Atlanta’s Population Boom Turns Inward

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Typically, when Atlanta’s population boom is discussed, we tend to focus on the growth of suburban sprawl to Cobb, Gwinnett, and those other counties that you see on license plates but can’t quite place on a map. For years, Atlanta’s population grew with more ferver than kudzu, with no natural borders other than human tolerance for an extended commute. The resulting boom actually drained population from the City itself, meaning-amongst other things, more Applebees and Olive Gardens, and less actual city.

Things are changing.

Check out Andisheh Nouraee’s post yesterday on Creative Loafing’s Fresh Loaf, here, and if you’ve got a few minutes, check out Brookings Fellow Christopher Leinberger’s analysis piece from the AJC, written last November- he really nails it. The City of Atlanta’s population is actually on the rise, a trend that will hopefully continue. Not that there’s anything wrong with an Olive Garden in a suburbia…

Graph Source: 2000 US Census
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