlanta city limits. In one year only, again just one year. My travel time to go 19 miles across Gwinnett County to Duluth has increased by 30 minutes. What was 25-30 is now 55 - 60+ minutes.

Orlando has Disney and tourism. Atlanta has an invasion. Tourism is not here unless getting panhandled or shot at brings in families on vacation
I lived close to NYC for 10 years and I can tell you Atlanta is not the New York City of the South. Atlanta is the Detroit of the South. NY has Broadway, sports, entertainment, Wall Street, the Cotton Club, and more food than you could shake your belly at.
Unfortunately, Atlanta has Blight, crime, no transit (unless your brave enough to use MARTA) which goes up and down, and as far as food. Well, there is Que, Que, some Que, and your fancy Ryan's buffets. Add that with two soon to be shut down car factories, then you have Detroit of the South

Atlanta has so much potential, but it's management is pityful.
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