Thank you for finally spitting out the truth slugg. I'm an atlanta native, born and raised, obviously everyone isn't, but I can usually tolerate people who were here before 1990. I don't want to move, but if things keep up the way they are going I just may have to. I agree with suggesting taxing new residents more, and I might add, for a 3 year period. What new residents don't get is that they are following ridiculous hype at the expense of what may await they're new residency down the road. People come here complainging about this and that, but the problem with this is, we didn't beg anyone to come here, it was their choice, based on assumptions and wanting to be at the "it" place of the moment. we honestly don't have anymore room to contain any more people. what was once considered rural areas are now turing our to be small suburban towns. Our water supply has suffered at the hands of it, not to mention the pollution thereof, (one of my college professors said he hasn't seen the atlanta sky for over 6 decades).... that's sayin something. I think we could be a lucrative state without trying to prompt every business, entertainment venues, museums, etc to invest and build here. People coming for quality of life, jobs blah blah blah and etc , will soon see it won't be found. With population, breeds more criminal activity (as we've seen in recent years), less job opportunity, more environmental problems etc. These people in office don't get it. They don't care about natives or long-time residents who were here before the hype, they only care about themselves, plus they aren't even natives, so why should they care? You hit the head on the nail slugg,they only care about making they're wallets and pocket fatter. They solution really is simple, it's just some of y'all are thinkin too hard about it. Stop the growh. Plain and simple. The legistatures, and governmant officials need to get their heads out of their behinds and stop incinuating supposed 'invitations' for people to come here. Atlanta has never been used to the attention given it in recent years, and truthfully, we never will be. I hope to God we don't. I don't want to be another New York or L.A., or Chicago for that matter. God forbid. It's hurting the air I and my family breathe, and my paycheck. The cost of living has gone up tremednously. People are forgetting that we don't make that much down here compared to other states and cities, or even countries for that matter, (yes I'm talkin about you brits). Someone has to stand up and say enough is enough this article is the first step. I'm going to email this to government officials. If your feelings were hurt by this article, or my response to it, chances are, you're the guilty party that has brought these plagues on us.
Creative Loafing Atlanta
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