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Friday, December 12, 2008

Where the hell is Candler-McAfee, Ga.? In Decatur? DeKalb?

Does it even exist? Andisheh once again opens our eyes to the ridiculousness that exists right under our very noses. Yesterday, he pointed me to some monkey business.

On another one of Forbes' entertaining-yet-useless list-icles (this one's titled "America's Fastest Dying Places"), a Georgia "city" in DeKalb County by the name of "Candler-McAfee" is listed. It's ranked no. 2, actually. Go team!

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Yet from looking at the map, as Andisheh points out, this isn't a city — it's a census designation. Or is it? Some website that appears to show you where you can rent white water rafts nearby calls it a city. And another list-icle, this one by CNNMoney, includes it on a list of the best small cities in the nation.

And as Andisheh points out in his e-mail:

Except, it's not actually a town. It's not even a neighborhood.

It's a 7 sq. mile section of unincorporated Dekalb County south of the City of Decatur, north of I-20.

Here it is on a map. Gotta say it's kind of unfair for Forbes to knock the place when all it's doing is looking at census information. What is this place? Do people list their address as "Candler-McAfee?" Or does Forbes need to stop trolling census information for easy-to-write articles and start picking up the phone?

(Screenshot courtesy of Forbes)

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