Atlanta, Ga.

An amazing and vibrant city with new development all over the place.  The Beltline walkway has obviously spurred much of this growth.  New apartment building everywhere, probably because of the large college student population but also all the Yuppies.

There’s a very convenient subway system (MARTA) that can reach 7 miles in any direction.  A perhaps unique aspect of the city is that you have many residential communities that come right up to the edge of the central part of the city, certainly within walking distance of what they call Midtown.

Downside: there are many unemployed backs in the streets and some tent cities underneath highway bridges and subway overpasses — a clear subclass of homeless. There are some very aggressive black panhandlers off the side streets in the Downtown area.

Quite the contrast between the rich with their million dollar high-rise apartments and this segment of the population that is dispossessed, not to mention the contrast between the many urbane black professionals you see in the city and those idle blacks in the streets with nothing to do, who are restive if not desperate.

Nevertheless, given how dynamic this city is, if I had been in charge of the Amazon decision where to locate, it wouldn’t have been a difficult choice.

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