We’re Gonna Need More Roads

Atlanta keeps growing.

No other metro area in the country added more residents — roughly 890,000 — between 2000 to 2006, according to U.S. Census Bureau city rankings released today. Dallas, Houston, Phoenix and Riverside, Calif., rounded out the top five.

Atlanta’s surge has pushed the area above the 5 million-person mark, the census reported last month, to an estimated 5,138,000 in July 2006. That has led to less desirable No. 1 rankings — in average commute time increases, for example. But the region’s continued magnetism speaks to its resilience in the face of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and dot-com industry woes, forces that since 2000 have crippled growth in many other cities.

10 comments

  1. mr. winston says:

    More roads? My opinion is that we’re already maxed out. I’m no Greenpeace member, but isn’t our pollution score is already one of the worst? When you add more cars to wider roads to encourage more commuters, it just doesn’t seem like the long term solution to handle growth. Do I dare say I am in favor of…enhancing public transportation?

  2. TM2000 says:

    As the city gets more dense we will need to get caught up with transit and I am already seeing more interest in greenspace spending.

  3. DavidAtlanta says:

    Before we throw more money at roads, I’d like to see some kind of plan for all this growth (which will likely continue for years to come).

    In areas where density has reached a certain point, it would make sense to spend money on other forms of transportation, too.

  4. Bill Simon says:

    All we have to do is wait a decade or so when technology from The Jetsons becomes a reality, and our vehicles buzz around in the air from place to place.

  5. Nicki says:

    More roads? More public transportation and more of other forms of alternative transportation.

    Incidentally, one wave of the future is a “cab car” on a transit line, so that you could pay a higher fare to get into a taxi on the MARTA lines. You’d request the station you want to go to and would be taken there in a car either alone or with others requesting that station from other stations along your way.

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