Monday, October 5, 2009

I don't really think 13th counts

The ABC cites a poll showing Atlanta "among most popular places."  This means that Atlanta is the 13th most desirable place for people to live:
New York City topped the Harris Poll this year as American’s No. 1 choice to live, followed by San Francisco, which tied with Denver at the No. 2 spot, San Diego was No. 4 and Seattle was No. 5. The other cities on the top 10 are Chicago (No. 6), Boston (No. 7), Las Vegas (No. 8), Washington, D.C. (No. 9), and Dallas (No. 10).
So..... I look at that list and I think "man, we've got a lot of catching up to do."  Not, "hey, we are one of the most popular places."  Also, a lot of these places are areas that strong urban/pedestrian cores.

I think there are some "institutional advantages" that places like San Francisco, NYC, Chicago, Boston, and maybe DC have over Atlanta in terms of history and walkable infrastructure that results from that.  However, Seattle, San Diego, Dallas, Denver and Vegas should all be on a short list of "cities we should be better than."  Perhaps the natural environment makes Denver, San Diego, or Seattle a bit more attractive than Atlanta - we don't have the Rockies or the Pacific on our door step.  Atlanta DOES have lots of natural resources at its disposal, however, and we have very vibrant outdoor community.

We SHOULD be able to compete with some of these cities - the fact that we aren't higher on this list is because of our city and region's inept leadership over the last two decades.  We should have been cultivating a stronger walkable core with more alternative transportation, but instead we've been sitting on our hands....


  1. I couldn't agree more. I couldn't be more irritated with the governance of both the city of Atlanta and the State of Georgia concerning alternative transportation.


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